Revelation Chapter 1 – Verses 10 – 18 and 19-20

Vision of the glorified and glorious Son of God

Verses 10-18

John states he is in the Spirit referring to being with the Godhead on the Lord’s Day, a distinct day of the week given for worship (v10) when God tells him to write down in a book what he saw and sends it to the seven churches (v11). When John turned to see who was speaking to him he saw seven golden lamp-stands and the Son of Man, dressed in long garments with a golden sash (vv12-13) (Ephesians1:18-23; 5:23; Colossians 1:18). This is a reference which has a connection to Daniel chapter 10:1-9 and other references that describe Jesus (Exodus 28, Isaiah 61:10 and Joshua 5:13).

John in Revelation1:13-18 says, “… I saw One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and tied around the breast with a golden band”, which again describes the High Priest of God. Therefore we see in this passage Jesus in all His glory and sound (Ezekiel 1: 24) causing John to feel weak or even dead, just as Daniel mentioned in his book chapter10 and 7:9-10. John describes Jesus holding seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword (v16) referring to Isaiah 49:2, Psalm 149, Hebrews 4:12, and holding the keys of death and Hades (v18) ( Acts 2:24, Hosea 13:14).

Verses 19-20

In these two verses we see an instruction given to John to write down what he sees, that are and the mysteries that lay ahead. Then in the same statement the mystery is revealed; the seven stars are the angels and the seven lamp-stands are the seven churches. This links this to the next two chapters. It is worth reading Zechariah 4:2 to see a similar lamp-stand . The Bible is a mysterious book but those who have spent time not just reading it, but studying it will find a matrix of hidden meaning.

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