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Revelation Gold Lampstands
(Revelation 1.13)
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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 golden sash around his chest." (Revelation 1.13)

Son of Man

Son of ManIn the first chapter of Revelation, we meet one "like a Son of Man," in the midst of seven gold lampstands. The prophet Daniel also reveals that the kingdom, the power, and the authority were given by the Ancient of Days (the Lord God) to one like a "Son of Man." Daniel 7.13 also writes, "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven." The "Son of Man" is an Aramaic phrase "bar enash" which means simply "human being." The phrase "son of man" is retained here because of its use in the New Testament as a title by Jesus, probably based largely on this verse. The Son of Man approaches the Ancient of Days and is led into his presence.

Earthly Ministry

Interestingly, the "Son of Man" is the title that Jesus adopts for himself during his earthly ministry. In Mark 8.31 we read, "Jesus then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law and that he must be killed and after three days rise again." Again in Mark 8.38, we read, "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels." By using the title "Son of Man" here, John of Patmos makes it plain that the revelation which he is receiving is coming from the Lord Jesus Christ himself who walked and talked with John in Galilee many years before.

Robe Reaching Down

Priest in TempleThe Son of Man is seen wearing a "robe reaching down to his feet." The same Greek word describes the robe of the High Priest in the Tabernacle and the Temple in Exodus 28.4. "These are the garments they are to make: a breastpiece, an ephod, a robe, a woven tunic, a turban, and a sash. They are to make these sacred garments for your brother Aaron and his sons, so they may serve me as priests." The historian Josephus (37-100 AD) records the actual appearance of the High Priest's robe, similar to the drawing of him offering incense above.

"Revelation Gold Lampstands"
by Ron Meacock

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