TEXT: Revelation 19:11-16
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.
The Future Wars of the Nations (Part 8) — Armageddon: the Arrival of the King
Regarding the events which the Bible says will take place at Armageddon, we left off with the armies of Earth — spurred on by Satan, the Antichrist, and the False Prophet — assembling in the Valley of Megiddo to oppose the return of Jesus Christ. Even after severe judgment by God, we are told that they “repent not” and refuse to give glory to God. Instead, they gather to fight against Him.
John describes the arrival of Jesus Christ. He says, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” This is the second part of the Second Coming. The first part was when Jesus returned invisibly in the Rapture to call all of His children, dead and alive, out of the earth and into Heaven with Him. He rescues those who believe in Him from the seven-year Tribulation. At the end of the seven years, He returns to Earth — this time visibly, for all the world to see.
Dr. John Walvoord states that “The horse’s rider is called Faithful and True for, as John declared, With justice He judges and makes war. His piercing judgment of sin is indicated in the words, His eyes are like blazing fire, and His right to rule is evidenced by the many crowns He is wearing. Written on Him is a name that no one but He Himself knows, suggesting that Christ is the ineffable, indescribable One. But actual titles are given for Him. Revelation 19:13 says, His name is the Word of God, and Revelation 19:16 states that the name of His robe and on His thigh is king of kings and lord of lords. The rider obviously is Jesus Christ, returning to the earth in glory. That He is coming as Judge is further supported by the fact that He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood.”
Jesus’ second coming is very different from His first. The first time, He came as a humble servant sent to save humanity. The second time, He comes as a wrathful warrior sent to execute judgment against those who oppose Him. The first time, He had to keep reminding His disciples that He had not come to rule a political kingdom, but a spiritual one. The second time, He comes to sit on the throne of David in Jerusalem.
This passage emphasizes three things about the return of Jesus Christ to the earth.
First, Jesus returns as a righteous judge: “in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” The world has had many rulers who claimed to be righteous and just, and yet much sin and evil has gone on. When Jesus returns, nothing will be hidden from His sight. He will see past the masks and facade we put on. He will right all wrongs. He will bring true justice to a world full of unfairness and cruelty. Most of all, the enemies of God and God’s people will suffer for the evil that they have done. Verse 15 states that when Jesus returns He will “tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” A winepress was like a huge vat in which people would pour grapes. People would then get in the vat and crush the grapes with their feet, turning them into grape juice to make wine. That is the image invoked here. By His wrath, Jesus Christ will crush the wicked nations.
Second, Jesus returns as a sovereign ruler. The text says, “on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.” Verse 16 adds, “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords.” The many crowns that Christ wears indicate His kingship and His sovereignty over all the earth. Before He went back to Heaven, He told His disciples, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Sometimes, with all of the bad things that happen in the world, it doesn’t seem as though He is in control. However, when He returns, He will manifest His role as the sovereign ruler on earth.
Third, Jesus returns as the revelation of God. John tells us that “his name is called The Word of God.” The “word”, in John’s other New Testament writings, indicates God being with us. When Jesus first came to earth, John called Him “the word made flesh.” All that God wants us to know about Himself is revealed in His Word, the Bible. When Jesus returns, it will be another manifestation of the “word made flesh.” When people look into His face, they will see the face of God. The fact that Jesus “has a name that no man knows but he himself” indicates that even though God has revealed much of himself to His children, we will never perfectly be able to comprehend Him. He is much too big for us to wrap our minds around. Even when He returns, and the world sees Him in bodily form, we will still find him unfathomable.
But, Jesus is not the only one who returns to Earth. We are told in verse 14, “And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” These armies are God’s people — both angels and the redeemed of the Earth who were taken up in the Rapture. We will return with Christ as He arrives for the battle of Armageddon.
Driven by Satan, the nations of the world will turn their weaponry against Christ and His armies. John tells us that “out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron.”
If you are with us today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, allow me to share with you how you can trust Him for salvation so that you can be ready for His return.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.