|It’s a picture book
-- the storyboard of a movie.
|So what does it
- taken from Exodus 25:57, where there were seven lamps (with seven lamps
each) in the Tabernacle (remember that Moses was told that the Tabernacle was
a pattern of heavenly things?) and perhaps Zechariah 4:2, where we have a
classic Menorah with a bowl in the center, we might be puzzled -- for those
passages make no explanation. For now,
we will just note the tie back to the Old Testament.
|One key point: Christ is in the midst of the Lampstands
(which are the churches) -- and where else would he be? For “where two or three are gathered
together...” (a point which is, of
course, confirmed by plain language Scripture). (Matthew 18:20)
|The Son of Man -
taken, as noted, from Daniel, we clear up the mystery of the Old Testament by
reference to the New Testament.
Daniel’s Ancient of Days is identified. The white hair, so noticed by both John and
Daniel, may stand for the eternal nature of Christ (along the lines of the
elderly with white hair) or for purity (or both).
|The robe is a long
one. Think about it: if you lived in a time with dirt streets,
would you wear a full length robe? Not
unless you lived and worked in a stone building -- like a temple, or a
palace. And indeed this is the same
wording which describes the High Priest’s robe in the Septuagint; Saul and Jonathan are also described as
wearing such. The sash too is
reminiscent of the High Priest.
Therefore, we see High Priest and King -- the Christ.
|The eyes are aflame,
a phrase we use even today (guess where we got it?) The glow of the feet reminds us of the four
creatures in Ezekiel -- perhaps reckoning judgment. The sound of his voice is like that of God
(see Ezekiel 43:2, a scene in the Millennial Temple).
|Seven Stars -
A particular reminder of God’s power (see Job on the Pleiades -- Job 38:31),
we will see more of this later.
|Two edged sword -
if you cannot see the Scripture
here, you are blind. Read Hebrews 4:12
-- it is exactly the metaphor being pictured here.
-- one cannot help but being struck by the similarity of this picture of
Christ and that at the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:2). The message is clear: this is the Christ, the figure in Daniel,
the Risen Lord. John’s reaction is
appropriate (seque to next slide).