Revelation 1:12

12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw 1seven golden lampstands,

Revelation 1:12 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 1:12

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me
The Complutensian edition reads, "and there I turned": and so the Arabic version; that is, to see who it was that spoke, from whom the voice came, and by whom it was uttered; see ( Exodus 20:18 ) ;

and being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
which represented the seven churches, ( Revelation 1:20 ) ; in allusion to the seven lamps in the candlestick of the sanctuary, ( Exodus 25:37 ) ( Zechariah 4:2 ) ; compared to "candlesticks", for the use of them, which is to hold forth light; these have none of themselves, but what is put into them, and being put into them, they hold it forth; so the churches of Christ have no light of themselves, but what is put into them; and the light which is put into them, is not the mere light of nature, nor the law of Moses, but the Gospel of Christ; which dispels darkness, and is the means of enlightening sinners, and gives light to saints, by which they walk and work; and this light is put into the churches by Christ, whose the Gospel is, and who is himself come a light into the world; and being put here by him, it is held forth by them, especially by the ministers of it, who are the lights of the world, both by their ministry, and in their lives and conversations: and they are compared to "golden" candlesticks, because of their excellency, preciousness, and value, in the esteem of Christ; and for their brightness and purity in doctrine, discipline, and life; and for their splendour, glory, and beauty; and for their stability and duration; and though they are liable to corruption and taint, yet may be melted, refined, and purified as gold.

Revelation 1:12 In-Context

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet
11 saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea."
12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,
13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest.
14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire,

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver. 20; Revelation 2:1; Exodus 25:37; 2 Chronicles 4:20; Zechariah 4:2; [Revelation 11:4]
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