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Revelation 1:15-20 Bible Study

December 11, 2018

1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

We see in this verse it says "as the sound of many waters" I will delve more into God's voice when we get to Revelation 4:1.

1:16 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.

In Revelation 1:20 we see what the seven stars are. 

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

We will go further into why stars are angels when we reach Revelation 9:1

"out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword."
The Bible is likened to a sword in Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:17
Hebrews 4:12 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.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

So the word of God is defined as a twoedged sword in the Bible. A twoedged sword can cut both ways which shows the Bible can be used for good or bad. There are many heretics which will use the Bible to teach you can lose your salvation or that you must be baptized or do good works to be saved or that there is a post-tribulation rapture. All of this is heresy but God will allow you to believe and preach it if that is how dark your heart really is.  

"his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. " we can compare this with Jesus' transfiguration 
Matthew 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

You will also notice the sun is always referred to in the masculine in the Bible just as God is always referred to in the masculine (unless you have an NASB Bible, lol)  
Ecclesiastes 1:5
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

The sun is also likened to Jesus Christ in Malachi 4:2
But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

Which if you were to study the sun you would notice it greatly resembles the trinity. However, this discussion would take some time and I will have to make a separate post for it in the future. 

Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

"And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead." Many people get the idea that when they first meet Jesus they are gonna just run up to him and give him a big hug. But you will notice John himself whom the Bible says "whom Jesus loved" fell at Jesus' feet as though he were dead. Any man that were to stand before Jesus would realize how holy Jesus is and how wretched he himself is and this would cause immediate reverence and worship of Jesus. I know when the day comes that I am to stand before God that I would not feel one bit worthy to be there. 
"I am the first and the last" Jesus is clearly saying he was always here and always will be. Another great verse to reaffirm the deity of Jesus Christ.
"I am he that liveth" (He is living as a priest) "and was dead;" (He was living as a prophet) "and, behold I am alive for evermore, Amen" (He is coming again to live forever as a king).
"and have the keys of hell and of death." our Lord Jesus Christ has the keys of death and hell. Praise the Lord! Jesus is the door to heaven John 10:9
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
Thankfully, none of us has to go to Peter or Mary or any other saint to be saved. It is all through Jesus. Hallelujah! 

Revelation 1:19
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

"things which thou hast seen" past tense, refers to Revelation 1:1-19 and the "things which are" present tense, refers to the 7 churches which John is about to speak of which exist at the present time John was writing the book of Revelation "things which shall be hereafter;" future tense refers to things which are to come in the future which is Revelation chapters 4-22 

Revelation 1:20
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

I already commented on much of this passage earlier. In chapter 2 we will delve into the seven churches which are seven churches present at the time John wrote the book of Revelation. But, are also spiritually speaking of seven church ages which are yet to come. Remember, it is a book of prophecy Rev. 1:3 so it is speaking of future events. 
This concludes our study of Revelation chapter 1 

 

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