Revelation 1:13 – Christ’s appearance, in the midst of the seven lampstands
Revelation 1:13 – …and in the midst of the seven lampstands [One like the Son of Man]…
In the next section, John describes Jesus as “One like the Son of Man.” John sees Jesus surrounded by seven lamp stands, which represent the seven churches in Asia. Recall from the last section, that the menorah used in the tabernacle had seven branches with lamps, or candlesticks that all come into one shaft, or base (Exodus 25:31-32). This is the same picture of Christ being the vine and believers being the branches, abiding in Christ:
John 15:5 – “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Revelation 4:5 reveals that the Holy Spirit is the source of the fire and light of the lamp stands, or the churches. However, Christ is the “Light,” who gives light to believers to glorify the Father:
John 1:4-9 – In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.
Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
In the wilderness tabernacle there was one menorah with seven lamps (Exodus 25). In the temple there were ten menorahs, each with seven lamps:
2 Chronicles 4:7 – And he made ten lampstands of gold according to their design, and set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left.
The ten menorahs may allude to the ten specific descriptions John gives us of Christ’s appearance, who represents the supporting base of the menorah in Revelation 1:13-16:
- 1. One like the Son of Man
- 2. Clothed with a garment down to the feet
- 3. Girded about the chest with a golden band
- 4. Head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow
- 5. Eyes like a flame of fire
- 6. Feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace
- 7. His voice as the sound of many waters
- 8. He had in His right hand seven stars
- 9. Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword
- 10. His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength
“Son of Man” is the title that Jesus gives to Himself throughout the Gospels. However, we are first introduced to “One like the Son of Man” long before Jesus actually became a man. Here is the pre-incarnate Christ in a vision given to the prophet Daniel:
Daniel 7:13 – “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man,coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.”
This title clearly speaks of Jesus appearing in the form of a man. The following passage helps explain why Jesus is both the “Son of Man” and the “Son of God”:
Philippians 2:5-8 – Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Jesus had to become the “Son of Man,” because He was the only sinless human who could fulfill the Law, and free humanity from its penalty of sin and death in the flesh:
Romans 8:1-4 – There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Jesus, being both the “Son of Man” and the “Son of God,” is the only mediator between God the Father and men:
1 Timothy 2:5-6 – For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
And the Father has given Jesus the authority to judge men because He is the “Son of Man”:
John 5:26-27 – For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
“Son of man”: According to the gospels, this is the title Christ used most often for Himself during His earthly ministry (81 times in the gospels). Taken from the heavenly vision (in Dan. 7:13), it is an implied claim to deity.
This garment down to the foot is a priestly robe, a robe of authority. This “Son of man” is Jesus who is in the midst of the church. This golden girdle is saying that this is God.
Christ was wearing the robe of the High Priest. John states He was “clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.” In the Old Testament, the High Priests wore full length robes with a girdle made of fine linen, embroidered with needlework, secured around their waist. In this vision, Christ had on the robe of a High Priest, but the girdle He wore around His chest was made of gold, which denotes the dignity of an important office and signifies His office as our Great High Priest. “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:24-25).
“Robe”: Most occurrences of this word in the Septuagint, the Greek Old Testament, refer to the garment of the High-Priest. The golden sash across His chest completes the picture of Christ serving in His priestly role (compare Lev. 16:1-4; Heb. 2:17). John sees Jesus in a body with a robe. Jesus, our High Priest, represents us before His Father. He is not an earthly High Priest but a heavenly Priest. He appears before God to bless the Christians, to plead our case if you will.
His appearance in the churches would be as the Son of man. In other words, in a body as man. The purpose of the High Priest was to take the sacrificial blood into the Holy of Holies; and that is just what Jesus did, when He carried His own precious blood to the Father to abolish our sin. Not to cover them up, but to do away with them.
Revelation 1:13 – …clothed with a garment down to the feet, and girded about the chest with a golden band.
A parallel passage in Daniel specifies that Jesus’ garment was linen. The two passages together show that the golden band is across His chest, and down around His waist:
Daniel 10:5-6 – I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz! His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like torches of fire, his arms and feet like burnished bronze in color, and the sound of his words like the voice of a multitude.
A garment, or robe, and a band, or sash, is part of the apparel of the high priest:
Exodus 28:4 – And these are the garments which they shall make: a breastplate, an ephod, a robe, a skillfully woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. So they shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother and his sons, that he may minister to Me as priest.
Jesus, our high priest, keeps the lamp stands of the churches lit by the Holy Spirit. Similarly, it was the duty of the high priest to keep the lamps in the tabernacle burning by replenishing the oil:
Leviticus 24:2-4 – “Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually. Outside the veil of the Testimony, in the tabernacle of meeting, Aaron shall be in charge of it from evening until morning before the LORD continually; it shall be a statute forever in your generations. He shall be in charge of the lamps on the pure gold lampstand before the LORD continually.”
Based on the psalm below, the garment the Lord wears shows His majesty. Being “girded” is a sign of His strength:
Psalms 93:1 – The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed, He has girded Himself with strength. Surely the world is established, so that it cannot be moved.
A band, or sash symbolizes Israel’s dependence on the Lord:
Jeremiah 13:11 – ‘For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,’ says the LORD, ‘that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear.’
The girded band is gold. Gold can represent holiness and purity, as it retains all of its qualities when tested in fire:
Job 23:10 – But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.
The tabernacle was holy, which is why many of the items in it were gold:
Exodus 28:36 – “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it, like the engraving of a signet: Holiness to the Lord.”
Exodus 39:30 – Then they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote on it an inscription like the engraving of a signet: Holiness to the Lord.
Hebrew 9:3-4 – …and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, which had the golden censer and the ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which were the golden pot that had the manna….
Gold can also be associated with kingship, as illustrated throughout the Old Testament with the great amounts of gold bestowed to many of Israel’s kings. Gold was also one of the three gifts that the magi brought to Jesus, who were looking for the “King of the Jews” (Matthew 2).
Interestingly, a parallel passage in Daniel 10:5 shows Jesus girded with gold from “Uphaz.” Many scholars believe “Uphaz” is the same place as “Ophir,” where Solomon acquired much gold (1 Kings 9:28, 2 Chronicles 8:18, 9:10). Since Solomon spared no expense, it is fair conjecture that the gold from Ophir was the finest available.
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