Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:13-15
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.
14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;
15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters.
[Seven Lampstands] The seven lampstands are the seven churches, according to verse 20. These churches include:
These churches were in geographical existence in John’s day and located in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). Each of these churches was located along a major highway. To see maps of the seven churches, please go to: Pt. 24: Seven Churches – Maps of the Seven Churches…
[Son of Man] The Son of Man is another name for Jesus Christ. There are multiple references for this:
Matt 8:20; 9:6; 10:23; 11:19; 12:8,32,40; 13:37,41; 16:13,27-28; 17:9,12,22; 18:11; 19:28; 20:18,28; 24:27,30,37,39,44; 25:13,31; 26:2,24,45,64. Mark 2:10,28; 8:31,38; 9:9; 12:31; 10:33,45; 13:26,34; 14:21,41,62. Luke 5:24; 6:5; 7:34; 9:22,26,44,56,58; 11:30; 12:8,10,40; 17:22,24,26,30; 18:8,31; 19:10; 21:27,36; 22:22,48,69; 24:7. John 1:51; 3:13-14; 5:27; 6:27,53,62; 8:28; 12:23,34; 13:31. Acts 7:56. Rev 1:13; 14:14. Daniel 7:13-14.
Daniel 7:13-14 is a cross reference to Revelation 1:13. This was Daniel’s vision of the Son of Man:
13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought Him near before Him.
14 And there was given Him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.
[Clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band] This is a description of a Priest-King. The garment is a long robe like the priest wears. The sash around His chest is regal. Jesus is our Great High Priest who ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25). Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16, Revelation 17:14, 1 Timothy 6:15).
Daniel 10:5-6 is a cross reference to Revelation 1:13 (and also verses 14-15).
5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold of Uphaz!
6 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.
[His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow] This verse corresponds to Daniel 7:9 which says, “I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire.”
The white hair is an emblem of Jesus’ antiquity. Also, it’s His glory. The whiteness of His head and hair proceeded from the rays of bright light and glory emanating from Him.
[His eyes like a flame of fire] Jesus’ eyes are penetrating. When He looks at you, it’s a look where you know that He knows every secret and everything about you. There is nothing you can hide from Him. You feel completely exposed. Yet He loves and accepts you just the way you are.
In 2000 I had a dream where I saw Jesus and His eyes are what stood out the most. I could literally feel the weight of His stare. As He looked at me, I literally felt heat penetrating holes in my heart (but no pain), as if there were invisible laser beams coming from Jesus’ eyes. The fire also speaks of the Lord being a refining fire. He purges sin and all impurities from our lives through the refining process.
In Daniel 10:6, it is said of the man who appeared to the prophet on the banks of the river Hiddekel, that his eyes were “as lamps of fire.”
[His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace] This is an emblem of stability and permanence, as brass being the most durable of all metallic compounds. Brass is the color of amber. In Ezekiel 1:26-28, amber is associated with the Glory of God.
26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it.
27 Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around.
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.
[His voice as the sound of many waters.] The same description is found in Ezekiel 43:2: The glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east; and his voice was like the noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.
Daniel 10:6 says that the voice of His words is like the voice of a multitude.
His voice is loud and majestic.
Jesus speaks through His Church (Body of Christ). I’ve been in a church service where there were 2000 people present, and the whole church was praying outloud in small groups of 3 or 4 people. It sounded like the rushing of many waters.