Study Guide: The Second Coming - Revelation 19:11-21
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to all the birds that fly directly overhead, “Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and great.” And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who was sitting on the horse and against his army. And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had done the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. And the rest were slain by the sword that came from the mouth of him who was sitting on the horse, and all the birds were gorged with their flesh.
In his Second Coming, Jesus will return in power and glory to execute justice and conquer all who oppose him
In this passage we see Jesus return in his full glory and power to consummate his kingdom. The second coming of Jesus Christ refers to the historical, visible, and bodily return of the Son of God to the earth. Jesus’ second appearance is in stark contrast to his first appearance. In his second appearance, Jesus comes to judge all who reject him and to once and for all defeat the enemies that oppose him.
- How is Jesus described in verses 11-16? What names are given to him? What imagery is used?
- Who are the recipients of Jesus’ judgment in verses 17-18?
- How would you describe the battle that takes place between Jesus and those who oppose him in verses 19-21?
- Take some time and recall Jesus’ first appearance and his earthly ministry. How is his second coming different from his first?
- What does Jesus’ second coming reveal about him, and how should we respond?
- In this passage, we see that no one escapes the judgment of Jesus, but this doesn’t keep people from trying. What are some ways that people try to escape the judgment of God?
Praise Jesus because he is faithful and true; a righteous judge; the King of Kings; and the Lord of Lords.