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The Lord Himself.
First as King Priest. Then as King of kings (Rev. 1:14;19:11). The
three descriptions of the Transfiguration refer to the opening vision of
He 'was transfigured before them: and His face did shine as the sun,
and His raiment was white as the light' (Matt. 17:2).
'His raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller
on earth can white them' (Mark 9:3).
'The fashion of His countenance was altered, and His raiment was white
and glistering' (Luke 9:29).
White as light, white as snow, white as lightning. Peter tells us that
on that mountain he, with James and John, were eyewitnesses of His Majesty,
and that the prophecy of the Second Coming was made even 'more sure'. At
that Second Coming, He Who is called Faithful and True is seen coming out of
heaven seated upon a white horse and coming in righteousness to judge and
make war. Any interpretation that evades, ignores or minimizes this express
statement of Scripture must necessarily be rejected by all who love and
believe the Word. These words, 'judge and make war' are expanded in
Revelation 19:15, where we have such adjuncts of discipline and extreme
severity as 'a sharp sword', 'smite the nations', 'rule them with a rod of
iron', 'tread the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God'.
There is no exegetical necessity or justification in dividing Revelation
19:21 from Revelation 20:1. The dealing with the beast and the false
prophet, the slaying of the remnant, and the binding of Satan are all leading
up to the Millennial reign, which, at its conclusion, finds enough
insubordination to justify the terms, 'Gog and Magog', 'the sand of the sea',
and destruction by 'fire' from God out of heaven. The white horse of
Revelation 6:2 under the opening of the first seal, is Satan's travesty of
Christ. This rider is not followed by the armies of heaven, faithful and
true, but by war, famine, pestilence, death, martyrdom and the wrath of the
'To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and
will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which
no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it' (Rev. 2:17).
The High Priest of Israel, who entered the Holiest of all once a year,
never lifted the Mercy Seat or ate from the golden pot of manna that was
hidden beneath it. These 'priests' of God and of Christ do. The white stone
bears a 'new name' which is one of several references to a similar honour.
In Revelation 3:12, the overcomer is honoured by having the name of
God, the name of the City, and a 'new name' written upon him. All this is a
direct contrast with Mystery Babylon, that had her awful name written upon
her forehead (Rev. 17:5) and in contrast with those who had 'the name of the
beast, or the number of his name' (Rev. 13:17). Immediately following this
awful branding come the words:
'Lo, a Lamb ... with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His
Father's name written in their foreheads' (Rev. 14:1).