When Jesus comes back for His Bride, the Church, He will not actually set foot upon the earth. He will simply call us home- “Come up here!” But here in Revelation 19, He will come down to the earth, and He will not be as a Lamb to the slaughter like His first coming. No, at His second coming, He will be coming as the King of all Kings, and He will be coming to wage war, the perfect “just war”, and a true “World War”.
“And I saw heaven opened; and behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True; and in righteousness He judges and wages war. And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon His head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself. And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. And from His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may smite the nations; and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.'” ~Revelation 19:11-16
John leaves us with no doubts in this passage. He saw heaven opened– Jesus is coming from heaven. He is on a white horse– He is coming for battle. The One who sits upon this horse is called Faithful and True. In Revelation 3:14, Jesus introduces Himself to the church in Laodicea as “‘The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God'”. He who sits upon this horse is indeed Jesus. He is going to judge and wage war in His righteousness– the ultimate just war and judgment. His eyes are a flame of fire– again, He is coming for judgment and war. He has many diadems, crowns, upon His head– He indeed is worthy to rule the world and lead this war. He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself– isn’t there so much about Jesus we simply cannot comprehend? He is indescribable! He is wearing a robe dipped with blood. To believers, His blood is what cleansed our sins and redeemed us. But it is also a reminder that He comes to tread the wine press of the fierce wrath of God. His name is called the Word of God– in the first chapter of John’s Gospel, he uses this title for Jesus- “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” ~John 1:1, 14.
There is no doubt that Jesus is the One seated upon this white horse from heaven, heading out to judge and wage war upon the earth. And the Bride of Christ, the Church, will be coming with Him, according to vs. 14, and also on white horses.
He will use the very Word of God, the sharp sword from His mouth, to smite the nations. We are told in Hebrews 4:12~ “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
He will be wearing the name “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”. Yet the beast and the false prophet and the kings of the earth and their armies will still ride out to make war against Him, and against His army. And we will see that the armies of the earth are no match for the armies of heaven.