Revelation 1:12 – I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands.
John turns to see the Savior speaking to him, and at first he sees 7 golden lampstands. what are these 7 lampstands? You’ll see in verse 1:20 that they represent the 7 churches mentioned before hand:
As John turned to see Jesus, the first thing he sees is the churches. This pictures what is reality today. Upon first glance, when people look at us they first see us, our human appearance. But upon further inspection, as they look deeper into us and learn of who we are they see Jesus. Or at least they should. We are the lampstands to the light of Jesus. Lampstands don’t produce light, they only display light. Lets not the design of our lampstand, lets display his light!
Revelation 1:13 – and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest.
John now sees our savior who looks like someone that looks like a son of man. Son of man is a title that Jews recognize as being attributed to the Messiah. Here John claims what we all know, that Jesus is the Messiah, and based on the description we get into next, how different he looks that when he ascended into heaven.
He is dressed in a long robe that reaches down to his feet. Read Exodus 28:4 & 29:4-9. The high priest wore a full length robe. This pictures Jesus as our high preist. “One of the duties of the Old Testament priests was to tend the golden lampstand in the tabernacle. Every day they had to fill the oil, clean the soot, and trim the wicks. They had to closely inspect and care for the lamps so they would burn continually before the Lord. Here is Jesus, our High Priest, in the midst of the seven lampstands, carefully inspecting and caring for the lamps, helping them to always burn brightly before the Lord.” (David Guzick)
What a beautiful picture!
Read Exodus 39:1-5. Old Testament high priests had a little gold on them. Jesus had a sash made of all gold. How much better is the ministry of Jesus than that of old.
Revelation 1:14 – His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
Read Daniel 7:9 & Isaiah 1:18. His head and his hair speak of him as the Ancient of Days referred to in the Old Testament. He is the beginning and the end. The white as wool and like snow speak of His purity and sinlessness. He is our spotless and blemmish free lamb of God.
The description of His eyes speak of his penetrating knowledge and insight into everything there is to know. Fire is a symbol of judgement in the Bible, and with this knowledge and insight, there is no other person worhty or qualified enough to be judge over all things.
Revelation 1:15 – His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.
Continuing into the theme of judgement, John now speaks of Jesus’ feet. Brass also speaks of judgement. Jesus has brass feet and they are described as glowing in a furnace. This speaks of Jesus withstanding the fires of judgement on calvary and coming through with His refined purity just like brass. The sacrificial altar of the tabernacle and temple in the Old testament was brass and is a symbol of the purity of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. He paid our price for us. With this and only this we can be made pure also. Amen!
The fact that it is His feet that are brass speaks of the judgement that will be coming when he returns. Read and compare to Matthew 22:44.
Not only will unbelievers be judged. Read 2 Corinthians 5:10. ALL people will be judged. Unbelievers on salvation, and believers on rewards or loss of rewards for their actions. Personally, I’d rather take the later!
His voice has the power and majesty of a mighty waterfall. How many of you have ever been around a waterfall? You can’t hear anything but that waterfall! The Spirits voice may be quiet and hard to hear at times now, but just wait till He comes back!
Revelation 1:16 – In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
Seven stars are the 7 angels of the 7 churches. More discussion on this next posting.
Read Hebrews 4:12. The greek word for sword used in this Hebrews verse is “machaira”. It describes a short little sword or knife used to make precise cuts and it symbolizes the Word of God. The Bible does this very thing to us as it shapes us into the image of our Lord. This greek word for sword however is not the one used in this Revelation verse. The greek word for sword used in this verse is “rhomphia”. It menas a long, heavy, large type sword. The type used to kill and destroy or used for defense. read and compare to Ephesians 6:17. Jesus won’t be using His for defense however, as Satan, demons, and the wicked will be thrown into the Abyss.
His face was like the sun. Read Matthew 17:2. His face here was like it was in His transfiguration when it showed a glimpse of His glory. Yet even a glimpse is strong enough to blot out everything else, just like the sun’s light is strong enough to hide billions of stars in the sky when it shines.
The description of our Lord is very different from what we persieve of Him today. But this is the real Jesus. The one that lives in heaven today and the one that will be coming back some day.
Except for Isaiah 53:2, this is the only physical description of our Lord in the entire Bible. Isaiah’s was the way he used to look before the crucifiction. This is the way he looks now: strength, majesty, authority, righteousness, and glory. Truely Awesome!!!!!!