Revelation 1:12

12 I turned toward the voice which was talking to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lamp stands.

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 came under the Spirit's power on the Lord's day. I heard a loud voice behind me like a trumpet,
11 saying, "Write on a scroll what you see, and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
12 I turned toward the voice which was talking to me, and when I turned, I saw seven gold lamp stands.
13 There was someone like the Son of Man among the lamp stands. He was wearing a robe that reached his feet. He wore a gold belt around his waist.
14 His head and his hair were white like wool--like snow. His eyes were like flames of fire.
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