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King Jesus
(Revelation 19.11-16)
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"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)

Christ White Horse

Icon of Jesus in HeavenThe entrance of King Jesus was one of the most dramatic moments in the Book of Revelation. John of Patmos saw the emergence of the conquering King. He was, 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 described eloquently, "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 repeated this concept, "You will break them with a rod of iron; you will dash them to pieces like pottery." The white horse here was the symbol of King Jesus 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 on a white war horse contrasts markedly with the King Jesus who rode through the Golden Gate into Jerusalem on a donkey and the foal of a donkey. He is no more or less a king in either case!

"King Jesus"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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