Faithfulness Is The Road That Ends In Victory

The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – FAITHFULNESS #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

Podcast – Faithfulness #5

The Manifestation of the HOLY SPIRIT is on FIRE!

The Rider On The White Horse

In Revelation 19:11-16 NLT says, “11 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. 12 His eyes were like flames of fire, and on His head were many crowns. A name was written on Him that no one understood except Himself. 13 He wore a robe dipped in blood, and His title was the Word of God. 14 The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress. 16 On His robe at His thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. 17 Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, shouting to the vultures flying high in the sky: “Come! Gather together for the great banquet God has prepared. 18 Come and eat the flesh of kings, generals, and strong warriors; of horses and their riders; and of all humanity, both free and slave, small and great.”

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These Verses 11 & 12 describes the second coming of Christ – the moment God’s people (including us as Born-Again Christian believers) had been waiting for (see Mark 14:62; Luke 24:30). Our Lord Jesus Christ’s return will be unmistakable. Heaven will be opened, as our Lord Jesus Christ, on a white horse, makes His entrance. The white horse symbolizes victory. (Some think this is the same rider as mentioned in Revelation 6:2, who was also on a white horse. They suggest that the rider symbolized Jesus Christ and the spread of the Good News across the world.)


This rider is named Faithful and True, who judges fairly and then goes to war. The order of words indicates that the warfare is a result of God’s judgment on the inhabitants of the earth who have completely rejected Him. Although our Lord Jesus Christ is called “Faithful and True,” “Word of God” (Revelation 19:13), and “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16), these verses imply that no name can do Him justice. He is greater than any description or expression the human mind can devise.


His eyes were bright like flames of fire (see also Revelation 1:14; 2:18). Our Lord Jesus Christ’s many crowns symbolize His ultimate authority. He has a name written on Him, and only He knew what it meant. Although many possibilities have been proposed, most likely this is a name that the believers were not meant to know, at least not yet.

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In Verse 13 describes the believers who had come out of the Great Tribulation had “washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white” (Revelation 7:14). Our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, when He rides to the earth on the white horse, will be clothed with a robe dipped in blood. Some suggest that this is the blood of the martyrs; some think it is the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ’s enemies (referring to a similar passage in Isaiah 63:1-6); others think that this is the Lamb’s own blood which, ultimately, brings about this final day of victory. Another name is given for our Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the final word of God, the voice of God Himself, the revealer of God.

In Verse 14 describes the accompanying Lord Jesus Christ are the armies of heaven, referring to all believers who have been taken to heaven (in the Rapture, which will have occurred at some point prior to this although believers are divided as to when this will happen). Here the believers will be returning to earth with our Lord Jesus Christ as part of His vast army. They will be dressed in pure white linen, as noted also in Revelation 19:8. Some suggest that this army will be angels because our Lord Jesus Christ had spoken of returning with His angels (Matthew 24:30-31). Most likely, however, this army will be believers because Revelation 17:14 says that the victory will come through the Lamb “and His people.”


The believers will come with our Lord Jesus Christ on white horses. They will not come to fight, however, for there will not need to be a battle. Our Lord Jesus Christ will conquer with His potent Word (Revelation 19:15).

In Verse 15 says, our Lord Jesus Christ is described as having a sharp sword coming from His mouth. This is also seen in Revelation 1:16 and Revelation 2:12. The word for “sword” used here, however, is not the small two-edged sword but a mighty sword that is four or five feet long. This was the sword used by cavalry soldiers. Our Lord Jesus Christ’s words of judgment are as sharp as swords. With that sword, He struck down the nations. Isaiah had prophesied of our Lord Jesus Christ, “He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of His mouth” (Isaiah 11:4).


The picture of of our Lord Jesus Christ ruling with an iron rod (or scepter) describes Him beating down the nations (see also Revelation 2:27). This is not a king’s scepter that is merely symbolic of power; instead, it is a club with which He will destroy them. The psalmist had written of the Messiah, “You will break [the nations] with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots” (Psalm 2:9)


Lastly, our Lord Jesus Christ is pictured as treading the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God. The winepress image appeared in Revelation 14:19-20; it describes God’s great wrath against those who had rejected Him. Here, God’s fierce anger is directed at all of sin personified. At this point, God will totally destroy sin and evil. A winepress is a large vat where grapes are collected and then crushed. It is often used in the Bible to symbolize judgment (Isaiah 63:3-6; Lamentations 1:15; Joel 3:12-13).

In Verses 17-18 describe that most of the world will be worshiping the beast, the Antichrist, whom they believe has all power and authority. Then suddenly out of heaven our Lord Jesus Christ and His army will appear. On His robe and thigh (easily seen, for He is on a horse) was written this title: King of kings and Lord of lords. This title indicates God’s sovereignty. It is used elsewhere in Scripture, always indicating God’s absolute sovereignty over all other kings and lords (see Revelation 17:14; Deuteronomy 10:17; Daniel 2:47; 1 Timothy 6:15).

John in the book of Revelation saw another angel; this one described as standing in the sun and calling out to the vultures – birds of carrion. This will be the most gruesome single act of carnage ever in the history of humankind; the entire army will come to do battle and, with the Word of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will be totally annihilated. Their flesh will be left for the birds to eat, for there will be no one left to bury the dead. A previous description of this battle included how “the blood flowed from the winepress in a stream about 180 miles long and as high as a horse’s bridle” (Revelation 14:20). This great banquet is a grim contrast to the Wedding Feast of the Lamb (Revelation 19:9). Both will be provided by God – but one will be a celebration, the other will be devastation.


The angel called the birds together before the battle. Again, the picture is clear of the certainty of the final outcome. Ezekiel had written God’s words to him in a prophecy of this final battle, “And now, son of man, call all the birds and wild animals,” says the Sovereign Lord. “Say to them, ’Gather together for my great sacrificial feast. Come from far and near to the mountains of Israel, and there eat the flesh and drink the blood. . . . Feast at my banquet table—feast on horses, riders, and valiant warriors’“ (Ezekiel 39:17, 20).

In 2 Chronicles 20:20-30 NLT says, “20 Early the next morning the army of Judah went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. On the way Jehoshaphat stopped and said, “Listen to me, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be able to stand firm. Believe in His prophets, and you will succeed.” 21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the Lord and praising Him for His holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the Lord; His faithful love endures forever!” 22 At the very moment they began to sing and give praise, the Lord caused the armies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir to start fighting among themselves. 23 The armies of Moab and Ammon turned against their allies from Mount Seir and killed every one of them. After they had destroyed the army of Seir, they began attacking each other. 24 So when the army of Judah arrived at the lookout point in the wilderness, all they saw were dead bodies lying on the ground as far as they could see. Not a single one of the enemy had escaped. 25 King Jehoshaphat and his men went out to gather the plunder. They found vast amounts of equipment, clothing, and other valuables – more than they could carry. There was so much plunder that it took them three days just to collect it all! 26 On the fourth day they gathered in the Valley of Blessing, which got its name that day because the people praised and thanked the Lord there. It is still called the Valley of Blessing today. 27 Then all the men returned to Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat leading them, overjoyed that the Lord had given them victory over their enemies. 28 They marched into Jerusalem to the music of harps, lyres, and trumpets, and they proceeded to the Temple of the Lord. 29 When all the surrounding kingdoms heard that the Lord Himself had fought against the enemies of Israel, the fear of God came over them. 30 So Jehoshaphat’s kingdom was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.

In Verses 20 describes the wilderness (uninhabitable) lands surrounded Judah on the east and south. The section of the wilderness meant was often designated (as here) by the name of the nearest big town. Tekoa is located about six miles south of Bethlehem in Judah. Believe in the LORD . . . BELIEVE HIS PROPHETS – The chronicler was by no means the first to preach this. See, for example, Isaiah 7:9, where Isaiah instructs King Ahaz. Those portions of 2 Chronicles 20:15, 17, 20 that are addressed to the people apply admirably to the state of mind of the Jewish people after the return, when Judah was an insignificant province in the Persian or Greek empire – whenever the chronicler lived – for they ring with the challenge to forget armies and become a beacon to the peoples of the world for spiritual reasons.

In Verse 21 tells us to “Give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever” (see Psalm 136:1, RSV). The chronicler obviously loved the vocal music of the temple, as shown in several places (e.g., 1 Chronicles 15:19-21; 2 Chronicles 5:13). This has led some scholars to conjecture that he was himself a Levite and a temple singer. Great events seem to have called for hymn singing, in this author’s view (2 Chronicles 29:27-30).

In Verse 22 describes the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir – In response to the faith and worship of the people of Judah, God acts to overthrow the enemy. God sets an ambush, but we are not told who were His agents in this act. Since in 2 Chronicles 20:23 the people of mount Seir (i.e., Edomites) are turned upon by the other members of the coalition, some sort of desertion or treason on their part may have been behind the internecine fighting (Payne).

In Verse 26 describes the valley of Berachah—a Hebrew word meaning “blessing.” The OT has many such accounts as to how place names came into existence. The Wadi el-Arrub, not far from Tekoa on the Hebron-Jerusalem road is a likely modern identification (“Berachah, Valley of,” ISBE). Others have identified it with Wadi Bereikut, which is also located between Hebron and Jerusalem, west of Tekoa (“Beracah,” NBD).

God requires faithfulness. When we are making difficult decisions, when our future is at stake, we can rest assured that God will guide us when we are faithful. God had given the victory to those He knew to be faithful.

We can only be faithful if we have the love of God (Agape love) because faithfulness is love’s servant. It is also one of the fruit of the Spirit.

In Revelation 3:21 NLT says, “Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne.”

This promise that everyone who is victorious will sit with our Lord Jesus Christ on His throne refers to the heavenly Kingdom (see also Revelation 1:6, 9; 2:26-27). We as Born-Again Christian believers’ reign with our Lord Jesus Christ is mentioned in several places in Scripture (see, for example, Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:28-30; Romans 8:17; 2 Timothy 2:12). This promise is certain because our Lord Jesus Christ won that right for believers through His own victory on the Cross. Victorious over sin and death when He rose again, He sat with His Father on His throne (see Mark 16:19).

In Hebrews 10:25 NLT says, “24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.”

This word encourage means to “stimulate strongly,” “arouse,” or “incite to riot.” Born-Again Christians need to spur or stimulate each other in two areas: (1) Love – not an emotion but a choice to act regardless of our feelings. We are to act lovingly toward other believers. (2) Good deeds – works done for the good of others.


Born-Again Christian believers also must not neglect meeting together. Some Christians (then as well as today) were not going to the church meetings. For whatever reason, these believers were trying to survive on their own. To withdraw from corporate strength is to invite disaster, like a soldier in battle who lags behind the rest of his platoon and becomes an easy target. That’s one of the reason we founded and created this Home fellowship Churches to bring the church (believers) to every home.


Finally, Born-Again Christian believers must encourage and warn each other. These words reveal that Christians are responsible for each other. Christians cannot be concerned just for their own spiritual well-being; they must also encourage others to keep fervent in their love and active in their service to God. This encouragement should happen especially now that the day of His coming back again is drawing near. This “day” (Christ’s return) is guaranteed; our Lord Jesus Christ will return. Through the centuries, many Christians have been discouraged because they believed that our Lord Jesus Christ should have already returned. But our Lord Jesus Christ has not forgotten, and He has not changed His plans. Christians must live as if the Lord will come back at any moment. Our Lord Jesus Christ must not find us lax in our devotion and preparation. Amen!

Let me encourage our brothers- and sisters-in-Christ, and I want my readers to be both strong in the faith and sensitive to others’ needs. Because all, we as Born-Again Christian believers are strong in certain areas and weak in others, we constantly need to monitor the effects of our behavior on others.

In these FAITHFULNESS Series of Podcast, we will learn the following PURPOSES of this fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT:

  1. God’s Blessings On Faithfulness – Podcast Faithfulness #1
  2. The Habit Of Spiritual Dependency – Podcast Faithfulness #2
  3. A Persistent Commitment To The Right – Podcast Faithfulness #3
  4. No Compromise – Podcast Faithfulness #4
  5. The Road That Ends In Victory – Podcast Faithfulness #5
  6. The High Art Of Persistence – Podcast Faithfulness #6

Observation: What do these passages say to you?

Interpretation: What do these passages mean to you?

Application: How do the meaning of these passages apply to you or to your situation?

If you are not sure that you are Born-Again Christian believer, please take a look of one of our ministries, “An Invitation To Meet Our Lord Jesus Christ” at https://homefellowshipchurches.org/an-invitation-to-meet-our-lord-jesus-christ/

Suggested Prayer: Father God, we come into your presence in our Lord Jesus Christ name, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for Your agape love and forgiveness. Thank you Holy Spirit as our Helper and Comforter. Thank you for the wisdom, knowledge, understanding, courage and strength. We cling, yield, plug-in and tune-in to you Holy Spirit to help us understand God’s Words and obey them, receive Your divine revelation, know the Truth that sets us free, and apply them in our lives, in Jesus name, Amen!

God bless you all and our families!

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In Malachi 3:10-12 AMPC says, “10 Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and prove Me now by it”, says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” [Malachi 2:2.] 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer (insects and plagues) for your sakes and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine drop its fruits before the time in the field,” says the Lord of hosts. 12 “And all nations shall call you happy and blessed, for you shall be a land of delight”, says the Lord of hosts.

If the people would obey God, giving as they should, God would flood His people with blessings. There would be an overabundance of God’s blessing if He was given what He requested.

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