The previous chapter: “Coming with His Church,” gave us a clear depiction of the Messiah when He returns to earth. Here, we see that this second appearance of Jesus on the earth will be as a Warrior-King, who will conquer all nations and leaders to rule supreme.
Old Testament Prediction:
Psalms 110:5-7 The Lord is at Your right hand; He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries. He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; Therefore He shall lift up the head.
New Testament Fulfillment:
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”
Matthew 26:62-64 And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Revelation 19:11-16 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Revelation 17:14 These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.
Revelation 12:5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.
The Purpose of the Messiah’s Return
The term “Lord” in the phrase, The Lord is at Your right hand, is the Hebrew word Adonay (Adonai) and is only used in reference to God. The King who is the subject of Psalm 110 is most certainly the Messiah. He is described as a conquering king at God’s right hand.
When Paul wrote to Timothy, he spoke of Jesus as our Lord Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, dwelling in unapproachable light. These are terms that can only be ascribed to God; the Adonay of Psalms 110:5-7, as well as the Messiah.
1 Timothy 6:13-16 I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.
It is clear from Paul’s description of Jesus Christ that he believed Him to be the object of all the Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah. In Psalm 110, where Adonay is spoken of as executing His wrath in the day of Judgment, Paul attributes these words to Jesus. The Book of Revelation gives us further disclosure of Jesus’ identity in regards to His future judgment during and after the seven-year Tribulation period.
Revelation 14:14, 19-20 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle… So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlong…
There is a common error that is made by many people today in describing Jesus and judgment for sin. Because John 3:16 describes Jesus as not coming into the world to condemn us, the next verse is frequently excluded:
John 3:17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
If anyone does not receive Jesus as their Savior, they place themselves in an impossible situation where God can do nothing else to save them. If anyone will not receive Jesus death for their sins, then they remain under the condemnation of God and there is no other remedy.
The purpose of this prophecy, from Psalms 110:5-7, is to clarify and confirm the role of the Messiah in the work of Salvation. He will judge among the nations and fill the places with dead bodies.
This afternoon, I saw a bumper sticker on a car that read: “Beware the Lamb.” My wife asked me what the meaning of this phrase was. People forget that the Lamb of God who died for the sins of the world, is the same Lamb spoken of in the Book of Revelation—who will bring great wrath, death, and destruction on those who have rejected Him.
Revelation 6:15-17 And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”
We would not properly understand the dual role of the Messiah without prophecies like Psalm 110. How amazing that the object of this Psalm; the Messiah, will fulfill a dual role of a Suffering Servant as well as a Victorious King. He will be both a Lamb and a Lion, in fulfilling all the purposes of God for the salvation of mankind.