Revelation 1: 9-17 (NIV)
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 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. The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead.
Max Lucado points out in his book LIFE LESSONS FROM REVELATION that what John wrote was NOT what he actually saw. What he wrote was LIKE what he saw.
What he saw was so otherworldly, he had no words to describe it. Let’s focus in on some of those descriptions.
a loud voice like a trumpet
like a son of man
hair on his head was white like wool,
white as snow
his eyes were like blazing fire.
His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace
his voice was like the sound of rushing waters
His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance
I fell at his feet as though dead.
The implication is clear. Human words cannot adequately describe Jesus, heaven, or the visions John experienced. Is it any wonder John fell at his feet as though dead?
Speaking of John, I always assumed that the John who wrote Revelation is the beloved apostle, John. And many people believe that, but there is another school of thought that this John is someone called John the Elder.
The apostle John or John the Elder? You can research it and make up your own mind. I’m not sure that it really matters as far as the message of the book goes, though I’m sure some would disagree vehemently with me. As for me, I’m sticking with the writer as John the beloved apostle.