Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me

12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.  Revelation 1:12-1:13

When the apostle John receives the vision of Revelation he turns to see the voice that sounds like a trumpet behind him.  When he turns around what he sees is seven golden lampstands.  We must remember that the number seven in scripture stands for completeness or perfection.  John has a glimpse into the heavenly realm and what he sees is perfection.  The plans that Moses received for the tabernacle and Solomon received for the temple were but a shadow of what exist in God’s heavenly realm.

In the midst of the lampstands is one like the Son of Man.  This is Jesus himself who John sees and John sees Jesus in all His glory.  The focus of the book of revelation is Jesus Christ.  It begins with revealing Jesus, it continues with Jesus breaking the seals and pouring judgement down upon the earth, and it moves toward Jesus returning and establishing his kingdom for a thousand years upon the earth.

Jesus is clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.  When Jesus came to the earth the first time, He came as the suffering servant who was born into poverty and who came with the sole purpose of laying down His life.  Being the perfect sacrifice for all eternity.

But when Jesus returns someday He shall return in all His kingly glory.  John sees Jesus in all His glory and John sees Jesus as He truly is.  Sometimes it is easy to get our eyes fixed on everything else except the Lord.  But when we examine God’s word and spend time in God’s word it focuses our hearts upon the Lord alone.  True freedom and authority is found in simply fixing our eyes upon Jesus and abiding in Him daily.

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