A Study of Revelation

Eph 6:14
Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,

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4) A golden sash is across his chest representing God’s desire to be close to His church, gold to again represent purity and the value of Righteousness. (See Jeremiah chapter 13 for an interesting parallel to Jeremiah’s waistband).

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5 & 6) His Head and Hair are white like wool, as of a Lamb unblemished and spotless,

1 Pet. 1:18-19
18* knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
19* but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

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7) His eyes flame like fire, i.e. the fire at the burning bush or the fire on the Apostles on the day the church was established in Acts chapter two.

 

Mt 3:11* “As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Lu 12:49* “I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled!

Heb 12:18
For you have not come to a mountain that can be touched and to a blazing fire, and to darkness and gloom and whirlwind,

Heb 12:29
for our God is a consuming fire.

The Bible often uses FIRE to represent something very important about God, his
presence and his judgment. Looking back to the Old Testament there was the fire that consumed the burnt offering beginning with Noah (Gen. 8:20) and continued
in the ever-burning fire on the altar; first kindled from heaven (Leviticus 6:9, 13; 9:24), and rekindled at the dedication of Solomon’s Temple (2 Chronicles 7:1, 3).

the “fire of the Lord” is often to be understood as the fire of the altar,
(Exodus 29:18).

The perpetual fire on the altar was to be replenished with wood every morning (Leviticus 6:12).

Fire for sacred purposes obtained elsewhere than from the altar was called “strange fire,” and for use of such Nadab and Abihu were punished with death by fire
from God (Leviticus 10:1, 2).

On the Sabbath, the law forbade any fire to be kindled even for culinary purposes

Fire is in the Scriptures considered as a symbol of Jehovah’s presence and the instrument of his power, in the way either of approval or of destruction (Exodus 14:19; Numbers 11:1, 3; Judges 13:20; 1 Kings 18:38; 2 Kings 1:10, 12; 2:11; 6:17; comp. Isaiah 51:6; 66:15, 24; Joel 2:30; Malachi 2:2, 3; 4:1; 2 Peter 3:10; Revelation 20:14,15).

God appeared in FIRE at the burning bush and on Mount Sinai (Exodus 3:2; 19:18).

He showed himself to Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John in the midst of fire (Isaiah 6:4; Ezekiel 1:4; Revelation 1:14),

God’s presence was represented by a pillar of fire by day as Israel wandered in the wilderness (Num 14:14).

Jesus is coming back in flaming fire (Thessalonians 1:8).

Daniel, relating his vision, in which, he saw the Ancient of days, says, “A river of fire was flowing And coming out from before Him; (7:10).

God may be compared to fire, not only by reason of his glorious brightness, but also on account of his anger against sin, which consumes those against whom it is kindled, (Deuteronomy 32:22; Isaiah 10:17; Ezekiel 21:3; Hebrews 12:29).

Coals of fire proceeding from God’s mouth denote his anger (Psalm 18:8).

His word compared to fire (Jeremiah 5:14; 23:29)

Jeremiah 5:14
“Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, “Because you have spoken this word, Behold, I am making My words in your mouth fire And this people wood, and it will consume them.”

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8) His feet were like burnished bronze, another metal which must be refined many times and is very strong indicating the strength of the Word as it tramples out false doctrine (Rom. 10:15).

Remember the “Bronze Serpent” (2 Kings 18:4). The “bronze serpent” was a likeness of Christ for the Children of Israel. As they looked to the bronze serpent
they were healed. We must look to Christ.

Figurative: “Bronze,” is used in Scripture as the symbol of what is firm, strong, lasting; hence, “gates of bronze” (Psalm 107:16), “hoofs of bronze” (Micah 4:13), “walls of bronze” (Jeremiah is made as a “bronze wall,” 1:18; 15:20), “mountains of bronze” (Daniel 2:35, the Macedonian empire; the arms of ancient times were mostly of bronze). It becomes a symbol, therefore, of hardness, obstinacy, insensibility, in sin, as bronze” (Isaiah 48:4); “they are bronze and iron” (Jeremiah wicked); “all of them are bronze ” (Ezekiel 22:18, of Israel).

In Ancient times the most powerful weapons were made of bronze, therefore we have this image of Christ in great strength taking the gospel to the World and strong and steadfast, supporting his own interest, subduing his enemies, treading them to powder.

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9) His voice was like many waters because He is the “living water” the source of Spiritual water, He is the rock that followed the children of Israel and provided them with water.

1 Cor. 10:1-4
10:1* ¶ For I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea;
2* and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3* and all ate the same spiritual food;
4* and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

 

John 4:10
Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”

Joh 4:14
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

Joh 7:38
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”

Re 22:17
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

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10) In His right hand He holds the seven stars, the right hand showing authority the 7 stars are the “angels” of the 7 churches. We are going to see that the “angels” are representative of all Christians, this shows the authority that God places in His church.

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11) Out of His mouth comes a two edged sword which is the Word of God, the Word is living and active (Heb 4:12) like a two edged sword,

Heb 4:12
12* For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
13* And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

 

Eph 6:17
And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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12) His face was shining like the Sun, Jesus is the source of Spiritual light in the church.

Remember at the mount of transfiguration in Matthew 17?

John 17:2
And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light.

Judges 5:31

“Thus let all Your enemies perish, O LORD; But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might.”…

This is a representation of his whole demeanor; of the general splendor and brightness of his countenance.

 

John’s reaction:

Rev. 1:17-18
17* When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last,
18* and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

He was overpowered by the greatness of the lustre and glory of Christ. John who had been so familiar with him before, now is overwhelmed.

This is a very important image to keep in mind as you study the book of Revelation. This is how the Lord sees the church. It is the responsibility of the church of Christ to be a source of Spiritual light in this world. God’s authority rests on the church. Its doctrine must be kept pure, Christ sees all (flaming eyes) knows all and will judge all in the end.

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