Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Revelations 19:11-16

We had an interesting sermon this past Sunday. We're going through the book of Revelations and as usual, Davey brings in some great points and imagery. Lets look at the passage he went over.

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

He started out with the white horse that Jesus is riding on. There are faster modes of transportation and perhaps safer ones but none of that is necessary. There is just something about a horse galloping that just makes you stop and watch. Its majestic, more so then the fastest fighter jet or the most armor clad tank. Jesus is God and therefore he rides in victorious over each war he creates.

Next it talked about his fiery eye. If you've seen the Lord of the rings, you probably remember the piercing gaze of Sauron as a lidless eye that sees through to your very soul. Jesus' eye here is like that. The Gospel of John often says Jesus knew what was in man's heart and this is one way of describing it. He will look at "good people" and see if there is any sin in their heart. All have sinned therefore if you haven't believed Jesus is the only way to heaven, Jesus will immediately know.

On his head are many diadems refers to the practice in the Roman culture where kings would wear a headband like the karate kid. It would be embroidered with the kingdom's emblem and he would wear that as he rode into war. If he was defeated, his diadem would be removed from his head and would be worn by the victorious king as a symbol that he is in control of both his kingdom and the defeated kingdom. This indicates that Jesus has defeated every nation in the world. None are left that are not under his command.

He then talked about the clothes dipped in blood. This isn't just clothing dye. This is the blood of those who are not part of his kingdom. Picture the over the top Kill Bill scene where she fights the crazy 88s. By the end of the battle, she had blood all over her. That is what Jesus will look like at the end of the battle but there will be a few more then 88 dead.

Now the dead and raptured saints follow behind Jesus on their own white horses. This is a huge contrast from the Roman civilization where only the Caesar would ride a horse. His generals and army would walk. We will ride in as co-heirs to God's kingdom on earth. Also note that the robes are white here. They are not dipped in blood as they are only there to observe Jesus' victory.

Jesus' tongue is a two edged sword and with a mere spoken word, he can destroy nations or create the world. In the past, a warior would wear his sword on his thigh but not Jesus. His power comes from the fact that he is the "King of Kings and Lord of Lords." He is God in flesh and nothing can oppose him with out his consent.

After this second coming and the end of the battle of armegedon, Jesus now rules with a rod of iron. This is much more powerful then the Iron Curtain from the USSR days. Jesus is omnipresent, omnipotent, omni... He is and always was in full control. Nothing happens that he has not allowed and he is not allowing sin for the next millennium.

We often think of the "turn the other cheek" Jesus but its interesting to hear this side of him. It brings a greater respect for me.

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