Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Revelation 19:11-13

Verse 11-13 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”

Now we see Christ as the Judge and King, coming to destroy His enemies. He is riding a white horse. The color of heaven seems to be white. I once was given a book to read by a relatively new young Christian. The book was the supposed vision a woman had of heaven and the "new revelation" that came because of that so-called vision. Being a new Christian as well as young in age, she had little discernment and I was grateful that she came to me to get my opinion. It did not take me going much past the first few pages to realize this was a vision from Satan to this woman (and in reading the book it was very New Age in ideology), as the angels were dressed in brown. Anybody who has read Scripture knows that the color of the raiment from heaven is white. So this rider has white raiment and a white horse. This however is the original white knight, not the imitation that we saw in the first seal. We know it is the original as He is called the Faithful and True. Christ has been called faithful and true before in the Scriptures. (Rev. 3:14) These are not just character descriptions. He is the personification of faithfulness and truth.

He is righteous and it is in righteousness that He will judge and make war against His enemies. They have no excuses for what they have done. They are guilty in the sight of God and must be punished. They will righteously deserve what they are about to receive. This Judge is incapable of anything but a fair and just judgment.

Here we again see a picture of Him that we saw in the early chapters of Revelation, where His eyes are flaming with righteous judgment. (Rev. 1:14, 2:18) He is wearing multiple crowns or diadems. The beast had many heads each with a single crown. Christ has one head with many crowns or diadems. He is the King of Kings. He is also the Prince of Peace, the King of Righteousness, Lord of Lords, and other titles. Each one deserves a crown.

He had a name written that nobody but He Himself knows. This is a mystery. John must see a name written somewhere to have made this comment, but for some reason it cannot be read or known. Jesus’ name is Yeshua (This is a transliteration of His actual name. As it is originally written in Hebrew, there is no definitive way of spelling it in English). Jesus is the Greek version of the name, as is Joshua in English. We do Yeshua a disservice by calling Him Jesus, as that is not what He was called by everyone who knew Him. Would you like to be called by some foreign version of your name, instead of by your name? Christ is also a Greek title. It means “anointed” which in Hebrew is Mashiach (again the spelling is a transliteration). So by rights we should be calling Him, Yeshua haMashiach, not Jesus (the) Christ. When they began to follow Yeshua, He gave some of His disciples name changes. Cephas became Peter. God did this in the Old Testament also. Abram became Abraham, and Sarai, Sarah. God gives all of us a new name when we become His. Yeshua may have another name that we do not know Him by yet. Whatever that name is, He alone knows it. When Moses asked God for His name so that he could tell the Israelites which God was sending Him, God told him, “I am that I am.” There are no vowels in Hebrew, which makes the pronunciation of words difficult if you do not know how they sound. When God told the Israelites not to take His name in vain, the priests decided to make it impossible to do so by not allowing the people to know how the name of God was pronounced. It was a secret that only the priests knew and passed on. From what I understand, it has been completely lost, due to the fact that there has been no temple or priests for almost 2000 years. God knows His name, and Yeshua (who is also part of the Godhead) knows His name, but we do not.

He is clothed in a vesture or garment dipped in blood. I had surmised earlier that Yeshua (as we shall now call Him) had done battle bringing His people back into Jerusalem. (see blog entry Rev. 14:2-5). This would explain the blood stained garments, as if He is coming directly from heaven without having been to earth before, there is no reason the garments should be bloodstained. It makes sense that if a previous battle was a correct deduction based on the Scriptures, His battle array would already be bloodied.

His name is called the Word of God. John in his gospel began with “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Yeshua is the Word incarnate. The Bible, the Word of God, is an entire picture of Yeshua. He is the literal embodiment of that book. We have prophecies about Him from the first book of Genesis on. The Torah and its laws are a picture of Him, His Comings and His work on the cross. The New Testament gospels are about His first and second comings, and all the prophets, some of the epistles, and Revelation are about His return. Everything points to or describes Him in some way. It is like one of those paintings that from a distance looks like a single person, but when you get up very close, you find that it is made up of thousands of tiny pictures of other people. The shading of those tiny pictures creates the larger picture when put in the correct order and pattern. That is why studying the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation is imperative to get a true and accurate picture of God and Yeshua. Otherwise you end up with a distorted picture that has flaws. This is why so many people do not understand God, or Yeshua, or what God wants from us. They do not understand that the Bible is a complete picture and that you cannot leave out parts of it and expect to see what the big picture is. I have repeatedly found that Gentile Christians all but ignore the Old Testament, and Messianic Jews all but ignore the New Testament. There seems to be no middle ground, which is where we should all be - accepting both the Old and New Testaments.

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