A Heavenly Cavalry Charge
It's a familiar part of the script in many old Western movies - at the pioneer's darkest moment out in the wilderness, just when all seems lost, suddenly the sound of a bugle, a Cavalry Charge, and horsemen to the rescue. While there is nothing exactly like that in the Bible, there is, in principle, something very much the same - a Great Event, right down to "pioneers" (see The Elect) in dire trouble, then the sound of a trumpet (see The Shofar), and mighty "horsemen" to the rescue.
"A white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True"
The time just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ is going to be a horrendous ordeal for many of God's true people:
"the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor Me." (John 16:2-3 RSV) (see I Did It My Way...)
"Also it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation, and all who dwell on earth will worship it, every one whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb that was slain." (Revelation 13:7-8 RSV) (see The Antichrist)
"If any one is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if any one slays with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints (see What Is A Saint?)." (Revelation 13:10 RSV)
"Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the Commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." (Revelation 14:12 RSV) (see Believers and The Ten Commandments Now?)
Until one day, the sound of a mighty trumpet will be heard over all the earth:
"For this we declare to you by the word of The Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of The Lord, shall not precede those who have fallen asleep. For The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God [see The Feast Of Trumpets]. And the dead in Christ will rise first; then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet The Lord in the air" (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 RSV) (see Resurrections)
And a great force of mighty "horsemen" will arrive:
"Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name inscribed which no one knows but Himself. He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, followed Him on white horses. From His mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has a name inscribed, King of kings and Lord of lords." (Revelation 19:11-16 RSV)
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