Revelation 19:11-21 (NKJV)
Christ on a White Horse
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.
The Beast and His Armies Defeated
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18 that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”
19 And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20 Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.
WW11 – VJ (Victory in Japan) or VE (Victory in Europe) day and other great days when wars were ended and peace reigned.
There is coming a great day when the entire world will be at peace (Rev 19:11-21). A time when men shall “beat their swords into plowshares”, Micah 4:3, and a time when the entire world will be at peace.
Mankind’s vocabulary will change as the terms related to war are dropped from the everyday speech of men. No more will wives and mothers watch their sons go off to war and receive them back dead in body bags. War will be obliterated as Jesus Christ rules the entire world in peace and prosperity. Won’t that be a blessing?
Let’s notice together how these things will come to pass.
I. v. 11-14 THE ARRIVAL OF THE SON OF GOD
(This is the second time a door has been opened in Heaven, Rev. 4:1)
A. v. 11-13 The Appearance Of Jesus Christ
1. His Nature
a. Full of glory – (Ill. V. 12) (Ill. First advent – Isa. 53:2; Matt. 8:20).
b. Faithful and true – (In Modern politics, Jesus will always tell the truth and will do what He says He will.)
c. Fights in Righteousness – (Ill. His cause is just! Ill. Other wars have been fought over foolish things!) (Ill. The Lord is a man of war – Ex. 15:3)
2. His Name
a. Name Of Mystery – v. 12 – Ill. Men would not (NOT) know Jesus, except as a by-word. Now they cannot know Him even if they desires to.
b. Name Of Ministry – v. 13 – (Ill. His first and final ministries!) (Ill. His garments are splashed with the blood of the enemies of the Lord. What a day it will be when the sky rips asunder and the glorious King rides forth in great and awesome victory.) (Ill. Against the armies of the world!)
c. Name Of Majesty – v. 16 – (Ill. Name on thigh. The thigh symbolizes power. Ill. Jacob and the angel. The angel touched Jacob’s thigh and his power to resist was broken – Gen. 32.) Jesus is no more the lowly
Nazarene, the butt of cruel joking and mockery! He has assumed the title He has always possessed – King of Kings and Lord of Lords! (Ill. His garment is a symbol of His position. (Ill. Joseph’s coat of many
colors!)) Jesus is the Ultimate RULER!
B. v. 14 The Armies Of Jesus – All the saints of God! Ill. Jude 14-15
C. v. 15 The Armaments Of Jesus – No carnal weapons, just His spoken Word! His Word is living, Heb. 4:12. It has the power to heal and give life, and it has the power to destroy and kill – Isa. 11:4 (Ill. John 18:6) (Ill. His brand of headship – Ruling with a rod of iron!)
II. v. 17-18 THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SUPPER OF GOD
A. V. 17 The Fowls Called – God is about to prepare a feast for the fowls of the air – the flesh of His enemies!
B. v. 18 The Flesh Consumed – In life they lived by rank and were separated by rank, but in death they are all made equal! What a lesson! Death is the great leveler!
III. v. 19-21 THE ANNIHILATION OF THE SATANIC TRINITY
A. v. 19 The Armies Are Drawn To Armageddon
– All the armies of the world, many of whom are enemies today, will join forces to try and defeat the Lion of the tribe of Judah. Their mission will be to put an end to God, the saints of God and even the mention of the Name of God. Their plans will all fail!
B. v. 20-21 The Armies Are Destroyed At Armageddon
1. The Dastardly Duo Is Destroyed – Ill. The Anti-Christ and the False Prophet are thrown alive into the Lake of Fire! Ill. Hell is waiting with an open mouth to receive these two pretenders! (Ill. Before the eyes of all, their leader is taken and cast into Hell! Ill. What a shock!)
2. The Deceived Multitudes Are Destroyed – The assembled armies of the world are defeated in just a moment by the Word of God. Ill. Blood to the horses bridles – Rev. 14:20. Then their flesh is consumes by the fowls of the air! The same word that will save the repenting sinner today, will be the means of slaughter in that awful day.
Today is the day of salvation!