Revelation 1: Among the Candlesticks
Well, we made it to the final book of the Bible! Revelation is clearly one of the most interesting and controversial books in the entire Bible which people have disagreed on for years and years. Let’s see what we can do by going through it together.
Revelation 1 begins with John seeing Jesus Christ. He turns around to find a frightening vision of the Man that he had known very well during his time on earth, but John essentially passed out in fear.
Rev 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
I want to highlight the candlesticks because later in the chapter we a given a direct interpretation from Jesus Himself that the candlesticks are representative of the seven churches this letter is addressed to.
Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
Jesus did preach that Christians need to be the light of the world, and as we will find out over the next few chapters, some of them were doing it better than others. However, even among the ones that were not doing well, and this chapter says that Jesus was among all seven of the lampstands.
This seems significant to me. Even when we are running away from God, we really are not. Maybe we are refusing to recognize that He is there or are trying to run away from Him, but as Jonah found out, it is really not possible to do anything on earth that will take God away from us.
As we read about what is said to each of the churches, it seems significant to me that God was still among them. Even if they were struggling, God was willing to forgive them. Granted, they had to ask for forgiveness, but it is not as if God gave up on them because they had shortcomings. God will be there for us as well.