Verses 11-13 in
Revelation chapter 19 are the essence of what we call Easter. The
results of the events we celebrate during this season, however, are
after-the-fact. Read how they were revealed to John:
This may seem strange, but apparently heaven is not a wide-open place.
Rather, at least with respect to this sin-riddled earth, heaven is
protected from evil (Matthew
4:1, and Revelation
should be aware that Hades is within
sight/hearing distance of Abraham's boson (heaven?). The need to
protect heaven from evil should also make us much more alert to the
foibles of the devil The devil is very crafty and will be able to
deceive many (like the sand of the seashore - Revelation
the millennial reign of Christ.
This may also explain why the New Jerusalem (heaven) has gates
and BEHOLD, a WHITE HORSE, and HE
who sat upon it
The WHITE HORSE symbolizes power and warfare from a righteous, pure,
and holy army. The commander-in-chief, here denoted as HE, is none
other than Jesus Christ. While we have seen how Jesus Christ looks in
1:12-16), here we find Him in his "military" role
and as Messiah (John
(1) is CALLED FAITHFUL and TRUE;
This ties back to Jesus being called
"The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation
of God....(Revelation 3:14).
of this earth is coming back
to earth as Commander-in-chief with his armies (Revelation 19:14) to
reclaim the earth as the rightful owner.
In human terms, we never can be FAITHFUL and TRUE because of the sin
curse placed upon us. So we hear phrases like "fair" or "impartial"
used; but even these are hard to confirm. Comparing among earthlings
always leaves room for untruth. Not so with Jesus Christ; He is CALLED
(by God, we assume) FAITHFUL and TRUE;
(2) and in RIGHTEOUSNESS HE JUDGES and WAGES WAR.
Because Jesus is TRUE, He is able to JUDGE and execute this WAR against
evil. We, as His supporting army, should have been faithful during our
basic training (Ephesians
6:10-12-20). Then we will be able to wage war along side Jesus.
too many so-called Christians never go to 'boot camp'; it is doubtful
they'll be part of the army (Revelation 19:14).
And (3) HIS EYES are a flame of fire, and
It is Jesus' EYES that test our faith. The result will be
that we may give praise and honor and glory at this time (1
Peter 1:3-7-9). We know that this was the physical attribute given
to HIS EYES in Revelation
clearly this set of verses here in chapter 19 is spiritual in nature.
The spiritual side is totally open to Jesus. On earth we can be a fake
Christian, acting the part in church, and being a model to those around
us, and yet, when Jesus' EYES pierces into/through us, He will judge
the thoughts and intentions known only to us (we falsely believe). We
may have hidden that secret self from those around us but not from
(4) upon HIS HEAD are many
Contrast this with what the dragon (Revelation
12:3) and the Beast (Revelation
wore on their head(s).
"Many" implies more diadems than any other. Jesus is imbued with royal
dignity. How different this is from the crown of thorns (Mark
There is an account in the Old Testament of the conquering king
removing the crown from the conquered king and placing it upon his own
Samuel 12:26-30-31). In a spiritual sense, this finalizes the fall
of the kings of the earth who committed acts of immorality and lived
sensuously with her (the harlot - global economic materialism, Revelation 18:9).
Perhaps these diadems
symbolize Jesus' final conquest over the kings of the earth.
(5) HE has a NAME written upon HIM which no one knows except
Contrast this with the many blasphemous names the harlot
took for herself (Revelation
Without a name, it is hard to brag or boast. That's important to the
devil, you know. He feels he should be the one riding out of heaven on
the white horse.
The name is written upon Jesus presumably by God the Father. Its
meaning is hidden from us. Some scholars believe that at some time, we
believers will know what that name is, just as mysteries of God had
been revealed to some of the apostles (Ephesians
3:1-4-13). However, it really is immaterial whether we will get to
know that name. What is important is that we now know "JESUS" and accept him as our Lord and
Savior here and now.
And (6) He is clothed with a ROBE dipped in
Often this phrase is compared to the 'vengeance' passage in Isaiah
63:1-6. This implies that the ROBE is covered with enemies' blood.
While this may be, it is more likely that this is Christ's own blood.
He is coming from heaven (verse 11) and the battle
hasn't been enjoined
yet (Revelation 19:19).
Moreover, in the Revelation, the
blood mentioned is
always Christ's blood (Revelation
1:5; Revelation 5:6, 9; Revelation
7:14; and Revelation 12:11).
Symbolically, we are seeing salvation portrayed. It gives us our white
robes (Revelation 7:14
and Revelation 22:14)
when we ride into
'battle' (Revelation 19:14).
We are seeing the pure
revelation of Jesus Christ. That is, righteousness expunging evil (Hebrews
and (7) HIS NAME is called THE WORD OF GOD.
In item (5), we see that Jesus has a name written on Him which 'no one
knows except Himself', and now we are told His NAME is called 'THE WORD
OF GOD". One could look upon item (5) as an endearing
nickname that is used by a parent for his child (Matthew
3:13-17). Here in item (7), His NAME is essentially how Christ is
should be known by us, His bride (Revelation 19:7). It is
essence of God's spiritual nature (John
1:1-5) placed in us when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior (John
During our present period of grace, we most often take 'THE WORD OF
GOD' to mean the Gospel or Good News, and that meaning still is
included here. However, a broader meaning is implied. As
commander-in-chief (verse 11), the WORD OF GOD is
now mostly judgments or vengeance as requested (Revelation
6:9-11 (5th seal)). Words come from the mouth .... recall what
comes from Jesus' mouth (Revelation
and Revelation 19:21).
Again, we see righteousness
supplanting evil using military imagery.
Placing items (6) and (7) together reinforces the idea
that the BLOOD on the ROBE is CHRIST'S own BLOOD. NO enemy (evil) can
come close to Christ as long as that sword (WORD OF GOD) of pure truth
comes from His mouth. The devil introduced
Adam and Eve (and the whole world) to evil (Genesis
3:1-5-7); now Christ is restoring the world to its pristine nonevil
state prior to the millennial reign (Revelation
Taking a composite look at the 7 spiritual items in these three verses,
we realize that we have just been given the
Revelation of Jesus Christ.