Continuing our study of Revelation 19.
Revelation 19:11 ‘I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.’
Chapter six revealed an imposter riding a white horse and we identified him as the deceptive beast antichrist who will come to establish his brief and ill-fated empire in the end-times.
By stark contrast, the rider on the white horse portrayed here is faithful and true.
Jesus is the faithful shepherd who will never betray or desert us.
John 10:11 ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.’
The hired hand will be the end-time antichrist who will promise the earth but will be deceptive and care nothing for the gullible who follow him.
The antichrist will be full to the brim with lies and deceptions. He will have learnt from his satanic master. Jesus spoke to the religious authorities:
John 8:44 ‘You belong to your Father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language for he is a liar and the father of lies.’
By contrast, Jesus declared:
John 14:6 ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except through me.’
And countless billions of Christians will testify that Jesus’ bold and unambiguous claim is true!
Our testimony is that Jesus has been faithful and true and stood alongside us, through every storm that has been thrown at us, and never let go of us ever!
- Revelation 21:22 The light of JerusalemJerusalem will be the centre of the world and the nations will tithe their wealth to Jesus. Previously, the kings of the earth have rebelled against Christ Jesus and Jerusalem but now they pay homage.
- Revelation 21:9 ‘From a mountain…’This describes the city as having twelve visible foundations, and this suggests it is a stepped pyramid construction. The city would have twelve levels, decreasing in size, each one built on its own foundation, ascending to form a pyramid with the top level being the apex of the city.
- Revelation 21:6 He who is thirstyThe goods of this world will crumble in our hands, swept away by the latest flood or fire, but the riches of God’s kingdom will stand forever.
- Revelation 21:4 Changes coming…Life holds its fair share of tragedies and these words are a soothing balm to those who have held on and endured. The world will not remain the same and the cruelties of life are not our destiny. The curse that has cast such a deep shadow upon this world, caused by the sin of man, will pass away and the blessing of redemption will shine its goodness upon the righteous in Christ Jesus for all eternity.
- Revelation 21:3 The New JerusalemWe discussed yesterday that God is bringing us all together, like the proud father that He is. Many of us will be centred at the New Jerusalem and many will live away but yet return on frequent pilgrimages to our new home city. For many of us, our present time is one of suffering and tribulation but this time will pass away and we will enter into an eternity of blessing. And it will have been so worth remaining faithful!