Summary: This sermon in my Revelation series deals with the return of Jesus at the end of Tribulation.
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.