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The Return of Jesus Christ Part 2

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Introduction:
Revelation 19:11–21 AV
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.
Revelation 19:11-21
I. The Return of the Conquer (vs. 11-13)
A. He is the Reliable One (vs. 11a)
Revelation 19:11 AV
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
B. He is the Righteous One (vs. 11b)
Revelation 19:11 AV
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
C. He is the Revenging One (vs. 12a)
Revelation 19:12 AV
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
These are the same eyes that looked with compassion on Peter as He restored him to fellowship after Peter had denied his Master three times.
These are the same eyes that shed tears as He looked over Jerusalem because their religious leaders were trying to keep their people from embracing their Messiah.
These are the same eyes that shed tears at the death of His good friend, Lazareth.
These are the same eyes that will look with joy as He gathers His children in Heaven for all eternity.
These are the same eyes that John sees are flashing with judgment.
I want to remember what it means when John speaks about His eyes as fire.
This is the only time in the book of Revelation that we have seen John describe these eyes as a flame of fire.
There are two other times in the book of Revelation where Jesus is described this way.
By the way, He is only described this way in the book of Revelation and one in the book of Daniel.
Revelation 1:14 AV
His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Revelation 1:4 AV
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Revelation 2:18 AV
And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
Daniel 10:6 AV
His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
I believe that the flaming of Christ have two aspects that relate to this description; and they both go hand in hand.
The first is judgment.
These eyes, though at times filled sith love and compassion, are now filled with revenge.
As Christ sets out to judge his enemies.
And in this context, directly, to judge the AntiChrist and the false prophet.
Their sin has reached into heaven and now it is time to judge.
Revelation 18:5 AV
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
The Second aspect of the flaming eyes are omniscient penetration.
That is to say that all is open and bare to the sovereign one who rules.
Just as we saw in chapter regarding the eyes of fire, he is able to penetrate the deepest part of anything and know all things about it.
That is why He is able to judge in both truth and righteousness, but it is a perfect judgment because He knows all things perfectly by the penetrating gaze that he has.
All of these images that John gives to us here regarding the features of Christ, point directly to His deity.
A very similar event that John would have been a witness to would be the transfiguration.
During which time, the humanity of Jesus Christ was peeled back and His glory was reveled.
Similar to way that his glory is reveled as He ascends from Heaven.
Notice, that while the wording not the exact, the features described give you idea about reveled divinity.
Matthew
Matthew 17:2 AV
And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
Matthew 24:30 AV
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And then John describes that coming in .
The glory of God is most clearly and fully seen in the person of Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:1–3 AV
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

The transfiguration event most powerfully and dramatically demonstrated that Jesus was the true glory of God, though veiled while he walked in flesh on this earth. The two comings of Christ, the first in humility robed in flesh and the second in glory robed in light, are the two great themes of biblical prophecy.

The transfiguration event most powerfully and dramatically demonstrated that Jesus was the true glory of God, though veiled while he walked in flesh on this earth. The two comings of Christ, the first in humility robed in flesh and the second in glory robed in light, are the two
Just a footnote here:
The transfiguration event most powerfully and dramatically demonstrated that Jesus was the true glory of God, though veiled while he walked in flesh on this earth. The two comings of Christ, the first in humility robed in flesh and the second in glory robed in light, are the two great themes of biblical prophecy.
The transfiguration event most powerfully and dramatically demonstrated that Jesus was the true glory of God, though veiled while he walked in flesh on this earth. The two comings of Christ, the first in humility robed in flesh and the second in glory robed in light, are the two great themes of b
The two saints that are the companions of Jesus here, Moses and Elijah, might be symbolic of two categories of saints that enter the kingdom.
Those who have died (Moses) and those who have not died (Elijah) but are transformed at the rapture.
D. He is the Reigning One (vs. 12b)
Revelation 19:12 AV
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
“Crowns” is the word “διάδημα” and means a royal crown.
As opposed to the rider on the rider on the white horse in , where he wears a “στέφανος” which is just a victors crown, not the crown of a king.
The literal Greek definition of the διάδημα means “royal headbands”.
And that helps us the understanding what John sees here because John says that he saw Christ wearing “many crowns”.
Well, if it is a crown like we typically think of as a crown, then it may seem a bit far fetched that Christ would wear “many” of them.
But if you understand that these are not made of metal but are bands bound around the forehead, “many” does not seem unimaginable.
The Interpretation of St. John’s Revelation King of Kings and Lord of Lords

The dragon and the beast also wear diadems, but theirs are emblems of usurped royalty, they are in opposition to this King, who wears his diadems in righteousness. These are “many” because all royalty truly belongs to him.

There is another reason why Jesus Christ is pictured here as wearing “many crowns” and we go to the OT to get more insight into this.
Remember when David and His army defeated the Ammonites?
What did David do after their defeat?
2 Samuel 12:30 AV
And he took their king’s crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David’s head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.
Collecting the crown of a vanquished enemy was customary in ancient times.
The picture is that Jesus Christ has defeated the dragon and the beast from and 13 who are also seen as wearing διάδημα crowns.
He has defeated them and has taken their crown is accordance to the practice of the ancients; thus the text says that he has many crown.
E. He is the Rare One (vs. 12c)
Revelation 19:12 AV
His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
All attempts to figure out this name are pointless since the text clearly states that it is a name that no man knows.
Even John, while writing under inspiration, did not have the name reveled to him.
I believe that it is probably a name that appears no where in the Scripture or else we would know it, just not know that we know it.
And, listen, it could be a name that we never know even in our glorified state.
F. He is the Ravaging One (vs. 13)
Revelation 19:13 AV
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
This blood is not the blood was shed on the cross.
This is a judging blood not a redeeming blood.
This blood is the blood of His slaughtered enemies.
Isaiah 63:1–6 AV
Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.
The natural question that arises is, “why are his garments bloody before the battle even starts”?
Listen, it is important to understand that his is not His first battle, but this is His last battle.
All throughout redemptive history he has come to the defense of His people and HIs war clothes bear the blood stains of many previous slaughters.
Notice the language of verse 15.
Revelation 19:15 AV
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
Baker New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1. The Rider and His Armies (19:11–16)

Treading out the grapes in the winepress is an Old Testament portrayal of God who in his anger against sin tramples on the grapes of wrath. It refers to God’s day of vengeance when he alone worked for the salvation of his people and then expended his wrath on the wicked (Isa. 63:4–6). The picture, then, is a robe spattered with the blood of his enemies; that is, God pronounced and passed judgment with the result that the evidence is visibly displayed on his garments.

G. He is the Radiant One (vs. 13b)
Revelation 19:13 AV
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
This title, without a doubt, identifies this rider as the Lord Jesus Christ.
He is identified as the “Logos of God”.
John 1:1 NA28
Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.
John 1:14 AV
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
So that is the returning conqueror; he is the reliable one, the righteous one, the revenging one, the reigning one, the rare one, the ravaging one and the radiant one.
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