Quick Thoughts: Revelation 19:11-16 – The Warrior King

“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 sceptre.’ 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

In this short passage near the end of the mysterious book of Revelation, the Son of God is revealed in the heavens in all his majesty. This is an image of the second coming, a time when Jesus will return to Earth to bring all things to an end. What strikes me here is the way that the might of God is displayed through the ‘blazing fire’ of his eyes, the ‘sharp sword’ of his mouth and the ‘white horse’ on which he rides. It can be so easy for Christians to miss passages like this in the New Testament, passages that reveal a different aspect of God and complete the picture we have of our king. The difference between the Son of God blazing in the heavens on a horse and the Son of God riding humbly into Jerusalem on a donkey is clear. This is no surprise, as the first time Jesus came to Earth, he came to die, the second  time, he comes as judge. He will come as a warrior, the awesome Son of God, ready to wage war on his enemies and bring justice to our fallen world, establishing his millennial kingdom. In response to this, I can think of nothing better than the words of John in the last verses of the Bible: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

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