HEAVEN OPENED AND BEHOLD A WHITE HORSE – Revelation 19


And I saw the heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and he that sat thereon called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Revelation 19:11 ASV

This is a description of the Lord Jesus Christ. We also identify him with the rider of the white horse in the first seal (Revelation 6:2).

It is objected that those seals are judgments; but what is the scene here if it is not a judgment, not merely a judgment, but the final and last judgment?

The judgment in the seals (Revelation 6:2) was due to the preaching of the truth, an odor of life to some, death to others; and this judgment is the final and total execution of the judgment determined by the preaching of the gospel, which always results in the salvation of some and the rejection of others, and culminates in the wicked being overthrown as in this judgment.

The dark scenes of the balance of this chapter are objected to by many who find what they call their “Christian sensibilities” offended.

They say this contradicts the conception of a gracious and merciful Christ; but such views are simply incorrect.

Everywhere in the New Testament, the element of victory through judgment is an inescapable aspect of Christ’s total work.

The warfare now to be described must be understood as that which is taking place between the hosts of Christ and Satan throughout the period of the world’s existence.

We reject the type of slander of this part of Revelation which declares that, “There is little or nothing that is specifically Christian in the whole section.”

People with such views have merely overlooked the New Testament doctrine of judgment.

He and so many others overlooked the recapitulatory nature of these chapters (Revelation 18; Revelation 19, and Revelation 20).

It is true, of course, that the 1,000 years’ reign comes before the judgment, as the recapitulation in the next chapter shows.

But the judgment here in this chapter is exactly the same as the judgment there.

This chapter does not give us a picture of the millennial age in Any sense of its being any different from the rest of the Christian dispensation.

The chapter is a view of the whole “millennial age,” the “forty two months,” the “one thousand two hundred and sixty days,” etc., all of which are synonyms, symbolical representations of the total time between the two Advents of Christ, covering exactly the same time-period as that already covered in this prophecy, again, and again, and again.

Keep in mind that Revelation 18 gave the overthrow of the harlot; this chapter gives the overthrow of the beast (in his phase of the ten kings, the final phase, that of the eighth head); and the next chapter (Revelation 20) gives the overthrow of Satan (the dragon).

These three: the dragon (Satan), the sea-beast (world persecuting governments), and the harlot (the land-beast, also the false prophet), are the three great enemies of Christianity depicted in Revelation.

Their destruction in these three chapters occurs in exactly the reverse order of their appearance in the prophecy (beginning at Revelation 12:1); and despite their overthrow being related in separate chapters and separate recapitulations, All three go down together:

They are all three destroyed simultaneously in the final judgment, and shall continue “alive” and active until the very last day of time.

The circumstance that each is revealed in a separate vision should not lead us to think that there is an interval of centuries, either between their appearances (or their overthrow).

In reality, all perish together by the Parousia, (the second coming of Christ) of the Lamb.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God. And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth in him.
1 John 4:15‭-‬16 ASV
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