Zechariah 5-8, Revelation 19 • Key Verse: Revelation 19:11
In 47 B.C., the Roman army under Julius Caesar soundly defeated the forces of King Pharnaces, who fought the Romans for control of the kingdom of Pontus in Asia Minor. After his victory Caesar returned to Rome and made the famous announcement, “ Veni, vidi, vici,” or, “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
Some 1,700 years later a Polish military strategist, King John III Sobieski, led a brilliant campaign to drive the Ottoman invaders out of central Europe. Leading a force of 25,000 men, he came to the aid of the German emperor Leopold I and beat the invaders back from the walls of Vienna, saving the city and the emperor. The Polish king was given an audience before Pope Innocent XI, who congratulated him on his victory. King Johns reply was: “I came, I saw, God conquered.”
In Revelation 19 John describes for us the last battle, one fought between the rebellious forces of this world and the Warrior-Messiah, the One who is rightly described as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Those two titles indicate His universal sovereignty and antici¬pate His ultimate triumph. A day is coming when Jesus will return and conquer the evil systems of this world.
That is the way it will be. The Lord will come, the world will see, and God will conquer. As John MacArthur so aptly summarizes what is recorded in this chapter, it is“not so much a battle as an execution.” It is a quick account as God brings to a close the Tribulation.
Notice that the first part of the chapter is a scene of worship. The “hallelujahs” ring out! Worship God for the truth that Jesus is the King of ‘kings and Lord of lords.
Woodrow Kroll & Tony beckett