Revelation’s Imagery, pt. 2: Sword

Standard

In Revelation, the sword is a weapon depicted in nine different places (1:16; 2:12, 16; 6:4, 8; 13:10, 14; 19:15, 21). The subjects who use the sword are Jesus (1:16; 2:12; 2:16, 19:15, 21), the rider of the red horse (6:4), the rider of the pale horse (6:8), the first beast (13:10, who is wounded by the sword, 13:14), the second beast (13:14 – He does not use the sword but preaches about the one wounded by the sword, the first beast). Out of all of these instances, Jesus is the only one who John specifies as the sword coming from His mouth (1:16; 2:16; 19:15, 21) or as His Word (2:12). This is in accordance with other NT writings such as Hebrews 4:12 and Eph. 6:17, which both liken the Word of God to a sword. Therefore, Jesus’ sword is not a literal sword, but an image that John uses to describe Jesus’ Word, which “pierces to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s