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Summary: Suddenly he heard a voice behind him. When he turned around, he saw the Son of man Himself, in a form that radiated glory and standing in the midst of seven golden lamps, and immediately fell at His feet like one who had been shot.

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By: Tom Lowe Date: 3-6-2015

Lesson 4: Vision of Christ among the Lampstands (Revelation 1:9-20)

Revelation 1:9-20 (KJV)

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

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

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.

14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Commentary

9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The Apostle John begins this section by introducing himself. The verse can be broken down into six statements which inform his readers of three important details, namely, who he is, where he is writing from, and why he’s there. We shall take the statements one at a time:

“I John, who also am your brother,” your Christian brother, a fellow-Christian. The reference here is without a doubt to the members of the seven churches in Asia, to whom the epistles in the following chapters were addressed, and to whom the whole book seems to have been sent. Here is where he begins to describe the circumstances under which the vision appeared to him. He was on a small, lonely island, to which he had been banished on account of his devotion to the religion of Jesus Christ; it was the Lord’s Day (1:10) and he was in the Spirit (1:10), that is, a state of high spiritual enjoyment. Suddenly he heard a voice behind him. When he turned around, he saw the Son of man Himself, in a form that radiated glory and standing in the midst of seven golden lamps, and immediately fell at His feet like one who had been shot.


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