July 19 2022
Today, Tuesday July 19
“His Name is called The Word of God”
“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. 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. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
Yesterday we talked about the names of Jesus found in this passage. I believe the name that impacts us the most is “The Word of God.” Jesus is the Living Word! When you read the Bible, you are reading Jesus. You are interacting with a person! Jesus said to His disciples, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life….” (John 6:63). The Bible is more than words on a page, and pages in a book, it is very breath of God, the Word of God, the Life of God! It is Jesus!
That is why when we read and study it something supernatural takes place, and transforms and changes our life. Hebrews 4:12-13 describes it this way: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
And I believe that the sharpest edge of this “two-edged sword” is the prophesies of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Because this Book reminds and warns us that one day, “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:10). Jesus said: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).
Paul told the Greeks on Mars Hill in Athens: “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:30-31) My friend, that “Man” is Jesus, and that “day” is coming soon when the world will be judged in righteousness. This “sharp edge” of His sword should motivate us to live for Jesus every day!
Today, through the Word we can “taste and see that the Lord is good and be blessed” (Psalm 34:8). Today, we can have our “minds renewed and transformed by this Word so that we can know the good and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).
The greatness of Christ is seen not only in His names, but also in John's description of the conquering King (Rev. 19:12-16). The eyes "as a flame of fire" symbolize His searching judgment that sees all (Rev. 1:14). The many crowns (diadems) indicate His magnificent rule and sovereignty. The vesture dipped in blood speaks of judgment and probably relates to Isaiah 63:1-6 and Revelation 14:20, the conquest of His enemies. It is not our Lord's blood that marks His vesture, but that of His foes.
The sharp sword is a symbol of God's Word (Rev. 19:21; see also Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12; Rev. 1:16). This is in keeping with the fact that Christ will consume the enemy "with the spirit of His mouth" (2 Thes. 2:8; note also Isa. 11:4). We have met with the "rod of iron" before (Rev. 2:27; 12:5), a symbol of His justice as He rules over the earth. The image of the winepress must be associated with the judgment at Armageddon (Rev. 14:14-20; see also Isa. 63:1-6).
The Scriptures make it clear that Jesus came the first time to save: “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:17) But it is also very clear that Jesus will come the second time to judge! (Rev. 19) Today, is the time to repent and trust Him to be the Lord and Savior of our lives! (Romans 14:7-12)