The Book of Revelation with commentary by Dr. Henry M. Morris and paintings by Ramona Lowe
The paintings are a work in progress and the finished pieces are highlighted in red on Page 2

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Revelation 1:12.   And I turned to see the voice that spake with me.  And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks.

     The great voice, like a trumpet, was behind John so he turned and saw the most glorious sight ever beheld by mortal eyes – none other than the glorified Christ there in the midst of seven golden candlesticks.  These “candlestands” probably called to John’s mind the Menorah, the lampstands in the tabernacle, each of which had one main and six side branches (Exodus 24:31).  The lampstands seen by John, however, had seven equal branches.

Revelation 1:13.   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.

     The one who spoke was “in the midst” of the candlesticks.  John long ago had heard the Lord say concerning the Church He would build: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”  The candlesticks represented the churches, all of whom were enduring great tribulation for the testimony of Jesus Christ, but the Lord would remind them that He was still in their midst (Matthew 18:20).

     And despite the glory of His appearance, John recognized Him to be a man – indeed the very Son of man, the representative man, true man, man as God intended man to be.  This term, “Son of man,” was Christ’s favorite term for Himself; he used it more than eighty times in the four Gospels.  The term is used first in Psalm 3:4, prophesying His first coming in humility, and last in Revelation 14:14, prophesying His second coming in power.

     But though he is a true man, He is only like unto the son of man.  Adam also was a man, but was not a son of man.  Jesus Christ was “made in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7); He was “made like unto his brethren” (Hebrews 2:17); He was sent “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Romans 8:3).  He was not born of the union of a sinful man and a sinful woman (terms which apply to all human beings save Jesus, even to Joseph and Mary), but was divinely conceived and virgin born.  Nevertheless He is to be forever like unto the Son of man.

     Note also the fullness of His garments.  There is no nudity or seminudity among  the inhabitants of heaven.  Jesus was stripped of His garments when made sin on the cross, but in heaven, and in the new earth, He is always appropriately arrayed, and so are all His servants.

Revelation 1:14.   His head and his hairs were like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.

     No one living today knows what Jesus looked like during His days on earth, though imaginative portrayals of Him adorn innumerable homes and churches.  The New Testament writers speak not one word concerning His physical appearance – whether He was short or tall, dark or light, lean or stout.  This omission is significant – He is the representative man.  Furthermore, whatever His appearance may have been then, His present appearance is far more important, for this is the way we shall see Him, and this will be His appearance through all future ages.  John describes Him as He is and will be.

     The most striking feature is His snow-white hair.  The same appearance was seen by Daniel: “The Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool” (Daniel 7:9).  Isaiah 9:6 speaks of Him as the “everlasting Father.”  The white hair crowning His head (beards are never mentioned at all in the New Testament) clearly speaks of His great age.  This contrasts with the wistful desire of modern men to retain the appearance of youth, even using dyes to mask their gray hair.  The Bible says: “The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head” (Proverbs 20:29).  “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness” (Proverbs 16:31).  The Scripture promises that “we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).  Note we shall see Him as He is, not as He was.

     His eyes were, as it were, burning with anger.  This aspect was to be seen especially by the immoral church at Thyatira (Revelation 2:18).  Yet these were the same eyes that could weep over human need (John 11:35; Luke 19:41).  His eyes are all-seeing as He is all-knowing.  “All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:13).

Revelation 1:15.   And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

     His feet once had rough spikes driven through them and, even in this glorified body, the wounds are still there (Luke 24:39, 40).  But these same feet shall trample His enemies (Psalm 110:1; Isaiah 63:3).  This aspect of judgment is dominant here, as though the feet had been shod in brazen boots, heated to white heat in the great furnace of judgment where they were treading.

     “The voice of his words like the voice of a multitude” (Daniel 10:6).  Clear and strong like the trumpet, broad and deep like the sea – so the voice seemed to John.  This is the voice that one day will raise the dead (John 5:28, 29) and the same voice that called the world into being (Psalm 33:6).

Revelation 1:16.   And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

     Christ was in the midst of the churches, but He held the angels of the churches, represented by the seven stars, in His own right hand.  The word “star” (Greek aster) can mean any heavenly “light” – meteorites, planets, etc., as well as stars in the modern scientific sense.  Evidently the majesty of the Son of man was such that His face gave the appearance of the shining sun and the objects in His hand that of shining stars, both as set against the background of the heavens over Patmos.

     The two-edged sword is, in other Scriptures, compared to the power of the Word of God (Hebrews 4:12; Ephesians 6:17).  Here it clearly speaks of judgment (compare Revelation 19:15).  The very appearance of the glorified Christ and the sound of the majestic voice flowing from the blinding light of His countenance gave every word a swordlike  brilliance and sharpness that was almost visible. 

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