The Book of Revelation reveals Yeshua Jesus. He is the voice speaking these warnings to His churches and messengers! It is Him to whom we should pay attention, listen, and heed. Revelation 1 describes/reveals Yeshua Jesus….and gives intense reasons why we should pay Him attention and follow His instructions.
In verses 4-8, John first tells us in WORDS who this revelation message is FROM:
Who was, is, and is to come……The Father God
Full of the seven spirits of God…the Holy Spirit
Yeshua Jesus described/revealed as:
Resurrected and Firstborn
Coming again as Prince Ruler over all earthly kings
One who loves us and washes us from our sins
Coming again to earth
Beginning and End
Then in Revelation 1: 9-19, we get a VISION, visual description/revelation, of Yeshua Jesus. Notice that in later chapters, in His messages to the churches, He often refers back to one of these descriptions. I believe He is pointing out which revelation of Himself is needed in that particular situation in order for His people to be overcomers in Him.
What does this visual description reveal about Yeshua Jesus? This could be a long study in itself which would result in great blessing to you if you study it out. I will keep it short for now.
White robe to His feet with a gold sash around His chest – this is a white robe of purity, cleanliness, spotlessness, dignity, righteousness, yet humble and simple accompanied by a purified priceless gold sash/belt about the chest. Our humble servant, yet truly King and High Priest!
Pure white hair – His crown and glory is righteousness and holiness. White hair also signifies “the Ancient of Days”, thus He who was, is and is to come….beginning and end.
Eyes blazing with fire – For Hebrews, eyes represented seeing all and knowing all. We have a similar idea when we say “eyes that pierce right through you”. Because He loves us passionately, He will take what He sees and knows and pierce us with purifying fire to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Glowing bronze feet – Bronze and brass are similar. Bronze is beautiful and strong. It has strong load bearing properties and increases strength, resists corrosion, and it is beautiful.
Voice of rushing waters – This is a thunderous and powerful sound. Yet, it is different than His first voice of an announcing trumpet. Rushing waters mean living moving waters, not stagnant pools. Yeshua’s voice brings good news about abundant overflowing powerful living water in Him.
Right hand holds 7 stars – Stars are bright lights in the dark sky for the whole world. We are those stars reflecting His Light to the world. We are His messengers. He holds us in His right hand – a place of honor and responsibility. He works together with us using His strong and favored right hand.
Out of His mouth comes a sharp two-edged sword. – Ephesians 6:17, “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” We are taught, trained, and disciplined by the perfect edged Word of God! Jesus is the Word made flesh (John 1:1)
Face shining like a brilliant sun – When Moses came back from being with God on the mountain, his face shone due to reflecting the glory of God. Remember in Matthew 17 where Peter, James and John witness the transfiguration of Yeshua Jesus and His face shone like the sun and His clothes became as white as light? Consider 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.” Yeshua is displaying the glory of God within Him.
In summary: Yeshua Jesus is revealed as the Son of the Creator Father and is also one with the Holy Spirit….He who is first and last. He is also Son of Man who is Firstborn and resurrected, our faithful witness. He is coming again to rule as King. He is a King of Righteousness and purity and justice. His Word is absolute Truth. He knows all and sees all…and warns, corrects, and disciplines those He loves, His people. Everything is under His beautiful mighty feet and He is a firm strong foundation. His people are in His right hand of favor and assistance. He walks in their presence. His Spirit fuels and brings Light and power to His people. His Word spoken releases overflowing abundant power and life. Yeshua displays the glory of God! He is awesomely worthy of our attention, listening ears, and obedience to His instructions.