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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 ascending"Long white robes reaching down to the feet" and a high girdle or "a golden sash around his chest" was the attire of priests, princes, and kings in New and Old Testament times. This was the fashion for important people particularly for the High Priest in the Temple in Jerusalem. It is interesting that the robe of King Saul in the Old Testament is described in this way too in 1 Samuel 24.5 and 11 and that of Jonathan is similar. Jesus' robe as the risen 'Son of Man" at the Ascension was also a "royal" garment. No longer is Jesus to be viewed as a criminal on a cross, he is now elegantly dressed like a victorious king and a pre-eminent High Priest.✞

Daniel 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 comes to tell Daniel the truth of God is 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." If this is a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus, the very dress of the risen Lord indicates his three-fold ministry on earth as a king, a priest and a prophet. "Uphaz" by the way was probably another name for the gold producing center in "Ophir" mentioned in Jeremiah 10.9 which reads, "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."

King, Priest, and Prophet

Like a king, Jesus is the one to whom God has given power and authority forever. Like a priest, Jesus himself is the way into the presence of God. Like a prophet, Jesus is the one who brings the truth of God to human beings.

Snowy White Hair

White HairThe appearance of Jesus' hair in Revelation is described as "white like wool as white as snow." This is 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" is a Biblical title for Almighty God.✞

Pure Motives

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

"Long White Robe"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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