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 kingdom of God on earth.

 

   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 Israel. Christ comes back a man of war leading His mighty army of saints from heaven. The greatest race horse in America was ‘man of war’ but the flying white stead of Jesus will be the most renown horse in history. Christ humbled himself to the cross and God has greatly exalted him – PTL Jesus. And we saints shall share in His triumphal entry.

 

   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.

 

   “Out 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 Red Sea, and the Jews had not one weapon, so it shall be again with the Lord’s army from heaven. Most of the wars of the world have been unrighteous wars, such as our wars in Viet Nam and now in Iraq. When King Jesus returns this will be the first, truly righteous war in the history of mankind. What a glorious appearing it shall be.

 

   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 Jerusalem…” – (Zech.14:3-12:8). As the armies of the Beast try to exterminate Israel, then comes the army of Christ and His saints and His angels from heaven and rescues Israel. The ‘Calvary’ of salvation becomes the ‘cavalry’ of salvation – amen. Christ the Deliverer comes to save them. “And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob” – (Rom.11:26). Israel is saved by God’s grace.

 

   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 Israel.

 

   Christ – “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 valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great” – (Joel 3:9-13). Upon all those who reject the blood of Christ and God’s salvation, the pure blood of the grape, will come the wrath of God. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36). All the men of war will be defeated by Christ, the God-man of war. “They come…from the end of heaven, even the Lord, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land” – (Is.13:5).

 

   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.

 

   This 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 to U.S. because the U.S. army will be fighting against the Lord’s second coming at Armageddon. Not only will our army be there, but our president will be the Antichrist because he rules the greatest superpower army on earth. The U.S.A. is now an empire that’s preying upon weaker nations like a beast and soon the Beast will rule over U.S and we will see the fulfillment of the empire prophecy in (Dan.2), the feet of iron and clay.

 

   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

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