The voice that spake Revelation
Chp 1: 12 - 20 Sharp twoedged sword
In the Midst
of the Seven Candlesticks
Holy Kiss: Greeting: Grace unto you, and peace,
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Commentary on Revelation Chp 1: 12-20... continued from Revelation Chp 1: 7- 11
Revelation 1:12 "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;"
I turned: John, like a dog "turned" to his own vomit (2Peter 2:22), like a fool returned to his folly (Proverbs 26:11), John turned back to law behind him; And being turned back to this great voice, as of a trumpet (aka: Mt Sinai Law: Hebrews 12:9), what John saw was seven golden candlesticks. Revelation 1:20 reveals the allegory for seven candlesticks are seven churches. Aside: funny thing is, in Exodus 25 and in the gospels it's a (singular) candlestick, but in Revelation it's (plural) candlesticks; And when allegorized as seven churches it's not seven golden candlesticks.
the voice that spake: John turned to see the voice that "spake" (as of a trumpet, from behind). In Hebrews 1:1,2 "spake" (of GOD spake/spoke) denotes "time past" (of time past/last days), and "unto the fathers" (of unto the fathers/unto us), and "by the prophets" (of by the prophets/by Son). So we're talking Mosaic law of law/grace: John 1:17. For confirmation we have another clue: being turned he saw seven "golden" candlesticks. Such speaks of the old of old/new. Aside: funny thing is, Jesus also often spake, and by the Holy Ghost, and to signify what death (law) he would die of.
In turning John turns back to law as noted in Revelation 1:10 comment; The essence of such Revelation (Uncovering) of St John, written by Paul, is it's a satire on John turning back to law, like a dog turned to his own vomit, as a fool returned to his folly: Law. Fools sit in Moses's seat: Law; And what's made by such compassing land and sea is one proselyte: twofold: more the child of hell.
......................................Revelation 1:13 "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".
In the midst: In the "midst" of seven candlesticks (seven churches) suggests a Menorah Seven. If we took the midst allegory to mean one of seven churches listed, it would Thyatira; And if we took it to mean the angel of seven listed in Acts 20:4, it would be Gaius. Aside: John writes flattery to Gaius in 3John, suggests he might be following evil, and Demetrius' report (about Paul) was good.
like unto the Son of man: Such denotes yet another clue it is law which spake, for we find "like the Son of man" is a phrase used in Daniel 7:13 concerning his "night" visions of his head: Law. Son of man is not Son of God, for God is not a man that he should lie (law), neither Son of man who should repent: Numbers 23:19. Many get deceived into thinking such is Christ in the midst of the churches. If it were, it would be Christ of "Christ Jesus", not Christ of "Jesus Christ". For Christ Jesus is mirrorly the reverse of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the only foundation laid we should build anything on (1Corinthians 3:11), and peace with God is "through Jesus-->Christ", in Christ is the end of the law. Son of man is vengeful, not merciful. God is merciful, not vengeful.
We begin to get a description of this twainy "like unto the Son of man", who is wearing the priestly garment of old covenant priests. And such is total cover up, excepting the head and feet. Yet these are sufficient to expose what sort of high priest John saw, as we will soon see.
......................................Revelation 1:14 "His head and [his] hairs [were] white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes [were] as a flame of fire;"
Both his head and hairs white, like wool, which is an allegoric picture of the dead. As confirmation the only biblical references to "like wool" speak of snow, hoarfrost ashes, and worm eaten. Likewise "flame of fire" references speak of the angel of the LORD, devouring, spirits of ministers, and Moses. So we're talking Mosaic law, and vengeful wrath.
......................................Revelation 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".
Brass feet? Ezekiel 1:7 speaks of a being having burnished brass "calf's feet", but Daniel 10:6 speaks of a man envisioned only by Daniel: "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".
Such Daniel 10 vision notably takes place beside the third head of four heads of the great river which went out of Eden: "Hiddekel" (Genesis 2:14). The vision is preceded by three full weeks of mourning (Jeremiad's lamentation, concerning breach of Jerusalem walls and exile to Babylon; Still takes place 'between the strictures' of 17th of Tammuz and the 9th of Av in synagogues), and it's followed by men with Daniel fearfully quaking and fleeing to hide themselves, also Daniel's comeliness turning to corruption (ruin, destruction). Again, it's allegorically Mosaic law.
......................................Revelation 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".
The seven stars: are the seven angels of the seven churches (Rev 1:20). Like unto the Son of man having such in his "right" hand speaks of such as sheep of divisional goats/sheep in Mt 25. Such speaks of being partial and judgmental by law, which speaks of the seat of Moses, which also self-condemns with consequences in Romans 2:1, for "we all are one" and "there is no respect of persons with God" (condemning any condemns all, and self condemning condemns all within you, which is why God did not send His Son to condemn: John 3:17). Mosaic law is a "ministration of condemnation" in 2Cor 3, and such is to be "done away".
sharp twoedged sword coming out his mouth: The clincher of clues given is the sharp twoedged sword coming out the mouth of such priestly being like unto Son of man (should repent: Numbers 23:19). We know such is NOT the "word of God", for in Hebrews 4:12 we learn that of seven things the word of God (grace) is, one thing is it's "sharper than any twoedged sword"; Not to mention it's what comes out the mouth that defileth a man: Matthew 15:11 (Mk 7:20). A twoedged sword such as law vs law kills both left/right ways; Notable for those who want to be right in a left/right sides war in plural heavens, and want to be right to make others wrong. A twoedged sword (sword being word with s preceding it) speaks allegorically of lawed-grace, of grace + law (added), which is as blessing + cursing = accursed (Galatians 1:9) and the curse is "of the law". James 3 points out the tongue set on fire of hell (law) can defile the whole body, also that both blessing (grace) and cursing (law) coming out the same mouth "ought not so to be" (ought not to be spoken nor given any amen if spoken). For both grace and law are contrary things.
his countenance as the sun shineth in his strength: speaks of Son of man law being the strength of sin: 1Corinthians 15:56, the strong man we're exhorted to first bind in order to spoil the hse of sin (Mosaic law); For law is both the source and strength of sin. Only the law imputes sin (Rom 5:15; 5:13) and imputed sin brings forth death: 1Cor 15;56; Jam 1:15, to all: Rom 5:14.
......................................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:"
Obviously such is not Christ (is the end of the law), for when John saw such he "fell", and "as dead". If it were Christ: the end of the law, he'd be risen and seated with, in heaven, which is higher than the heavens. If the truth be known, both fear and fear not produce fear, because of the evil concupisence and curse of the law in Do-teronomy & Don't-eronomy. Before the cross we find both fear and fear not, but after the cross no mention of fear (hath torment), only peace. For the source of fear: the law, got nailed to the cross as "enmity", 'blotted out' for being "against us".
Again we have such a LAW<--Law being saying it's an I am (I exist as oxymoronic first + last). In Hebrews 10:9 we find "he taketh away the first (law), that he may establish the second (grace)"; for the will of God which the Son of God came to do is "I will have mercy, and not sacrifice". Allegory: I will have grace, and not law. Such work God gave his Son to do was notably "finished" (John 17) even before the cross (John 19) when looking at two finished, and noticing law imputed sin, when "it is finished", brings forth death, not life. God sent his Son to bring us life, not death.
......................................Revelation 1:18 "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".
Such deadly law being alive again, and for evermore, is only in the imagination of those such as Johnny Law Dog. Beware of dogs, not just their dogma. Such imaginations contrary to the knowledge of God ("grace is sufficient", no law required), are to be 'cast down': 2Corointhians 10:5 because they are "vain imaginations": Romans 1:21 of vain religion: James 1:26; And should be cast down, lest the latter state of man kind be worse instead of better: Matthew 12:45; 2Peter 2:20. So let us not Amen such crap as the law being alive again, since law worketh wrath is destructive.
As for Jesus Christ, he gave no place to such law, such great tribulation of Mosaic law.
keys of hell and of death: As for the keys of hell and of death, no such get out of hell nor get out of death keys are needed when law, the source of hell and death, is abolished and blotted out to the point of vanish. Law is old, faulty, ready to vanish, and shall vanish: 1Corinthians 13... Hebrews 8.
......................................Revelation 1:19 "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;"
Three things are mentioned: (i) things thou hast seen AND (ii) things which are AND (iii) things which shall be hereafter. Common to all three is "things". With John it's law was, is, and is to come; law before and afterward. So thank God Paul (not John) is the author of Revelation, and that his token in every epistle is what ends Revelation; so things which shall be "hereafter" (since there's no thereafter in all the Bible, and here we are so long after the cross) are grace mercy peace. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all (against none), and a final Amen to that only.
......................................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".
Mystery starts being revealed (for Revelation is about uncovering, revealing, disclosure) about such things are an allegory, and written aforetime for our learning: Romans 15:4. No doubt the mystery is to be solved in time (by getting help, "in time", from the throne of grace, where only mercy is obtainable), for there is neither mystery nor time for such in eternity. And just as a little cancer can kill the whole body if not removed in time, so a little law can kill the whole body of Christ (including the head) if not removed in time. Removal of all law in time is called the "operation" of God.
Seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: seven who accompanied Paul into Asia. Seven candlesticks are seven churches. As we'll see in Revelation 22, it's his angel (Paul) who reveals things as dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie(law) being in the churches. Paul warns "beware of dogs", and names the three top dogs who subvert and bewitch churches with law: James, Cephas(Peter), and John. Yet nobody persecuted the church more than Saul of Saul-->Paul, even when called Christians. For those first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 11) were the likes of terrorist Saul, satanic Peter, carried away Barnabas. Saul does not become Paul until Acts 13. Then Paul gets converted, since even Paul of Saul-->Paul was a wretched man till he got converted. Then Peter got converted by reading all Paul's epistles.
Of three top dogs, James was killed by Herod (it "pleased the people", since James wouldn't let either Jews or Gentiles be free of law), Peter got converted per "when (not if) thou are converted, then strengthen thy brethren", and says a dog returns to his own vomit (law) like a sow returns to mire (law) after being washed: 2Peter 2:22. John turns back to law "behind" him (Rev 1:12).
Revelation 2: bewitching begins with Ephesus ... continued on next page
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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ with you all. Amen.