THE DIVINE WARRIOR

Revelation 19:11-16

“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” (Revelation 19:11)

John was given a vision of our Lord and His second coming. Christ comes in majesty, mounted upon a horse. This is the same Lord Jesus who rode humbly into Jerusalem on a donkey. But when He comes again, He comes in great power and glory to judge. He is called “Faithful and True.” He is about to judge righteously, for His eyes are a flame of fire — “in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire” (vs. 11,12a).

Jesus comes to wage war upon His enemies. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. His name is called “The Word of God” (v. 13). The armies of heaven of heaven follow Him (v. 14). From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations (v. 15). He will rule the nations with a rod of iron (a reference to Psalm 2).

The Ruler of heaven and earth is returning to claim His rightful domain. He now treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty” (v. 15). In other words He comes to carry out the sentence of God upon sinful, rebellious people. This mighty Warrior has a name written on His robe and on His thigh — “King of kings and Lord of lords” (v. 16).

Jesus foretold of His second coming — “Immediately after the tribulation of the days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matthew 24:29-31).

When Jesus returns, the final judgment will take place (Matthew 25:31-46). Jesus made it clear that no one knows the day of His second coming (Matthew 24:36). For this reason, He said — “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44).

Lord Jesus, Warrior King, King of kings and Lord of lords, Judge of all humankind, I know that You are coming back one day in glory to this earth. I know that You will judge all righteously. Let me be ready for Your return. I know that You have redeemed me with Your precious blood and that I will not face the fury of the wrath of God, because You have taken it for me. I bow before You in thanksgiving and worship You, my Savior.

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