Summary of passage: John now sees a white horse with a rider called Faithful and True in heaven. He wears a robe of blood, has blazing eyes, and wears crowns. His name is the Word of God. He is followed by an army of heaven. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword to strike down the nations and on his robe and thigh is written “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”
9) Jesus. It all starts with God/Jesus and ends with Him. He is the bearer of Truth and He is faithful to His promises.
Note: Revelation 3:14 is Jesus speaking, calling himself “the faithful and true witness”.
10) Personal Question. My answer: His robe is dipped in blood shows how he has sacrificed for me to be righteous before God and how he brings justice.
11) Personal Question. My answer: This question should be in the present tense in my opinion. We are called to be Faithful and True to God and His word and if I do that, I’ll lead a life worthy of God’s calling.
Conclusions: Weak. Very, very weak. With so much imagery here, this is the best BSF can come up with?
End Notes: This is Jesus’s Second Coming. Zechariah 14:3-4 tells us when Jesus returns He will come first to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. This answers the plea of Isaiah in 64:1-2 as well as the great multitude and the survivors of the Great Tribulation where Israel as a whole will turn to Jesus.
A horse in battle was rare in ancient times. Only the officers rode horses. Hence, we see Jesus as powerful and full of honor. Probably not the same horse as in Revelation 6:2.
In Revelation 6:2 we see white as victory. In Revelation 7:9, we see the multitude wearing white robes symbolizing victory because of their faithfulness.
The rider is no doubt Christ from all the Messianic references in this passage.
In Revelation 1:14 and 2:18 we saw eyes as flames of fire in the description of Christ. The fire burns through to our soul, revealing all of our dirty secrets, lies, and deceit.
This is a different crown word here than before. There are two Greek words used in the Revelation for “crown.” One is “Stephanos” is the crown of achievement used in connection with the Church (Rev.2:10; 3:11), the twenty-four elders (Rev.4:4, 10), Israel (Rev.12:1), Jesus Christ (Rev.14:14), the locust-demons (Rev.9:7), and the Antichrist (Rev.6:2). The other is “diadema”, which is the crown of royalty and authority. It’s used in connection with seven worldly kingdoms and the ten yet-future kings that make up the heads and horns of the image of the beast (Rev.12:3; 13:1).
In this case, Jesus is wearing many “diadems” at His Return which are the crowns associated with the kingdoms of man. Some scholars believe Jesus is wearing the beast’s crowns as a sign of victory over the beast. Others suggest the crown shows Jesus as triumphant over man and the whole earth and its inhabitants.
The war is a war of righteousness from verse 11.
We saw the sharp sword coming out of Christ’s mouth in Revelation 1:16. This is of course the Word, not a literal sword. We see the robe dipped in blood in Isaiah 63:1-6 and scholars debate whether it’s the blood of his enemies or His blood shed for our sins. Either is quite possible. He is going to strike down the nations and rule with an iron scepter comes from Psalm 2:9 and Isaiah 11:4. Treading the winepress of the fury of God we saw in Revelation 14:17-20.
Note the location Christ’s name is written: his thigh. We saw this in Genesis 24:2,9; 47:29 as the location where oaths were made. It will be easily visible to all. Some scholars suggest the name no one knows is in fact Yahweh.
This is the beginning of the final battle–Armageddon. The armies are believers (Jude 14-15; Revelation 17:14). Angels will also accompany Christ as well (Deuteronomy 33:2; Psalm 68:17). Their weapon is the fine linen they wear–the blood of Christ. All we need for victory!