The great king on a white horse
11 I saw that heaven was now open. I saw a white horse there! The name of the man who was riding the horse was this: ‘An honest person that you can trust’. He is always right when he judges people. He is always right when he fights a war. 12 His eyes burned like bright fires. Many crowns were on his head. He had a name that was written on him, but nobody knows that name except himself. 13 He was wearing a long shirt that had much blood on it. His name is: ‘The Word of God’.
14 The armies in heaven were following him. They were also riding white horses. They were wearing clean, white clothes. 15 A sharp sword was coming out of his mouth. He will use this sword to hit the people of all the countries of the world. Then he will rule them with an iron stick and with great power. He will punish them like someone who walks on grapes to make wine. This shows that God is very angry. He has all power and authority, and he will punish his enemies. 16 The man who rode the white horse had a name that was written on his shirt. It was also written high on his leg. That name is: ‘The King who rules over all other kings. The Lord who is above all lords’.
19:15This verse tells us that Jesus will punish people. He will be like someone who walks on grapes. This shows that God is very angry. People do not want to do anything good. Like the people in the powerful city (Revelation 17-18), they think that other things are more important than God himself. People are like the grapes. See Revelation 14:19-20 and the notes there. 19:16These 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 Revelation 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.
17 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 here! Come together to eat God's big meal. 18 Eat the meat from dead bodies until you are full! Come and eat the meat of kings, the meat of captains of armies and the meat of powerful men. Eat the meat of dead horses and the meat of those who ride them. You can eat the meat of all kinds of dead people. They may be slaves or free people. They may be great people or people who are not important.’
19 Then I saw the wild animal together with the kings of the earth and their armies. They had come together to fight a war. They were going to fight against the man who rode the white horse and his army. 20 But the man and his army caught the wild animal and the false prophet. He is the prophet who had done miracles to help the wild animal. With those miracles he had caused people to believe his lies. Those were the people who had the wild animal's mark on them. They worshipped his idol. Now the man who rode the white horse took hold of the wild animal and the false prophet. He threw them into the lake while they were still alive. It was the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. 21 The man who rode the white horse then killed all his other enemies. He killed them with the sword that came out of his mouth. So then all the birds ate the meat from the dead bodies until they were completely full.