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"Babylon The Great Has Fallen!"
God's Kingdom Rules!



Chapter 28

The Marriage and Warfare of the Lamb

Revelation 19

HALLELUJAHS ring throughout the holy heavens while on earth the kings, the traveling merchants, the ship captains and the sailors are bewailing the sudden destruction of the mysterious "great harlot," Babylon the Great. In heaven the glorified Jesus Christ understands what the joyous outcry Hallelujah means, for he himself was once a Hebrew on earth and the outcry is in Hebrew and means "Praise Jah!" the name Jah being the abbreviation for Jehovah.* Although the apostle John wrote Revelation in Greek, he understood what Hallelujah meant, for he also was a Hebrew. After he saw the prophetic visions showing Babylon's end, he says:

"After these things I heard what was as a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven. They said: 'Hallelujah [Praise Jah, you people]! The salvation and the glory and the power belong to our God, because his judgments are true and righteous. For he has executed judgment upon the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged the blood of his slaves at her hand.' And right away for the second time they said: 'Hallelujah!' And the smoke from her goes on ascending forever and ever." — Reve-


* On the word "Hallelujah" The American College Dictionary (1947 edition), page 546a, says: "1. Praise ye the Lord! . . . [t. Hebrew, m. halleluyah praise ye Jehovah]." See also Webster's New International Unabridged Dictionary, under Hallelujah.
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lation 19:1-3. NW, with marginal reading of the 1950 edition.

Jehovah God will indeed deserve praise for avenging all the bloodshed for which the "great harlot," Babylon the Great, is responsible, particularly the blood of his own dedicated slaves. She must pay with her own life for all the slaughter of human lives for which she is accountable. She has corrupted earth's people with her religious fornication, having a good time with all the worldly rulers and the materially rich. Her deserved destruction comes on her as a result of Jehovah's execution of his judgment. It is a proof that "his judgments are true and righteous." Only his almighty power could destroy such a long-entrenched, mighty world empire as that of Babylonish religion. To him should go the glory for its destruction, and not to the international communists and radicals. The salvation of his people from her is to be ascribed to him. There is all good reason to repeat his praises, saying: "Hallelujah!"

To symbolize that her fiery destruction is for all time is the fact that the smoke from the burning of her "goes on ascending forever and ever." Then true Christianity will prevail forever!

To this call to praise Jehovah throughout the heavens there comes a combined Amen! (meaning "Truly; verily; so let it be"). All those assigned to sit on thrones in the heavens of God's presence, as pictured by the "twenty-four older persons," and all those around God's central throne who continually call attention to his holiness, as pictured by the "four living creatures," all these together voice this strong Amen! The apostle John comments on how in harmony they are with all the rest of the inhabitants of heaven by saying: "And the twenty-four older persons and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God seated upon the throne, and said: 'Amen! Hallelujah [Praise Jah, you people]!'" — Revelation 19:4, margin (1950).

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It is altogether fitting for the spirit creatures in the heavens to cry Hallelujah and incite one another to praise Jehovah God for his victory over Babylon the Great. But what does God himself say as to where the praise should go? What does he tell his faithful slaves on earth who have witnessed and survived Great Babylon's destruction to say or do? John informs us, saying:

"Also, a voice issued forth from the throne and said: 'Be praising our God, all you his slaves, who fear him, the small ones and the great.' " — Revelation 19:5.

The voice from God's throne is the same voice as that which issued centuries previously when he inspired the psalms, such as Psalms 22:23; 134:1; 135:1; 115:13, from which he quotes the words.

No doubt God here speaks by means of his glorified mouthpiece, Jesus Christ, who is called "The Word of God." (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13) This faithful Mouthpiece of God recognized Jehovah as his own God and speaks of him repeatedly as "my God." (Revelation 3:12) Through him the command from God's throne comes to all the dedicated slaves of God on earth at the time of Great Babylon's destruction, to praise Jehovah God. His executing judgment upon her should cause them to fear him all the more. They should be fearing him rather than the mourning "kings of the earth" or the symbolic ten horns of the scarlet-colored wild beast whom God used to desolate and burn up the whorish Babylon the Great. Regardless of their age, position or importance in God's visible organization, all his slaves whom he has bought by the precious blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ should praise God, joining in the Hallelujah chorus.

Babylon the Great has always been the enemy of the 144,000 who are engaged to marry the Lamb Jesus Christ, to become his Bride. Babylon has viciously tried to destroy them and prevent the Lamb from having his Bride. But she has to deal with God who makes the

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heavenly marriage for his Son and who provides the Bride for his Lamblike Son. So God destroys the jealous "great harlot" and preserves the Bride for his Lamb. On Babylon the Great there comes the day of destruction of harlots, but for the Lamb's Bride there comes the wedding day. This gives extra joy to Heaven. John says:

"And I heard what was as a voice of a great crowd and as a sound of many waters and as a sound of heavy thunders. They said: 'Hallelujah, because Jehovah our God, the Almighty, has begun to rule as king. Let us rejoice and be overjoyed, and let us give him the glory, because the marriage of the Lamb has arrived and his wife has prepared herself. Yes, it has been granted to her to be arrayed in bright, clean, fine linen, for the fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the holy ones.'" — Revelation 19:6-8. margin (1950).

Thus a fourth Hallelujah resounds throughout the heavens from a mighty chorus of voices, a superhuman sound like that of the many waters and heavy thunders of God's production. The chorus is just as if it is on the joyous day of the enthronement of a new king.

True, at the end of the "appointed times of the nations" in 1914, Jehovah God the Almighty took to himself his great power and began to rule in the heavens by means of his newly installed Messianic kingdom. (Revelation 11:15-18) But a new epoch in the reign of Jehovah God is marked by his awe-inspiring destruction of Babylon the Great, who has assumed the right to anoint and induct kings on earth. The earthly reign of Nimrod the "mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah" started in ancient Babylon; and now the worldwide empire of religion that began with her has at last been judged and destroyed by the God whom she always opposed, Jehovah. When ancient Babylon fell before King Cyrus in 539 B.C. and he released her captives, it was said to Zion: "Your God has become king!" (Isaiah 52:7) When God finally destroys Babylon the

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Great, it will be said still more fittingly that he has become king, especially with respect to this earth. Babylon's world empire of false religion over earth will have been destroyed. From then on Jehovah reigns without a religious rival. Why should not heaven shout, "Hallelujah"?

The destruction of whorish Babylon the Great will mean that the Bride of the Lamb Jesus Christ has triumphed over her age-long religious rival. The Bride has not permitted the "great harlot" to defile her and make her violate her marriage engagement to her promised Bridegroom, the Lamb Jesus Christ. The 144,000 who make up the membership of the Bride class "did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins." (Revelation 14:1-4) She has proved her faithfulness to her promised Bridegroom. She is now fit for him to "present the congregation to himself in its splendor, not having a spot or a wrinkle or any of such things, but that it should be holy and without blemish," as his wife. (Ephesians 5:27) There is therefore no objection or bar to be raised to prevent the heavenly marriage from taking place.

As the marriage is to be a heavenly one, it is a time for heaven to rejoice and be overjoyed. Also, since Jehovah God the Almighty is the One who makes the marriage for his Son and provides the Bride, it is the proper thing for heaven to "give him the glory." Especially so, since he foretold and prefigured that there would be such a marriage and he was engaged more than nineteen hundred years in forming the Bride and now at last "the marriage of the Lamb has arrived." At the destruction of her great rival, the whorish Babylon the Great, it can also consistently be said that "his wife has prepared herself." She has gained the victory over this "great harlot" by the "righteous acts of the holy ones" who make up the Bride class. These righteous acts are like a spotless clothing to her, and are a justification for her to become the Lamb's "wife."

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As "the fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the holy ones," Heaven can rightly bear witness that "it has been granted to her to be arrayed in bright, clean, fine linen."

Of course, when the apostle John saw the apocalyptic vision, he was still on earth and was one of those invited to be present as a member of the Bride class at the "evening meal of the Lamb's marriage." Correspondingly, when God shortly executes judgment upon the "great harlot," Babylon the Great, there will be a remnant of faithful, anointed members of the Bride class yet on earth, who expect to be present at that same great heavenly supper. Evidently for their special benefit John was told to write down the fourth of seven happinesses spoken in the book of Revelation. John says:

"And he tells me: 'Write: Happy are those invited to the evening meal of the Lamb's marriage.' Also, he tells me: These are the true sayings of God.' " — Revelation 19:9.

As God's sayings are always true, and since these words are his sayings, we should have no doubt about their truthfulness. They will surely be realized by the Bridal remnant yet on earth. These have reason to be happy about it right now. But after the "great harlot" has been executed to death by Jehovah, they will have still more reason to be happy. Note how happy John was at it:

"At that I fell down before his feet to worship him. But he tells me: 'Be careful! Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers who have the work of witnessing to Jesus. Worship God; for the bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying.' " — Revelation 19:10.

Doubtless John fell down before the angel who was sent forth to present to him the revelation "in signs." (Revelation 1:1) The angel reminded John that only the great Source of the revelation, Jehovah God, was

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to be worshiped because of the things seen then "in signs." By presenting this revelation in signs to John the angel was bearing witness to both God and Jesus. Hence he claimed to be no more than a son of God and a brother of John and of all John's Christian brothers who have the work of bearing witness to Jesus. The very purpose that Jehovah God had in giving this revelation to be presented in signs was to bear witness to his Son Jesus. Such witnessing was the purpose that inspired all the Bible prophecies. God is the inspirer of prophecy. So "worship God."

THE BATTLE OF HAR-MAGEDON

Although already moved to such a worshipful attitude, John had not yet seen the grand climax of the revelation. He had seen in preview the execution of God's judgment upon the "great harlot," Babylon the Great. There yet remained the earthly kings who bewail her execution and those other earthly kings who, like the "ten horns" of the scarlet-colored wild beast, had been used by God to devastate her and burn her up. Like her prototype, Babylon the Great was pictured as being on the Euphrates River. So the battle that is fought to destroy her would, according to its location, rightly be called the battle of Babylon or the battle of the Euphrates. — Revelation 16:12.

However, when God's angel poured out the sixth of the seven last plagues, it revealed that, under demon influence, the "kings of the entire inhabited earth" were being gathered, not to Babylon on the Euphrates, but "to the place that is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon." This place, if referring to Megiddo, lies over five hundred miles west of Babylon. So the destruction of Babylon the Great is pictured as being no part of the battle of Har-Magedon but as immediately preceding that battle. — Revelation 16:13-16.

One of the seven angels with the plagues had already told John that the kings, pictured by the ten horns of

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the scarlet-colored beast, would "battle with the Lamb, but, because he is Lord of lords and King of kings, the Lamb will conquer them." (Revelation 17:14) Now, after John previews Great Babylon's destruction, he sees the Lamb of God riding to the battle at Har-Magedon. He says:

"And I saw the heaven opened, and, look! a white horse. And the one seated upon it is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness. His eyes are a fiery flame, and upon his head are many diadems. He has a name written that no one knows but he himself, and he is arrayed with an outer garment sprinkled with blood, and the name he is called is The Word of God. Also, the armies that were in heaven were following him on white horses, and they were clothed in white, clean, fine linen. And out of his mouth there protrudes a sharp long sword, that he may strike the nations with it, and he will shepherd them with a rod of iron. He treads too the press of the wine of the anger of the wrath of God the Almighty. And upon his outer garment, even upon his thigh, he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords."  — Revelation 19:11-16.

The horse implies warfare, for long ago God said: "Can you give to the horse mightiness? . . . from far off it smells the battle." (Job 39:19, 25) God also used the illustration of a "horse that is dashing into the battle." (Jeremiah 8:6) Because of its purity of color, a white horse would be a symbol of righteous war. In harmony with this the one seated on the white horse, whom John sees in the opened heavens, "is called Faithful and True, and he judges and carries on war in righteousness." He is riding to "the place that is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon," where the "kings of the entire inhabited earth" are now being gathered together "to the war of the great day of God the Almighty."  — Revelation 16:14, 16.

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As the rider on the white horse is in the invisible heavens, those earthly kings do not actually see him. They refuse to see him even by means of the spiritual vision that God's revealed truth gives. They do not know what they are up against in the approaching battle at "Har-Magedon." Yet they are actually fighting against him. How so? In that they are fighting for their national sovereignty and their own preferred kinds of political systems of rulership. So they faithlessly refuse to recognize the horse rider as the one whom God the Almighty has given the kingship over the whole earth since the Gentile Times ended in 1914. (Psalm 2:7-9) In various ways they try to legalize their fight against the earthly followers of the horse rider, the Christian witnesses of Jehovah God who are preaching the good news of God's Messianic kingdom.

The earthly kings and rulers engage in a losing fight. They lose, but not because then Babylon the Great will have fallen and they no longer have the Pontifex Maximus of Christendom and the priests and religious clergymen and military chaplains to pray to their religious gods for victory. Rather, they fight for a lost cause. They fight the King of kings, who has all the needed power in heaven and earth, more power than all the nuclear fighting power that the earthly kings and rulers have built up to maintain themselves in control of the earth. Look at the one whom they oppose:

His eyes flash with "fiery flame," looking to the fiery destruction of his foes. On his head he has "many diadems," more than those upon the ten horns of the seven-headed wild beast that ascended out of the symbolic sea; for he has a greater rulership than all theirs together, their rulership being from the Dragon, Satan the Devil, but his rulership being from the rightful source of power and authority, Jehovah. — Revelation 13:1, 2; 2:26, 27; 12:5,10.

He also has powers and qualities unknown to earthly rulers. This is indicated in that his "name written" is

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one "that no one knows but he himself." When here on earth as a man, he did not shrink back from shedding his own blood in the cause of God's kingdom. The outer garment with which he is arrayed testifies to that fact; it is "sprinkled with blood." What is his official name? He is called "The Word of God." Mind you, he is not called God the Word, but is called "The Word of God." With this title John 1:1, 2. which the apostle John wrote after writing Revelation 19:13, must agree.* So he is the universal spokesman or mouthpiece of God the Almighty.

The armies led by The Word of God are heavenly, hence angelic, not earthly, not made up of the remnant of the 144,000 yet on earth nor of the "great crowd" of their sheeplike companions. The holy angels engage in righteous warfare, a fact that is symbolized by their being clothed in clean, white linen and being seated on white horses. All these, or doubtless many of these, took part in the war in heaven that followed the enthronement of The Word of God as Messianic King and that resulted in casting Satan the Devil out of heaven and down to this earth. — Reve1ation 12:3-13.

As regards their Leader, since he is the Spokesman or Mouthpiece of God, he commands a war of destruction upon the kings or rulers of the earth and sentences them to annihilation. That is why the apostle John saw a sharp romphaía or "long sword" protruding out of his mouth. (Revelation l: 16; 2:12, 16) This "long sword"


* See pages 53-62, paragraphs 61-83, of the 64-page booklet "The Word" — Who Is He? According to John, published in June of 1962 and free copies of which were mailed to all the available priests and clergymen of Christendom on November 19, 1962, for their information.

Said the Britannica Book of the Year 1963, on page 489, under the heading Jehovah's Witnesses: "A further attempt to establish from the words of the apostle John that Jesus Christ was not a part of the Trinity was contained in the booklet "The Word" — Who Is He? According to John. The first printing numbered more than 2,500,000 copies. Immediately following the assemblies a special world campaign was begun to distribute a free copy to every Protestant, Catholic and Jewish clergyman."

According to the reaction on the part of the clergy, the booklet was like a plague to them.

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denotes not only warfare but also execution to death. So with warfare over the universal sovereignty of his God and with an execution to destruction he will "strike the nations." He will thus show that, when the Gentile Times or the "appointed times of the nations" ran out in 1914, the nations should have peacefully surrendered their sovereignty to Jehovah God and his newly installed King over the earth. Because they did not do so, they must now be violently destroyed. It will be as if God's Messianic King were smashing sheep with a "rod of iron." (Psalm 2:8, 9; Revelation 2:27; 12:5) All their national political systems and boundaries, flags and banners, customs unions, international alliances will be smashed to bits.

The Word of God with his heavenly armies serves as the operator of a global winepress to crush the earthly political vine with all its political branches and all its huge clusters of grapes of wicked deeds and oppression. These grapes are crushed, not with soft human feet, but with horse hoofs. As on horseback the Word of God and his heavenly armies leap into the reception tank of the symbolic winepress and ride their horses around in it to display completely the "anger of the wrath of God the Almighty." As they ride around stamping the international political vine they will doubtless sing songs of victory, according to the ancient custom for winepress treaders to shout and sing as they stamped the grapes. (Jeremiah 25:30; 48:33) During this symbolic treading the blood of the foes of God's kingdom will be spilled out as never before in human history. — Revelation 14-18-20; Joel 3:12-16.

In this necessarily rough way the earthly rulers and their nations will learn and be compelled to acknowledge that the heavenly Word of God is King of kings and Lord of lords, a King and Lord of a superior kind. This title of his is plainly announced in writing on his outer garment, at the thigh, where usually the sword of authority is worn. The kings and lords of earth have

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refused to read it with any seriousness since 1914. Bowing in defeat before him, they will go into destruction. They are mortal, but he is immortal. He will survive the battle in victory. — 1 Timothy 6:14-16.

Not only will there be an exceptional earthly slaughter at the "place that is called in Hebrew Har-Magedon," but those slaughtered there will not be buried with honors or laid in graves with markers to memorialize them for the sake of mourners and idolizers. This is foreseen and foretold in what the apostle John saw. He said:

"I saw also an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice and said to all the birds that fly in midheaven: 'Come here, be gathered together to the great evening meal of God, that you may eat the fleshy parts of kings and the fleshy parts of military commanders and the fleshy parts of strong men and the fleshy parts of horses and of those seated upon them, and the fleshy parts of all, of freemen as well as of slaves and of small ones and great.' " — Revelation 19:17, 18; compare Ezekiel 39:17-21.

This makes it certain that there will be plenty of bodies of slain ones of all ranks, national and military, for birds of carrion to glut themselves on. By means of his Messianic King, God the Almighty will triumph in this "war of the great day." Then, as it were, the bones of the slain foes of God's kingdom will be picked clean by scavenger birds. This will also serve as a health measure, to rid the earth of the foul smell of putrefying human corpses and to prevent water and air pollution and the spreading of diseases to the survivors of this war at "Har-Magedon," namely, the remnant of the 144,000 and their "great crowd" of godly companions. For their eyes of appreciation it will be as much a feast as it will be in a literal way for the wild birds of carrion. On earth this will be the "great evening meal of God" in that God provides it for them. By angelic means as on a sunny day they will be gathered for it.

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After all preliminary announcements have been made, the apostle John finally sees the battle of Har-Magedon take place: "And I saw the wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to wage the war with the one seated on the horse and with his army. And the wild beast was caught, and along with it the false prophet that performed in front of it the signs with which he misled those who received the mark of the wild beast and those who render worship to its image. While still alive, they both were hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur. But the rest were killed off with the long sword of the one seated on the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth. And all the birds were filled from the fleshy parts of them." — Revelation 19:19-21.

With John we look into the future now near to us today and see at the battlefront on the enemy side the "wild beast and the kings of the earth and their armies" and also the "false prophet." These earthly kings or political rulers fight for the symbolic "wild beast" that got "its power and its throne and great authority" from the Dragon, Satan the Devil. The "false prophet" is the Anglo-American World Power, being at the same time also the symbolic seventh head of the political "wild beast." As such seventh and final head, the "false prophet" today holds the dominant position in the world political system and therefore presumes to speak for it, speaking "as a dragon," that is, like the Devil.  — Revelation 13:1, 2, 11-13.

Here at this battle of Har-Magedon all that this political "false prophet" has predicted will be put to the most crucial test. It will prove to be grossly false despite all the political, military signs that the Anglo-American "false prophet" performed to mislead earth's inhabitants into worshiping political world government and its present beastly "image," the United Nations.

As if it were a dangerous man-eating wild beast, that worldwide system of political government is caught.

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Since the "false prophet" is the seventh head of this "wild beast" and hence the dominant part today of the political organization, he is automatically caught along with the "wild beast." Thus he is no longer free to mouth his predictions about establishing a free world and blocking the Communist drive for world domination. From the "wild beast," which includes this prophetic seventh head, God will ask back the human blood that it shed. Hence it will have to be destroyed, in compliance with God's law concerning bloodshed. — Genesis 9:5.

Captured alive while fighting against Jehovah's Christian witnesses and hence actually fighting against God himself, and doubtless raging at their captivity, the "wild beast" and the "false prophet" will savagely in desperation try to break loose. But they will be unable to tear apart the bands upon them or the cords tying them. Jehovah God will laugh at their wild efforts. — Psalm 2:1-4.

How will they be disposed of? Not by being killed and buried in Hades or Sheol, which is the common grave of dead mankind, from which resurrection is possible. They will be "hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur." That means their annihilation, a destruction as complete and everlasting as that of Sodom and Gomorrah upon which Jehovah God rained down fire and sulphur from heaven in the days of the patriarchs Abraham and Lot. It is a destruction in Gehenna, in which God destroys both body and soul of the wicked ones. — Matthew 10:28; Genesis 19:23-29; 2 Peter 2:6-9; Jude7.

As the seven-headed, ten-horned wild beast and the false prophet are symbols, they are dealt with separately from the "kings of the earth and their armies." When those symbolic things are burned up, all world unity in political organization and all political alliances will break down before the victorious Rider on the white horse. There will be wild confusion and disorgani-

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zation, as other prophecies foretell. Jesus Christ when on earth foretold it, saying: "There will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world's beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones [the remnant of the 144,000 yet on earth] those days will be cut short."  — Matthew 24:21, 22, 38, 39.

At Har-Magedon, where the height of that "great tribulation" is reached, the kings and their armies and those having the mark of the "wild beast" will all be "killed off" in execution of the death sentence that proceeds out of the mouth of the victorious King of kings like a "long sword."

Their corpses will not be buried with religious, military or civil honors. All the scavenger birds will feast upon their dead bodies, and the eyes of God's protected remnant and their "great crowd" of godly companions will also feast. These will be satisfied at seeing this glorious vindication of the universal sovereignty of the Most High God, Jehovah. Being hid under the "shadow of the Almighty One," they will realize his promise to them: "Only with your eyes will you look on and see the retribution itself of the wicked ones." (Psalm 91: 1, 8) They will be glad afterward to bury any bones remaining of the wicked ones and so cleanse the earth.  — Ezekiel 39:11-16.



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