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, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.
Does the Lord just leave us in the dark with symbolism that no one can fully agree on? Does He even want us to know the mysteries of His heart, His mind, and His will?
Daniel rightly ascribed praise to God in declaring that He is the “Revealer of mysteries.”(Daniel 2:20-23) Paul understood and expressed God’s heart when He said that God “makes known the mysteries of His will according to His good pleasure.”(Ephesians 1:9)
Jesus does not just leave us in the dark. He draws us into the mysteries that we me search Him out in a perpetual discovery. He does not withhold from us; rather He takes great pleasure in making truth known to our hearts.
Jesus did not give us the Book of Revelation to taunt us with symbolism that none of the scholars can fully agree on. The Revealer of Mysteries makes known to us His plan for leading the church into the full redemption of earth. Most of this book is straight forward ( i.e. when John sees the Lamb open the first seal, we can expect that next He will open the second one; or when John sees the New Jerusalem, He is seeing a literal city coming down to the earth.) When there is symbolism, the Lord reveals it in the moment or it will be language found throughout scripture. There are still details that are not clear for sure, but we can get the main points with clarity.
Jesus tells John that the lamp stands represent the seven churches. These are “apostolic churches” in Asia. These were the most influential churches of this time.
The stars in His right hand are the angels (or messengers) of the seven churches. These could speak of either a heavenly angel or a representatives of the churches.
Zack Roberts — zackroberts.blog
Operations Director at Ember