Son of man

 

Extracts and comments from Revelation Chps. 1:13 (a) (b) (c) & 14:14 (a)

 

 

1.13

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto (a)Son of Man, (b)clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden (c)girdle.

 

(a)  The Lord in relation to the earth, (Comp. App.98 XVI). The Son of Man title, links to His earthly ministry, when He used the same title of Himself, but did not reach culmination, due to denial of Him by His people Israel. On this yet future occasion, He will re-appear when Israel is all but lost, and then they will look on "Him who they pierced", (Zech. 12:10) and will mourn Him and recognise Him, and the Millennial Reign will start.

 

(b)  These refer to His High Priestly garments, denoting that He is taking up His position as Priest/King of the Jews in Israel on earth. In Gen. 14, there is the remarkable and beautiful account of Abram's return from the slaughter of the kings (many of whom were Nephilim).  He is met by the King of Salem, (Melchisedec) with bread and wine for sustenance.  In Psm.110, Almighty God states to Christ, who is sitting at His right hand, that He is as Melchisedec  "for ever".  This is mistranslated, and the Hebrew says "the Age", (App. 151).  The reading therefore is; V4, "Thou art a priest for the Age.  After the order of Melchisedec ".  The Age referred to is the Kingdom Age (Millennial).  The meaning is Christ as King Priest at that time, see later chapters

                     

(c)  "Golden girdle";  this worn by the human Jewish high priest in Old Testament.  Here, "The Son of Man", who "came only to the lost sheep of Israel", is in the midst of His people (in Spirit) in what is now western Turkey, and was at that time Greece, (see Chapter 2 V.12 and notes) prior to His return in Power.

 

14.14

And I saw, and beheld a white cloud, and upon the cloud (a)One sitting like unto the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a (b)sharp sickle.

 

(a)  “Son of Man”; this is the last occurrence of this title.  This is the title Jesus applied to Himself (Matt. 8:20). The meaning “He who has dominion in the earth”, (page 1324 Comp.). When used of ordinary men, it never has the definite article, (Ezk. 2:1).  As Christ is The Ultimate Man, the anti-thesis to Adam,  the definite article used. Since Matt. 8:20, this title used 87 times, and the precursor in Psalm 8. Its use here, the last, denotes a change in the role of Christ.  Here, as “King of the Jews”, with a golden crown, instead of “crown of thorns”.  He is about to reap, Matt. 13:24-30.

 

 

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