Christ Returns as a Man of War
“The Lord is a man of war… Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea…” -(Ex.15:3,4).
“Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle” – (Ps.24:8).
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken…” – (Rev.19:11,14-16,19,20).
What a thrilling and majestic scene this is.
This is the great climatic event toward which this world is moving and for
which all the born again saints are looking – the blessed hope of the second
coming of Christ in power and great glory as emperor over all the earth. Christ
will bring in the righteous and holy
He came the first time as a humble, lowly
savior, riding on a baby ass straight to the cross to shed His precious blood
for the sins of the world. He comes back as a mighty Emperor riding a white war
horse to conquer the Antichrist and his armies at Armageddon in
No one will be allowed to vote on His rule; He is God’s elect, and he defeats Antichrist, man’s elect. The wicked people of this world would never vote for and elect a holy, righteous man to rule over them. He returns with His army of elect saints who have been washed in His precious blood and also are kings elect, who shall rule and reign beneath Christ. O, the glory of our return with our Savior and King of Kings riding on flying, celestial horses. Our God who created all the beautiful flying birds, and the greatest flier of all, the tiny hummingbird, can certainly make a flying horse, amen.
A white commander-in-chief on a white horse leading an army of saints dressed in white and also on white horses as God shows us righteousness. “Fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” – (Rev.19:8). “Made white in the blood of the lamb” – (Rev.7:14). “In righteousness he doth judge and make war” – (Rev.19:11). There is such a thing as a righteous war. The Lord Jesus is a man of war and makes righteous war as His father made righteous war in the O.T. when he fought for the Jews when they were righteous. An army of saints dressed in white but with every color of skin, from every nation and tongue and peoples, washed white in the blood of Christ. For eternity we will remember our coming back with Christ in the triumphal entry.
of his mouth goeth a sharp sword” – (Rev.19:15). The Lord’s army will need
no camouflage uniforms for they will use no weapons and see no combat. Christ
will destroy the armies of Antichrist with the powerful sword of His mouth, the
Word of His mouth, the same Word by which He created the world in (Gen.1) and
by which He did His mighty miracles during His first coming – “For his word was with power” –
(Lk.4:32). The battle of Armageddon will be won by the Word of God! Christ will
speak, and His enemies will be smitten and the birds of prey come to feast upon
their corpses. There is power in the word of a king; how much more power in the
Word of God. This is the battle of the great day of God almighty. Just as God
as the great man of war conquered the mighty Egyptian army at the
It is written – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds). Our warfare against Satan and the world is not physical but spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare means that we have a spiritual enemy and a spiritual enemy requires spiritual weapons, which are listed in (Eph.6:10-20). And all our spiritual weapons are centered in “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” – (vs.17). We will get the victory at Armageddon with the sword of the Lord Jesus, the Word of God which comes out of his mouth – PTL Jesus. And the tribulation saints are commanded not to use carnal weapons against the Beast when persecuted – (Rev.13:10).
It is written of Armageddon – “Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against
those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. In that day shall the
Lord defend the inhabitants of
Immediately after the tribulation we are
told by Christ – “For as the lightning
cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the
coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever
the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after
the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not
give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the
heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in
heaven: And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see
the Son of man coming in the clouds
of heaven with power and great glory” – (Mt.24:27-30). Yes, the King of
Kings comes back to rule over His planet and praise God the saints come back with
him. As a mighty army to defeat Antichrist and rescue
“Treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” –
(Rev.19:15). When a person rejects God’s grace in His beloved Son and refuses
to repent and get born again, the consequence is unmitigated wrath from God. “Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles;
Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them
come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears:
let the weak say, I am strong. Let the heathen be awakened, and come up to the
As it is written in the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ -
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on.
is not only the North’s military marching song during our Civil War, but is
more the truth concerning the war of Armageddon. And it was most probably given
It is written again – “For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter” – (Is.34:2). Again – “And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?” – (Joel 2:11). Are you a member of the Lord Jesus’ army? All who are born again are part of His army – “Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of his life…” – (2 Tim.2:3,4).
Because of sin all people have become the enemy of God. How many of them comfort and assure themselves in their selfishness and sins with the belief that either there is no God, or that He is too good and merciful to fulfill His word of judgment upon sinners. Everyone that rejects Christ continues to be the enemy of God, and is on the way to defy Christ and take up arms for the usurper, the Antichrist, to conquer Christ. So the wicked enemies of Christ, their kings and soldiers, gather their armies at Armageddon, to conquer the Son of God, and to crush out His kingdom forever.
O sinful man, God has given His beloved Son on the cross, to be the mediator between a righteous God and sinful men, to make peace between them. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” – (I Tim.2:5). When you are saved by Christ, then you are no more an enemy of God but a friend; yea, and more than a friend, a child of God. Christ’s blood has slain the enmity between God and man – “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity… having slain the enmity thereby” – (Eph.2:15,16).
The unsaved are – “the enemies of the cross” – (Philip.3:18). Again – “ye adulterous and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” – (Jam.4:4). Have you been saved and born again by Christ? Are you, who once was an enemy of God because of your sins, now become a friend of God through the saving blood of Christ? Christ on the cross, wants to put one hand in your hand and the other hand in God’s hand and get you to shake hands and become friends. Christ wants to be the mediator between you and His Father. Repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ in your heart for forgiveness of sins and you will be saved and reconciled to God and become a new born again creature in Christ. You will conquer your great enemy death – (I Cor.15;26) “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” – (I Jn.5:11). You will conquer the second death in the lake of fire also – (Rev.20:15).
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
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