John Sees Seven Golden Candlesticks (Churches)

It started like so many evenings. Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. When Mom glanced at the clock she said “Jimmy, it’s time to go to bed. Go up now and I’ll come and tuck you in later.” An hour or so later his mother came up to check, and to her aston … More

Vision

We find John exiled on the isle of Patmos because of his faithful proclamation of the Word of God and his testimony for Jesus Christ (v.9). Patmos was a small rocky island in the Aegean Sea about 50 miles southwest of the city of Ephesus. John was exiled to Patmos because he refused to stop preaching the Gospel. Under the control of the Holy Spirit, on the Lord’s Day, He had a vision revealed to him which he wrote down (v. 10). He was projected forward in this vision to that future day of the Lord when God will pour out His judgment on the earth.

Hearing a loud voice John turned to see seven golden candlesticks (individual lamp stands). These seven lampstands represent the seven churches in Asia (v. 11). The voice he heard was that of Christ who was walking in the midst of these candlesticks (vv. 12-13). His clothing is that of a priest and judge and shows His authority. John’s head is referred to as white as wool or snow (v. 14). This may refer to the wisdom of age and the purity of holiness. His feet were like brass which may indicate the trials he has experienced in life (v. 15). The seven stars in His right hand are securely under His control and are identified as messengers to the seven churches (candlesticks). (v. 16). Christ’s overall appearance was such that it overwhelmed John.

Application

I probably won’t face persecution for my faith as John did in his day but, even with the freedom I have to share my faith, I must continually ask Christ for the courage to share it.

Revelation 1:9-16 (English Standard Version)


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