The Revelation Given to John by Jesus Through the Angel
Lesson Two continued
The Son of Man reminds us[i]that God manifested himself in the flesh and died so we could live. The Son of god reminds us that God in the flesh conquered death and the grave for us. His heart (breastplate) is covered with the symbol of strength made pure in the furnace of affliction. His head is covered with white hair, picturing righteousness even in his thoughts. The piercing fire blaze of his eyes reminds us he sees everything.[ii]His stand is sure because he has walked in the furnace of God’s judgment and emerged victorious.
There is a majestic calm[iii]in the song of a huge waterfall. The voice of the Son of Man, as represented here, is both awe inspiring and beautifully comforting. He is holding the All-inclusive Church in his hand.[iv]We are comforted and secure in his care. His mouth, as a sword, represents his Word which is living and powerful; sharper than any two-edged blade.[v]His face, or his countenance, as James Howell[vi] said, “[Often] the true index of the heart[vii],” represents Yeshua as the Light of the world. Like the sun, when its closest to the earth, Yeshua brings light and life to us from the core of his being.
As Barkley[viii]says, John lived in a time when to be a Christian was an agonizing thing. He fully appreciated the strength, power, comfort, and confidence that we have in the person of Yeshua Ha Mashiach. Our own time is not safe and secure for every Christian. And may not be for us much longer; but we will always be protected and sheltered in the hands of our strong, victorious Savior.
We are intimate friends of the Strong-God. He told John, and tells us through him, “Don’t be afraid. Look at Me. I AM. I AM he who is first. I AM he who is last. I AM infinity. I died (conquered death). I AM alive and always have been and always will be.” Then he showed John the keys to death and the grave, so neither John nor we have anything to fear. Our Strong-God even controls the keys to death and hell. There is NOTHING that can separate us from his care.[ix]
As Bruce Wilkinson says in his book “Beyond Jabez,”[x]” “It is natural to feel fear when faced with the unknown, especially when the obstacles look bigger than ourselves. …Some of the dangers confronting you will exist only in your imagination; on the other hand, you could be called on to risk your life. Whatever the situation, whatever the odds – even when you’re paralyzed with terror – god will never leave you.”
Paul talks about[xi]”The exceeding greatness of his [God’s] mighty power which he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead” and as the Message puts it, “set him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from his rule.”
Bruce goes on to say,[xii] “This very same power that conquered death is available to you.” God knows no limitations.[xiii] And[xiv]”Do you truly believe the power of God is available to you? Do you long to experience the incredible joy and awe of watching as heaven opens its gates to release power for you?” I believe it is important for each of us to be able to answer “yes” to those questions so we can have absolute peace in every center of every storm that comes our way.
David Jeramiah[xv]says, Revelation can knock us out of our complacency, out of our fear of the future, and into confident being.” I pray it does just that for each of us.
[i] Revelation 1:12-16
[ii] Psalm 11:4-6
[iii] Revelation 1:17-20
[iv] John 10:28
[v] Hebrews 4:12
James Howell – 1907 – England
James Howell … the Prince her colour rose very high, which we hold to be an impression of love and affection, for the face is oftentimes a true index of the heart.
[viii] Pages 44,45
[ix] Isaiah 44:6-8; Hebrews 12:22-29
[x] Multohah© Publishers, sisters, Oregon, 2005, page 84
[xi] Ephesians 1:19, 20
[xii] Page 141
[xiii] Ephesians 3:20
[xiv] Ibid 146
[xv] Escape The Coming Night, page 50