So, what did the nation of Israel saw at Mount Sinai? Exodus 20:18-19 reads, “And all the people saw the thundering, and the flashes of lightning, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed and stood afar off.
And they said unto Moses, speak thou with us, and we will hear, but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” And as it would be, John said he fell at the feet of Christ as one falling dead, but Christ touched him and told him not to be afraid. And in today’s Christian world no one took the time to wonder why John fell at the feet of Christ as dead, and why Christ touched him with his right hand and told him not to be afraid.
John wrote, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:” But if we are going to understanding the meaning of this, why John fell at the feet of Christ as one dead, and why Christ touched him with his right hand and told him not to fear. We will have to go back and remember what John was told to do with the word of God which was the testimony of Jesus Christ to his people.
We are to remember, John was writing to the people of God; therefore, copies of his letters were sent from the Island of Patmos to the churches scattered throughout Asia. From the Island of Patmos John wrote his greeting that was read by the leaders of the seven churches, John titled, “The seven spirits of God.” Spirits serving before his throne, and without omission secured in the minds of the reader and hearers of his message that the greeting was also from Jesus Christ their Lord.
Revelation 1:4 “John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne”
But what was important about this greeting that led up to why Jesus told John not to be afraid of what he saw that caused him to fell at the feet of Jesus as one dead, was the revelation that God wanted his people to know he had made them kings and priests unto God and his Father.
The Church had become the administrators and government of God’s kingdom over the earth, and as such, their responsibility as governors of Christ was to take the message of redemption and hope to a rebelling world so that the world may have the opportunity to be saved from what John saw that caused him to fall at the feet of Jesus Christ as one dead.
The greeting from the island of Patmos was from, Revelation 1:5 “Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.” Unto whom we will give glory and honor through our work as kings and priests unto God and the Father of Jesus Christ. Christ who has washed us from our sins and qualifying us to serve before his Father and throne. “Unto him, that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.”
We were made clean and worthy through the blood of Jesus Christ, and through the covenant of his blood has found forgiveness and God’s peace of eternal life, and being set free from the penalty of sin, John was not to fear the things he saw; therefore, the Church was not to be afraid because God has accepted his people into his service through the sacrifice of his Son and King. Revelation 1:6 “He has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.” Let it be done.
However, that was not the only message John had unfolded in his greeting to the seven churches, he had also revealed the urgency of this message from Jesus Christ. John had made it clear the message and testimony of Jesus Christ is sure to be fulfilled; therefore, we are to prepare for the coming of the King of kings and the Prince of the kings of all the earth.
Jesus is called the faithful witness, “Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.” Therefore, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
And beholding the terror and judgment of God, the role of the saints of God in that day, the end of the empires of the world, and the re-establishment of the kingdom and throne of David upon which Christ will reign forever. John fell at the feet of Christ as one dead. But God told him to fear not and touched him with his right hand because John was a servant of God standing at the right hand of God’s power and authority over the nations on earth.