The Glorified Christ as Judge


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It is assumed in the Bible that folks are right-handed. Anyone whose dominant hand is his left is noted in Scripture (Judges 3:15; 20:16). In Revelation 1:16 John gives us a picture of the Lord’s power in protecting the leaders of his church. In his right hand, Jesus holds seven stars, which are the angels of the seven churches (Revelation 1:20; 2:1, 3:1). However, the word angel (G32) doesn’t necessarily mean a heavenly being. Rather it is often used of human messengers. It was used of John the Baptist (Matthew 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:27). It was used also of men John had sent to Jesus (Luke 7:24), and it is used of men Jesus had sent out to secure accommodations for his party, while they went on the way to Jerusalem (Luke 9:52). So, the seven stars that Jesus holds in his right hand probably point to the human leadership of the seven churches (cf. Malachi 2:7; Daniel 12:3), and John’s mention of Jesus’ right hand points to his power to protect them (cf. John 10:28). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 14, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Glorified Christ as One Like God

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As we continue in John’s description of the glorified Christ, he tells us that Jesus’ hair was like wool and as white as snow, while his eyes were like flames of fire (Revelation 1:14). Jesus’ white hair is an emblem of wisdom (Job 12:12), and, since Daniel 7:9 describes God with hair as white as wool, and Jesus’ description is similar, it seems John is describing a human who is like God in wisdom. Moreover, John says the eyes of Jesus were as a flame of fire. The eyes are illustrative of the mind which brings light or understanding to the whole body (cf. Matthew 6:22), so John is expressing the mind of Christ in symbolic form. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 12, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Glorified Christ as High Priest

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John tells us that he saw a human figure in the midst of the seven golden lampstands (G3087; Revelation 1:12).[1] This same Greek word is used for the candelabra that was found in the Holy Place of the Temple (Hebrews 9:2), and is, indeed, the same candelabra described in the Septuagint at Exodus 25:31-35 and other places in the Old Testament. The single candelabra with its seven branches represented Israel, but the seven individual lampstands, which may also be candelabras themselves, represent the seven churches in Asia, to whom John writes (cf. Revelation 1:20).[2] Jesus said the candle or lamp (G3087) was to be placed in an area in the house where its light would benefit all (Matthew 5:15; Mark 4:21; Luke 8:16). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 10, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Great Voice Is the Glorified Christ

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John heard a great voice like a trumpet in Revelation 1:10. This scene recalls an event during Moses’ day when the voice or sound of a trumpet was heard and the people trembled (Exodus 19:16). It was the voice of God that they heard. John mentions the sound of a voice, which is associated with a trumpet, only twice more in this book. The second occasion tells John to ascend (to heaven) and see the things after the things he saw (Revelation 4:1). The third and final time John hears this voice is the occasion of the seventh trumpet (Revelation 10:3-8; 11:15), when Christ begins to reign. This is the occasion of both his coming and the time the righteous dead are resurrected and are caught up to be with Jesus (Matthew 24:31; 1Thessalonians 4:16; 1Corinthians 15:52). Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 7, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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Why These Seven Churches?


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It is interesting that only seven churches are mentioned, and only these in the province of Asia. There were certainly more churches even in that province than the one’s mentioned in Revelation 1:11. Therefore, we need to ask, why did the Lord pick out these seven churches, and why only from the Roman province of Asia? First of all, it may prove significant that the seven churches seem to be situated in an ancient Roman mail route to various distribution centers. Beginning in Ephesus, the capital of Asia, the mail would have traveled north to the other distribution centers: Smyrna and Pergamum, then southeast to Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. So, communications would begin in Ephesus and go inland to the other cities (churches), and, considering the direction (inland) of the communication, it might be inferred that important news would spread until the whole province (taken for the world) would be reached. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on February 5, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day

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John tells us that he was in the Spirit in Revelation 1:10. Being in the Spirit does not refer to John having the Holy Spirit. The text literally says “I came to be in the spirit,” meaning he “came to be” in a trance (cp. Acts 10:10; 22:17). It is not the normal spiritual condition of a believer who is characterized as being in the Spirit instead of being in the flesh (Romans 8:9). Rather, it is an extraordinary condition, whereby a believer is able to witness spiritual phenomena that he could not ordinarily see and hear. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on February 3, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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The Importance of Context

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Perhaps the saddest or most tragic outcome of misplacing the time of the writing of the Book of Revelation is that, in so doing, men must then misrepresent this book by inventing a new theme for it. Afterward, a new theme requires more inventive and more elaborate explanations of the text. Each time men invent a meaning or an interpretation for God’s word, which the Scriptures don’t support, we add to the traditions of men, which in turn make the word of God of no effect upon the hearts of men (cf. Mark 7:13). In so doing, men accomplish the exact opposite of the intention of God’s word, which is to bring the wisdom or plans of men to no effect through the Gospel (Psalm 33:10). Simply put, men are unable to accomplish the will of God through their own wisdom (1Corinthians 1:17; 2:1, 4-5, 13), and neither are men able expect God to verify or establish what they mistakenly say about this book. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 31, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation


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