I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,[d] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in afurnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 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 sunshining in all its brilliance. (Revelation 1:9-16)
The Apostle John had seen Jesus once before, when He was a young man. Now, as an old man, John is allowed to see some sort of bodily representation of Jesus a good 60 years after Jesus had ascended into heaven. What John saw was some sort of optical representation meant to mirror Jesus’ spiritual qualities. It is possible that this image is roughly what Jesus’ body will look like when He comes back to reign on Earth after the great tribulation. Here’s a few quick notes on what some of the imagery may mean:
The seven golden lampstands and seven stars do not represent Jesus, but the seven churches of Asia Minor (1:20). All church gatherings of Christians are supposed to be lights, that carry the brilliance of Christ to a lost and dying world.
He was like a son of man. Jesus, our glorious savior, humbled himself and took on human flesh for us.
He was dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. These seem to be priestly garments of some sort. Jesus is our great high priest.
The hair on his head was as white as snow. This identifies him as God. He is one with His Father, the Ancient of days, (Daniel 7:9). The whiteness could represent two things: his complete purity and sinlessness, as well as his age: He has no beginning!
Out of His mouth went a two-edged sword. In scripture, a two edged sword is used to refer to the word of God, which here is seen as coming directly from Jesus. In fact, Jesus Himself is the word of God (John 1). His words are a weapon, because they will be used to condemn the wicked. According to several other passages, in both Testaments, Jesus will slay the wicked with the breath of his mouth.
Finally, His face was like the sunshining in all it’s brilliance. He is the one true light of the world.