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that will be at Pergamos, as Rev. 2: 13 shows. The development of things in the near
East (written March 1916) makes this spot of earth to be more and more important, and
here the scene of the Revelation is laid; round about this part much will happen, and
members of the assemblies in these places will come prominently into view during the
time of tribulation and persecution.
The Vision of the Son of Man (Rev. 1: 12-17).
In our last paper we found that the Apostle John was taken "in spirit" to the day of the
Lord, a period concerning which Old Testament prophecy is specially clear. From that
standpoint the Apostle sees the visions of the Apocalypse, and is here instructed to write
them in a book, and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia. We can well believe
that as Paul was commissioned to write to seven churches, which should be
representative of the Gentile section of believers particularly, so these seven churches in
Asia may have been selected in order to show the character of the church in the last days.
The trumpet voice that John heard when translated to the day of the Lord caused him
to turn to see the One Who thus spoke. The vision of the Son of man in the midst of the
seven golden lampstands is presented to him. This is the opening vision of the book. To
miss its character is to be turned into by-paths of error.
The structure of the passage shows how the mind is concentrated upon the person and
dignity of the Son of man.
Rev. 1: 12-17.
The Opening Vision.
| 12. John. "I saw."
B | 13-16. The Son of man.
His person and glory.
A | 17. John. "I saw."
The member B | 13-16, being the most important, demands expansion, viz.:--
The Son of Man (13-16).
B | a | In the midst of the seven golden lampstands.
b | Clothed to the foot.
c | Girt with girdle.
C | d | Head and hair like snow.
e | Eyes as a flame of fire.
e | Feet like brass in a furnace.
d | Voice like sound of many waters.
B | a | In right hand seven stars.
b | Out of His mouth a sword.
c | Countenance as sun.