17. And I saw an angel standing in the sun
To us this sounds impossible, standing in the sun but remember this is an angel seen by John.
This is so everyone will see the angel. He has a proclamation for those on the earth to hear.
The angel cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair,
Why would the angel speak to the birds?
“Come, gather together for the great supper of God,
Supper is served!
“The banquet celebrates victory over the nations and over death and chaos.” (Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. [Nashville: B&H, 1998], 356)
18. so that you may eat
Think about what your children ask when their hungry.
The obvious question is: what is for supper?
Well, here is the menu for supper!
The flesh of kings, generals, and the mighty, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, great and small.
Sort of gruesome, isn’t it?
“If there is one passage of Scripture which is revolting to read, this is it.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: Nashville: [Thomas Nelson, 1983], 1051)
“It is an important fact to consider that every year millions of birds of many species migrate south from Europe to Africa. They fly over the land of Israel on their journey.” (MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 12-22. [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2000], 222)
From McGee: “my friend, it is frightful to rebel against God because He is going to judge you someday. This scene reveals the heart of man and how dreadful that heart really is.” (1051)
19. Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies
“The beast is Antichrist (11:7; 13:1-8)…
The kings of the earth are the ten kings…(17:12-14).” (224)
20. But the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet
Armageddon “never really materializes.” (Easley, 357)
The false prophet had performed the signs on its (beasts) behalf.
With these signs
The false prophet had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
He had led “them into greater and greater hatred against God (12:16-17).” (Easley, 357)
The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.
“They have the questionable distinction of being the first two cast into hell.” (McGee, 1051)
Are you destined to go to hell?
Accept Jesus to prevent going to hell.
21. The rest were killed with the sword coming out of the mouth of the rider on the horse
See discussion for verse 15 in the article about the White Horse Jesus is ridding.
“They were killed with the sword that came out of the King’s mouth. This symbolizes that his power alone won the final victory.” (Easley, 357)
“His Word is like a sword.” (McGee, 1052) Hebrews 4:12
“In the end, the whole world will be divided into two groups: the Lamb’s armies and the beast’s armies. Only one group will survive. The rest will become bird food.” (Easley, 357)
All the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.
We have all seen birds eating what I call “roadkill.” Something that was killed and left to die. Raptors are one species of these birds.
God is feeding the birds!
In this article Scripture quotations taken from the NIV. Copyright by Biblica, Inc.®
Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. Nashville: B&H, 1998
MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 12-22. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2000
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983