THE LORD OF THE RINGS an epic high-fantasy novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, is one of the greatest works of fiction. It has strong spiritual overtones. I have read the trilogy thrice, once in High School, once in college and once after college. If you have not read it, I would encourage you to do so.
The epic ending battle, The Battle of the Black Gate, ends with the defeat of Sauron, The Lord of the Rings.
This Sunday, our focus is the last battle of the Bible, The Battle for Jerusalem. Wrongly it is referred to as the Battle of Armageddon. But the plains of Jezrel (Har Meggido) is only the staging area for the battle. The Evil One, “Hah Nachash” has no interest here. He wants the Holy City, Jerusalem about 60 miles south.
This battle takes place at the end of a seven year period known as The Tribulation. This is a time of sorrow and suffering on the earth unlike any before it.
But it begins in The Divine Council of God. You will find it in Revelation 4-5. Yahweh Elohim has assembled His Council comprised angels, Elohim and humans in Heaven. It is no small group.(Revelation 5:11)
One of the Elohim steps forward and asks, “Who is worthy to open the book and break the seals?” (Revelation 5:2). And a Lamb with seven horns takes it from the hand of His Father. This brings forth spontaneous worship. They know the Dark Lord’s end is soon coming. The Lamb with seven horns breaks the seal and a rider on a white horse goes forth.
Now can you solve the riddle of the rider? Who is on the white horse? Yes, this is a trick question. It could go one of two ways. You decide and I will tell you what I think this Sunday.