21 And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh. (NKJV)
This year we have been looking at our identity “in Him.” This verse is a little different look at “Him”. Here we see Jesus returning on a white horse and destroying the rest of the enemy with the sword of His mouth. This certainly provides a clear picture of the power of the words of Jesus.
There are two Greek words for sword. The word used here is “rhomphaia” which is a sabre, or long and broad cutlass (Strong’s Dictionary). The other word is “machaira” which is “a short sword or dagger” (Strong’s Dictionary). Related to machete, it is also a smaller double-edged sword. This is the word you see in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Warriors used the sword for killing or for death. “Behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given to them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:8). We also see that in our verse where the sword coming out of the mouth of Jesus killed the rest.
So what are we saying here? The word of God creates (“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:3) and it brings judgment. For the believer Jesus took all judgment on the Cross. We will not face the Great White Throne of judgment. We can rejoice that God will not judge us. He isn’t waiting as a judge to find us guilty of sin. God has settled the sin question. He will never bring condemnation in any way because there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ.