Many people around the world know the story about The Triumphal Entry when Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey. A large crowd gathered and they placed their cloaks on the ground ahead of Jesus. They also cut palm branches and laid them ahead of Jesus. They did this because they were honoring Him as their King as He entered the Holy City.
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, tell him that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to the Daughter of
‘See, your king comes to
gentle and riding on a
on a colt, the foal of a
The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of
“Blessed is he who comes in
the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest!””
That is a stirring scene of respect for Jesus! It is a peaceful scene and very calm. Jesus came to us gentle riding on a donkey, even though He is the King of kings and Lord of lords!
I am here to tell you today that when Jesus Christ comes back, He will not be riding on a donkey! The Book of Revelation paints a far more intense picture of His return. When Jesus comes back, He will be coming back to fight and win a war! The armies of Heaven will be with Him. Included in those armies will be people who believed in Jesus. He will be coming back to defeat Satan at Armageddon and take His rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords!
First of all, did you know that the Book of Revelation is the testimony of Jesus Christ! Yeah, it is His testimony, and folks, that is the most important testimony you could ever read! This Revelation was given to the Apostle John while he was imprisoned by the Romans on the Island of Patmos, which was near Ephesus at that time. John was very old at this time in his 90s. He wrote Revelation and finished the Gospel of John while in this prison. He was eventually released from the secluded prison on Patmos, and history records that he most likely died of natural causes around 100 A.D. in Ephesus. No, the Romans were never able to break him or kill him!
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”
“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
After John heard this, he turned around and he saw Jesus shining in blazing glory!
“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.”
John is understandably frightened by all of this, and he reacts as many of us would.
“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.”
And that is exactly what John did! He wrote down what he saw that day, and I highly recommend reading the entire Book of Revelation. There is great blessing in it!
So, what did John see when he saw Jesus coming back in the vision? Let’s take a look.
“I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great.”
Do you understand that when Jesus comes back He is not messing around? I must warn you, He will not be riding a donkey. He will be riding on a white horse as The King He is coming to destroy evil on the earth! Listen to how the battle of Armageddon is going to go down.
“Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”
That’s right, he said “gorged” folks! Satan is defeated in one short paragraph and his armies are eaten by a massive swarm of birds. You do not want to be a part of his army! You can read more about “the mark of the beast” in my post titled “Don’t Ever Get Chipped!”
“And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore…”
I pray with all my heart that you take to heart what is written in Revelation. You will be so very blessed if you take heed of these warnings. I can promise you that with all my heart! Jesus loves you and He died for you to save you!
“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Grace and peace to you all!
“That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”