posted on Dec, 10 2006 @ 03:19 PM
I am going to endeavor to go through the Book of Revelation, or at least as far as I can with the time that I have, and detail some thoughts on the
individual chapters. This first chapter is, of course, one of the shortest, and has the least to discuss in the subject of prophecies.
Revelation I primarily concerns itself with two things: the fact that the book is addressed to Seven Churches, which are named, and the appearance of
the Son of Man, or Jesus Christ. The book is written by John, at the direction of Jesus.
I'm not going to deal with the Seven Churches because it would be very time-consuming, as well, there does not seem to be an easily recognizable
connection to prophecy. However, it may well be that the descriptions of the Seven Churches, which are often skipped over by prophecy-seekers, are
just as vital to the understanding of the end times as the rest of the book. So let's begin with the appearance of the Son of Man.
Verse 11: "...I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it
unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto
Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
The Alpha and Omega refers to the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. It indicates that the speaker is the first and the last, the beginning
and the end. As well, notice that John is specifically directed to write the book of what he saw. Therefore, it is clear that the Book of Revelation
is not merely John making guesses at the future; he is the scribe of God himself, writing divinely inspired scripture about a vision that he was given
by Jesus Christ. It establishes that this book is true, beyond a doubt.
Verse 12: And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Verse 13: And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps
with a golden girdle.
Now, these seven golden candlesticks represent the seven churches that John has already spoken of. We will be told this at the end of the chapter.
It is interesting that John says "like unto the Son of man", rather than simply identifying him as "the Son of man." This may be because Jesus had
died and resurrected. Yes, he was alive, but not in a human form. It was rather his glorified body which John saw. I have heard some mention that what
Christ took upon himself was eternal, he will always have the glorified body of a human being. However, that's another topic.
He is clothed with a garment down to the feet, and with a golden girdle. I don't see any immediate significance in this, except for it may be the
attire that humans wear in Heaven.
Verse 14: His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Verse 15: And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace, and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Verse 16: And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in
Again, the description of a glorified body. White hair, with eyes of flaming fire. It may be that the look in Jesus's eyes was due to the importance
of the message that he was about to share with John. We also see seven stars in his right hand. These represent seven angels, who are assigned to the
seven churches that we have already read about. We are also told this at the end of the chapter.
Verse 18: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of
This establishes the fact that it is indeed the Son of man, or Jesus Christ, and not merely "one like unto the Son of man". He lives, and had died,
but tells us that he will live forever. As well, he has the keys of hell and death, which he took away from Satan in the place of death. This is an
interesting topic, but not necessarily directly related to Revelation.
Verse 20: The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the
angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Thus, Jesus eliminates the need for guesswork on our part regarding the seven stars and seven candlesticks. He plainly states that they represent
seven angels, who are assigned to the churches, and the candlesticks represent the churches themselves. It is interesting to think that perhaps all
churches have an angel assigned to them. Frank Peretti uses this idea in his Christian fiction novels concerning angels and demons, This Present
Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, both of which are extremely good reads. As I have suggested, the seven churches might have more
significance, but it would take an in-depth study to reveal any hidden truths that the seven churches might hold. From all appearances, it is merely
specific messages that Christ wants John to relay to the churches, regarding their faith and other matters important to them.