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If I Were Told the Future - Lesson 62

The Faithful and True Rider
 

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Let’s pray:

Our Father,

In this last lesson about Your servants, we wish to study another prophetic character: «the Faithful and True Rider». Who is He, and what role does He play in prophecy?

We thank You in advance for answering these questions, through the Revelation of Your inspired Word. In Jesus Christ we pray.

Amen.




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Revelation 19:11

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse.

And He that sat on him was called Faithful and True.

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The last prophetic character that we will examine in this section about the servants of God is the Rider called «Faithful and True».

This Rider, who appears near the end of the book of Revelation, is very similar to another character which we studied in a previous lesson...




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Revelation 6:1,2

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, «Come and see.»

And I saw, and behold a white horse: and He that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given to Him: and He went forth conquering, and to conquer.

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Revelation 19:11,12

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war.

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.

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Let’s note the striking resemblance to the Rider presented in the first seal, that we studied in the lesson «The Rider on a White Horse».




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Psalm 45:2-4

You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into Your lips: therefore God has blessed You for ever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Most Mighty, with Your glory and Your majesty.

And in Your majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and Your right hand shall teach You terrible things.

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The first seal illustrated the apostolic Church’s success during the first century.

Described with the same features, the Faithful and True Rider goes out conquering, to resoundingly carry out God’s will.




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Psalm 40:10,11,16,17

I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation: I have not concealed Your loving kindness and Your truth from the great congregation.

Withhold not You Your tender mercies from me, O Lord: let Your loving kindness and Your truth continually preserve me. (...)

Let such as love Your salvation say continually, «The Lord be magnified!»

But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinks on me. You are my Help and my Deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.

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By combining the words «Faithfulness» and «Truth», this Rider’s name calls to mind a work of salvation, which the believer eagerly awaits.




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Jeremiah 42:2,5,9,11

[The people said to Jeremiah,] «We are left but a few of many, as your eyes do behold us. (...)

The Lord be a true and faithful Witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the Lord your God shall send you to us.» (...)

[Jeremiah] said to them, «Thus said the Lord, the God of Israel: (...)

“Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid; be not afraid of him,” said the Lord: “for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.”»

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The name «Faithful and True» also calls to mind God’s intervention which liberated the scattered remnant of Israel from Babylon’s hands.

Likewise, at the end of times, the Faithful and True Rider will free spiritual Israel from spiritual Babylon’s oppression.




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Luke 16:11

If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

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The combination of «Faithful» and «True» also refers to Jesus’ words about the reward of men at the end of times.




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Revelation 3:14

And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,

«These things said the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.»

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The book of Revelation clearly identifies the Faithful and True Rider: Jesus Christ, the author of the letters to the seven churches.

Jesus is indeed the One who will bring salvation and deliverance to spiritual Israel, that is, His remnant Church at the end of time, from the hands of spiritual Babylon. This will be the subject of a future lesson.

Jesus is also the One who will reward men when He returns.




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Revelation 19:11

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse.

And He that sat on him was called Faithful and True.

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Revelation 11:19

And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament.

And there were lightning, and voices, and thunder, and an earthquake, and great hail.

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The words «heaven opened» indicate that the deeds of the Faithful and True Rider take place at the end of times, that is, at Jesus’ return.




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Revelation 19:11

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse.

And He that sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war.

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Psalm 96:12,13

Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord: for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth.

He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with His truth.

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According to the prophecy, the Faithful and True Rider comes to judge and make war with righteousness.

That is exactly what Jesus Christ will do when He returns.




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At His return, Jesus will save His people and judge with righteousness:

«Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His people. “Gather My saints together to Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” And the heavens shall declare His righteousness: for God is Judge Himself.» (Psalm 50:3-6)

«Give the King Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the King’s Son. He shall judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with judgment. (...) He shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.» (Psalm 72:1,2,4)

«There shall come forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. (...) With righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth. (...) Righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His reins.» (Isaiah 11:1,4,5)




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Revelation 19:11,12

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse.

And He that sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He does judge and make war.

His eyes were as a flame of fire.

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Revelation 2:18

And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write,

«These things said the Son of God, who has His eyes like to a flame of fire.»

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«Eyes as a flame of fire» is another feature helping us to identify the Faithful and True Rider as Jesus Christ.

This description indicates Jesus’ perfect insight, which enables Him to judge with righteousness.




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Revelation 19:12

His eyes were as a flame of fire.

And on His head were many crowns.

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Hebrews 2:9

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor.

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Having died on the cross for our salvation, Jesus, «crowned with glory and honor» by the Father, now has «many crowns» on His head.




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Revelation 19:12

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns.

And He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself.

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Revelation 2:17

To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna.

And I will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it.

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By showing that the Faithful and True Rider has a name «that no man knew, but He Himself», the prophecy calls to mind one of Jesus’ promises to him who overcomes.




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Genesis 32:29,30

And Jacob asked [the Man], and said, «Tell me, I pray You, Your name.»

And He said, «Why is it that you do ask after My name?» And He blessed him there.

And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: «For I have seen God face to face.»

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Judges 13:17,18

And Manoah said to the Angel of the Lord, «What is Your name, that when Your sayings come to pass we may do You honor?»

And the Angel of the Lord said to him, «Why ask you thus after My name, seeing it is secret?»

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Jesus, as the Man who fought with Jacob, or as the Angel of the Lord, often refused to reveal His name, «that no man knew, but He Himself».




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Revelation 19:13

And He was clothed with a clothing dipped in blood.

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Isaiah 63:1

«Who is this that comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength?

- I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.»

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Showing Jesus «clothed with a clothing dipped in blood», the prophecy calls to mind this passage from the book of Isaiah, announcing the glorious coming of the Messiah, the Savior.

But why are His garments dipped in blood?




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Isaiah 63:2-4

«Why are You red in Your apparel, and Your garments like him that treads in the winefat?

- I have trodden the wine press alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in My anger, and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled on My garments, and I will stain all My raiment.

For the day of vengeance is in My heart, and the year of My redeemed is come.»

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Jesus’ robe is dipped in blood because, when He returns, He will bring about the destruction of those who have rejected His call to salvation.

But in spite of this scene of desolation, Jesus announces good news, «The year of My redeemed is come».




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Isaiah 63:2

Why are You red in Your apparel, and Your garments like him that treads in the winefat?

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Revelation 19:13,15

He was clothed with a clothing dipped in blood. (...)

And He treads the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

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The books of Isaiah and Revelation both compare the punishment of the wicked to a great vintage, in which the red grapes trod in the winepress symbolize those who rejected God’s call to salvation.




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Revelation 14:18-20

«Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.»

And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine press of the wrath of God.

And the wine press was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the wine press, even to the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

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This great vintage, described in the books of Isaiah and Revelation, will be the subject of a future lesson.




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Revelation 19:13

And He was clothed with a clothing dipped in blood.

And His name is called «The Word of God».

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John 1:1,14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (...)

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

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The Faithful and True Rider is also called «The Word of God», another expression which designates Jesus Christ.




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Revelation 19:13,14

His name is called «The Word of God».

And the armies which were in heaven followed Him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

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2 Thessalonians 1:7,8

The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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When He returns, Jesus, the Faithful and True Rider, will be accompanied by the heavenly armies, mainly made up of angels.




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When He returns, Jesus will come with His armies of angels:

«When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit on the throne of His glory.» (Matthew 25:31)

«Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”» (Jude verses 14 and 15)

«Think you that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?» (Matthew 26:53)




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Revelation 19:13,14

His name is called «The Word of God».

And the armies which were in heaven followed Him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

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Revelation 19:8

The fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

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In addition to the angels of God, the heavenly armies accompanying Jesus when He returns will also include the saints whom Jesus took with Him when He ascended to heaven, as we have seen in the lesson «The 24 Elders and the Four Beasts».




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Revelation 19:15

And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations.

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Revelation 1:16

Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword.

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Revelation 2:12

These things said He which has the sharp sword with two edges (...).

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A sharp sword comes out of the Rider’s mouth.

In our lessons on the letters to the seven churches, we have seen that this sword symbolizes the Word of God.




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Revelation 2:16

Repent; or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

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Revelation 19:21 [NKJV]

And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse.

And all the birds were filled with their flesh.

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The sharp sword, clearly separating the truth from lies, will become an instrument of punishment for those who choose the path of evil.




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Revelation 19:15

And out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations.

And He shall rule them with a rod of iron.

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Revelation 2:26,27

And he that overcomes, and keeps My works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations.

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of My Father.

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The prophecy announces that the Faithful and True Rider will rule the nations «with a rod of iron», once again calling to mind one of Jesus’ promises to him who overcomes.




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Revelation 12:5

And she brought forth a Man Child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron.

And her Child was caught up to God, and to His throne.

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Psalm 2:8,9

Ask of Me, and I shall give You the heathen for Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Your possession.

You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

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In our lesson «The Pure Woman», we have seen Jesus Christ’s work of judgment of all nations, described with the words «to rule all nations with a rod of iron».




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Revelation 19:16

And He has on His clothing and on His thigh a name written,

«King of kings, and Lord of lords.»

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Revelation 17:14

[The ten kings] shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings.

And they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

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Finally, the Faithful and True Rider is called «King of kings, and Lord of lords», clearly designating Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God.




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Just like His Father, Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords:

«God also has highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.» (Philippians 2:9,10)

«The king answered to Daniel, and said, “Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a Revealer of secrets, seeing you could reveal this secret.”» (Daniel 2:47)

«[God] is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach to; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.» (1 Timothy 6:15,16)




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John 14:1-3

Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me.

In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.

I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

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Let’s close this lesson with this important point: «Faithful and True» is a name which fills us with hope.

This name gives us the assurance that the promise of Jesus’ return is «True», and that Jesus is «Faithful» to fulfill His promise!




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Let’s thank God:

Our Father,

You said, through Your inspired Word, «Behold, the days come that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness.» (Jeremiah 23:5,6).

This «righteous Branch» designates the same person as the Faithful and True Rider: Jesus Christ.

Please accept our sincere gratitude for the work of Your Son, which opens the way to eternal life. In His precious name we pray.

Amen.


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