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"His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance." (Revelation 1.15-16)✞

Mighty Rushing Waters

Coin of Gold and Silver called electrumIn this passage, Christ speaks with divine authority and his voice sounds to John of Patmos "like the rushing waters sound." What springs to mind is the roar of a great waterfall or of a large rushing river. Like the deafening mighty roar of the waters going over the edge of Niagara These would have been some of the loudest sounds of Jesus day, like a jet plane roaring overhead today.✞

Feet Like Bronze

Glowing FurnaceThis passage in Revelation also tells us that Jesus' feet were like "bronze glowing in a furnace." This may seem strange at first but is explained as the color and glow of the precious metal called electrum, which was a combination of silver and gold. The molten metal in a furnace glows in the same manner.✞

Bronze Soldiers Shoes

Bronze soled soldiers shoesThe phrase "his feet were like bronze glowing" may also be a deliberate reference to bronze soldier's shoes which were the latest technology in the ancient Roman world and had been recently introduced to protect a soldier's feet in battle and when on the march. Roman soldiers' shoes are described in this way, "they were not like other shoes of the time, they were made out of bronze or brass, usually brass and leather." Bronze was commonly used by the Romans for coins, ornaments and even toiletry items like nail cleaners, tweezers and toothpicks! Bronze Roman soldier's shoes comprised two parts, the upper part which began at the top of the foot and extended upwards across the shin to just below the knee and the shoe itself. This was made of finely tooled brass, which was formed to the soldier’s calf and caused the shoe to look like a boot when it was worn. The shoe itself was made of two pieces of metal on the top and the bottom. The foot was covered with fine pieces of brass. The sides were held together by multiple pieces of leather. On the bottom, the shoes had extremely dangerous spikes which it is said were sometimes one to three inches in length." These spiked could be used as a dangerous weapon in close combat. ✞

Roman Short Sword

A Roman Gladius SwordThis passage tells us about Jesus, "His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance." The brightness of Jesus' face indicated his divine majesty and also a reference to his glowing face at the Transfiguration. The mention of a sharp double-edged sword in Jesus' mouth intends us to realize that power and judgment was contained in his message. It may also have been a reference to the very effective double-edged sword called a "gladius" which was the primary weapon used by Roman foot soldiers in close combat in battle.

"Rushing Waters Sound"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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