March 3

Revelation 14:1-5 (NLT)
The Lamb and the 144,000
​Then I saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of mighty ocean waves or the rolling of loud thunder. It was like the sound of many harpists playing together. 3 This great choir sang a wonderful new song in front of the throne of God and before the four living beings and the twenty-four elders. No one could learn this song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 They have kept themselves as pure as virgins, following the Lamb wherever he goes. They have been purchased from among the people on the earth as a special offering to God and to the Lamb. 5 They have told no lies; they are without blame.

The 144,000 represent the saints in their complete number (Rev 7:4- 8). They form a priestly company (Rev 5:10) consecrated to offer praise to God on the holy mount.

Revelation 19:11-16 (NLT)
The Rider on the White Horse
Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

V11, This verse answers the question asked about the beast in 13:4:”Who is able to make war with him?” Christ can defeat him.

V11, Finally we reach the event to which the rest of the book has been looking forward, the glorious coming of Christ to earth in order to put down His enemies and set up His kingdom. This is not the Rapture of the church; there Christ comes to the air for His saints. Here He comes to the earth with His saints.

Notice the description of our Lord. He is sitting on a white horse; here obviously it is a war horse since He is coming to conquer His enemies. His name is Faithful and True. He is faithful to His promises and true to His own character. In righteousness He judges and makes war. He can only rule over a kingdom where the people are willing to live under a reign of righteousness. Therefore He must first remove all things that offend.

V12, Eyes …like a flame of fire parallels the description of the glorified Christ in 1:14. Many crowns show Christ to be more powerful than either Satan (12:3) or the beast (13:1). In ancient society, a name was more than a title. It revealed a person’s character. No one knew except Himself apparently means that there are parts of the character of the eternal and limitless God (see 1 Tim. 6:15, 16) that only God knows, though Christ may reveal such matters at His second coming.

V13, A robe dipped in blood may speak of Christ’s redemptive death on the Cross (7:9), or His trampling of the “winepress of the wrath of God” (see v. 15; 14:19, 20), or both. The Word of God cannot be the name that no one knew except Christ (v. 12) because that name is revealed in John 1:1, 14.

V16, KING OF KINGS means the One who is supreme over all earthly rulers. The phrase “Lord of lords and King of kings” is found in 17:14, anticipating the Second Coming.

Messianic Prophecies Jesus Fulfilled

Messiah would resurrect from the dead

Psa 16:10 (ESV)
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption.

Act 2:24-27 (ESV)
God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.