Living Between Vision and Victory
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. 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. He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses. 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. On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords.
Revelation 19:11-16 NLT
So, we are studying the life of Joshua, and suddenly, we are reading in Revelation—what’s with that?
Glad you asked. In Joshua, we get the story where Joshua is introduced to the “commander of the Lord’s army.” As we stated yesterday, I believe this image to be a pre-incarnate visitation of Jesus to earth. Joshua doesn’t see Jesus in His full glory. He has not yet died on the cross, risen from the dead, or ascended back to the Father to sit down in the place of authority.
John, a disciple of Jesus, writes about Jesus from a different perspective. He saw Jesus win the victory over death, hell, and the grave. John is given a vision of the time Jesus will return to earth as a conquering king leading the armies of heaven to pronounce judgment on the earth. John gives us the “rest of the story.”
We are living between Joshua’s image of Jesus and John’s victorious image in Revelation. We are past Joshua because we know about the cross and resurrection. We know about the empty tomb and that Jesus is victorious. But we haven’t seen the final scene of history. We haven’t seen Jesus on the white horse.
This is our reality. We have a glimpse of victory, but sometimes we feel a little bit more like Joshua staring at the walls of Jericho than we do John worshipping a triumphant king. We know the victory is assured in our heads, but in our hearts, there are so many conflicting storylines.
Let’s remind ourselves of John’s view. Someday, Jesus is going to return and set the wrongs right. He is going to judge the bad and remove the sin and destruction of humanity. Jesus is coming back as a conqueror leading the armies of heaven.
Holy Spirit, thanks for reminding me today of the total victory that is ahead. Help me to live today with the reminder of victory.
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