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Long White Robe
(Revelation 1.13-14)
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"And among the lampstands was someone like a son of man, dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a gold sash around his chest. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire." (Revelation 1.13-14)✞

Gold Sash Around

Jesus ascendingPriests, princes and kings in New and Old Testament times wore "long white robes reaching down to the feet" and high girdles or "a gold sash around his chest." This was the dress of important people like kings, princes and the High Priest in the Temple in Jerusalem. The robe of King Saul in the Old Testament was described in this way too in 1 Samuel 24.5 and 11 and that of Jonathan was similar. Jesus' robe as the risen 'Son of Man" at the Ascension was also a "royal" garment. No longer was Jesus to be viewed as a half naked criminal on a cross, he was now dressed like a victorious king and the pre-eminent High Priest.✞

Daniel's Vision

Warrior ChristThe long white robe worn by Jesus in heaven is described elsewhere too. In Daniel's vision of Daniel 10.5 the divine figure who came to tell Daniel the truth of God was also dressed in fine linen, "I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist." "Uphaz" by the way is probably another name for "Ophir" mentioned in Jeremiah 10.9 which read, "Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple — all made by skilled workers." If this were a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus, the very dress of the risen Lord indicated his three fold ministry on earth as a prophet, a priest and a king.

Prophet, Priest and King

Like a prophet he was the one who brought the truth of God to human beings.✞

Like a priest he himself was the way into the presence of God.✞

Like a king he was the one to whom God had given power and authority for ever.✞

Jesus in Revelation

Man with white hair and beardThe appearance of Jesus hair in Revelation was further described as "white like wool as white as snow." This was reminiscent of the description of Almighty God himself in Daniel 7.9, "As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool." The term "Ancient of Days" was a Biblical title for God.✞

All Knowing Nature

Blazing Fire"White hair" was deemed to be a mark of a person of outstanding wisdom and absolutely pure motives. Revelation explained also that Jesus' "eyes were like blazing fire" which indicated his fierce all-knowing nature.✞

"Long White Robe"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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