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Revelation Golden 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 Man holding the EarthHere we find one "like a son of man," in the midst of seven golden lampstands. The prophet Daniel reveals that the kingdom, the power and the authority are given by the Ancient of Days (the Lord God) to one like a "son of man." Daniel 7.13 reads, "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 Aramaic phrase "bar enash" means "human being."] The phrase "son of man" is retained here because of its use in the New Testament as a title of Jesus, probably based largely on this verse. The son of man approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. Interestingly, the "son of man" was the title that Jesus adopted for himself during his earthly ministry. For example, in Mark 8.31 we read, "He 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 it here, John of Patmos makes it plain that the revelation which he is receiving is coming from Jesus Christ himself.✞

Robe Reaching Down

Priest in the 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 Golden Lampstands"
by Ron Meacock

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