Pt 2 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 2 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study on Book Entitled “How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God”, by Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

CHAPTER 2

Key Scriptures:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness … So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him” (Genesis 1:26-27).

“For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you” (Philippians 1:23-24).

“But though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

“But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:4).

“Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Man is a spirit being. He is made in the likeness of God. Jesus said that God is a Spirit (John 4:24). So man must of necessity be a spirit.

Man is a spirit being, has a soul and lives in a physical body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

When the physical body is dead and in the grave, the spirit lives on forever. The spirit of man is eternal. Spirits can never die. The soul is attached to the spirit, and it never dies, but is always being renewed and conformed into the image of Christ.

In Philippians 1:23-24, Paul is speaking of physical death when he says that he is caught between the two (wanting to go to Heaven, yet feeling the need to remain on the earth for the sake of others).

Paul is going to live—whether in the body or out of the body. If he abides, or lives in the flesh, he can teach the church at Philippi and be a blessing to them. That would be more needful for them. However, for Paul, it would be far greater to depart and be with Christ.

The question may be asked, “Who is going to depart?” Paul was not talking about his body, he was saying “I” am going to depart. The “I” is his spirit being, or the inward man who lives inside of his body.

When we die and go to Heaven, we will be clothed with a physical body, wear robes and garments, and be seen and known. However, we will have brand new youthful bodies that will never get sick or old, and will never die again.

We will know and recognize one another in Heaven, just as we know people on earth.

The Bible does not teach soul sleep, as some cults do, but teaches that when we die, if we are born again, we will live in Heaven.

People who are lost and end up in hell also have bodies, plus their five physical senses. They feel so much excruciating pain at all times, and mental and emotional torment. If you do not know Jesus as your Savior, you can be born again right now. Just pray this prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I invite You to come into my heart. I make You my Lord and Savior. Wash me clean by Your Blood. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to live for you all the days of my life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, where is Jesus right now? Do You feel His Presence in your heart? You are now born again and are a child of God. Heaven is your eternal home. I would encourage you to get into a good Bible believing church, and put Jesus as first place in your life. God bless you!

The Apostle Paul said that there is an inward man, and there is an outward man. The outward man (physical body) is not the real you. The outward man is only the house in which “you” live. The inward man is the real you. It never gets old, although it matures. It is renewed day by day. The inward man is the spirit man. We are speaking spirits.

Romans 8:14 says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Then in verse 16, it says “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.”

Proverbs 20:27 says that the spirit of man is the candle of the Lord. In other words, God guides us through our spirit. He gives revelation and illumination to our spirit. He speaks to our spirit. That’s why it is so important to get your spirit man built up strong. This is accomplished through meditating on the Word of God and digging out its treasures.

Jesus said to Nicodemus, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). The kingdom of God has a two-fold meaning: 1) Heaven 2) The ways in which God operates.

Nicodemus misunderstood what Jesus said, and thought that Jesus was saying that the physical body has to be born a second time (which would be impossible). Jesus was referring to the spirit being born again.

When a person gets saved, their physical body remains the same, but their spirit and soul is transformed. Actually, the spirit is saved instantly upon conversion, but the soul (mind, will, emotions and traditions) is transformed over a process of time. The Bible talks about going from one plateau of glory to another in 2 Corinthians 3:18.

When a person becomes born again, they receive a new nature, the nature of God, plus eternal life.

Paul calls man’s spirit “the inward man”, while Peter calls man’s spirit “the hidden man of the heart”.

1 Peter 3:4 says, “But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”

In many places in the Bible, and especially the New Testament, when the Bible speaks of the heart it is referring to the spirit part of man. It depends on the Hebrew or Greek definitions. Some words for “heart” are used to denote emotions, passions, and the heart can be good or evil. There are other words that refer to the heart as the breath or spirit of man.

In the New Testament, wherever the word “heart” is used, substitute the word “spirit” and you will get a clearer picture of what the Bible is talking about. It is the spirit of man that is born again.

Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

This is talking about the inward man becoming a new creature in Christ Jesus. When you are born again, you do not get a new body, nor is your soul (thoughts, emotions, will) changed immediately. Your spirit is the part of you that is transformed.

God does not do anything with the outward man (physical body). You have to do something with it if you want to see improvements. You are the caretaker of your body. However, the Lord is Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals you. He is able to remove sickness and disease, as well as heal you emotionally and mentally.

For a list of healing Scriptures, please click below:

Healing Scriptures – Old Testament

Healing Scriptures – New Testament

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Pt 1 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Pt 1 – How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God

Study On Book Entitled “HOW YOU CAN BE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD”, By Kenneth E. Hagin, Sr.

PREFACE

In February 1959 in El Paso, Texas, Jesus appeared to Kenneth Hagin in person in a vision. He came into his hospital room at 6:30 in the evening, sat down on a chair at his bedside, and talked with Kenneth Hagin for an hour and a half.

Jesus talked about the ministry of the prophet (Ephesians 4:11-12). Then He said, “I did not put prophets in the Church to guide the New Testament Church. My Word says, “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Now if you will listen to Me, I am going to teach you how to follow My Spirit. Then I want you to teach my people how to be led by the Spirit.”

CHAPTER 1

In the first chapter, Kenneth Hagin talks about how the Lord speaks to us and leads us through our spirit (not our mind, intellect, feelings, physical senses or body).

We are a spirit being, and have a soul and live in a body.

The key Scriptures for Chapter 1 are:

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:14

“The Spirit itself [Himself] beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.” Romans 8:16

The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly” (Proverbs 20:27). In Scripture the belly speaks of a person’s innermost being, the gut, the deepest part of man.

The primary way the Lord speaks to us is through the Word of God, the still small voice and inward witness. He speaks to our spirit. He enlightens our spirit. He guides us through our spirit (not our mind or body or emotions or feelings). The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27). God gives wisdom, light and revelation to our spirit man.

Everyday for decades, Kenneth Hagin would pray Ephesians 1:17-19 over himself, which says:

17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that He may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,

18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),

19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength … AMP

When you seek guidance by any other way than God says, you get yourself into trouble. God does not guide us through our physical senses. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

Too often we look at things through a mental standpoint and try to reason things out. But nowhere in Scripture does God say that He would guide us through our mentality. He guides us through our spirit.

Too many times we perceive things based on our emotions or feelings, but God does not speak to our emotions, but to our spirit.

To get our spirit man built up and strengthened, so that we can be led of God, we need to feed on the Word of God daily, as well as meditate on the things of God (Psalms 1). The Word is like medicine and health to our spirit, soul and body (Proverbs 4:20-22).

Entering into times of worship also helps us to be sensitive to hearing the Voice of the Holy Spirit. When you worship God, His Glory and Presence fills the place and then it is much easier to hear the Holy Spirit speak to you. Sometimes the Lord will give you visions during the worship when His Glory is present.

The Lord speaks to us in many ways. Besides the primary way the Lord speaks to us (through the Word of God, the still small voice and inward witness), He often speaks to us through impressions, promptings, nudges, leadings, dreams and visions, prophets, words of knowledge (1 Corinthians 12:8), and things or words quickened to us (something comes alive in our spirit).

Quickened things or words could include street signs, book titles, things people say, inspirational quotes, through nature, through songs, through rhema words (where certain Scriptures almost leap off the page and speak to our current situation), etc.

You have to be careful with dreams and visions, as not all dreams and visions are from God. The enemy can get territory in that area and deceive people. It takes practice and much prayer to discern the true from the false.

Seven Churches – Significant Triplets, Chapters 1-3

Seven Churches – Significant Triplets, Chapters 1-3

Throughout Chapters 1-3 of Revelation, we see significant number patterns that are used frequently.

(Actually, throughout the entire book of Revelation we see these same numbers and patterns.  However, in this study we are going to deal primarily with Chapters 1-3.)

Beginning with Chapter 1, we see patterns of triplets (3’s).  Jesus, in His prose and speech, communicated in a poetic language style where there are patterns of three’s in most of the verses in the first three chapters.

Also, we see patterns of sevens (7’s) mentioned.  We also see patterns of doubles (2’s) which could be used for emphasis, or could be synonyms or antonyms.  There are also significant patterns of fours (4’s) and fives (5’s).

Triplets (3’s) (Taken from the New King James Version)

Chapter 1

Verse 1

  1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ
  2. Which God gave him (John) to show His servants
  3. Things which must shortly take place

Verse 2

  1. Who bore witness to the Word of God
  2. And to the testimony of Jesus Christ
  3. To all things that he saw

Verse 3

  1. Blessed is he who reads
  2. And those who hear the words of this prophecy
  3. And keep those things which are written in it

Verse 4

  1. Him who is, and who was, and who is to come
  2. And from the Seven Spirits who are before His Throne
  3. From Jesus Christ

Verse 5a

  1. The faithful witness
  2. The firstborn from the dead
  3. And the ruler over the kings of the earth

Verse 5b and 6

  1. To Him who loved us
  2. And washed us from our sins in His own Blood
  3. And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father

Verse 7

  1. Behold, He is coming with the clouds
  2. And every eye will see Him
  3. Even they who pierced Him

Verse 8

  1. I am the Alpha and the Omega
  2. The Beginning and the End
  3. Who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty

Verse 9

  1. Tribulation
  2. Kingdom
  3. Patience

Verse 11

  1. I am the Alpha and the Omega
  2. The First and the Last
  3. What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia

Verse 13

  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

Verse 14

  1. His head and hair were white like wool
  2. As white as snow
  3. And His eyes like a flame of fire

Verse 16

  1. He had in His right hand seven stars
  2. Out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword
  3. His countenance was like the sun shining in all its strength

Verse 17

  1. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead
  2. But He laid His right hand on me saying to me
  3. Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last

Verse 18

  1. I am He who lives
  2. And was dead
  3. I am alive forevermore

Verse 19

  1. Write the things which you have seen
  2. And the things which are
  3. And the things which will take place after this

 

Chapter 2

Verse 2a

  1. I know your works
  2. Your labor
  3. Your patience

Verse 2b

  1. You cannot bear those who are evil
  2. You have tested those who say they are apostles and are not
  3. And have found them liars

Verse 3

  1. Persevered
  2. Have patience
  3. Labored

Verse 5

  1. Remember therefore from where you have fallen
  2. Repent and do the first works
  3. Or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent

Verse 6

  1. But this you have
  2. That you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans
  3. Which I also hate

Verse 8

  1. First and the Last
  2. Who was dead
  3. And came to life

Verse 9

  1. Works
  2. Tribulation
  3. Poverty

Verse 13

  1. I know your works
  2. And where you dwell
  3. Where Satan’s throne is

Verse 14

  1. Who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel
  2. To eat things sacrificed to idols
  3. To commit sexual immorality

Verse 18

  1. Son of God
  2. Eyes like a flame of fire
  3. Feet like fine brass

Verse 22-23

  1. I will cast her into a sickbed
  2. Into great tribulation
  3. I will kill her children with death

Verse 24

  1. Now to you I say and to the rest in Thyatira
  2. As many as do not have this doctrine
  3. Who have not known the depths of Satan

Verse 26

  1. And he who overcomes
  2. Keeps My works until the end
  3. I will give power over the nations

Verse 27-28

  1. He shall rule them with a rod of iron
  2. They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels
  3. I will give him the morning star

 

Chapter 3

Verse 1

  1. I know your works
  2. You have a name that you are alive
  3. But you are dead

Verse 2

  1. Be watchful
  2. Strengthen the things which remain
  3. I have not found your works perfect before God

Verse 5

  1. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments
  2. I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life
  3. I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels

Verse 7

  1. He who has the Key of David
  2. He who opens and no one shuts
  3. And shuts and no one opens

Verse 8a

  1. I know your works
  2. I have set before you an open door
  3. No one can shut it

Verse 8b

  1. You have a little strength
  2. Have kept My Word
  3. Have not denied My Name

Verse 9

  1. I will make those of the synagogue of Satan
  2. Come and worship before your feet
  3. And to know that I have loved you

Verse 10

  1. Because you have kept My command to persevere
  2. I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world
  3. To test those who dwell on the earth

Verse 11

  1. I am coming quickly
  2. Hold fast what you have
  3. That no one may take your crown

Verse 12

  1. I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God
  2. I will write on him the Name of My God and the Name of the City of My God
  3. I will write on him My new Name

Verse 14

  1. These things says the Amen
  2. The Faithful and True Witness
  3. The Beginning of the Creation of God

Verse 15

  1. I know your works
  2. You are neither cold nor hot
  3. I wish you were cold or hot

Verse 16

  1. You are lukewarm
  2. Neither cold nor hot
  3. I will vomit you out of My mouth

Verse 18

  1. Buy from Me gold refined in the fire
  2. And white garments
  3. Anoint your eyes with eye salve

Verse 19

  1. As many as I love
  2. I rebuke and chasten
  3. Be zealous and repent

Verse 20

  1. Behold, I stand at the door and knock
  2. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door
  3. I will come in to him and dine with him and he with Me

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:17-20 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:17-20

Revelation 1:17-20

17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last.

18 I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

19 Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this.

20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

[I fell at His feet as dead] The appearance of the glory of the Lord had the same effect on Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:28), and when Gabriel appeared to Daniel (Daniel 8:17). Paul was struck to the ground in a similar way when he saw Christ in His glory (Acts 9:4).

The splendor and majesty of the Lord was more than John’s mortal body could withstand, and he fell down deprived of his senses and consciousness. John was overwhelmed with the suddenness of the vision.

[He laid His right hand on me] The touch of Jesus’ hand imparted strength to John to behold the vision.

[Do not be afraid] Jesus was giving John reassurance that all was well. Others in the Old and New Testaments who saw a supernatural appearance of the Lord or of an angel were also told to fear not.

The Bible Exposition Commentary says:

We need not fear life, because He is “The Living One.” We need not fear death, because He died and is alive, having conquered death. And we need not fear eternity because He holds the keys of hades (the world of the dead) and of death. The One with the keys is the One who has authority.

[I am the First and the Last] Jesus is eternal. The Barnes’ Notes Commentary says: “I always live – have lived through all the past, and will live through all which is to come – and therefore I can accomplish all my promises, and execute all my purposes.”

[I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore.]  This is referring to Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. The Adam Clarke’s Commentary says:

He (John) now saw that he was in the presence of that Savior whom more than half a century before he had so tenderly loved when in the flesh, and whom, though now long absent, he had faithfully served, and for whose cause he was now in this lonely island. His faith in his resurrection had not been a delusion; he saw the very Redeemer before him who had once been laid in the tomb.

Because Jesus lives, we who are in Christ shall live also. John 11:25-26 says,

25 I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?

[Amen] This word is used as a strong affirmation, meaning “truly” or “certainly so”. This expression was used by Jesus often when He wished to give emphasis or to express anything strongly.

[I have the keys of Hades and of Death] The key here signifies the power and authority over life, death, and the grave.

When Jesus died, He went to hell for you and for me. He endured the atrocities of that place. Jesus disarmed the principalities and powers, making a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in the Cross (Colossians 2:15). The One who possesses the keys is the One in authority.

[Write the things which you have seen] Write a record of what he has already experienced up till the Vision

[Write the things which are] Write Revelation 2-3, which are the messages to the seven churches

[Write the things which will take place after this] Write the rest of the Vision which is recorded in Revelation 4-22

Verse 20 – Jesus defines that the seven stars are the seven pastors or bishops of the seven churches.  He also defines that the seven Lampstands represent the seven churches in Asia Minor (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea).

Jesus’ right hand denotes strength, protection, honor and blessing.

Are you saved? Have you accepted Jesus Christ into your heart as your personal Savior?  If you would like to be born again, just pray this prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, I invite You to come into my heart.  Be my Lord and Savior.  I believe that You died and rose again.  Wash away all of my sins by Your Blood.  Holy Spirit, you are welcome to come and dwell in me.  Help me to live for you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:16 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:16

Revelation 1:16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

[Right hand] The hand of strength, protection, honor, pronouncing the blessing

[Seven stars] Seven pastors or bishops of the seven churches

[Sharp two-edged sword] The Word of God. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

The Word of God is termed the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6:17. This verse says, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.”

The Barnes’ Notes Commentary says “the two edges of the sword were designed to cut both ways; and such a sword is a striking emblem of the penetrating power of truth, or of words that proceed from the mouth; and this is designed undoubtedly to be the representation here – that there was some symbol which showed that his words, or his truth, had the power of cutting deep, or penetrating the soul.”

In Revelation 1:16, it says that the sword of the Spirit (or the Word of God) proceeded from Jesus’ mouth. He spoke the Word and it produced substance.

God has made us speaking spirits. When we speak what the Word says, we will see more answers to prayer. The Lord wants us to come into agreement with what His Word says and speak that only. Don’t speak the problem, or doubt and unbelief. Find Scriptures that pertain to your situation and confess that. The Word says that we will have what we say. Speak what you would like to see happen and watch God move in your situation.

2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”

[His countenance] Jesus’ face

[The sun shining in its strength] Full sun as on a clear summer day with no clouds. This is talking about the majesty and glory of God shining from His countenance.

When Moses had spent time with God on Mt. Sinai, when he came down from the mountain his face was so bright that he had to wear a veil when speaking to the Israelites (Exodus 34:32-35).

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:13-15 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:13-15

Revelation 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:

  1. Ephesus
  2. Smyrna
  3. Pergamos
  4. Thyatira
  5. Sardis
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Laodicea

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.

Ezekiel 1:26-28

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.

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:12 Commentary

Seven Churches – Revelation Chapter 1:12

Revelation 1:12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden Lampstands.

The Lampstand (also called the Golden Candlestick) is the seven-branched Menorah.

In verse 20, Jesus explains that the seven Lampstands are the seven churches, which are:

  1. Ephesus
  2. Smyrna
  3. Pergamos
  4. Thyatira
  5. Sardis
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Laodicea

The symbolism of the Lampstand with seven stems represents:

  1. The seven Spirits of God (which is the Holy Spirit). I go into more detail about this, as well as other 7’s in the book of Revelation and other places in the Bible, in my post: 12: Seven Churches – Significant Sevens (7’s)
  1. The Lord Jesus Christ as the Light of the world (John 8:12; 9:5)
  1. The New Testament Church, both local and universal (Matthew 5:14-16 and Revelation 1:12, 20)

In Keven J. Connor’s book entitled The Tabernacle of Moses, City Bible Publishing, p. 41-46, he brings out some good points.

The Golden Candlestick did not have candles that burned. Rather, it was a Lampstand filled with oil and wicks that were trimmed daily. Candles burn by self-consumption, while lamps burn by the continual supply of the Oil of the Holy Spirit.

The chief purpose of the Lampstand was to give light and to illumine all that was in the Sanctuary.

Jesus is the light of the world and He has called us to let our light shine before men (Matthew 5:16).

The Lampstand was made out of pure gold. Gold symbolizes the Divinity of Christ. The gold of the Candlestick speaks to us of Deity and Divine nature as first seen in Christ, and second in the Church. It is in the Church that the Divine nature of Jesus will be revealed.

Gold is put through a refining process and impurities are removed. After the gold is brought to this point, it can be fashioned in the hands of the goldsmith. This process is typical of that which God works in His Church. God, by His Spirit, purifies and sanctifies the Church.

The Golden Candlestick was fashioned out of one piece of gold. It had a central shaft from which proceeded six branches – three on either side of the main shaft. This speaks to us that Jesus is the Vine (central shaft) and we are the branches (John 15).

The Lampstand burned continually. The flames never went out. In the same way, God wants us as individuals, and His Church, to burn continually for Him and to let our light shine.

The Candlestick had three types of ornamentation:

  1. Knops (or buds)
  2. Flowers
  3. Almond Bowls

The knop, or round unopened bud is a type of the Father God who is the source and beginning of everything.

The central flower is a type of the Son of God who was crushed as a flower emitting a sweet-smelling savor.

The almond bowl is a type of the Holy Spirit who proceeds from the Father and produces fruitfulness in the people of God.

In Walter L. Wilson’s book entitled A Dictionary of Bible Types, Hendrickson Publishers, he says the following regarding the Candlestick:

The Candlestick is a type of the Holy Spirit illuminating all the things of God. The pure gold represents the purity of the Spirit and of His Word. The seven branches or stems represent the fullness and completeness of the revelation of the Spirit. The bowls represent the great provision of the Spirit. The flowers represent the beauty of the Spirit.

The Candlestick also represents God’s people (Revelation 1:12,20). In Revelation 1:20 we find a type of the church as she gives light on the Scriptures and reveals Christ by her ministries.

Numbers involved in the Lampstand:

One piece of gold – unity, oneness, one accord, one Body of Christ

Three knops – the Godhead; Father, Son and Holy Spirit

Seven Lamps – fullness, completion and perfection. The Seven Spirits of God (Holy Spirit).

Nine Ornaments – In each of the six branches there were three bowls, three knops and three flowers. Each branch had nine ornaments in all. The number 9 is the number of the Holy Spirit. Nine fruits of the Spirit (Galations 5:22-24). Nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12).

Twelve Ornaments – On the main shaft, there were four sets of three knops, three bowls and three flowers, totaling twelve ornaments. The number twelve speaks of Apostolic Fullness and Government.

Sixty-Six – When the knops, bowls and flowers on the branches and shaft are totaled, it adds up to sixty-six ornaments. Sixty-six speaks of the 66 books of the Canon (Bible).

The Canon is the sixty-six books of the bible recognized as God Breathed and written under Divine inspiration. Several very stringent guidelines and standards were put into place to determine, out of thousands of manuscripts dating back to the Old Testament and New Testament era, which ones were God Breathed. Only sixty-six of the writings met the strict criteria and were included in the Canon, or known today as the Holy Bible.