1:14"His head and his hairs were
white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as
a flame of fire;"
This part of the description of the Lord concerns the
head. The head is the control center of the body. If
something is messed up in the head, then the whole body
will be messed up. The head is also the glory of the
body. It is the most beautiful part of the body. When
a person gives a description of someone else the main
part of their description is of the features of the
head. Thus the features of the head identify the
person. It is said of the Lord that his head and his
hears were white like wool, as white as snow. God's
elect are called sheep in the scriptures. When Christ
came he came as the Lamb of God. The wool of sheep in
its natural state is oily, dirty and filthy. In
contrast the head and hairs of Jesus while likened unto
wool are said to be as white as snow. It takes a lot of
cleansing to make the wool of sheep in their natural
state to be clean and white. Jesus came into this
world, holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from
sinners. He was conceived with a righteous nature and
he lived uprightly, his whole stay on earth. Snow is
about as white as white gets here on earth. Prov. 16:31
"The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in
the way of righteousness." Jesus Christ is that crown
of glory as he was altogether found in the way of
"And his eyes were as a flame of fire." The "flame" in
the scriptures is associated with judgment as the
following verses indicate:
1. Num. 21:28 "For there is a fire gone
out of Heshbon, a flame from the city of Sihon: it hath consumed
Ar of Moab, and the lords of the high places of Arnon."
2. Judg. 20:38 "Now there was an
appointed sign between the men of Israel and the liers
in wait, that they should make a great flame with smoke
rise up out of the city. 39 And when the men of
retired in the battle, Benjamin began to smite and kill
of the men of Israel about thirty persons: for they
said, Surely they are smitten down before us, as in the
40 But when the flame began to arise up out of the
city with a pillar of smoke, the Benjamites looked
behind them, and, behold, the flame of the city ascended
up to heaven."
3. Ps. 106:18 "And a fire was kindled in their
company; the flame burned up the wicked.
4.Is. 5:24 "Therefore as the fire devoureth the
stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their
root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go
up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the
LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of
Israel. 25 Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled
against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand
against them, and hath smitten them: and the hills did
tremble, and their carcases were torn in the midst of
the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away,
but his hand is stretched out still."
Lord looks upon us in judgment as stated in Heb. 4:13
"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in
his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the
eyes of him with whom we have to do." While he
looks down in judgment upon us, yet we can take hope in
the first time the "flame" appeared in the scriptures:
Ex. 3:2 "And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him
in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he
looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the
bush was not consumed." This verse pictures to us
that the Lord suffered the flame of God's judgment on
behalf of his people, yet he was not consumed by that
judgment, yet our sins were consumed by it.
1:15 "And his feet like unto fine
brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as
the sound of many waters."
feet of the body are that part on which we walk. Walk
is associated in the scriptures with how we live our
1. Rom. 13:13 "Let us walk honestly, as
in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in
chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying."
2. Gal. 5:16 "This I say then, Walk in the
Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh."
3. Gal. 6:16 "And as many as walk
according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and
Israel of God."
4. Eph. 2:10 "For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them."
5. Eph. 4:1 "I therefore, the prisoner of
the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the
vocation wherewith ye are called,"
6. Eph. 4:17 "This I say therefore, and
testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as
other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,"
5:8 "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye
light in the Lord: walk as children of light:"
Brass is associated in the scriptures with suffering and
Judg. 16: 21 “But the Philistines took
him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza,
and bound him with fetters of brass; and he did grind in
the prison house.”
brazen altar was the place where the sacrifices were
furnace in the scriptures is associated with judgment:
1. Gen. 19:28 "And he looked toward Sodom and
Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and
beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the
smoke of a furnace."
2. Ex. 9:8 "And the LORD said unto Moses
and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the
furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in
the sight of Pharaoh. 9 And it shall become small dust
in all the
land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with
blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land
3. Ex. 19:18 "And mount Sinai was
altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon
it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke
of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly."
4. Ps. 12:6 "The words of the LORD are
pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth,
purified seven times."
5. Is. 31:9 "And he shall pass over to
his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be
afraid of the ensign, saith the LORD, whose fire is in
Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem."
6. Ezek. 22:22 "As silver is melted in
the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the
midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the LORD have
poured out my fury upon you."
7.Dan. 3:6 "And whoso falleth not down and
worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst
of a burning fiery furnace."
we can conclude that Jesus suffered under the judgment
of God afflictions both as he lived his life on earth
and as he died on the cross to redeem his people from
"And his voice was as the sound of many waters." "Many
waters" are associated in the scriptures with the
nations of the world:
1. Num. 24:7 "He shall pour the water out
of his buckets, and his seed shall be in many waters,
and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom
shall be exalted."
2. Ps. 29:3 "The voice of the LORD is
upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD
is upon many waters."
3. Is. 17:13 "The nations shall rush like
the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them,
and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the
chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a
rolling thing before the whirlwind."
4. Ezek. 43:2 "And, behold, the glory of
the God of
Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was
like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with
5. Jer. 51:13 "O thou that dwellest upon
many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come,
and the measure of thy covetousness."
6. Rev. 17:1 "And there came one of the
seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with
me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee
the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many
19:6 "And I heard as it were the voice of a great
multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the
voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the
Lord God omnipotent reigneth."
There are many languages spoken throughout the world.
The Lord speaks to his people in every nation in their
own languages. His voice is on many waters! The Lord
doesn't have anything to learn and he doesn't have to
learn new languages in order to communicate with his
people. Furthermore, he doesn't require us to learn a
different language in order for us to communicate with
Rev 1:16 "And he had in his right hand
seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged
sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his
The "right hand" in the scriptures is the
position of honor:
1. Gen. 48:18 "And Joseph said unto his
father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn;
put thy right hand upon his head."
2. Ex. 15:6 "Thy right hand, O LORD, is
become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath
dashed in pieces the enemy."
3. Deu. 33:2 "And he said, The LORD came
from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined
forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands
of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for
4. Ps. 16:8 "I have set the LORD always
before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not
5. Ps. 16:11 "Thou wilt show me the path
of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right
hand there are pleasures for evermore."
6. Ps. 45:9 "Kings' daughters were among
thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the
queen in gold of Ophir."
7. Ps. 110:1 "A Psalm of David. The LORD
said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I
make thine enemies thy footstool."
8. Matt. 25:33 "And he shall set the sheep
on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then
shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for
you from the foundation of the world:"
seven stars are defined for us in v.20 as the angels of
the seven churches. The word, angel, means messenger.
The seven angels therefore are the seven messengers of
the seven churches. The elders or pastors are the chief
messengers of the churches. The honor that the elders
or pastors have is the honor that the Lord gives them in
making them elders or pastors. He holds them in his
right hand in the position of honor that he gives them.
There is nothing about them that they would receive
honor above any other man, but God has honored them when
he calls them to the office of elder or pastor and
enables them to preach the glorious gospel of the grace
out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword." A sword
is an instrument of war. It is used to destroy the
enemy. One that has two edges is a piercing
instrument. Instead of whacking off a body part it is
used to pierce a vital organ. The sword is sometimes
used in the scriptures to indicate the word of God.
Notice the following examples:
1. Eph. 6:17 "And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the
word of God."
2. Heb. 4:12 "For the word of God is
quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged
sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner
of the thoughts and intents of the heart."
3.Lk. 2:35 "(Yea, a sword shall pierce through
thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may
Ref. 1 the word of God is referring to the scriptures.
And we are to take them as the one offensive weapon of
the whole armor of God. In Ref. 2 the word of God is
referring to the Lord Jesus Christ as the one who is the
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. In
Ref. 3 the sword which pierces through the heart is the
convicting word of God. In our text the word is the
spoken word of Jesus Christ. It is said to be a sharp
two-edge sword, i.e., a piercing sword. In the mouth of
Jesus it is a instrument of judgment and pierces to the
conviction and condemnation of sin.
"And his countenance was as the sun shineth in his
strength." In the book of Malachi the Lord is called
the Sun of Righteousness who arises with healing in his
wings. The sun is often used as a symbol of the law.
The sun shines with strength. It would not be advisable
to look at the sun directly for any length of time
because it would blind you. The Lord is the judge of
all the earth and he judges perfectly and righteously.
Every sin and disobedience receives a just recompense of
reward. Therefore the Lord is perfect in judgment and
there is no such thing as anyone ever getting away with
anything before him. But because he is the Sun of
righteousness he has redeemed his people thru his
righteous keeping of the law and because he was made to
be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the
righteousness of God in him (2 Cor. 5:21).