1. And after these things I [the
John Class] heard a great voice [acclamation] of much people
[the Great Company] in heaven [in the new spiritual phase of the kingdom],
saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honor, and power, [is] unto
the Lord our God:
2. For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore
[unfaithful church], which did corrupt the earth [society] with
her fornication [its illegitimate association], and hath avenged the
blood [death literal or symbolic] of his servants at her hand.
3. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up [memory of her
destruction continued to come up] for ever and ever [for the ages of the
4. And the four and twenty elders [offices or orders of the priesthood
including those occupying the offices] and the four living creatures
[attributes of God—justice, love, wisdom and power] fell down and worshipped God
that sat on the throne [ruled the divine government], saying, Amen
[So be it]; Alleluia.
5. And a voice [proclamation] came out of the throne
[divine government], saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear
[reverence] him, both small and great.
6. And I [the John Class] heard as it were the voice
[proclamation] of a great multitude, and as the voice [proclamation] of
many waters [people] and as
the voice of mighty thunderings
[proclamation in volume like controversies], saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God
7. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him: for the marriage
[union] of the Lamb [meek humble One] is come, and his wife
[church] hath made herself ready.
8. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen
[actual righteousness], clean and white: for the fine linen is the
[actual] righteousness of saints.
9. And he [the literal angel or messenger] saith unto me
[John the Apostle], Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage
supper [spiritual feast at the union] of the Lamb [the meek
humble One]. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
10. And I [the John Class] fell at his feet to worship him
[the glorified and revered Laodicean messenger, Brother Russell]. And he said unto
me [the John Class], See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of
thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship [revere] God: for
the testimony [witness] of Jesus [which I have brought] is
the spirit [teaching] of prophecy.
11. And I [the John Class] saw heaven opened
[spiritual truths and prophecies revealed], and behold a white horse
[pure teaching]; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in
righteousness he doth judge and make war [wages offensive combat].
12. His eyes were as a flame of fire [had omniscient wisdom of
discernment], and on his head were many crowns [he had authority over all
kingdoms]; and he had a name written, that no man knew [a character that
no one knew], but he himself [the body members would be included in the
13. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood [invested with
official authority to exterminate]: and his name is called
[Spokesman] of God.
14. And the armies [church on both sides of the veil] which
where in heaven [spiritual control in the divine government] followed him
upon white horses [upholding pure doctrine], clothed in fine linen
[invested with actual righteousness], white and clean [pure and holy].
15. And out of his mouth [Christs agencies of proclamation] goeth
a sharp sword [proceed cutting truths of Gods Word], that with it
he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron [rigid
authority]: and he treadeth the winepress [treadeth the winepress of the
false vine of the earth] of the fierceness and wrath [causes the great
time of trouble—wrath and anger] of Almighty God.
16. And he hath on his vesture [mantle of authority] and on
his thigh [place of power] a name written [was invested with
authority of the title designated], KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
17. And I [the John Class] saw an angel [those angels
who poured out the "vials" of the 16th chapter] standing in the sun
[abiding in the Gospel light]; and he [they] cried with a loud
voice [proclaimed with a great proclamation], saying to all the fowls
[anarchists] that fly in the midst of heaven [that are in the
ecclesiastical realm], Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper
[feast for the radical and hate filled elements quite unlike the harvest feast for the
saints] of the great God;
18. That ye may eat [consume] the flesh [substance] of
kings [rulers who come after the 1914 kings], and the flesh
[substance] of captains [religious leaders of the alleged Christian army],
and the flesh [substance] of mighty men [prominent imitation
Christians], and the flesh [substance] of horses
[doctrines used to support and carry forth the apostasies plans], and of
them that sit on them [those directing these doctrines], and the flesh
[substance] of all men [professing Christians], both free
[those not serving the church] and bond [those serving the church],
both small [uninfluential] and great [influential].
19. And I [the John Class] saw the beast [papacy],
and the kings [rulers] of the earth [society], and their
armies [supporters in the conflict], gathered together
[organized or united] to make war against him [oppose the Lord] that
sat on the horse [was upheld by the true doctrines], and against his army
[notice the singular army of saints on this side of the veil].
20. And the beast [papacy] was taken, and with him the false
prophet [the Church of England who is a vital member of the World Council of
Churches] that wrought miracles [made great manifestations of power, see
Revelation 13:12-15] before him [in full view of the papacy],
with which he deceived them that had received the mark [spirit] of the
beast [papacy], and them [Protestants] that worshipped
[venerated] his image [Protestants who had venerated the World Council of
Churches]. These both were cast alive [while functioning vitally] into
a lake of fire burning with brimstone [the second death—being everlastingly
destroyed, and never again shall a false religious system be allowed to come into power].
21. And the remnant [referring to the "kings" and their
"armies"] were slain [destroyed as opponents] with the
sword [fiery judgments of his Word] of him that sat upon the horse
[was upheld by the true doctrines], which sword [fiery judgments of his
Word] proceeded out of his mouth [agencies of proclamation]: and
all the fowls [anarchists] were filled [enriched] with
their flesh [substance].