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December 30 - Morning

" I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. 
His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head
are many crowns. 
He has a name written on him that
no one knows but he himself.
He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood,
and his name is the Word of God.
The armies of heaven were following him,
riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword 
with which to strike down the nations.
'He will rule them with an iron scepter.'
 He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath
of God Almighty.
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:

- Revelation 19:11-16

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The One Who Makes War and Rules with an Iron Scepter    

Chapter nineteen begins in heaven with the church having been made ready. Then heaven is opened and Jesus, the rider on the white horse moves out for battle. He defeats the armies of the world.

The statement that Jesus "judges and makes war" must be seen in light of the injustices inflicted upon the human race by the kingdom of the beast and the violent persecution of the followers of Jesus Christ by the followers of the beast. For the Lord to do anything less than "make war" with this evil kingdom would discredit his character of righteousness, holiness and justice. The verb tenses of "judges" and "makes war" is present tense in the Greek which indicate this is the riders habitual action, and not a mere one-time event.

Once again his eyes of "blazing fire" are seeking and seeing all things for evaluation and judgment. The "many crowns" he wears on his head are diademata, the crown of royalty and rule, and not the stephanos, the crown of the victor. Jesus does wear the stephanos, but in this scene he is the rightful ruler of God's creation and of the kingdoms of this world.

This is the beginning of the "iron scepter" rule of the earth by the Messiah that was promised in the Old Testament:

"The scepter will not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
until he comes to whom it belongs
    and the obedience of the nations is his." - Genesis 49:10

"He said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father.
Ask of me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
You will rule them with an iron scepter;
    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.

Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth." - Psalm 2:7-11

"While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth...In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and the interpretation is trustworthy.” - Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Forgiveness is me giving
up my right to hurt you
for hurting me." 



Something to Ponder??
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was the son of a pastor who became a strong anti-Christian force. Nietzsche's philosophy was embraced by the Nazis. He viewed the Scriptures as teaching a "slave morality" of submission and passivity. Nietzsche spent the last years of his life in a mental asylum thinking he was the Antichrist.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Shem (Hb) - Name (Eng) - shem is the Hebrew word that means "name," "reputation," "fame," "glory," and, even, "monument," or "memorial." It is used 851x in the Hebrew Old Testament
and is translated as "name" 654 of those times. Eleven times it is translated as "fame,"
or "famous." Thus, to "call on the name (shem) of the Lord" meant to call on
the Lord's reputation, fame and glory in your time of need.

The seal of Mattaniah (mentioned in 1 Chronicles 25:4, 16 as a priestly son of Heman who prophesyied and played musical instruments and 2 Chronicles 29:13 as a priest who served during the days of Hezekiah) has been found in the remains of a building from the time of the First Temple (970-586 BC) below the southwest corner of the Temple Mount in the ancient drainage channel that runs underneath Robinson's Arch. The seal is made of a semi-precious stone and used to press a mark into clay bullae. The inscription says:

"למתניהו בן הו..."

“Lematanyahu Ben Ho…”

“Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho…”

(Details here, here, here.
Image here and here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Does the concept of living under the absolute rule of an "iron scepter" offend me?
Does being part of an absolutely righteous government seem to be oppressive?
For those who are conformed into the image of Christ the absolute character and
presence of the Lord will be prosperous, pleasing and productive.
I will seek to become more like Christ and to allow the Holy Spirit to conform me into his image.
  "The eye that mocks a father, that scorns obedience to a mother, will be pecked out
by the ravens of the valley,
will be eaten by the vultures."
- Proverbs 30:17
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
This is a night view looking at the Mount of Olives in the distance, but at the southwest corner of the Temple Mount with the Ophel sloping down towards David's city of Jerusalem on the right side. (click on image for larger size) The location of the Kidron Valley in relationship to the
walls of the Old City of Jerusalem today.
(click on image for larger size)
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