Does Revelation 19 Justify Violence by Christians?
Revelation 19: 11-16 NIV
The Heavenly Warrior Defeats the Beast
11 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. 12 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. 13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.”[a] He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. 16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS
In Revelation 19, Jesus is portrayed as a violent King. Keith Giles has written a blog post demonstrating that Revelation 19 does not justify violence by Christians of today. Pastor Giles asks “Why is Jesus Violent in Revelation?”. See Pastor Giles’ post.
We have been commanded to “Love our enemies.” Revelation 19 does not justify Christians participating in violence.