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King Jesus Christ (Revelation 19.11-16)

"I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. 'He will rule them with an iron scepter.' He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: 'KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.'" (Revelation 19.11-16)✞

White Horse

Icon of Jesus in HeavenThe entrance of the king Jesus Christ is one of the most dramatic moments in the Book of Revelation. John of Patmos sees the emergence of the conquering King. He is, in the words of the English Biblical scholar H. B. Swete, (1835-1917) "a royal commander followed by a dazzling retinue." Jewish dreams were full of the warrior Messiah, who would lead God's people to victory and destroy his enemies. The Rabbinic picture of the Messiah was, "How beauteous is the King Messiah, who is about to rise from the house of Judah. He hath bound his loins and gone forth to war against those who hate him, kings and princes shall be slain. He will make red the rivers with the blood of the slain, his garments will be dipped in blood." Psalm 2.9 repeats this idea, "You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery." The white horse here is the symbol of the King Jesus Christ as conqueror, because it was on a white horse that a Roman general rode into Rome in procession to celebrate a great triumph in battle. ✞

"King Jesus Christ"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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