Summary: John saw what Isaiah yearned for when he cried, "Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down"
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” NASB
CATCH PHRASES AND EMPTY BOASTS
There are some terms we’ve all been hearing much of in recent months and even over the past couple of years, starting at a low pitch and growing to a crescendo until as with other overused words and phrases of the past, we’ve all begun to equate these terms with certain men and even a certain political party.
I do not intend for my comments here to take a political direction whatsoever; only to focus on the emphasis of these terms and how they relate ultimately to our passage of study today.
We’ve heard the word ‘change’ and people have preached and promised change in our society that would come as a result of the vote of the citizenship of our nation. We have heard the word ‘hope’ used in contexts that defy any distinct lines of definition.
In addition, we have heard the claim chanted, sung and shouted from podiums across our land, ‘we can do it’!
The claim, of course, cited over and over again, is that as a nation we the people can join together, one in mind and national spirit, and bring about change and a new sense of hope in a country that has, according to these well-meaning folks, long needed change and gone long without something or someone to hope in. But hang in there, they would encourage us, because together, ‘we can do it’.
Now we all know who these people are and I am not decrying the right of those with political goals and ambitions to saturate the media with slogans and catch-phrases that will help the general populace to remember the names and ideals of the person running for office.
This is an exercise older than “I Like Ike” or “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”. I’m not a student of political history and I don’t know when this sort of sympathy-generating tactic was first used to help the voter identify with the candidate. For all I know, buried out there somewhere there may be a button reading, “Get A New Start With Bonaparte”, or a plaque that says, “Caesar: Not Just a Salad Anymore”.
In all seriousness however, these more recent slogans have shown us that people aren’t just getting behind a person anymore; they’re getting behind ideals that at best are vague and illusive. They’re desperate for something that is missing in their lives and they are afraid. We only need to watch the daily television news programs or stay abreast of the printed press to observe that people have no hope and the reason they wish for major change is because they hope against hope that change, any kind of change, will bring them something to hope in.