Revelation 17 … Consider Him, the Lamb Who Is Lord and King

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful,” (17:14).

The seven bowls of wrath have been poured out on those who have sealed their fate in refusing to repent and in taking the mark of the beast. But His judgment is not yet finished as the great harlot will be judged.

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth committed acts of immorality, and those who dwell on the earth were made drunk with the wine of her immorality,”  (17:1-2).

And John is carried away in the Spirit into a wilderness where he sees the harlot who had beguiled the nations, clothed in all her pomp, seated on a scarlet beast representing the kingdoms of darkness. And John is soundly stupefied.

And I saw the woman drunk with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I wondered greatly. And the angel said to me, “Why do you wonder? I will tell you the mystery of the woman and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and the ten horns, (17:6-7).

And although the angel went on to explain the mystery to John, I still find myself wondering about it all, and much of it certainly remains a mystery to me. The seven heads and the ten horns continues to be a topic of much debate. But what is not a mystery is that all these will wage war against the Lamb, and what also is not debatable is that He will overcome.

As we seek to see Him increase in this chapter of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, oh how we will see Him magnified today!

And while we may not understand all the mysteries of the harlot, the beast, the seven heads and ten horns, He has granted us the understanding of a true knowledge of His mystery, Jesus Christ Himself.

…and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, (Colossians 2:2).

So today, we will leave the mysteries of darkness to spend our time contemplating the mystery revealed in Him, the Lamb Who Is Lord and King, Jesus Christ.

Consider Him, the Lamb Who Is Lord and King

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful,” (17:14).

  • He Is the Lamb Who takes away the sins of the world
    • The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29).
  • He Is the Lord Who saves all who will call on Him in faith
    • that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved,” (Romans 10:9-13).
  • He Is the King Whose Throne is forever
    • But of the Son He says,
      “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
      And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom,” (Hebrews 1:8).
  • He Is the Lamb, Who Is King of kings and Lord of lords
    • And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS,” (Revelation 19:16).
  • He Is the Lamb, Lord and King Who Has Overcome…
    • …the World
      • “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33).
    • …every ruler and authority
      • When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him, (Colossians 2:15).
    • …death
      • but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, (2 Timothy 1:10).
    • … so as to open the book and its seven seals
      • and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals,” (Revelation 5:5).
    • …the accuser of the brethren
      • Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
        “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night,”
        (Revelation 12:10).

He Is the Lamb, Who Is Lord and King and Will Overcome any and all who wage war against Him.

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful,” (17:14).

How do we respond to Him, the Lamb Who Is Lord and King?

We will most probably come away from this portion of end times prophecy with unanswered questions about the mystery John saw in the wilderness. But there is a greater mystery worthy of our consideration, and the contrast is unparalleled.

While the harlot is dressed in her own pomp and sits upon the scarlet beast, the Lamb was dressed in beaten and marred human flesh and hung upon a blood-stained cross; and this mystery was so misunderstood by so many.

but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory, (1 Corinthians 2:7-8).

So today, let’s be okay with not having all our questions answered about the mystery of end times; because what truly matters for our eternity is that we demonstrate our understanding of the mystery of God’s wisdom in our crucified Savior, the Lamb Who Is Lord and King, by placing our faith in Him.

“These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful,” (17:14).

Do we live in the assurance that when He returns, we will be with Him as His called and chosen and faithful ones? When we have placed our faith in Christ, there is never any wondering about our eternity, for He has established our eternal security in Him since the foundation of the world.

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him… (Ephesians 1:4).

Have we placed our faith in the sinless sacrifice of the Lamb of God to take away our sins that we may share in His righteousness?

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him, (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Have we placed our faith in Him as our Lord and King so as to live in submission to His rule and reign that we would honor His dominion over every bit of our life?

 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen, (1 Timothy 6:14-15).

While there may remain mysteries about the end times, let us never give in to the deceptive lies of the accuser about His salvation and power and authority. He Is the Christ, and by the blood of the Lamb and through our testimony proclaiming that He rules and reigns over our life and our death, we will most assuredly overcome because of Him, the Lamb Who Is Lord and King.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying,
“Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.”
11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death, (Revelation 12:10-11).

Let’s Grow Together!

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