Pastor Josh Combs
“And he has a name written that no one knows but himself.” Revelation 19:12
The final name change in the Bible may come as a great surprise to you. As the Apostle John records the return of Christ, the fierce imagery of Jesus is stunning. John writes,
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on 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 written that no one knows but himself” (Revelation 19:11-12).
John is seeing the righteous vengeance of Christ. Jesus has returned not to save the world, but He has come in judgment. When He is finished His robe will be covered, not with His own blood like at Calvary, but with the blood of the nations He has crushed. The image of Jesus from Revelation chapter 19 isn’t one you’ll find hanging in any church nursery. In John’s vision of the apocalypse, the Lord has been called many things: King of kings, Lord of lords, the Word of God, the Alpha and the Omega, the Almighty, the Christ, the Lamb, and the Lord Jesus.
Here John mentions a great mystery. He reveals that Jesus has a name that is known only to Himself. The name, as we understand it, is yet to be revealed. All speculation about the identity of the name is fruitless, because the Bible is clear that “no one knows but himself.”