Image of Jesus in Revelation

This entry is part 181 of 207 in the series Inquiring Minds
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Who is the Bible referring to when it says his feet were like bronze and his hair was like wool?

These are elements of John’s vision of the “one like a Son of Man” (Revelation 1:13). This refers to Jesus Christ, the one who spoke to John on the island of Patmos on the morning of the day of the Lord (Sunday morning).

There are seven golden lampstands representing the seven churches mentioned in Revelation 2-3 (Revelation 1:12). Jesus is in the midst of these lampstands, showing that his presence is in the church (Revelation 1:13).

The long robe and golden sash represent his kingship and right to rule (Revelation 1:13). His white hair represents his wisdom (Revelation 1:14). His eyes looking like the flame of a fire represent his judgment and ability to see within the soul of every person and judge properly (Revelation 1:14). His judgment is refining like the fire that refines metal.

The burnished bronze of his feet may represent the trials that Jesus went through to gain the title and power that he has (Revelation 1:15). Jesus’ voice like the sound of many rushing waters shows that he controls all of creation (Revelation 1:15). He is Lord and sovereign over all of creation. His voice is powerful and mighty.

The seven stars in his right hand represent the pastors or leaders of the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 (Revelation 1:16). The sharp double-edged sword coming from his mouth represents his powerful and cutting words (Revelation 1:16; Hebrews 4:12).

Jesus’ face shines like the sun at full brightness, representing that he is the light of the world and he sustains the whole universe (Revelation 1:16). Jesus is the original light that gives light to all of the other lights of the heavens.

We are certain this is Jesus because of how John reacts to him and what he says to John (Revelation 1:17-20). He calls himself the First and the Last. We see this language always referring to Jesus in the book of Revelation. He also says that he died and is alive again, referring to his death on the cross and his resurrection.

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