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Revelation 1:9-20 The Vision of the Glorified Son

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The Vision of the Glorified Son

This is an in-depth study of chapter 1:9-20 of the Book of Revelation. It discusses each of the verses in the chapter, verse by verse.

9. I, John.

John used his personal identification here, I, John.

Humbly, he calls himself your brother and is a fellow partaker in the tribulation.

He was being persecuted for his dedication in Jesus Christ.

John and the readers are together in the kingdom of Jesus.

He is also identifying with the perseverance they are going through.

They all are enduring persecution, but they do not give up.

Also, they are together in Jesus, on the island called Patmos

When he received this vision, John was in exile on the island called Patmos see ( Map B ). Patmos is a barre, volcanic island in the Aegean Sea, at its extremities about ten miles long and five to six miles wide, located some forty miles offshore from Miletus (a city in Asia Minor about thirty miles south of Ephesus; cf. Acts 20:15-17)…The conditions under which he lived would have been harsh. Exhausting labor under the watchful eye (and ready whip) of a Roman overseer, insufficient food and clothing, and having to sleep on the bare ground would have taken their toll on a ninety-year-old man. It was on that bleak, barren island, under those brutal conditions, that John received the most extensive revelation of the future ever given.(MacArthur, New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1-11. [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999], 40)

John was exiled there between A. D. 86 to 96. (McGee, 892)

( Map B ) shows Patmos on the lower left, Used by permission from

First mention of tribulation in Revelation.

Not the Great Tribulation but persecution we as Christians face.

Because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus was his only crime.

10. I was in the Spirit

John was communicating with the Holy Spirit

God had sent the Holy Spirit to John who was going to write down the revelation of Jesus.

It was on the Lord’s Day

Sunday has become the Lord’s Day for Christians.

Jesus was resurrected on Sunday.

Loud voice like the sound of a trumpet,

Do you use a loud voice when you are calling your children (for a second or third time)?

Jesus did when He spoke to John here.

What do your children think you sound like? The sound of a trumpet?

Or think about how your mother called you!!

Use your middle name? Better get home, NOW!

11. saying, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the [a]seven churches:

To Ephesus [EF uh suhs] and to Smyrna [SMUR nuh] and to Pergamum [PUR guh muhm] and to Thyatira [thai-uh-TAI-ruh] and to Sardis [SAHR diss] and to Philadelphia [fil uh DEL fih uh] and to Laodicea [lei·aa·duh·see·uhn].”

[The internet has pronunciation in several different languages. You may have to search for it.]

Footnote: (From Amplified Bible (AMP))
a. These were actual churches in Asia Minor (now western Turkey),

And in John’s time there would have been only one church body in each of the cities.

They are mentioned in the order in which they would be visited by a messenger

Traveling northward on the imperial road from Ephesus to Laodicea.

John, you are going to see things

And write about them.

Better bring many scrolls!!! (Sorry)

12. Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me

John had to turn around to see who was speaking.

And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands;

The lampstands are identified in verse 20.

In the Bible the number seven indicates completeness.

13. In the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man

One like a son of man, See (Daniel 7:13)

Clothed in a robe reaching to the feet,

This robe was like what the High Priest wore.

And girded across His chest with a golden sash.

The High Priest wore a sash.

Instead of goats and calves, Christ offered Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins.

14. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow 

(Daniel 7:9)

And His eyes were like a flame of fire.

Ever feel like your mother’s eyes were piercing like a flame of fire? (Matthew 10:26)

15. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace,

In ancient times Kings sat on a throne that was higher than a person in front of him.

Seeing the feet of the King meant you were in the presence of authority.

And His voice was like the sound of many waters. (Ezekiel 43:2)

When you are on the beach or near a waterfall and listen to the water does it sound like many waters?

16. In His right hand He held seven stars,

These are human messengers, possibly pastors or elders of the churches.

And out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword;

From His mouth comes a sharp sword, (Revelation 19:15)

So that with it He may strike down the nations,

He will rule them with a rod of iron;

He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty.

And His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

This reflects His Glory. (Judges 5:31 Matthew 13:43 Ephesians 3:21)

17. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man.

What would you have done? I would faint.

And He placed His right hand on me, saying,

Comfort, I would need it.

“Do not be afraid;

Jesus is there to help us through our troubles.

I am

My name is I Am (Exodus 3:14)

The first and the last,

He was he before the beginning and will be there for those who love Him forever

18. The living One (Joshua 3:10 Psalm 84:2 Matthew 16:16)

God is eternal

I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore (1 Peter 3:18)

Jesus paid for our sins and is always with us.

I have the keys of death and of Hades

Keys of death means He has access and authority.

Hades is the place of the dead.

19. Therefore write the things which you have seen,

and the things which are,

and the things which will take place after these things.


1. What you have seen
2. The things that are
3. What will take place later (MacArthur, 52)

20. As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: 

The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches

Each church has an angel.

Are you allowing the angel to work for your church?

Each church as an angel – the pastor or other spiritual leader. (Easley, 54) See verse 16 above.

My church has one.

The seven lampstands are the seven churches

Is your church a light for Jesus?

Mine is!!!

In this article Scripture quotations taken from the NASB1995. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation.

Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. Nashville: B&H, 1998
MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1-11. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983

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