Revelation 19:11 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
The Victory of the Rider on the White Horse, Rev 19:11-21
11. heaven opened ] Eze 1:1; St Mat 3:16, and parallels, St Joh 1:51; Act 7:56; Act 10:11. Something more seems to be implied than in Rev 4:1; the “door” through which the seer was called up is not sufficient to let out this mounted army, or “the chariot of paternal Deity” which appeared to Ezekiel.
a white horse ] Rev 6:2, where see notes. Here, at least, there is no doubt about the interpretation.
and he that sat upon him ] Had better not be separated in punctuation from the previous clause: “behold a white horse, and he that sat upon him, [who was] called,” &c.
called ] There is some, but not sufficient, authority for omitting this word.
in righteousness ] Isa 11:4.
make war ] In Psa 45:3-5 (4 6) we have the same mixture as here of the Bridegroom with the triumphant Warrior. Compare St Chrysostom on Rom. xiii. 12, “Fear not at hearing of array and arms … for it is of light that the arms are.… As the bridegroom goes forth with joyous looks from His chamber, so doth he too who is defended with these arms; for he is at once soldier and bridegroom.”
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