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Jesus Unveiled

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2009 by mysearchforjesus

John in Revelation saw Jesus unveiled in his awesome glory. John describes Jesus as he saw him, and as we will see him when this age ends. Breaking these verses down is important because it reveals who Jesus is and who he isn’t. It’s important to not have any misconceptions about Jesus.

“I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,” dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.” Revelation 1:12-16 (NIV)

Daniel which was written about 530 years before Christ was born also speaks of seeing Jesus in a very similar way, (He wasn’t known as Jesus yet though)

“His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.” Daniel 10:6

These have been interpreted in different ways, but these are the interpretations that I accept.

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Seven Golden Lampstands:

The seven golden lampstands are the seven churches in Asia to whom the letter is written. Jesus is walking among them, as he will in the last days when miraculous things will occur in His name.

Jesus’ robe reaching down to his feet with a golden sash around his chest:

In the first century, wearing a sash, especially across the chest, indicated leadership and authority. Also, Hebrews 2:17 identifies Jesus as the final priest. As our high priest Jesus goes into God’s presence to obtain forgiveness of sin for those who have believed in him. Just like the Jewish high priests before Jesus did. These Jewish high priests would accept sacrifices from the people and go before God in the Most Holy Place of the tabernacle and ask for forgiveness for the peoples sins. This act which occurred for thousands of years before Jesus was only a symbol that pointed to what Jesus would later do. Because not a single sin was paid for until Jesus came.

Jesus’ head and hair white like wool, as white as snow:

The color white is a symbol for purity and sinlessness.

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”Isaiah 1:18

Jesus is sinless, absolutely pure, holy, and whiter than the virgin snow. Jesus is unblemished purity and this description indicates his wisdom and divine nature.

Jesus’ eyes like blazing fire:

His blazing eyes symbolize that he knows all. Nothing that is done is hidden from Him. His eyes symbolize the judgment of all evil and deep insight.

Jesus’ feet are like bronze glowing in a furnace:

I not sure about this really, but bronze is a symbol used in the bible to symbolize power. The might of Rome is thought of when bronze is mentioned because bronze was used by the unstoppable Roman army. And in the statue that Daniel describes, bronze is the part of the statue that undoubtedly stands for Rome. But if anyone has a good answer for this one let me know.

Jesus’ voice is like the sound of rushing waters:

If you have ever stood next to Niagara Falls, you know nothing else can be heard except the rushing waters. Thus, Jesus’ voice is powerful and awesome. When Jesus speaks with authority, nothing else can be heard

Out of Jesus’ mouth came a sharp double-edged sword:

“This type of sword, invented by the Romans, represents invincible might. Only 2-2 ½ feet long, these swords were quite possibly the greatest military invention of the ancient world. Previously, swords were about three feet long and made out of an inferior metal. They could not be sharp on both edges because the metal wasn’t strong enough. The double-edged sword was lighter and sharp on both edges. With the older swords, fighting was done by drawing back and hacking, but when the Romans used their double-edged swords, they could slice and cut both ways. These swords gave such a great advantage in hand-to-hand combat that the Roman army was called “the short swords.” it made them virtually invincible.

This sharp two-edged sword is coming from Jesus’ mouth, symbolizing the power and force of his message. Jesus’ words of judgment are as sharp as swords; he is completely invincible.” (Life Application Bible Commentary: Revelation) When Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert he fought the devil off by using the Word. His word defeated the devil.

Jesus’ face shining like the sun in all its brilliance:

Because of the glory of God on Jesus he shines like the sun. (Pretty basic one)

Colonel Quote of the Day: I had a car pass me today going so fast, it was like I was tied to a stump. (Funny, if you know the Colonel)

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