Who Are The Armies Of Heaven With Jesus At His Return?

For years it has been hurled at us that the armies of Heaven with Jesus at the Second Coming are the previously raptured Saints. But an honest examination of other relevant Scriptures indicates something quite different!

The armies of heaven

The following is an excerpt[ from the book ‘The Pre-trib Rapture: A Bucket Full of Holes!’ by Paul Benson

Unbiblical Concept: The armies in white linen at the Second Coming are the previously raptured Saints, and not the angels of God.

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in Heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Revelation 19:13-14

The rapture theory teachers say the ‘armies in Heaven clothed in white linen’ following Jesus out of Heaven at his Second Coming are NOT angels, but instead the Bride of Christ! They cite Rev. 19:8 as a ‘proof text’ because it says in that verse: “white linen is the righteousness of the Saints.” And they then go on to suppose that if these Saints in white linen are now coming out of Heaven they had to have first gone in indicating a previous rapture, and thus (supposedly) disproving the claim that the Resurrection of the Just actually takes place at the Second Coming. But is all this according to the truth of the Word of God?

This sounds somewhat convincing until you put it to the test. Does it say here, or anywhere else, that these armies coming out of Heaven are previously raptured believers, or that they are even human? No, this is mere speculation with no scriptural support. They have once again inserted their doctrine into a text, and then claimed it as support for their theory. And as is the usual case with their ‘proof texts’ they have proved nothing.

Lets look at some other individuals in the Scriptures who are also clothed in white linen:

And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. Revelation 15:6

It looks to me like these angels in Heaven are wearing the same apparel as those guys on horses with Jesus. What a shocker! Mary and the others at the tomb saw an angel clothed in a long white garment (Mark 16:5). Daniel also saw an angel clothed in linen (Dan. 10:5).  What else would they be wearing, Levi’s?

To say the armies following Jesus out of Heaven are NOT angels because they are clothed in white linen is absolutely ludicrous! This is a prime example of the way the rapture theorists fabricate ‘proof texts’; like inserting their beliefs into this Scripture to ‘prove’ a point, while ignoring other relevant passages that clearly describe the event of Jesus coming out of Heaven with his angels.

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with his mighty angels, 2 Thessalonians 1:7

Notice it does NOT say: ‘when Jesus is revealed from Heaven with his army of raptured warriors’. The Church is finally granted rest from 2000 years of persecution, affliction, and tribulation when Jesus returns to earth, bringing all his mighty angels, at his Second Coming.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: Matthew 25:31

Again, when Jesus comes in the clouds with power and great glory, and begins his reign on earth, he will have brought all the angels out of heaven with him.

For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works. Matthew 16:27

The Bible clearly teaches Jesus is bringing ALL the angels of Heaven with him at his Return. Just how many angels are we talking about here; a sky full? No wonder it says armies – plural! There are many confirming witnesses describing the angels (whom the Bible portrays as wearing white linen) coming out of Heaven with Jesus! Why would you think Rev. 19:14 is describing anything else; unless you are trying to fabricate support for a rickety theory in danger of collapse. When Jesus comes out of Heaven with his army the resurrection /catching away has NOT happened yet! It happens AFTER he appears.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.  Mark 13:26-27

If you doubt the elect being referred to here is the Body of Christ please see this post. About this time some of you rapture theory believers are wishing you could throw in these verses:

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  1Thess. 4:14

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his Saints,   Jude 1:14

… like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the Saints with thee.  Zechariah 14:5

Many try to use these verses as proof that the rapture would have to had already happened in order for Jesus to bring these people ‘with him’. But does it say they come out of Heaven? No, it sure doesn’t. Jesus will appear in the clouds with all his holy angels, then resurrect the believers, gather us unto himself up in the air, and then descend bringing all of us with him. The world will in truth witness Jesus coming with his Saints. There is no conflict with these verses.

Also where does it say the Saints are Heaven’s armies, and fight against the wicked and destroy them? The Bible does speak of our struggles with evil in this life as warfare, but does that mean we are the ‘armies in Heaven’ that do battle for God? Isn’t that the job of the angels? I thought the departed believers had ‘entered into their rest’?

When the martyred Saints call out to God to be avenged (Rev. 6:10), will He tell them to go take care of it themselves? I question the way the rapture theorists turn Christ’s Bride into a vengeful army; I guess they must take back all their forgiveness towards their enemies and persecutors, and go kick some major butt on planet earth?

It just doesn’t seem in line with the descriptions we have of the Return of Christ that He would hang back and let his Bride do any fighting for him. It gives me this mental image of a loving married couple at home safe in bed for the night when suddenly they hear glass breaking and noise of intrusion downstairs. Can you picture that doting husband turning to his wife and saying, ”Honey, you wanna get that please?” It just don’t seem right, does it?

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  Romans 12:19

The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.  Psalms 58:10

We WILL be present at the battle of Armageddon, SEE the vengeance of God upon our enemies, and  REJOICE in victory. There is nothing in Scripture to indicate we should think that believers are the ‘armies of Heaven’, but plenty to show it’s the holy angels coming out of Heaven with Jesus in Revelation 19:14. It is erroneous to teach this unbiblical concept, particularly in light of the facts I have presented here. Let’s get it right, shall we?

Author: Paul Benson

My Website is at www.paulbenson.me. My blog 'Let's Get It Right!' is at pbenson.me.

5 thoughts on “Who Are The Armies Of Heaven With Jesus At His Return?”

  1. Paul, I do believe James is correct. You replied…”but where did you ever get the notion a raptured Church will occupy positions formerly held by Satan and his devils?” Rev 11:15-18 & Rev 20:4 that thrones are set. Where are they set? Rev 11:16 16 And the twenty-four elders, who were “seated on their thrones before God”, fell on their faces and worshiped God,

    Paul when addressing law suits among the believers in Corinth also mentions, in 1 Cor 6:3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!

    Where ever there is a throne, there is power and authority attached to it. When Christ raised from the dead, the Father gave him all authority in heaven and on earth (Matthew 28:18) and the Father exalted Him and gave Him the Name above all names and He ascended to his throne in heaven. The Father has given unto the Son all authority in heaven and on earth. Philippians 2:9-11 & 1 Cor 15:20-28. He is the High Priest of heaven with all spiritual authority and He is also the King sitting upon His throne.

    Rev 12:7 Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. 8 But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. 9 The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

    Those positions of power and authority they held were not destroyed, they were emptied and vacated. It is these position that the Church will fill and hold while Christ 1000 year reign happens. Consider carefully Daniel 10:13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

    You cannot read Daniel 10:13 and ignore the significance of what is being illustrated here in regards to angels holding power and authority of cities and countries. Dan 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise….”

    Perhaps it will give you deeper insight to parable of the ten minas found in Luke 19:17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

    I pray that you would consider these things. James was correct in what he said.

    By Him and for Him,
    God bless


    1. Hi Rich;
      My reply to James was to show the error of his reasoning that a raptured Church would be already sitting in authority (supposedly the emptied seats of the fallen ones) when Christ Returns. That is pre-trib theory. The catching away CANNOT happen until the Return of Christ so there is no ‘raptured’ Church in Heaven (or any place else) before that day. And there is not one verse that describes a resurrected Church leaving the planet to dwell in Heaven. That was my point.

      As to the Church filling the seats vacated by the fallen ones there are no verses that teach explicitly that idea. Actually that notion sells us a little short in my opinion. Will we sit in authority? Yes! But in a fashion far above that ever held by an angel! We will rule and reign with Christ as joint heirs of all of creation. Most Christians do not understand that the entire universe will be not only under our dominion, but it will be our possession! Including the angels! When Paul said, ‘All things are yours, and you are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.’ this is what he was talking about.!

      No angel has ever shared the throne with our Lord, but as sons of God WE WILL! We will sit in dominion over the seats of authority held by the angels, NOT merely occupy them. I was not trying to diminish the concept of our future seat of authority, but to show that he had stated an unscriptural understanding fed to him by the pre-trib error. He was NOT correct in what he said.

      Thanks for the comment and exhortation.
      Paul Benson


  2. I agree, the armies of heaven that follows Christ in his 2nd advent is not the Church but angels. The Church will be in their new positions in the heavenly places vacated by the evil principalities and powers after Satan and his angels lose the battle against Michael and are thrown out of heaven.


    1. James;
      I’m glad you see that the pre-trib insertion of the Church into Revelation 19:14 is false, but where did you ever get the notion a raptured Church will occupy positions formerly held by Satan and his devils? A major problem with that idea (other than its lack of Scriptural foundation) is that when Jesus comes out of Heaven with his angels the resurrection / catching away has not happened yet. This takes place as Jesus descends to earth at this Second Coming.

      Mark 13:26-27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven.

      If you have been taught the elect of Matthew 24 and Mark 13 are not the Body of Christ please see this post: The identity of the elect of Matthew 24. It will shed the light of truth on the matter for you.



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