Does Revelation 19 Justify Violence by Christians?

Apocalypse by Ludwig Schnorr Von Carolsfeld (1788-1853).
The death throes of the old age and the birth pangs of the new age will include widespread distress and affliction on earth and in the heavens. However, the Messiah will bring this outbreak of evil to an end and restore the kingdom of God. “A Sign of the End Times” Roger L Hahn.

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.

Author: nonviolentchristians

Jon Kauffman graduated from Goshen College, earning a BA in Religion. Jon attended a Mennonite Church while growing up and currently attends the Salvation Army Church. Jon works as a drafter at TrueNorth Steel, Fargo, ND.

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