Revelation 1:17 – …I am the First and the Last.
Revelation 1:17 – And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.
Other prophets had a similar experience as John when they saw Jesus in His glory:
Ezekiel 1:28 – Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.
Ezekiel 3:23 – So I arose and went out into the plain, and behold, the glory of the LORD stood there, like the glory which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.
Ezekiel 43:2-3 – And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory. It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw-like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.
Ezekiel 44:4 – Also He brought me by way of the north gate to the front of the temple; so I looked, and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house of the LORD; and I fell on my face.
Daniel 8:15-18 – Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, “Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” So he came near where I stood, and when he came I was afraid and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Understand, son of man, that the vision refers to the time of the end.” Now, as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me, and stood me upright.
Daniel 10:7-9 – And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me did not see the vision; but a great terror fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves. Therefore I was left alone when I saw this great vision, and no strength remained in me; for my vigor was turned to frailty in me, and I retained no strength. Yet I heard the sound of his words; and while I heard the sound of his words I was in a deep sleep on my face, with my face to the ground.
This response of falling on one’s face is due to human sin that is self-evident before the Holy God:
Isaiah 6:5-7 – So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.”
The Lord lays His right hand on John. Recall from Revelation 1:16, the right hand signifies favor, strength, protection, and salvation. All these things provided by our Savior should give us comfort instead of fear. As discussed in the last section, our sin nature comes between us and the Holy God. In our sinful state, fear is the natural emotion felt by those who experience the glory of God.
Scripture shows that we are to have “reverent fear” of the Lord, which is also one of the seven attributes of the Holy Spirit:
Psalms 19:9 – The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
Psalms 111:10 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
Proverbs 8:13 – The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.
Proverbs 22:4 – By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.
However, God’s enemies do not know this reverent fear; to them He will be their “Holy Terror”:
Proverbs 1:7, 27-29 – The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction…. When your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD.”
Jeremiah 5:22-25, 29 – ‘Do you not fear Me?’ says the LORD. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence, who have placed the sand as the bound of the sea, by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass beyond it? And though its waves toss to and fro, yet they cannot prevail; though they roar, yet they cannot pass over it. But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart; they have revolted and departed. They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the LORD our God, who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Your iniquities have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good from you…. ‘Shall I not punish them for these things?’ says the LORD. ‘Shall I not avenge Myself on such a nation as this?’
Believers are not to have a cowering fear before the Lord like an unsaved person, because He has taken away our iniquity and purged our sin (Isaiah 6:7, Hebrews 1:3). It is for this reason, that the Lord tells us “do not be afraid” (Genesis 15:1, 26:24, 46:3, Joshua 1:9, Judges 6:21-23, Lamentations 3:56-58, Daniel 10:12, Matthew 17:5-7, 28:9-10, Luke 5:4-10).
In the next four sections, Jesus expands on the reasons we should not have fear:
- 1. He is the First and the Last
- 2. He lives, though He was dead
- 3. He is alive forevermore
- 4. He has the keys of Hades and of Death
As discussed in Revelation 1:11, this title describes the Lord’s eternal nature, being omnipresent or paramount of everything finite. The Lord is also the firstborn of the dead and is the prototype of our resurrection. As discussed in the next section, when Jesus rose from the dead He defeated death, so we should not have fear.
Jesus, who is the “express image” of the Godhead (Hebrews 1:3), became human and lived and died, akin to the rest of humanity:
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.
Through His death, Jesus claimed victory over death, and over Satan, who once had the power over death, so we should not fear:
Hebrews 2:14 – Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
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Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.
If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.