TUESDAY, MAY 13
Scripture: Revelation 19:11, 12-15
Revelation 19:11 says, “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.” If I read Revelation 19:11, the first thing I wonder is how does God make war? The answer to most biblical questions is in the context of Scripture. Surely the Word shows us and since context determines meaning, we review verses 12-15 for the answer. Verses 12-15 state, “His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.” First of all I notice in verse 14, that the armies in heaven dressed in fine linen, white and clean followed Him. And it appears that out of His mouth goes a sharp sword and with the words of His mouth, He strikes the nations and rules them with a Rod of Iron. He also treads the winepress of the fierceness and the wrath of Almighty God. So Jesus the King, in Revelation, consistently demonstrates the fierceness and the wrath of God. I believe that when the fierceness and the wrath of God are demonstrated, multitudes of people will get saved. All we hear today is love, mercy, forgive, Jesus loves and forgives you. We have heard ‘Jesus loves you’ so much that there is practically zero fear of God in the land. Consequently there are few politicians doing righteousness. Until the fear of the Lord is restored, the politicians will continue to do unrighteousness. Either God’s Kings demonstrate the fierceness and the wrath, or we forfeit the harvest of nations. What is it going to be? Will we stand up and learn to walk with the King? Will we learn to demonstrate Him in fierceness and wrath as well as in compassion and salvation? What will we do? The fact that our politicians are not afraid of God demonstrates what we have not done. Our traditions have made the Word of God of none effect. So we the church have killed people who should not die and kept people alive who should not live. I, for one, am not willing to walk under that rebuke any longer. Ezekiel brought a rebuke to the church of his day and the rebuke was very simple, “You are conducting church in such a way that you are diminishing God’s Word, killing people who should not die and keeping people alive who should not live. God has a list of people who are so committed to evil they should not live. They are fully qualified for Divine removal. God has a list! When the Spirit highlights a name on that list, we declare God’s written judicial penalty for their deeds. Jesus the Judge is visiting the church to deliver us from our Priestly traditions so we can war with Him. The choices we make about God’s Word could kill people who should not die. Our refusal to say what God says could deprive people of their very lives. When we stand before God we might find out we have killed members of our own congregation. When we stand before God, we might discover we are the ones who enable people deserving of death to live. How could we survive in eternity knowing that we spent a lifetime enabling people that should not live to continue destroying our nation? The King is visiting. Will we say yes?