The wonder of Jesus is how long He waits to avenge evil upon the earth. For all of human history since Eden Satan has seemingly triumphed. For thousands of years, sin and death have run riotously around the globe, and He waits. Every village has felt some injustice. Every hamlet has seen evil raging. Every son and daughter born has sin’s dark, black drop staining their heart. Every life experiences the tears and sorrows of Satan’s lie. Every home ultimately breaks up by death’s visit. No family escapes seeing the circle of their home dissolve into the dark depths of the grave. Every life eventually will end in death.
He waits, as every page of history is deeply stained. Unavenged evils, from the time of the first murder until this present hour are still pending. Human history has been written in blood, tears, and death. Why does Jesus wait? Why is Satan allowed to wrap his vicious, slimy, filthy, cruel tentacles around human life and around this earth? The weak are slain, the helpless are crushed, and people on this earth by uncounted millions and millions are oppressed, living in despair, and it seems that Jesus just waits.
He waits, but somewhere beyond the starry sky there stands a herald angel with a trumpet in his hand, and by the decree of the Lord God Almighty, there is a day, there is an hour, there is a moment, there is an elected time when the angel shall sound and the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ. And in that moment Jesus returns. In the Glorious Majesty of His Victory on the cross Jesus returns.
Jesus left after saying He was coming back as was noted 1,257 x in the Old Testament and 319 x in the New Testament, now he returns!
Jesus left from the Mt. Of Olives on foot empty-handed, He returns to that very spot descending from the skies mounted on a white horse, followed by countless armies clothed in white.
Jesus left in secret, now He returns in blazing glory.
Jesus left with blood-stained garments, He returns in shimmering robes of white.
Jesus left still bearing the cuts of a crown of thorns, He returns with the sparkling dazzles of the diadem crown of the King of the Universe.
Jesus left behind His beloved saints going ahead of them alone to Heaven, He returns with the skies filled with His saints all in triumphant procession accompanying their Master, Lord, and King.
Jesus left silently worshiped by His disciples, now he returns surrounded by the trumpet blasts of the armies of Heaven, encircled by the shouts of praise of all the redeemed, and every eye on planet earth now sees Him.
The climax of all human history is now unfolded in our text. The purposes of God long hidden in His eternal counsels are now made clear. Jesus steps back into history, no longer the suffering servant, He is Lord of All. This passage makes two truths remarkably vivid. They are:
1. The Absolute Security of Trusting the Timing of Jesus. Revelation 19:11-16
2. The Absolute Futility of Resisting the Offers of Jesus. Revelation 19:17-21
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1. The DTS, Bible Knowledge Commentary set I use: https://amzn.to/2RKBAiJ
2. The MacArthur Study Bible I use: https://amzn.to/33vqwsm
3. The Phillips, Exploring the Future book I use: https://amzn.to/3hiNtHm
4. The Payne, Encyclopedia of Prophecy I use: https://amzn.to/3y4OGIg
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