A BRIEF THOUGHT ON REVELATION CHAPTER 19 by J. Parnell McCarter
"...he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever...And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone..." - Revelation 19
The above words are pregnant with revelation regarding what we ought to anticipate in our future, for what is chronicled in Revelation chapters 19-22 has not yet come to pass as of the year of our Lord 2015 AD. The book of Revelation overall chronicles the history of the Church from the Apostolic era until the future Second Advent of Jesus Christ (see http://www.historicism.net ), and Revelation chapters 19- 22 chronicles what is now yet future from our vantage point in time. The words of our text suggest that there is coming a time in the future when "the great whore" (which in its final historical incarnation is described in Revelation chapters 17-18) will have been eternally vanquished, but the beast (of 7 hills- in other words, the Romish Antichrist) still survives and at that time has the kingdoms of the earth on his side and in his sway.
Regarding the fall of “the great whore”, that had been described in Revelation 17:12-17:
“And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast … And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree , and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.”
So the beast of 7 Hills (the Romish Antichrist) will survive and rule, following the downfall of “the great whore”.
The fact that the Romish beast of 7 Hills will have the “kings of the earth” on his side and in his sway at this future time likely implies the kingdoms of the earth will have by this time become visibly Christianized, because the Romish Man of Sin "sits in the Temple" (i.e., the Church). The "fullness of the Gentiles" will have likely thus come into the visible Christian church, but they will still at that point be largely deceived. The form of their Christianity will be perverted by various and sundry of the errors of the Romish Man of Sin.
“The beast, and the kings of the earth,” will wage spiritual war against Jesus Christ and His followers. This spiritual battle will occur on the earth- Jesus Christ with His followers spiritually but not physically. There is good reason to believe that in this spiritual battle most Jews will have by this time converted to Biblical Christianity, and they will be at the forefront of Christian believers spiritually battling the Romish Antichrist and the Antichrist’s followers.
In the end the Romish Antichrist- the Papacy- will itself be vanquished (through the proclamation of the word of God), never to return to earth again. We know his extirpation from earth, described in this text, must not be confused with the Great Day of Judgment, when all mankind will be consigned to heaven or hell and the devil will forever be cast into hell. So this extirpation will occur at a time before the Great Day of Judgment, and it will issue in a period of great spiritual blessing on the earth (what Romans 11:15 describes as “life from the dead”).
The revelation of God found in this text should be a great consolation for believers during this current time of great spiritual darkness.