The Full Return of Jesus and Armageddon
"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 the armies that were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations, and He shall rule them with a rod of iron; and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Rev. 19:11, 14-16).
There are two phases of Jesus return; His secret coming in the air to "rapture" His church out of the world, and His full return to earth seven years later for the Battle of Armageddon. Our text today describes this second phase, i.e., the full return of Jesus at Armageddon.
The departure of the church begins a seven-year period of great suffering on earth called "The Tribulation." A world dictator the Bible calls the "Beast" will take over (Rev. 13:1ff). He will deceive the Jews into signing a seven-year covenant authorizing them to rebuild their temple and resume their sacrifices. In the midst of those seven years, as the Beast gains control of the world, he will stop the sacrifices by the Jews (Dan. 9:27). The "False Prophet," (first assistant to the Beast), will unite all religions in worshiping the Beast (Rev. 13:11-14). When the Jews refuse, the Beast will mobilize all his armies to force Israel to submit.
Jesus will come forth on His white horse with the armies of Heaven following Him. His armies are clothed in fine linen, white and clean, suggesting they include His church (Rev. 19:11 & 14). Zechariah describes the sudden conversion of Israel to Jesus as their Messiah: "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn" (Zechariah 12:10).
The Beast will bring armies from all nations against Jerusalem for what he believes will be the "final solution" to the "Jewish problem" (Zechariah 14:2-4). The Bible calls this the "Battle of Armageddon." "And He gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue, ARMAGEDDON (Revelation 16:14-16). Armageddon refers to the Plains of Megiddo between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. Gideon defeated the Midianites there. King Saul and his sons died in battle there. King David fought there. Nebuchadnezzar fought there. During the Crusades, Richard the Lion Hearted fought there. Napoleon described the Plains of Megiddo as the greatest natural battlefield he had ever seen.
Jesus will do all the fighting at Armageddon, " out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations " (Rev. 19:15). He will speak and the armies of the Beast will be destroyed. The prophet Zechariah describes this battle, " the Lord will smite all the peoples that have fought against Jerusalem: their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth" (Zechariah 14:12)
Jesus will return to His place of ascension (Acts 1:9-12). "And His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem " "And the Lord shall be king over all the earth; " (Zechariah 14:4 & 9).
One day, Jesus will come and bring justice and righteousness to this world. Believe in Him as your Savior today and receive His forgiveness and mercy. If you reject Him, you will face His judgment and wrath. Amen.
© 2002 D. B. Martin