In the middle of the lamps, the Completed Church, John saw Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is continually moving among the members of the Church, His Royal Family.
Christianity, worships a living God, not a martyr, not a rock or some other inanimate object. And though Jesus went to the Cross, He did so to pay the price for or sin and to defeat death, which He accomplished.
And though He is currently in Heaven, He is always with us, and has promised to never leave us, ever, Matt. 28:20, John 14:18, 23, Heb 13:5.
His presence among us, through doctrine, which we have the opportunity to learn, to understand, and to possess, serves to empower us, so that we can do things through Christ, that no one could ever accomplish through the world, Phil. 4:14.
The lamps surround Jesus Christ, the son of man, his title for the savior of the world, the messiah, the source of all life. That is our focus, Jesus Christ. None of us are in the center ring, only Christ. We remain on the perimeter observing the source of our existence.
Wearing a robe to His feet, the robe of the High Priest. Only the High Priest wore a robe, the sign of His rank in the Priesthood, the key and only means of access to God. No man can come to the Father, except through Jesus Christ. No other religion in this world can gain access to God. No other philosophy in this world can gain access to God, nor can it define god or manufacture its own god.
Wrapped around His chest and waist is a wide golden belt, the belt of rank, of authority. The belt of the King of kings. The High Priest wore such a belt.
Examples of Royalty or people of rank who wore long flowing robes, Isa 6:1, the kings of Midian, Judg. 8:26; Jonathan, 1 Sam. 18:4; Saul, 1 Sam 24:4; Ahab and Jehoshaphat, 1 Kings 22:10; Esther, Est 5:1;) and prophets 1 Sam 28:14.
However, the word for robe, was used most often in connection with the robe worn by the High Priest. And that is the picture of Christ’s role here, as our great High Priest. The girdle or belt across the chest was worn by the High Priest only, Ex 28:4; Lev 16:4.
This is a picture of the intercession by Christ, between God (the Father) and man. He is our only access to real opportunity, our only access to God.
The book of Hebrews, has an extensive study of Christ as the High Priest, our sacrifice, our redeemer, and who presently sits at the right hand of the Father, Rom 8:33-34, Heb. 2:17-18, Heb 3:1, Heb. 4:14-15, Heb 7:25, Heb 9:11-12 .
Jesus Christ empowers. Jesus Christ intercedes. It is through Jesus Christ that all things will be made available to us, and through no one, and nothing else in this world.
Other religions ignore or reject Christ, or make Him out to be a mere man or prophet, mis-stating His role in history.
But it is Jesus Christ who controls history, and who reveals in this book, just where history is headed. It is Jesus Christ who controls your life, and reveals through this Bible, just what you will be (complete) if you apply yourself, or what you will be (nothing and incomplete) if you do not.
Look around you. Is there more in this world than you have in your life? Is there anything better? And the answer is, ‘Yes.’
History is centered around Jesus Christ. Circling Him is His Church, His body of believers. And where are all of the unbelievers? Nowhere to be found.
Look at the world. Who is running things? Unbelievers or negative minded believers, more or less. They are hustling and legislating and trying to create a perfect world, or they are trying to secure their own power at everyone else’s expense. The ultimate result of their efforts (total disaster) is revealed later in this book, but you would never know it by the actions and attitudes in society.
However, you as a believer in Christ are included in His family. You are royalty of the highest order. You are a most valued person, an individual set apart from all of the world.
You have a destiny of phenomenal value, of intrinsic value, but that destiny will only be yours, if you get serious about your Bible study and become consistent and dedicated to your daily Bible study.
I can only write these studies, in order to help you to win the biggest opportunity of your life. I cannot reach out through your computer screen, grab you by the noise, and pull you back through to the study web site, and force you to read and learn.
Somewhere along the way, you have to find within yourself, the desire, and passion, the motivation to do that on your own.
There is nothing more valuable in all of the world, throughout all of history, and it (your spiritual life) is readily available to you, if you will only want it.