Coming to the end of his introduction, and now that the Church understands they have nothing to fear, John shared a brief summary of the things he saw before he went further to explain how the things he had seen in his vision will unfold on the Day of the Lord.
John wrote that he was taken into the future by the Spirit of God to behold the outcome of the future and that he might understand and explain how the children of God are to prepare for the appearance of their King. Revelation 1:10-11 “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet. And hearing a voice that sounded like a trumpet, this is what John wrote.
John said he heard the voice saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, what thou sees, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”
But as John turned to see that voice that spoke with him, he didn’t saw a trumpet, instead, John saw the judgment of God by the hand of the saints of God, and God in the midst of his saints the candlesticks which brought back to mind what Jesus had said concerning his disciples:
Matthew 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
And remembering Jesus had made his people the light and judge of the earth, the light to guide the world out of the darkness, and in the end the avengers against his enemies. John described the seven churches and the leaders of the seven churches in Asia, and the church of the future as candlesticks and stars in the right hand of God.
Revelation 1:12-13, “I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.”
Standing among the saints called the candlesticks, was the Son of man because on the day of His vengeance when the world believe they will have destroyed the plan of God to establish his kingdom on earth. Jesus will support his saints against the lust of the eyes, and the lust of the flesh of the world, and Christ among his saints will destroy the pride of the nations.
Describing the day of the Lord, and the victory of the saints over the powers and pride of the nations whose plan it was to destroy the saints of the Highest, Psalms 2:1-3, “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.’”
John wrote that God will judge the earth with justice and judgment, and being angry at the nations for their persecuting of his people, and for rejecting his word, John described Christ as being dressed and prepared for war. God was angry with the nations, therefore, Revelation 1:14-15 “His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; ‘And his feet like unto fine brass as if they burned in a furnace and his voice as the sound of many waters.’”
Because God will in and at a moment, and in the heat of battle appear among his people and with the sound and command to rise up against the nations to defeat and cast down the power of the Antichrist, the army of Christ his saints will charge against the Antichrist in their glorified bodies to conquer and bring to an end the empires of the world. Therefore, “His voice was as the sound of many waters.”
And seeing these things, and in obedience to the word of God and for the rejoicing of God’s people, John wrote, Revelation 1:16-17 “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 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:”