Shall Not Taste Death

The Fulfillment in the Apostle John

The Apostle John wrote from the Isle of Patmos about the revelation of Jesus Christ. In Revelation 11:15, page 1927, John continued to describe the events in heaven and earth as God revealed them to him. John spoke as if he were a witness standing in the future while the events unfolded around him. In contrast, many Old Testament prophets looked at future events from their present perspective, whereas John was transported into the future and watched the events in real time. So, as we look at Revelation 11:15, page 1927, we see John hearing about the kingdom of God as it comes to earth in the future.

Revelation 11:15, Page 1927
Then the seventh angel sounded, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”

In Revelation 11:15, page 1927, we see the heavenly proclamation by the seventh angel that the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and His Christ. This event signals the worship of the twenty-four elders that declare that God has taken His great power and has begun to reign. His reign enrages the nations, but God meets human rage with divine wrath. 1The Greek word here for “enraged” (“ὠργίσθησαν”) emphasizes a total response of rage in the nations, caused by a force outside of themselves. God had responded to the evil nations with His own “wrath” (“ὀργή”). In contrast to the divine wrath poured out upon the nations, God takes this time to reward His bond-servants the prophets, the saints and all who fear God’s name. It will also be the time to destroy all who destroy the earth. 2The Greek term here for destroy (“διαφθεῖραι”) refers to work of a moth in Luke 12:33 which destroys garments by eating them away and in 2 Corinthians 4:16 to the decay of the outer man and in Acts 2:27 to describe the fact that Jesus will never undergo bodily decay.

Revelation 19:11-16, Page 1937
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eye are a flame of fie, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called “the Word of God.” And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron, and He treads the wine press of fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

In Revelation 19:11-16, page 1937, we see the Lord Jesus, followed by the armies of heaven, coming to earth to strike down the nations. We may also recognize the fulfillment of the Matthew prophecy that the Apostle John would not taste death until he had seen the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, coming in His kingdom. As John witnessed the events of Revelation 11:15 and Revelation 19, he truly saw the Son of Man coming in His kingdom. Now we can turn to the Mark 9:1 prophecy also fulfilled by the Apostle John.

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1. The Greek word here for “enraged” (“ὠργίσθησαν”) emphasizes a total response of rage in the nations, caused by a force outside of themselves. God had responded to the evil nations with His own “wrath” (“ὀργή”).
2. The Greek term here for destroy (“διαφθεῖραι”) refers to work of a moth in Luke 12:33 which destroys garments by eating them away and in 2 Corinthians 4:16 to the decay of the outer man and in Acts 2:27 to describe the fact that Jesus will never undergo bodily decay.