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10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters[a] who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.[b]

The Rider on the White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 15 From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On his robe at his thigh[c] was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

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Footnotes

  1. 19:10a Greek brothers.
  2. 19:10b Or is the message confirmed by Jesus.
  3. 19:16 Or On his robe and thigh.

10 I fell at his feet to worship him, but he wouldn’t let me. “Don’t do that,” he said. “I’m a servant just like you, and like your brothers and sisters who hold to the witness of Jesus. The witness of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

A White Horse and Its Rider

11-16 Then I saw Heaven open wide—and oh! a white horse and its Rider. The Rider, named Faithful and True, judges and makes war in pure righteousness. His eyes are a blaze of fire, on his head many crowns. He has a Name inscribed that’s known only to himself. He is dressed in a robe soaked with blood, and he is addressed as “Word of God.” The armies of Heaven, mounted on white horses and dressed in dazzling white linen, follow him. A sharp sword comes out of his mouth so he can subdue the nations, then rule them with a rod of iron. He treads the winepress of the raging wrath of God, the Sovereign-Strong. On his robe and thigh is written, King of kings, Lord of lords.

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10 At this I fell facedown at the angel’s feet to worship him, but he stopped me and said, “Don’t do this! For I am only a fellow servant with you and one of your brothers who clings to what Jesus testifies. Worship God. The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”[a]

The Bridegroom-King on the White Horse

11 Then I saw heaven opened, and suddenly a white horse appeared. The name of the one riding it was Faithful and True,[b] and with pure righteousness he judges and rides to battle. 12 He wore many regal crowns,[c] and his eyes were flashing like flames of fire. He had a secret name inscribed on him that’s known only to himself.[d] 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title is called the Word of God. 14 Following him on white horses were the armies of heaven, wearing white fine linen, pure and bright. 15 A sharp sword came from his mouth with which to conquer[e] the nations, and he will shepherd them with an iron scepter.[f] He will trample out the wine in the winepress of the wrath[g] of God. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he had inscribed a name: King of kings and Lord of lords.

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Footnotes

  1. 19:10 That is, the essence of prophecy.
  2. 19:11 See Rev. 1:5; 3:14.
  3. 19:12 Jesus has absolute sovereignty over every nation and every heart.
  4. 19:12 See Rev. 3:12.
  5. 19:15 Or “to strike down.”
  6. 19:15 See Ps. 2:9; Rev. 2:27 and the first footnote; 12:5.
  7. 19:15 Or “strong passion.”

10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he [stopped me and] said to me, “You must not do that; I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers and sisters who have and hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God [alone]. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [His life and teaching are the heart of prophecy].”(A)

The Coming of Christ the Conqueror

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who was riding it is called Faithful and True (trustworthy, loyal, incorruptible, steady), and in righteousness He judges and wages war [on the rebellious nations].(B) 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many royal crowns; and He has a name inscribed [on Him] which no one knows or understands except Himself. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in [a]blood, and His name is called The Word of God.(C) 14 And the armies of heaven, dressed in fine linen, [dazzling] white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword (His word) with which He may strike down the nations, and He will [b]rule them with a rod of iron; and He will tread the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty [in judgment of the rebellious world].(D) 16 And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name inscribed, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 19:13 Christ was once dipped in His own blood for mankind’s redemption (1:5; 5:9, etc.), but now in the blood of the wicked for mankind’s judgment.
  2. Revelation 19:15 Or shepherd.

10 And (A)I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, (B)“See that you do not do that! I am your (C)fellow servant, and of your brethren (D)who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the (E)testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Christ on a White Horse

11 (F)Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, (G)a white horse. And He who sat on him was called (H)Faithful and True, and (I)in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 (J)His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. (K)He [a]had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 (L)He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called (M)The Word of God. 14 (N)And the armies in heaven, (O)clothed in [b]fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now (P)out of His mouth goes a [c]sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And (Q)He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. (R)He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And (S)He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

(T)KING OF KINGS AND
LORD OF LORDS.

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Footnotes

  1. Revelation 19:12 M adds names written, and
  2. Revelation 19:14 NU, M pure white linen
  3. Revelation 19:15 M sharp two-edged