Revelation 1:12-16 Podcast

So now, John was taken up into Heaven in the spirit on “the Lord’s day,” on the Isle of Patmos as a Roman prisoner. This is what he first saw after he heard the voice of Jesus Christ,

Revelation 1:12-16 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

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.

His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters.

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 His strength.

The first thing John saw is the glorified Christ walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, after His death, resurrection and ascension. Proving, since John saw Jesus Christ Himself, He is alive forever more!

Testifying that what Jesus Christ had ministered on earth: “I Am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this (John 11:25-26)?”

His teaching is absolutely true and that He conquered death! And since Jesus Christ conquered death, those who believe and abide in Jesus Christ, Death has no victory over a born-again Christian.

Yet Jesus Christ always looked this way in His eternal appearance, before He came to earth as a babe by the virgin birth, conceived by the Holy Ghost. He appeared to Daniel this way in,

Daniel 10:1-6 In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long: and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.

In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain Man clothed in linen, Whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz:

His body also was like the beryl, and His face as the appearance of lightning and His eyes as lamps of fire, and His arms and His feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of His words like the voice of a multitude.

Now the days Daniel lived were about 620 bc.- 520 bc. That’s approximately 484 years prior to Whom the Apostle John saw. So when we compare what Daniel saw, with what John saw, we know this is the same person who appeared to both.

And the point of their descriptions, is testifying to Jews and Gentiles, the whole world in an eye witness account, that this is none other than Jesus Christ, The living Son of the living God, whom they both saw.

There are a few things that stand out in John and Daniels description of Jesus Christ. His eyes, His skin, feet, and voice.

His Body

Daniel specifically describes the body of Jesus Christ to be the color of Beryl, “His body also was like the beryl” John doesn’t mention this at all.

Beryl can be found in a few places all over the world in various colors, such as: Yellow, Aquamarine, Emerald, red and also colorless, depending on the type of impurities found in the mineral of beryl.

Pure beryl on the other hand is colorless, which really stood out to me. Colorless Beryl is transparent like crystal and pure just as Jesus Christ is pure; holy; undefiled; without sin and worldly impurities of all types and shadows. Perfect in every way:

Hebrews 4:14-15 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Pure beryl is transparent, Just as Jesus Christ is. He has nothing to hide as it is also written about Him in,                             

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 His Head And Hairs

Both Daniel and John describe the face and head of Jesus Christ as to being white. Daniel say’s, “His face as the appearance of lightning John say’s, “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow.” And both are correct!

Lightning has an appearance of a few colors such as red, orange, blue, yellow, violet and even green, depending on the conditions of the atmosphere, such as dust, moisture and haze. But lightning is commonly white.

John could also be describing His head and hairs as shinning with white light, Revelation 1:16 and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Which is also fitting, since Jesus Christ proclaimed Himself to be the Light of the world,

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I Am the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Now here’s another profound truth of John’s statement concerning his head and hairs, “His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white as snow.” John could have just simply had said, “His head and hairs were white as snow,” and would have left it at that and the reader would get what he is seeing.

But he didn’t, he added a specific detail “white like wool.” As you read this, you can sense in his writing, John’s own personal experience, as he is physically noticing every detail, he is starting to recognize Jesus Christ, but in His eternal glorified state.

Letting us know, without a doubt, that the person He is seeing is Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God. Just as John the Baptist testified about Him by the revelation from the Holy Spirit, when he saw Jesus Christ,

John 1:29-36 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a Man which is preferred before me: for He was before me.

And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him

And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the Same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the Same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost (Matthew 3).

And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; And looking upon Jesus as He walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

So the Apostle John is describing Jesus Christ’s hairs to be the color of lamb’s wool, not describing the texture of His hairs.

His Eyes

The eyes are literally the windows to the soul. Here we are told, the eyes of Jesus Christ are, “as a flame of fire.” Daniel describes them, “as lamps of fire.” This is describing the fire of God His Fathers Holy Ghost burning in Jesus Christ’s soul.

Eyes of fire are also representative to Him being, all seeing and having infinite knowledge of all things. Nothing is hidden in the sight of Jesus Christ, nor God Most High, His Father, as is also revealed in,

Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

His Arms And Feet

Next, His arms and feet are also specifically described. Daniel saw, “His arms and His feet like in colour to polished brass.” John doesn’t mention His arms, but say’s, “His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;”

Have you ever wondered what he meant by that specific statement: “as if they burned in a furnace?” Daniel doesn’t mention that. He only compares His arms and feet to polished brass.

But John noticed something further than that, something out of place, something that doesn’t look natural.

Some Bible scholars would dare to misinterpret and falsely teach, this as being proof that Jesus Christ tread upon the fires of Hell, while he was in the “heart of the earth” in His death for three days.

Some radical cult interprets this as being proof that Jesus Christ is black, hair as wool with dark arms and dark feet. In their propaganda teachings, they’ll compare a black person’s hair with sheep wool, and skin with burnished bronze.

Neither of these interpretations are true about Jesus Christ, because they actually deliberately misunderstand and slightly twist the Scriptures, to prove something that does not exist in the Holy Bible.

One interpretation I’ve heard from a Holy Ghost filled and anointed evangelist saying, “His feet is a physical symbol of judgment,” which I believe to be true.

Theodore H. Epp, founder and director of “Back To The Bible Broadcast” published a book in 1969. This is what he wrote concerning Jesus’ feet of polished brass:

Quote: “Brass speaks of strength, and the furnace where brass has been burned speaks of purification. Brass also speaks of judgment, and in this case it would be pure judgment. All judgment has been committed by the Father into the hands of the Son so that the great Redeemer also becomes the mighty Judge.” (John 5)

‘Practical Studies In Revelation,’ pg. 56

And this makes absolute sense. But I feel in my Spirit that there is something more to it than that! So after pursuing this, I found that Jesus Christ appears to so many people throughout the Old Testament times.

Not once was He ever described with arms and feet of polished or fine brass. You think that would be one of His features that would stand out the most. Enough to mention it at least, like Daniel did.

Why? The only explanation could be, by evidence from the Holy Bible, is because at the times prior to Daniel, Jesus Christ didn’t have arms and feet of polished or fine brass as if they burned in a furnace, until after the death sentence of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace.

This is another reason why Jesus Christ appeared to Daniel this way. Because that incident occurred before His appearance to Daniel.

Daniel 3:21-25 These men were bound in their coats, their hosen and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Therefore because the kings commandments was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said, unto his councellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?

They answered and said, unto the king, true, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the Most High God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

You see, the fourth Man is Jesus Christ, who took upon Himself all harm of the fire for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. This gives us a whole new meaning, “He took upon Himself our infirmities (Matthew 8:17).”

What are infirmities? Infirmities are our weaknesses of all realms of our existence, physically, spiritually, mentally, emotionally and even financially. The true Christ bears the marks of His work for our redemption and salvation.

He took on everything we will ever go through, and took it upon Himself at the cross, just as it is written,

Isaiah 53 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth:

He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation?

for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was He stricken. And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, and He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand.

He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: by His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities.