John had been on the island of Patmos for at least 10 years, at hard labor, and was now in his early 90’s. On the first day of the week, when the churches would be meeting, he was worshipping God with them, from afar, when he heard “… behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet,” ~Revelation 1:10b. Like a trumpet is a comparison, giving us an idea of what it sounded like, not an actual trumpet. Could this “loud voice like the sound of a trumpet” be the “trumpet of God” that shall be heard when He comes to bring us home? The voice of Jesus! 🙂
“And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle. And His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire; and His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been caused to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. And in His right hand He held seven stars; and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as a dead man.” ~Revelation 1:12-17a
Again, like is a comparison word. Our pastor helped us to understand this passage- it is a beautiful picture of Jesus! The “one like a son of man” is Jesus. “His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow;” -this is a sign of wisdom (and perhaps being pure and clean?). “His eyes were like a flame of fire;” -a symbol of judgment. “His feet were like burnished bronze,” -the altar, for atonement, substitionary offering for our sin. “His voice was like the sound of many waters.” -loud and powerful. “and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword;” -the Word of God. “His face was like the sun shining in its strength” -the glory of God.
The seven golden lampstands that Jesus is standing in the middle of represent the seven churches that the seven letters in the next two chapters are written for, and the seven stars held in the right hand of Jesus (which itself represents power and authority) represent the angels/leaders of these churches.
John closely walked with, knew, and loved Jesus, yet he was overwhelmed by the glory and power that Jesus manifested here. Jesus is a lamb, a merciful and loving God, but He is also the Lion of Judah, and is just and all-powerful. I pray that I will not forget this, that He is God Almighty! “Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.” ~Revelation 4:11