Revelation 19:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 19:11, NIV: "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."

Revelation 19:11, ESV: "Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war."

Revelation 19:11, KJV: "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war."

Revelation 19:11, NASB: "And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war."

Revelation 19:11, NLT: "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."

Revelation 19:11, CSB: "Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider is called Faithful and True, and he judges and makes war with justice."

What does Revelation 19:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse reports that the apostle John saw heaven open and observed a rider on a white horse. The rider is identified using names such as Faithful and True. The earlier rider of a white horse, seen by John (Revelation 6:2), was given no such description. The rider in Revelation 19:11 is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, who identified Himself to the church in Laodicea as "the faithful and true witness" (Revelation 3:14).

Coming in this context, Christ is faithful to avenge the death of the martyrs and to keep His promises. He promised to come again, and true to His word He will come to earth a second time at the close of the tribulation. Because He is all knowing, nothing escapes His attention. Jesus knows all about His enemies' injustices, immorality, and blasphemy, and He judges them righteously. He goes to war with them.

In the ancient Roman world, victorious generals would ride white horses in a victory parade. Their legions would follow them and drag their captives behind them, So, appropriately, Jesus, the believers' commander-in-chief, rides a white horse as He returns to earth. The description which follows emphasizes Christ's absolute majesty, power, and victory.