Christ on a white horse

Second Coming

This begins with the angel refusing to accept John’s worship because only God is worthy of worship (v. 10). Like John it would be easy for us to get caught up in all that is happening but we must keep Jesus as the central focus of God’s revelation and His redemptive plan as revealed to us by the prophets. We must remember that the main theme is the ultimate victory of Jesus Christ over evil.

John now sees the heavens opened and the Son of God descending to earth (v. 11). He is on a white horse, which symbolizes victory and triumph. His eyes were as a flame of fire which speaks of the discerning quality of His judgment (v. 12). On his head were many crowns, indicating his absolute authority. His army that is with Him is apparently composed of the saints of the ages. These are described as riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean (v. 14).

Jesus appears this time not as a lamb but as a warrior and king to execute judgment (v. 15). Contrast this with His ride into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (Matt. 21:1-11). Jesus first coming brought forgiveness but His second coming will bring judgment. Keep in mind that most of the world has been worshiping the beast, the antichrist whom they believed had all power and authority. Then suddenly out of heaven Christ comes riding in, as “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” with His mighty army of the redeemed (v. 16). He comes as a conquering Christ and defeats all His enemies.

Application

One of the best ways to get rid of discouragement is to remember that Christ is coming again. For me the most thrilling, glorious truth in all the world is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:9-16 (English Standard Version)


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