Revelation 19:11-16

The Coming of Christ

11 And I saw 1heaven opened, and behold, a 2white horse, and He who sat on it is called 3Faithful and True, and in 4righteousness He judges and wages war.
12 His 5eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many 6diadems; and He has a 7name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13 He is clothed with a 8robe dipped in blood, and His name is called 9The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in 10fine linen, 11white and clean, were following Him on white horses.
15 12From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that 13with it He may strike down the nations, and He will 14rule them with a rod of iron; and 15He treads the wine * press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has 16a name written, "17KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."

Revelation 19:11-16 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO REVELATION 19

This chapter contains the triumph of the saints over Babylon, and their thanksgiving to God because of his judgments on her; the marriage of Christ and his church, and a battle between him and his and her enemies, with the success of it. The congratulations are first of a promiscuous multitude in the church, ascribing salvation, praise, honour, glory, and power to God, because of the righteousness of his judgments, and because of the perpetuity of them, Re 19:1-3 and then of the four and twenty elders and four living creatures, who worship God, assent to what had been before said, and join in praising the Lord, Re 19:4 and then another voice out of the throne is heard, calling upon all the servants of the Lord, and those that fear him, whether small or great, to praise our God, Re 19:5 after which is heard the voice of a great multitude, stirring up one another to praise, because of the reign of the Lord God Almighty, and to rejoice and be glad because the time of the Lamb's marriage with his bride was come; who is described by her dress, the righteousness of the saints, comparable to fine linen, clean and white, Re 19:6-8 upon which an angel bids John write those persons happy who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb, and affirms these to be the true sayings of God; wherefore John, in a transport of joy, was just going to worship the angel, had he not been forbidden by him; from which he dissuades him, by observing that he was his fellow servant, that God only is the object of worship, and that the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy, Re 19:9,10 next follows a vision of a battle between Christ and his enemies; and first he the General is described, by the horse he sat upon, a white one; by the characters he bears, faithful and true; by what he did, judging and making war in righteousness; by his eyes, which were as a flame of fire; by his having many crowns on his head; by having a name, or names unknown, and particularly one, which is the Word of God; by his habit, a vesture dipped in blood; by the armies he was at the head of, riding on white horses, and clothed in fine linen; by a sharp sword coming out of his mouth, with which he should utterly destroy the nations; and by having a name on his vesture and thigh, King of kings, and Lord of lords, Re 19:11-16 upon which an angel is seen standing in the sun, and calling to all the fowls of the heaven to come to the supper of the great God, and to eat the flesh of kings, captains, mighty men, horses and horsemen, of all ranks, and degrees, Re 19:17,18 and next an account is given of the armies of the beast, and of the kings of the earth, that came to make war with the above warrior, Re 19:19 the issue and success of which follow; the beast and false prophet are taken, and cast alive into a lake of fire and brimstone; and the rest are killed by the sword of the above General, and the fowls have a feast of their flesh, Re 19:20,21.

Revelation 19:11-16 In-Context

9 Then he said to me, "Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.' " And he said to me, "These are true words of God."
10 Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself.
13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.
15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.
16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS."
17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, "Come, assemble for the great supper of God,
18 so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great."

Cross References 17

  • 1. Ezekiel 1:1; John 1:51; Revelation 4:1
  • 2. Revelation 6:2; Revelation 19:19, 21
  • 3. Revelation 3:14
  • 4. Psalms 96:13; Isaiah 11:4
  • 5. Daniel 10:6; Revelation 1:14
  • 6. Revelation 6:2; Revelation 12:3
  • 7. Revelation 2:17; Revelation 19:16
  • 8. Isaiah 63:3
  • 9. John 1:1
  • 10. Revelation 19:8
  • 11. Revelation 3:4; Revelation 19:8
  • 12. Revelation 1:16; Revelation 19:21
  • 13. Isaiah 11:4; 2 Thessalonians 2:8
  • 14. Psalms 2:9; Revelation 2:27
  • 15. Isaiah 63:3; Joel 3:13; Revelation 14:19, 20
  • 16. Revelation 2:17; Revelation 19:12
  • 17. Revelation 17:14

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or "shepherd"
  • [b]. Lit "wine press of the wine of the wrath of God's anger"