Revelation 1:14

Revelation 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire.

As John turns to see the voice he heard, he receives this wonderful vision, and he continues in this verse to describe what he saw.  Most attribute the color of his hair to purity.  Indeed, I believe that representation is accurate.  He is pure in every way.  I also believe this to represent the wisdom of His eternal nature. 

His eyes were as a flame of fire.  Many agree this represents the judgment of God.  The purifying eyes of God see every action and motive, even the attitude of our hearts.  However, in keeping with the nature of Christ, His eyes radiate with light to shine in the darkest places of our hearts as well as lighting our path to walk down this road of life. This indicates that the all-knowing God sees every pitfall in our path long before we get there.  He has already supplied the provision before the need arrives. The fire warms our hearts, keeping our love from waxing cold.  There are many representations of the hair of wool and the eyes of fire.  Consider the comparison between this verse and Daniel 7:9: I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. 

The description of the Ancient of days and the Lord Jesus in Revelation is the same.  But look at the connection between the description and the action in Daniel 7:9. Daniel said I beheld till the thrones were cast down.  This underscores one of the themes of the book of Revelation.  In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, all other thrones will be cast down.  Concerning the book of Daniel, this is a reference to the rule of the Anti-Christ and all other kingdoms and governments.  Only one is worthy to rule with all honor and praise, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.  In the book of Revelation, we will see our Christ's power in destroying all other governments and kingdoms.  Some translators interpret this verse in Daniel as a throne being set up and the Ancient of Days sitting in His place on the throne.  This is a truth that should not be ignored.  However, in keeping with the description of the Christ of Revelation chapter 1 and the eyes of fire, we can conclude that the destruction of all other kingdoms will take place prior to the setting up of His earthly rule. 

From a practical standpoint, we must constantly keep before us that he is already seated on the throne in Heaven.  Christ Jesus has taken His place at the right hand of God the Father, and there is no power on earth or in Heaven that can ever change that.  However, people are being tossed about by every move and word of man concerning matters of authority. The circumstance of life seems to darken our path, discourage our hearts, and defeat our activities.  If only we could keep the perspective that Jesus is Lord. He rules from Heaven above by the authority He has won at Calvary. He has given His people salvation; no power will ever defeat us.  No weapon formed against us will prosper.  By faith, we will forever be victorious. 

It is my prayer that we set our affection on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God and see the Ancient of days with eyes of fire in power, glory, and authority and allow Him to be the object of our faith and walk in agreement with that.

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