REVELATION - Vision 1: Christ the Head of the Body. (Rev. 1 - 3)
The Apostle John was a prisoner on the island of Patmos for his belief in the Lord Jesus Christ. As he was waiting on the Lord he sees a vision of the glorified Lord. His appearance is like the sun shining in full strength.
`Then I (John) turned to see the voice that spoke to me....One like the Son of Man, ....His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.` (Rev. 1: 12 & 16)
Then John gives an amazing description of the Lord using symbolic language. These symbols describe the Lord`s character, His counsel and His authority.
`..one like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.` (Rev. 1: 13)
This long garment is of the High Priest indicating His high office as the eternal High Priest that ever lives to intercede, giving eternal blessings.
`His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace.` (Rev. 1: 14 & 15)
The whiteness of His head and hair symbolise the maturity of His understanding; the eyes, for discernment, penetrating every realm and innermost thoughts of the heart. The feet refer to the uprightness of Christ`s dealing in perfect justice - rewards and punishment.
`His voice as the sound of many waters; he had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,..` (Rev. 1: 15 & 16)
This shows the great authority of the Lord, His sovereign commands, and the awesome judgments that come forth. The seven stars, the Pleiades (Job 38: 31) control our planetary system from billions of miles away. We can only see seven but there are thousands making up that group.
So it is that Christ has the administrative authority over not only the seven churches, but supervising the thousands of believers over the centuries and throughout the world.
`The mystery of the seven stars you saw in my right hand, & the seven golden lamp stands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lamp stands which you saw are the seven churches.` (Rev. 1: 20)
The Lord addresses each group particularly, giving words of commendation and encouragement or chastisement and warnings. Christ then counsels each group presenting Himself in clarity and truth. The response is but to repent and obey His Holy Spirit.