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Revelation 19 : The great king on a white horse

v11 Then I saw *heaven open, and there was a white horse. Someone was riding the horse. His name was this: ‘He Always Obeys God and He is Completely Honest’. He is always right when he decides things. He is always fair. He is right when he fights a war. v12 His eyes burned like fires and many *crowns were on his head. He had a name on him, but nobody knows that name except himself. v13 He was wearing clothes with blood all over them. His other name is: ‘The Word of God’.

v14 The armies in *heaven were following him. They were riding white horses and they were wearing clean, white clothes. v15 A sharp *sword was coming out of his mouth. He will beat all the countries with this *sword. Then he will rule them with an iron stick so that they will obey him. He will *punish them like someone who walks on grapes to make *wine. This shows that God is very angry. God has all authority, and he will *punish people. v16 This king had a name on his clothes and high on his leg. The name is: ‘The King who Rules over All Other Kings; the Most Powerful *Lord’.

Verses 11-16 These verses describe Jesus. He is the great king who will beat all his enemies. He has a *sword that comes out of his mouth, as in Chapter 1:16. The *sword may be like a picture of how powerful Jesus’ words are. He can beat all his enemies with his words because they are always true.

Verse 15 tells us that Jesus will *punish people. He will be like someone who walks on grapes (small fruits). This shows that God is very angry. People do not want to do anything good. Like the people in the powerful city (chapters 17 and 18), they think that other things are more important than God himself. People are like the grapes. (See 14:19-20 and the words in the box that explain this.)

v17 Then I saw an *angel who was standing in the sun. He shouted loudly to all the birds that were flying high in the sky. ‘Come!’ he shouted. ‘Come together to God’s big meal. v18 There you will eat the meat from the dead bodies. They will be the bodies of rulers, captains of armies and strong men. There will be bodies of horses and those who ride them. You can eat all the dead people, whether they are slaves or free people. There will be powerful people and those who are not powerful.’

v19 Then I saw the first strange animal and the rulers of the earth and their armies all together. They had come together to fight a war. They fought against the person who rode the horse, and his army. v20 But the person on the horse and his army beat them. He and his army took and held the strange animal and the false *prophet. That same false *prophet who, on behalf of the strange animal, had done things that surprised people. The false *prophet had caused people to believe him. He had told them what is not true. People believed him because of the things that he did. These were the same people who had the strange animal’s mark on them. They *worshipped his false god. The person on the horse threw the strange animal and the false *prophet into the lake alive. It was the lake of fire that burns with *sulphur. v21 The person who rode the horse killed all his enemies’ armies. He killed them with the *sword that came out of his mouth. And all the birds ate the meat from the dead bodies until they were completely full.

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