Sermon Prayer Points: "The Last Battle"
Revelation 19:6-21 – PRAYER POINTS
"The Last Battle" - CJ Mahaney
These written prayers are intended to fuel your meditation on this passage and your enjoyment of God in prayer.
6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; 9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” 11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. 20 And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet...These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. 21 And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse
Revelation 19:6-7, 9, 11, 15, 19-21
“This passage offers a picture of Christ far different from, yet complementary to (and hinted at by) the portrait of His earthly life presented in the Gospels. He is represented as a divine warrior executing judgment and ruling sovereignly over all. A true understanding of Christ can only come as we consider all these elements of who He is.“ (Greg Beale)
PRAYER: Father, thank you for this vivid and broader view of our glorious Christ. Help us to never separate mercy from justice, or grace from righteous wrath. May this glimpse of your glory, and a deeper reverence for your perfection, further inspire us to live lives of humble trust and faith-filled awe.
v “…it was granted to her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure-for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.” The bride readies herself with her fidelity to Christ in word and deed as the evidence of saving grace. The righteous deeds of the saints don’t merit salvation, but they are necessary evidences of salvation.
PRAYER: Lord God, that we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ is an unfathomable gift. And that we, by your grace alone, display righteous deeds, is also a gift. Holy Spirit, please guide us to put off unrighteousness, and to increasingly bear the fruits of righteousness, that we might bring honor to the saving grace of Christ.
v9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” “Jesus’ churches need to see clearly through the appearances, to discover that the world system that promises pleasure and prosperity now in exchange for our allegiance and integrity is more beast than beauty, intent on our destruction, not our fulfillment.” (Dennis Johnson)
PRAYER: Lord, we acknowledge that the allurements of this fallen world are many. Prestige and prosperity, entertainment and ease, sensuality and pleasure – just to name a few – constantly assault us with their deceitful and diabolical temptations. From your Word, and the counsel of our brothers and sisters, protect us with discernment of evil, and a passionate desire for godliness.
Heaven opens again revealing the coming of a Divine Warrior to execute judgment upon His enemies at the end of the age. And there are four names identifying this conquering rider and revealing His divinity. These are His names revealing His nature. And this is why we gladly trust and obey Him.
V11 “Faithful and true” He fulfills His promises to judge the wicked and rescue His people.
V13 “The Word of God” He is the perfect and ultimate self-disclosure of God.
V16-“King of kings and Lord of lords” Revealing His supremacy and sovereignty over all kings and rulers. (who’s Incarnation we celebrate each Christmas)
V12-“…and he has a name written that no one knows but himself.” The unrevealed name symbolizes the incomprehensible mystery of God
PRAYER: Lord God, may your every name and every promise fill our hearts with faith, our minds with peace and assurance, and our hands with fervent faithfulness. Lift our spirits with the wondrous truth that yours is the name above every name!
The beast, the false prophet (doing the bidding of the dragon) and their followers gather to make war against the rider on the white horse and His army in verse 19; but Christ wields his sword, and the battle is instantaneously over in verse 20. This battle is not drawn out. Those who have arrayed themselves against the Lord are left in the field of battle for the birds of the air to gorge upon.
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, lift our gaze from a preoccupation with these brief, temporal tribulations. Fill our eyes with the hope that every wrong will be made right, every wicked enemy of our souls and bodies will be defeated, and everyone who calls on your name will share the glories of heaven with you for all eternity.
The first time the Son of God came alone, incognito, in humility and weakness on display in the Incarnation. And he would ride into Jerusalem, making his way to a hill called Calvary on a lowly donkey. But His return will be as a mighty warrior symbolized here on a white charger in order to deal a final blow to His enemies. This is the full biblical picture of Jesus.
PRAYER: Father, we enter this Advent Season, eager to share and celebrate the birth of our Savior! At the same time, prompt us with compassion and courage to share that this child in a manger, is none other than Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the crucified Redeemer, and the soon returning conquering Judge and King!
PRAYER: Our God and Father, our Lord and Savior, our Comforter and Counselor, please fill our to overflowing with these responses to these truths!
- If you are a Christian the invitation to the marriage supper of the Lamb should leave you freshly humbled, grateful, and amazed.
- If you are not a Christian, you should be sobered and frightened by the righteous judgment of God.
- If you are a Christian this passage should comfort you in persecution and suffering. Evil does not have the last word. One day sin and suffering will be no more.
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