He’s Our Hero Riding To The Rescue
Revelation 19: 11-16
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
12His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
13He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
15Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
When I was a boy, my favorite TV program was the Lone Ranger.
Riding his white horse Silver,
the Lone Ranger always rode in to defeat the bad guys.
Today we meet another Hero riding on a white horse.
He, too, will come to defeat the bad guys.
In today’s passage, we find the triumphal redeemed saints
in the heavenly procession with the King of Kings.
Jesus comes to make war on Satan, the Antichrist,
the False Prophet, and the kings of the earth.
When this war with Satan is over,
Jesus becomes the absolute ruler of the earth.
Verse 11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
This begins the description of our Lord's return.
First, it will be obvious.
Jesus said in Matthew 24:27
For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Everybody will see it.
It will occur immediately after the Great Tribulation.
Second, a door opened in heaven.
This opening of heaven is not to go in.
It is the opening for Jesus and His followers to come out.
The door to heaven has been open for Christians to enter in.
Now the door becomes an Exit.
Jesus rides a "white horse".
Back in chapter 6 we read about the Antichrist coming forth
to begin his conquering efforts in the world.
He, too, was seen riding a white horse.
Jesus comes riding a white horse because He comes to conquer.
The words "Faithful and True" in our Bibles.
That lets us know that this is God the Son.
He is always faithful to His promises.
What He speaks is always true.
Notice the last part of Verse 1: and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
Jesus will come as both a judge and warrior.
His judgment of the earth will be totally righteous.
Psalm 96:13 says,
For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth.
He shall judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with His truth.
We are assured that His judgments are right.
He has been sitting at the Right Hand of the Father in heaven,
but now He is about to set up His kingdom here on the earth.
The most detailed description of the Second Coming
was given by Jesus in Matthew chapter 24.
"Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, 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. 31And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Clearly the Second Coming of Jesus will be obvious to everyone.
Verse 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
The "eyes" of Jesus “like aflame of fire"
can see right into the soul of man.
There is nothing that escapes His judgment.
The “many crowns” indicate His total sovereignty and authority.
Jesus is the ruler over all other kings.
He has all authority in heaven and on the earth.
The “name no one knew except Himself”
fits what the Bible says in Philippians 2:9-11:
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
The Old Testament says there was a secret name
on the stone underneath the breastplate of the high priest
worn when he went into the Holy of Holies.
It was the unspeakable name of God.
It is a name that no one knew except our Lord.
In chapter 3 verse 12 of Revelation,
we read about this name the Lord will put on us.
Verse 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood,
This is not the blood Jesus shed on the cross.
The blood represents the judgment of Christ's enemies.
Prophet Isaiah wrote about Jesus’ Second Coming in chapter 63:
1 Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah,
This One who is glorious in His apparel,
Traveling in the greatness of His strength?-- "I who speak in righteousness,
mighty to save."
2 Why is Your apparel red, and Your garments like one who treads in the
3 "I have trodden the winepress alone,
And from the peoples no one was with Me.
For I have trodden them in My anger and trampled them in My fury;
Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained all My robes.
4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart,
and the year of My redeemed has come.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help, and I wondered
That there was no one to uphold;
Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me;
And My own fury, it sustained Me.
6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger, Made them drunk in My
fury, And brought down their strength to the earth."
Verse 13 continues: and His name is called The Word of God.
The Scriptures say the word of God
took on the form of flesh and dwelt among us.
John 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
John 1:14. "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."
Verse 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
This is speaking of the Battle of Armageddon.
The armies may be all the inhabitants of the heaven:
the angels, the raptured church, the Old Testament saints
and Tribulation saints.
They will share in Christ's victory and glory.
How large are the LORD's "armies"?
Revelation 5:11 says just the Angelic Host around the Throne
would number more than 100 million.
Hw many Justified Saints since Adam can be added to that count?
The “fine linen, white and clean” symbolizes righteousness.
Notice the last part of Verse 14.
Here we see the followers of Jesus on "white horses".
With the size of the Lord’s armies,
there must be a big stable somewhere in heaven!
Now, after I got hurt riding a horse,
I decided not to climb on a horse’s back again!
You might also have no desire to ride a horse.
So will we hesitate to climb on one of these horses in heaven?
We can be certain that Jesus will prepare us for this ride.
VERSE 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
The sword from His mouth depicts judgment
through His spoken Word.
The Bible says that it is so sharp.
Hebrews 4:12 says,
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The words “strike the nations”
means Jesus will destroy all unbelievers.
The words “rod of iron” means Jesus
will subject all nations to Himself,
and destroy all His enemies.
Psalm 2:8-9 says,
Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance,
And the ends of the earth for Your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron;
You shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.' "
1 Corinthians 15:24-25
Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
The word “winepress” refers back to chapter 14 verses 17 to 20.
17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe." 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses' bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.
Those verses plus what we see in Verse 15 of this chapter
tell about the great battle on earth
as evil forces are defeated by Jesus.
Words relating to wrath and anger appear 15 times in Revelation.
We see how powerful this Word is.
This "rod of iron" that He will rule with
means His law is absolute and unwavering.
He never changes.
VERSE 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
The words “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”
means Jesus has universal sovereignty.
This expresses His absolute rule in His soon to be Kingdom.
There are approximately 97 names throughout the Bible
that are used to indicate Jesus.
Here He is coming to the earth to take over as Supreme Ruler.
He is called by the name
"KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS".
On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.
The disciples and those who were for him walked behind him.
The next time Jesus rides to Jerusalem,
He will ride a beautiful white horse.
We will be riding with him as a part of the army of heaven!
There’s only one way to enlist in that army.
You must be faith accept the shed blood of the suffering Savior.
You can’t participate in His second mission
if you refuse to accept what He did in his first mission.
You won’t ride with Him in the future,
if you haven’t accepted Him as you savior in the present.
Jesus is going to ride again.
The King is coming!