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. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God. Revelation 19:11-13
This is a future battle scene that will take place at the end of Daniel’s seventieth week. In Matthew 24, Jesus’ first appearance is in the clouds. Once He appears, the intensity of events builds, with God’s wrath unleashed: “Hide us from the face of Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of their wrath has come,” Revelation 6:16-17. There is a pouring out of a series of judgments via seven trumpets. When each trumpet blows, things are unleashed like hail and fire, the sea turns to blood, and the rivers and water are poisoned by a star named Wormwood. At one point, locusts are released that heads with crowns, faces like humans, hair like women’s hair, teeth like lions and stings like scorpions. They torture people for five months.
There are seven bowls that follow, which include more plagues and destruction. The Euphrates River is dried up to prepare the way for the kings to come from the east, according to Revelation 16:12. Demonic spirits are released to assemble the kings of the whole world for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.” They assemble at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon, according to Revelation 16:13,16. This is Megiddo, which is a city in Israel, in the Valley of Jezreel. This is where the battle will take place.
In Revelation 17 John saw that the leaders from ten countries will hand over their power and authority over to the beast to make war on the Lamb. ‘The beast’ is described in Rev. 13 as having ten horns and seven heads. This beast is described more in Rev. 17:7-14. It seems to be a body of nations and rulers who line up against Jesus. As you read further in Rev. 13 there is a second beast, which appears to be the Antichrist. He is the one who will perform great signs to deceive those who dwell on earth, telling them to make an image of the first beast that everyone must worship. He will also then cause everyone to take a mark to be able to buy or to sell.
Back to the battle, it will culminate in the Valley of Jezreel where Megiddo is, otherwise known as Armageddon. In Revelation 19:11-21 there is a marvelous description of Jesus coming out of Heaven on a white horse, followed by the armies of Heaven who are arrayed in white linen and riding on white horses. The kings of the earth with armies will gather to make war and are then defeated. The beast is captured along with the Antichrist and are thrown into the lake of fire. The rest are slain in that valley.
As you continue to read, Revelation 20:1-3 tells how Satan the dragon is bound and thrown into a pit for a thousand years so that he might not deceive the nations any longer. Jesus then sets up His kingdom where He sits on a throne in Jerusalem to rule and to reign for a thousand years.
1 Corinthians 15:25-26 tells us that Jesus “must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.” So the good news is that evil does not win out, but Jesus does. God has a plan that He has been working out and will work out. That plan includes good things for the those who call upon Jesus to save them from their sins, admitting that they are a sinners, confessing with their mouths that Jesus is Lord and believing in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead, according to Romans 10:9-13. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Daniel 7:22-23 prophesies, “Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole Heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey Him.”