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The Rider on the White Horse March 5, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Revelation 19:11-21.

Summary: In this passage, John observes God the Son seated on a white horse; He leads an army – also seated on white horses. An angel then calls all birds to devour the flesh of those who oppose God the Son and His army; that army is led by the beast out of the sea and the kings of the earth. God the Son emerges triumphant; moreover, the beast out of the sea and the beast out of the earth are captured and hurled into the lake of fire. Their army is slaughtered – providing all birds with a macabre feast.

Thoughts: My impression is that many Christians view Christ as a warm, loving shepherd who holds His sheep – i.e. believers – in His arms and cares for them. This is an accurate depiction of Christ – yet it is limited in its scope. In this book, John depicts Christ as a conqueror who is willing and able to destroy His enemies. We see that He will punish those who persecute His people while engaging in idolatry and sexual immorality – especially when they refuse to repent of their sins. We see that He demands to be worshiped, as He is holy, omnipotent and righteous. Thus, as Christians, we must continue to wrestle with the complexity of Christ and His character, as that will deter us from growing complacent in a life that is replete with temptations.

In this passage, we see that birds are called to feast on the dead bodies of those who oppose Christ and refuse to worship Him. I have not witnessed vultures feasting on carcasses in the wild – though I have observed this macabre act on several nature programs. I wonder if anyone who opposed Christ when this letter was written – i.e. those who worshiped the Roman emperor – read it. If so, did the threat of vultures gorging themselves on their flesh compel them to repent of their sins? Did they dismiss this threat and continue to venerate the Roman emperor? I hope to meet at least some of them in the next life, as that would show that they had taken these threats to heart and repented of their sins. I certainly hope to avoid a fate where vultures gorge themselves on my flesh.

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