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Faithful True Judge (Revelation 19.11-13)

"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 makes 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." (Revelation 19.11-13)✞

Jesus Christ

JusticeThe whole background of this word picture lies in Jewish expectations of the future and has little to do with the Christ of the Gospels who was pictured as meek and lowly in heart. His name is called the "Faithful True Judge." The word for "faithful" is "pistos," meaning "absolutely to be trusted." The word for "true" is "alethinos" meaning "the one who brings the truth and who never at any time has any falsehood in anything that he says." It also means "genuine." In Jesus Christ we meet reality. The passage continues, "with justice he judges and makes war." Again John of Patmos finds his picture in the prophetic words of the Old Testament in Isaiah 11.4a, where it is said of the chosen king, "but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth." John knew all about the perversion of justice. No one could expect justice from a heathen tyrant. In Asia Minor, even the tribunal of the proconsul was subject to bribery. Wars were matters of ambition, tyranny and oppression rather than of justice. But when the conquering judge comes, his power will be exercised in justice.✞

"Faithful True Judge"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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