INDUCTIVE STUDIES ON REVELATION
The Return of Christ
The Rider on the White Horse
THE SCRIPTURES (19:11-21)
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 And 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 And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite 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." 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, "Come, assemble for the great supper of God, 18 in order that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great." 19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat upon the horse and against His army.
20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat upon the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.
Throughout the Book of Revelation, we have seen God's people suffering terrible persecution at the hands of God's enemies: the Dragon, the Beast, and the False Prophet. At times, God's people might have felt that all was lost as they saw the Antichrist running rampant for 42 months. All is not lost though. Christ is going to return and save His people. Is He up to the task? The description that John gives of the returning Christ and the events which follow upon His return let us know that He is more than up to the task. After reading these passages, we can be assured that if it is not a matter of "if" Christ is going to destroy the Antichrist; it is now merely a matter of "when."
DESCRIPTION OF THE CONQUERING CHRIST (19:11-19)
In Rev. 16 (the sixth bowl of wrath), we see that God has the sixth angel pour out his bowl of wrath upon the Euphrates River which dries up and allows the kings from the east to move west towards the Valley of Meggido (Armaggedon). Many NT scholars claim that what we are seeing here in Rev. 19:11-21 is a more indepth picture of that battle.
Where does the Conqueror on the white horse come from (19:11)?
What name is given this Conqueror (19:11)?
These names indicate that by sending this Conqueror God has shown that He keeps His word. He promised us that He will deliver us from our enemies. Jesus coming on the white horse proves it.
"In _______________________ He judges and wages war." If we are on the side of right, we are going to be OK.
|JOHN'S DESCRIPTION OF THE CONQUEROR||INTERPRETATION|
|"His eyes are a flame of fire"||Christ comes in wrath|
|"Upon His head are many diadems"||Great splendor (the diadem was worn by kings
who were born as royalty)
|"He has a name written upon Him
which no one knows except Himself"
|There is a depth to Christ
which we don't understand and appreciate.
|"He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood"||Either His blood which purifies all things
or the blood of His enemies.
|"His name is called 'The Word of God'"||As God's Word, He perfectly represents God to us,
even in His wrath.
|"From His mouth comes a sharp sword"||His word alone will destroy His enemies.|
|"He will rule them with a rod of iron"||Iron was the hardest metal in the first century
It shows that He will brook no disobedience or rebellion.
|"He treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God the Almighty"||The crushing nature of His judgment upon His enemies|
|His name: "King of kings and Lord of lords."||Unlike the false king Domitian who claimed deity for himself,
Jesus is truly exalted to the position of Lord of the universe, physical as well as spiritual.
Only the Father will not be subjected to Jesus on that day.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON
Read Rev. 19:20-21 and see if the following statement is not true: "The battle of Armaggedon is basically over before it starts." Would you agree with that statement. If so, why? If not, why not?