Lesson 56 – Revelation 19:11-12

Lesson 56 – Revelation 19:11-12

Revelation 19:11 – This passage launches Armageddon, the final war on earth. This is the battle that destroys all the ungodly and evil on earth and ushers in the righteousness of God on earth. Jesus comes to earth as the conqueror and will personally fight this battle. These six verses give us a picture of what Christ will look like when He returns to earth. The white horse symbolizes the King coming in triumph as the Roman generals would come after they conquered a city.

He is described as faithful and true. Faithful means that He can  be trusted and relied upon. True means as opposed to false and the judgment of Jesus will be true. He will judge rightly (Isaiah 11:1 ff). The ungodly and evil person need ever fear that Jesus will be unjust or unfair with them. Jesus will judge a person with perfect justice.

A person will reap exactly what he has sown. He will be judged and condemned for exactly what he has done (Luke 16:20  ff). This also brings to mind the One who came to do battle with peoples of the land of Israel when Joshua led Israel to occupy the land which marked the fullness of the iniquity of the Amorite (Genesis 15:16;  Joshua 5:13 ff).

Revelation 19:12 – His eyes will be like fire. His eyes are a flame of fire. We saw this earlier in Revelation 1:14  and Revelation 2:18.  This speaks of the piercing, penetrating power of His ability to see. Hagar first experienced this in understanding His eyes of grace (Genesis 16:13-14). He sees everywhere, even in the dark places and behind closed doors. His eyes search the innermost recesses of the heart. He knows all. (Proverbs 5:21)  For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the LORD, And He watches all his paths. (Proverbs 15:3)  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, Watching the evil and the good.

On his head he has many crowns. The word used here for crown  is diadem, which is the royal crown,  as opposed to stephanos which is the crown  of victory. In ancient days kings would wear more than one crown  in order to show  that he was the king of more than one country. For instance, when Ptolemy entered Antioch he wore two crowns or diadems-one to show  that he was lord of Asia and one to show  that he was lord of Egypt.

On the head of our conquering king there are many crowns to show that He is lord of all the kingdoms of the earth. He has a name known only to Himself. Many suggestions have been made.

Some say it may be Yahweh. This is the Hebrew name for God and is so holy that it was never pronounced. We usually pronounce it JEHOVAH; but the vowels in Jehovah are really those of the Hebrew word Adonai, which means Lord, the name by which the Jewish people call God in order to avoid pronouncing the sacred name. The four letters making up the name are called the tetragrammaton or the sacred four letters. It may be that the name is one which can  be revealed only at the final union of Yeshua with His bride the Church. In scene of the wrestling of Jacob at Peniel (Genesis 32:29), and the appearance of the angelic messenger to Gideon (Judges 13:18)  the pre-incarnate Jesus refuses to tell his name.

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