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Revelation 1:12-13

Global church, meeting, Revelation 1:12, pope, reverend, rabbi, John, Matthew, Mark, LukeAnd I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 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.


In the previous verses, you may have wondered why John heard the voice of God’s trumpet behind him.  Had he been mentally gazing upward and trying to listen to heaven, but not listening down here on earth? Perhaps. But when his attention was grabbed by the great voice, he turned around and there was the Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of the seven candlesticks.  The candlesticks, you know, being his church on earth, holds up the light of the world Jesus Christ, from where he can speak loudly – even today.   “But where is his church meeting?” you may ask.  Remember, his church is meeting where two or three are gathered together in his name – anytime, anyplace, and even while walking on the road to Emmaus.

Notice in the midst of the candlesticks we see only the Lord Jesus Christ, but not the Roman Pope, or Father Malarkey, or the Reverend Doctor Schicklgruber, or Rabbi Leaven, or even Pastor Decepción sharing the prestigious position of the head of the church.  Nobody else is mentioned; and besides, when did any of those men just mentioned, or any other wandering star or Johnny-come-lately, get their book in the Bible.  As a matter of fact, that can be a criterion pointing out how important anyone is in the church these days: do they have their book in the Bible?  Now all of a sudden your little pet preachers seem rather insignificant if you apply the principle.

In these verses the Lord is described as having a garment down to his feet, indicating the full righteous robe of modesty.  Modesty is an important consideration of the faith in contrast to throngs of thongs down at the beach, and briefly clad California cuties who mow their lawns in bikinis. 

We also read the Lord’s paps, or nipples, are girt about with a golden girdle, from where we figuratively nurse to receive our nutritious milk of the word.  And within the folds of that girdle, close to his heart, are all the other things we may need from time to time in this world and in the timeless world to come: things the gold of this world cannot buy.  Paps also remind me of the disciple whom Jesus loved, who laid his head upon the Lord’s breast and could listen to his heartbeat.  You know, the one who asked the Lord who the betrayer was and got the answer while the others probably weren’t close enough to hear the reply.  How about you?  Are you close enough to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Word of God, to listen to his heartbeat and hear those truths others cannot hear?

In these verses, we find God is still talking to us through his church on earth, whether we meet with only two or three in his name.  Be encouraged!  Get together with one or two other believers, or sit down with Mathew, or Mark, or Luke, or John, or all of them, and hear from the Lord.  Amen.

So until we meet again… Remember, God loves you, and read your Bible.



The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen