Day 29 Devotional
Revelation 19 & 20
By Pastor Jason
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war (Revelation 19:11).”
As the aged apostle John neared the end of his earthly life, he was given an amazing vision of that terrible future time, which will culminate with the heavens being opened: and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
The rider of the white horse is the same risen, ascended and glorified Son of Man who was standing amidst the seven candlesticks at the start of his prophetic, end-time vision, when John was told to write the things that were, the things that are and the things that shall be hereafter. Gods plan of redemption which He purposed before the foundation of the earth was coming to its ultimate climax when Man – through Christ, would win back dominion of the earth in righteousness – for with His blood He has set us free from the power of sin and death and hell.
The name of the rider is Faithful and True, for He is the eternal Word of God, Who became the incarnate Son of Man and for 2000 years has been seated at the right hand of the Father. He is Jesus Christ the Lord, our risen, ascended, glorified heavenly Man. But, as recorded in Revelation, John watched as the time arrived for Him to put all enemies under His feet and so he saw the heavens open and beheld the God-Man, Jesus Christ the Righteous, returning on a white horse in the clouds of heavenly glory to save His people Israel from their enemies.
He will strike the nations with His word of truth and will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness – before He sets up His kingdom in Jerusalem and together with His bride, which is the Church, will rule the nations with a rod of iron.
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. Earth and sky fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before te throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books (Revelation 20:11-12).
In 1992, Dennis Lee Curtis was arrested for armed robbery in Rapid City, South Dakota. In his wallet, police found a list of rules Curtis had written for himself; guidelines for his robberies.
For example, he wrote:
- “I will not kill anyone unless I have to.”
- “I will take cash and food stamps – no checks.”
- “I will not rob mini-marts.”
- “If I get chased by cops on foot, I will get away. If chased by vehicle, I will not put the lives of innocent civilians on the line.”
- “I will rob only seven months out of the year.”
- “I will enjoy robbing from the rich to give to the poor.”
This may seem odd, but Dennis Lee Curtis was a thief with some standards. But when he stood before the court, the judge did not consult Curtis’ list of rules. He pulled out the laws of the state by which to judge him, by which to convict him.
In the same way, when we stand before God, He won’t consult man-made rules and standards. Jesus Christ will have the final word when He judges our lives.
Let us pause in prayer today and Praise the Lord that when you trust your life to Jesus, your name appears in the book of life! Let us pause longer for all others whose souls are unsettled….
Whoever you are and whoever you are, today, I say the truth and love “today ought to be the day to settle your soul with God… once for all.” “As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts (Hebrews 3:15).” Come to Him! Leave it all at His feet! You will see He is truly Faithful and True to forgive, give you salvation, and assure you a place in His Kingdom; and in the book of life!
“Tomorrow’s history has already been written. At the name of Jesus every knee must bow.” – E. Kauffman