The Attributes of God in Christ
Jesus’ death is not a blackout of unknown details about the ministry of Jesus! The apostles, the eye-witnesses of His resurrection, were inspired by God to write the Epistles. Jesus’ ascension into Heaven is not the last we will see of Him whom our soul loveth! For, the Book of Revelation takes us beyond the vail of the cloudy sky and into Heaven itself – there to behold the glory, power, dominion, and ministry of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gentile Church Age and beyond.
Where is Jesus? Heaven.
In what location? The Temple.
Among what furniture? The Candlesticks.
For what cause and for whom? The Gentiles.
And what does Jesus look like, and why? The Attributes of God in Christ.
With Jerusalem burned, the Temple destroyed, and the Jews scattered, lo and behold the Priesthood of Christ is flourishing! The Most Holy Place of the Temple in Heaven is occupied, the Priesthood after the order of Melchizidcek is in operation, the Lampstands are dressed and lit, and burning brightly, and of all peoples it’s for the Gentiles! Herein, in Revelation 2-3, we discover the ministerial operations of Judaism like never before! In a pristine glimpse into Heaven we behold a power network of the Kingdom of God extending from Heaven-to-Earth among Gentiles! And, at the beholding of such things the reader should be prostrated in awe!
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” – Rev. 1:8
For, the Image of Christ is revealed in all the luster of ascended glory! And, this Image of this Person conveys the work of the Kingdom of God at hand! This is a needful unveiling of Jesus’ Ministry to the Gentile Churches of the Gentile Church Age, to say the least. Jesus is the Man of all men. Jesus is the one inexpendable Man. And what He is doing bears significance upon everything and everyone else! The government is upon His shoulders. My reader, look around Jesus, what’s among Him, and look upon Him and what’ coming from Him!
The Candlesticks (Shepherding the Flock): “I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of Man” – Rev. 1:13
The Light: “His countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength” – Rev. 1:16
The Sword: “out of His mouth went a sharp twoedged sword” – Rev. 1:16
The Stars (The Harvester): “He had in His right hand seven stars” – Rev. 1:16
The Fire: “His eyes were as a flame of fire; And His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace” – Rev. 1:14-15
The Voice: “His voice as the sound of many waters” – Rev. 1:15
This is not meant to be a mere worshipful session about pictorial characteristics that have no relevance to the present and no significant bearing upon your affections! This revelation should bow your knees and prostrate your soul, like it did John! Herein, in the Book of Revelation, Jesus doesn’t preach heaven and hell as a nominal Christian would preach it. Jesus preaches Heaven and Hell based upon the foreboding events that are unveiled from Revelation 4-22. The pains of torment and the blissfulness of paradise in the terms definitively unveiled by the Book of Revelation. Hereby, the Lord Jesus is pointing the gaze of all Gentiles away from the past and into the future upon what He is about to do. Are you looking?
In following the above hyperlinks that associate with the visual characteristics of the bodily presence of Christ, perhaps then you’ll see! For, each visual characteristic bears witness of the Person and Work of Christ throughout all ages! Hereby, in these terms, there were manifestations of these attributes in the Old Testament during times of apostasy & revival. In these terms, there were manifestations of these attributes in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ during the apostasy of the Jews. In these terms, there are manifestations of these attributes in the ministry of Jesus Christ during the Gentile Church Age. In these terms, there will be manifestation of these attributes in the ministry of Jesus Christ at the consummation when God turns from the Gentiles to the Jews.
Therefore, let’s tread softly – with humility as upon holy ground. Let’s ponder carefully – with prayerfulness as with the most consequential and grave matters pertaining to the Universe. Let’s remember the warning delivered in Revelation 1:3, how it says: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy…”. The Objective is not to read, merely, but to read and hear – and in hearing we will “keep those things which are written therein” (Rev. 1:3)! Surely, this is a due warning to the readers of this Revelation given to John (“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches.” – Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22)! Right?
Note: Purposefully, the Book of Revelation is written so that it cannot be understand by those who are in the flesh (John 6:63, 1 Cor. 2:14). Man’s flesh at its best is altogether vanity! …and this is a modest assessment. For, flesh is at enmity with things divine! Hence, the mysteries of godliness are hidden from those who are unqualified or wrongly motivated. One must learn and follow the ordained means of interpreting the Book of Revelation so as not to muddy the waters and darken the counsel with words without knowledge. In other words, a man must, as God said, “put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground” (Ex. 3:5).
You’ve heard it said, “Hurry is the death of prayer!” Yes. …but not prayer only! Impatience robs the readers of this Book so that nothing’s revealed! The great revelatory sight goes unseen! – “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1)! As stated before, this is holy ground. This is a holy place. This is a Holy Person. Therefore, men need the Holy Ghost! In other words, a rush of curiosity isn’t the right motive. A mouthful of hasty questions doesn’t amount to a listening ear. Hurried footsteps are forbidden in the meeting place between God and men! Even so, it was written: “Keep thy foot when thou goest into the House of God…” (Eccl. 5:1). Sound agreeable? No man hurries through a breathtaking scene of God’s creation, right? Rather, men gaze long and stammer slowly through the whole exercise, taking it all in! For, they want to remember this great sight! They want to be able to visit it again – no matter where they are in life – by keeping it in their memory forever! And, of course, this much and more is required of any reader of the Book of Revelation. The Revealer of the revelation says, “Keep they foot…” (Eccl. 5:1). READ – HEAR – & KEEP! – and do it for the love of the exercise! Gaze long and stammer softly for the beauty of what’s beheld! For the sanctity of what’s seen! – “the Revelation of Jesus Christ” (Rev. 1:1)! Do you see it?
If the basest of men tread unhurriedly through the sightseeing of “earthly things”, we can be sure that the wisest of men will tread unhurriedly through the sightseeing of “heavenly things” because they recognize the superior value of the revelation (John 3:12). So, my reader, here’s the question: what is the Book of Revelation to you? Is it just a side issue? Is it a secondary issue? Or, perhaps it’s a divisive issue? Perhaps you’ve rushed through the pages of the Book being grieved in spirit and confused? My reader, the riches of this Book have been squandered for too long! Even as a pig trampling over pearls or a chicken precious stones, because they’re deprived of wisdom. Likewise, animalistic passions move men to hurry into the pages of the Book, and nothing is revealed! Oh, wretched flesh! …slow down! Mind your God and keep silent for a little while. Be still. Pray. Proceed slowly and cautiously.