11 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems, and he has a name written that no one knows but himself. 13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. 14 And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. 15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
In chapter 4 of his gospel Luke records an event where Jesus was handed the Isaiah scroll to read before the congregation and he rolled it out to chapter 61 where he read verses 1 and 2. However, when you compare Jesus’ reading in Luke and the passage in Isaiah you will notice that Jesus stopped short of reading the full sentence. He proclaimed the year of the Lord’s favor in the giving of the sight to the blind and giving freedom to the captives and those who were oppressed, but he did not include the statement “and the day of vengeance of our God.” The reason for this is the first coming of Christ was for our salvation, the second coming will be for judgment. The text above describes for us the kingly Christ who will come to exact his wrath upon all who have continued in their rebellion of him. He will be one who comes with power, authority, and righteousness. He is coming to take his rightful place as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. When he comes no one will be able to say that his actions are unjust or unrighteous because he has been patient with those who have rebelled against him, he has, as Peter has said, “he is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” As we gaze upon the Lamb who was slain for us we must also consider the “wrath of the Lamb” that will one day come. Our response to such knowledge should be one of trust, knowing that his actions are right; it should be one of fear, receiving these words as a warning to stay faithful to our savior; it should be one of humility, knowing that Christ has saved us from this coming wrath; and it should be one of concern, that those who are now lost will come to repentance and faith in Christ before that day of vengeance comes.