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John , it is first attested late 14c. God's disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures. John the Divine. Abbreviation : Rev. So why is it so special?

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This is probably the case, especially because John said that he is your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ. However, it is also possible that John was on Patmos as a missionary to the prisoners there. Church History , III. Early sources also indicated that about a. This was a unique spiritual experience for John, what some might call an out of body experience — though of course, without the occult or spiritism such experiences are associated with today.

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There are four references to John being in the Spirit in the Book of Revelation. First at Patmos Revelation , then in heaven Revelation , then in the wilderness Revelation , and finally on the mountain of God Revelation This is not the same term used for The Day of the Lord in the Old Testament, nor is it the same idea. I heard behind me a loud voice : The loud voice John heard was clear and striking as the sound of a trumpet. The loud voice belongs to the Alpha and Omega , the First and the Last , who is the beginning and the end of all things.

Since Jesus introduced Himself with these titles in Revelation , we know this was the loud voice of Jesus. The title Alpha and the Omega has the same idea as First and the Last. This is one of the New Testament passages where Jesus clearly claimed to be God. What you see, write in a book : Here, John was commanded to write what he saw. He would be commanded to write eleven more times in the Book of Revelation.

We get the sense that unless John was commanded to write , he would have just kept it to himself. Send it to the seven churches which are in Asia : John was commanded to write to seven churches in seven cities. Each of these churches is in the region of the Roman province of Asia. But these were not the only cities with churches in this region. Why were these specific seven churches chosen? Some suggest that it was because they are arranged in a roughly circular pattern. Others think it was because these were postal districts in the Roman province of Asia.

Many believe seven churches were chosen because in the Bible, the number seven often represents completeness, and these letters — and all of the Book of Revelation — are written to the complete church, not only these seven churches. Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

He saw seven golden lampstands. These were not candlesticks, they were not menorahs, but they were free standing oil lamp stands. The lamps set on these lampstands.


There were seven separate lampstands. This is an image that reminds us of the golden lampstand that stood in the tabernacle and the temple Exodus Yet this is different. The Old Covenant lampstand was one lampstand with seven lamps on it. Here in the New Covenant, we see seven lampstands. God had but one church of the Jews, but many among the Gentiles.

The light comes from the oil lamps themselves. The stands merely make the light more visible. Therefore, the lampstands are a good picture of the church. And in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man : Jesus was there in the midst of these lampstands, as the Son of Man , a figure of glory looking back to Daniel Though the title Son of Man sounds like a humble title, in light of the Daniel passage, it is not a humble title at all. Clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band : The clothing of Jesus indicates that He is a person of great dignity and authority.

The golden band around the chest probably hints at the garments of the high priest Exodus Exodus says that there were golden threads in the band that went around the chest of the high priest of Israel. It is all gold! How much greater is the eternal, heavenly priesthood of Jesus!

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. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

His head and hair were white like wool : The white hair speaks of old age, and is therefore in that culture connected with the idea of great wisdom and timelessness. The phrase white as snow also emphasizes the idea of purity Isaiah The white hair and head also connect Jesus with the Ancient of Days in Daniel His eyes like a flame of fire : Fire is often associated with judgment in the Scriptures Matthew , 2 Peter His feet were like fine brass : Since fire is connected with judgment, these feet like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace speak of someone who has been through the fires of judgment and has come forth with a refined purity.

Brass is a metal connected with judgment and sacrifice. Brass is also a strong metal, the strongest known in the ancient world. He had in His right hand seven stars : The seven stars speak of the leaders or representatives of the seven churches mentioned in Revelation Revelation The stars are securely in the hand of Jesus.


Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword : This is a heavy sword the ancient Greek word rhomphaia , used to kill and destroy. Sometimes the New Testament speaks of a smaller, more tactical sword known in the ancient Greek language as the machaira. Hebrews uses the term for this smaller, more precise sword. The idea of it coming out of His mouth is not that Jesus carries a sword in His teeth. The idea is that this sword is His word. His weapon — and ours also — is the Word of God Ephesians The Word of Christ, somehow or other, is all edge.

His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength : The glory of Jesus is so great, so shining, that it is hard to even look upon Him. Jesus has the same glory as in His transfiguration, when His face shone like the sun Matthew Seven stars; yet how insignificant they appear when you get a sight of his face! They are stars, and there are seven of them; but who can see seven stars, or, for the matter of that, seventy thousand stars, when the sun shineth in his strength?

How sweet it is, when the Lord himself is so present in a congregation that the preacher, whoever he may be, is altogether forgotten! Everything in this vision speaks of strength, majesty, authority and righteousness. There is an impressive difference between this vision of Jesus and the many weak, effeminate portrayals of Jesus seen today.

But the Jesus that John saw is the real Jesus, the Jesus that lives and reigns in heaven today. We should consider the fact that this is the only physical description of Jesus given to us in the Bible.

The only other description that comes close is in Isaiah He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. We prefer to see and know Jesus after the flesh. But Paul said, Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer 2 Corinthians And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.

And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead : John was overwhelmed by this awesome vision, even though he was an apostle who knew Jesus on this earth. Even the three years John spent with Jesus on this earth did not really prepare him to see Jesus in His heavenly glory. At this moment, John knew what a miracle it was that Jesus could shield His glory and authority while He walked this earth. Does the death alarm you? We are never so much alive as when we are dead at his feet. Better be dead there than alive anywhere else.

He laid His right hand on me : First, Jesus comforted John with a compassionate touch. Perhaps the touch of Jesus felt more familiar than the appearance of Jesus. Jesus is the First and the Last , the God of all eternity, Lord of eternity past and eternity future. Jesus is the one who lives, and was dead, and is alive forevermore. He has the credentials of resurrection, and lives to never die again.

The victory that Jesus won over sin and death was a permanent victory. Jesus is the one who has the keys of Hades and of Death. Clearly, they are wrong, for only Jesus holds the keys of Hades and of Death. We can trust that Jesus never lets the devil borrow the keys. Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.

The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches. Write the things : This second command to write gives us a structure to understand the Book of Revelation. The things which you have seen : This means that Jesus wanted John to write the things he had just seen in his vision of the glorious, heavenly Jesus. The things which are : This means that Jesus wanted John to write about the things of his present day, the things regarding the seven churches which are in Asia.

The things which will take place after this : This means that Jesus wanted John to write about the things that would happen after the things regarding the seven churches , the things of the last days. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches : Jesus kindly interprets His own images. The stars in His hand represent the angels of the seven churches. The lampstands represent the seven churches themselves.

We note that each church had its own angel , and Jesus held these angels in His hand. Some believe these angels are the pastors of these seven churches. This idea is based on a literal understanding of the ancient Greek word translated angel, aggelos. Some suggest that the angels are not literal beings at all, but they just represent the prevailing spirit of each church.

There are strengths and weaknesses to any of these interpretations, but we do know that in some way, these angels are representatives of each congregation. Adam Clarke believed the angel of each church was its pastor. It is more important to notice where the angels are: the right hand of Jesus. This is a place of safety and strength. Even the problem churches that will be described in the next chapters are in the right hand of Jesus. This was a spectacular vision, and many people wish they could have a spectacular vision like John had, but we can know the very same Jesus John saw.