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Introduction

Text
Revelation 19:11–16 NKJV
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
The Setting
The second coming of Christ
Jesus comes down to earth with the armies of heaven to make His final and ultimate appearance in the history of man and in accordance with God’s plan of redemption.
Jesus Christ is revealed here in various descriptions:
He is called the Faithful and True
He had a name written that no one knew but Himself
The earth will go through the most horrible
His name is called the Word of God
He has a name written King of kings and Lord of lords
Key Questions
How is Christ revealed at this point in history
What is Jesus’ heavenly “name” or “identity”
What works will Christ be doing in connection to His name
How will the world respond to Christ when He comes
Note on the Dating of the Book
The Book of Revelation was written while John was on the Isle of Patmos, around 96 A.D.
The Gospel of John was written AFTER, when John was able to return from exile and dwelt in Ephesus until his death.
This means, John’s revelation of the Christ as the Word, was a direct revelation given to him in these visions!

Main Points

The Importance and Usage of Names
A name is a person’s “identity” or “identification”.
He is called the Faithful and True
a complete name is composed of
He had a name written that no one knew but Himself
His name is called the Word of God
proper name
He has a name written King of kings and Lord of lords
descriptive name (also known as as surname; surnames originally used to describe a person)
title (either before or after the name)
Examples - King George the Second; Attorney Juan Dela Cruz; Lord Jesus Christ
Examples of Name - Description tandem
Simon Peter
Matthew 4:18 NKJV
And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.
Thomas Didymus (the Twin)
John 11:16 NKJV
Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
John the Baptist
Matthew 3:1 NKJV
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,
Jesus Christ
Matthew 1:16 NKJV
And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
Matthew 1.17
LORD God
Deuteronomy 4:35 NKJV
To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord Himself is God; there is none other besides Him.
Deuteronomy 7:9 NKJV
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Deuteronomy 4.35
Example of complete name
Lord Jesus Christ
Lord - His title
Jesus - His proper name (on earth)
Christ - His description

Jesus and His Earthly Identity

His earthly name was Jesus

1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Psalm 89:1–9 NKJV
I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.” “I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn to My servant David: ‘Your seed I will establish forever, And build up your throne to all generations.’ ” Selah And the heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints. For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened to the Lord? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, And to be held in reverence by all those around Him. O Lord God of hosts, Who is mighty like You, O Lord? Your faithfulness also surrounds You. You rule the raging of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them.
Psalm 89:2 NKJV
For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens.”
Psalm 89:20–24 NKJV
I have found My servant David; With My holy oil I have anointed him, With whom My hand shall be established; Also My arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not outwit him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him. I will beat down his foes before his face, And plague those who hate him. “But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, And in My name his horn shall be exalted.
Psalm 89.
Psalm
Psalm 89:30–33 NKJV
“If his sons forsake My law And do not walk in My judgments, If they break My statutes And do not keep My commandments, Then I will punish their transgression with the rod, And their iniquity with stripes. Nevertheless My lovingkindness I will not utterly take from him, Nor allow My faithfulness to fail.
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Isaiah 49:7 NKJV
Thus says the Lord, The Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, To Him whom man despises, To Him whom the nation abhors, To the Servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise, Princes also shall worship, Because of the Lord who is faithful, The Holy One of Israel; And He has chosen You.”
1 Corinthians 1:9 NKJV
God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10.13
Hebrews 10:23 NKJV
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
1 John 1:9 NKJV
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 3:1–2 NKJV
What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God.
Romans 3:3–4 NKJV
For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words, And may overcome when You are judged.”
True God
Jeremiah 10:6–10 NKJV
Inasmuch as there is none like You, O Lord (You are great, and Your name is great in might), Who would not fear You, O King of the nations? For this is Your rightful due. For among all the wise men of the nations, And in all their kingdoms, There is none like You. But they are altogether dull-hearted and foolish; A wooden idol is a worthless doctrine. Silver is beaten into plates; It is brought from Tarshish, And gold from Uphaz, The work of the craftsman And of the hands of the metalsmith; Blue and purple are their clothing; They are all the work of skillful men. But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation.
Jeremiah 10.6-10
1 John 5:20 NKJV
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
God is Faithful and True
Jeremiah 42:5 NKJV
So they said to Jeremiah, “Let the Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the Lord your God sends us by you.
Revelation 3:14 NKJV
“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
Revelation 3.14

The Word of God

John’s “special” Revelation of the Lord Jesus
His revelation of the Christ as the Word of God
John received this revelation on Patmos - he wrote the Revelation before the Gospel and the 3 general epistles
Jesus is

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords

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The Names of Christ are Revealed in Progression

Christ Comes Down for Finale Works

His name was called “Jesus”

Matthew 1:21 NKJV
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Luke 1:31 NKJV
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus.
Acts 4:10–12 NKJV
let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Luke 1.31
Acts 4.
Jesus appeared only
Matthew 1.21
Jesus was His earthly Name, He was not addressed by this name in heaven
Jesus was the name given at birth. This name did not appear before Bethlehem.

Jesus and its Various Descriptions

Jesus the Christ
Matthew 16:20 NKJV
Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
Jesus the Son of God
Hebrews 4:14 NKJV
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
Other descriptions
Son of Man
Son of David, Root of David, Offspring of David
Apostle and High Priest
the Bright and Morning Star
Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the End
the Lamb of God
the Lion of the tribe of Judah
Immanuel, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
All these descriptions
The Faith and True Witness
All these descriptions point to the one Name - Jesus.
All these descriptions describe the attributes of the Name Jesus at different times in history.

Jesus and its Various Titles

Lord and Savior
Savior
2 Peter 1:11 NKJV
for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Redeemer
2 Peter 3:18 NKJV
but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
Apostle and High Priest
Hebrews 3:1 NKJV
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus,
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Revelation 19:16 NKJV
And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
Revelation 19.1
All these titles describe the works and functions at different times in history.
All these titles point to one Name - Jesus

Jesus’s Heavenly Identity

Who is Jesus in heaven?

His heavenly descriptions

Son of God
Alpha and Omega - the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End
Who was, and Who is and Who is to Come
the Almighty
the Faithful and True
Jeremiah 42:5 NKJV
So they said to Jeremiah, “Let the Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not do according to everything which the Lord your God sends us by you.
Jeremiah 45.
Revelation 3:14 NKJV
“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:
Revelation 19:11 NKJV
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.
the Beginning of the creation of God
All these descriptions and titles point to the One Name in heaven

His Heavenly Name and Identity

His name in heaven is the Word of God
Revelation 19:13 NKJV
He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
This was the Name revealed to John, by which Jesus is identified in heaven!
John 1:1–2 NKJV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
John 1.1
John 1:14 NKJV
And the Word became 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.
John 1.14
1 John 1:1–3 NKJV
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
1 John 1–3 NKJV
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have overcome the wicked one. Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him. And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
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Note - it is believed that the Gospel of John was written in Ephesus between 96 and 100 A.D., after John’s exile in Patmos.
This is the Name identified with that “which no one knows but Himself”
Revelation 19.12
Revelation 19:12 NKJV
His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
“Logos” was the Greek counterpart of that “secret name”
Note - “I Am that I Am” was the Hebrew counterpart of the Name of God (unless Hebrews itself is the language in heaven)

Why these Names and Titles?

Why “Faithful and True”?

The description identifies Him with the LORD in the Old Testament
The description calls to remembrance His faithfulness and truthfulness to His words and promises!
He speaks truth
He fulfils His promises

Why The Word of God?

The Name identifies Him as Deity
He is God, nothing more nothing less!
John 1:1 NKJV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Name identifies His relation to creation
All things were made by Him
John 1:3 NKJV
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
All things were made for Him
Colossians 1:15–17 NKJV
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
Colossians 1.15-1

Why King of Kings and Lord of Lords?

the title describes Jesus, the Word of God, in relation to the purpose of His coming
He is the promised King who will sit on the throne of David
He is the promised King and Lord who will rule ALL NATIONS

Conclusion

Will the Name Jesus disappear in eternity? Will the first Name The Word of God supersede the name Jesus? NO.
Heaven’s triumph over sin, death and hell was accomplished in the name Jesus
Ephesians 1:17–23 NKJV
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
All power and authority are consolidated in the name Jesus Christ!
Philippians 2:9–11 NKJV
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:9 NKJV
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
Every knee will bow before the name Jesus, and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord!
Ephesians 1.17-
Ephesians 3:14–15 NKJV
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
Three Names of God will ring throughout eternity:
Yahweh, I am who I Am - because God, the Great Eternal Spirit, has no beginning and no end, He remains Who He Is
This Name of God identifies Him as the “Self-Existing One”, the One and Only God
Word of God - because all things came to existence by this Name
This Name
Lord Jesus Christ - because all things were restored and brought to completion, by this Name!
This Name brought forth the “New Creation”
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