Jesus the Conqueror

Posted on July 5, 2019

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By David Ettinger

OXYGEN VOLUME 13

Our Multi-Faceted Savior
Believers love talking about God’s love and the redemption He brings. However, there is more to Jesus than these. Our Lord and Savior is the Conqueror who will bring order to Earth when He ushers in His Millennial (1,000-year) Kingdom, followed by the New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation Chapters 21-22). He will accomplish this by destroying and judging His enemies – those who have denied His deity and rejected His offer of salvation.

Those who see Jesus only as the embodiment of love and redemption may not like this, but the Bible is clear. If you are a believer, you can’t pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe and reject. The apostle Paul tells us, “All Scripture is God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16); God included in His holy Word all which He intended to include.

With this in mind, let’s look at this other facet of Jesus.

Jesus the Conqueror
The definitive passage on Jesus as Conqueror is Revelation 19:11-16:

I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS.

We see Jesus as the General of the army of Heaven whose purpose is to “strike down the nations.” And based on the “sharp sword” which is “coming out of his mouth,” He is the One doing the striking down. Jesus is the One who is carrying out “the fury of the wrath of God.” This is Jesus the Conqueror. Is He still the God of love and redemption? Yes, but He is also Jesus the Conqueror. Jesus is far bigger and more complex than anything humanity can imagine.

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A supporting verse is Matthew 24:30: “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” The next verse tells us that at this time Jesus will rapture the Church. Therefore, the mourners are unbelievers who now realize Jesus has come to judge them. This dramatic and fearful appearing of Christ “with power and great glory” will signal the “Day of the Lord,” the time when Jesus goes to war with Planet Earth. Those who mourn have plenty of reason to do so; they have not only rejected Him, but have ridiculed, despised, and repudiated Him.

Is this Jesus, the God of love? Yes, but at His second appearing, He will come as Jesus the Conqueror.

Jesus the Judge
Besides being the Conqueror, Jesus is the Judge of every human being. Matthew 25:31-33 says:

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

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This is not the Great White Throne judgement of Revelation 20:13-15. This is the judgment of the unsaved at the end of this age to determine who will and will not enter the Millennial Kingdom. Notice how Jesus, as King and Judge, will sit on His throne of judgment. And notice, too, how He is the One who is separating those gathered before Him and determining who goes on His right and left. Believers (the sheep) go on His right; unbelievers (the goats) on His left.

After speaking with each side, Jesus issues this judgment regarding the unbelievers, the goats: “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (v. 41). Jesus is not only the Judge, He is the Determiner. He determines the fate of believers and unbelievers alike and, for unbelievers, there is but one sentence: “eternal fire.”

Does this sound like the actions of Jesus, the God who is love? Remember, this is Jesus the Conqueror, Judge, and Determiner … and yes, He is also the God of love.

Embrace It
All believers should embrace these truths. What good is a loving Jesus is if He is a powerless Jesus? What good would be His love and redemption if He were not able to act on them? But Jesus is the Conqueror, and therefore has the power to bless eternally those He loves and has redeemed.

Jesus is a multi-faceted God and believers must view, revere, and adore Him for all that He is; not just what we wish Him to be.

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