Closing off his introduction and chapter one with the testimony of Jesus Christ, the angel of God revealed to John the mystery of the seven stars John saw in the right hand of Christ. And as an encouragement to the seven churches in Asia, John according to Jesus wrote: Revelation 1:16, “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.”
This was a significant turn for the churches in Asia, and the future church of Jesus Christ, because it was suggesting and confirming God had made them kings and priests over the nations of the earth, and that God has given his Church and saints the power to rule with him in his kingdom.
In light of this truth, the angel revealed to John the meaning of the seven stars in the right hand of Christ, and the seven candlesticks among which the Son of man stands to show his support as he rages war against the kingdoms of the earth.
The angel said to John, Revelation 1:19-20 “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; and the mystery of the seven stars which thou saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou saw are the seven churches.”
These seven stars were and are the same seven spirits before the throne of God in John’s vision because these were the leaders of the churches whom God had set over his sheep which called to mind what John heard when Jesus spoke to Peter concerning his responsibility for God’s people.
The saints of the seven churches under the leadership of God’s apostles, the seven stars, were to go out and proclaim the gospel in the spirit of the leaders of the seven churches because God through the leaders of the seven churches is guiding and commanding his people.
John 21:15-19 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, loved thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou know that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, love thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou know that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Then He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, love thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Loved thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou know all things; thou know that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Truly, truly, I say unto thee, when thou was young, you girded thyself, and walked wherever you would: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee wherever thou would not. And this spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.”
And this following as it will be in the days to come when the world will press upon the kingdom of God to persecute and cast away the cord of God’s people from the world, it is to follow Christ in death and resurrection because Christ has overcome death, and although the Church will have to endure the persecution even at the loss of life, they are to put on courage and follow Jesus in death.
Therefore, identifying the Church and the role of the Church in the future, and against the things they are to prepare, Jesus testified firstly concerning their promotion and victory, they are the light and candlesticks of the world, kings, and priests unto God and his Father through the washing away of their sins as a result of Christ shed blood and resurrection.
And although they will face the wrath of the world, God has made his people and Church Lords over the kings of the earth, and being the people of God, God’s King Jesus the Christ has placed them at his right hand of power to execute the vengeance of God against the kingdoms of this world. They are the candlestick among whom he will and is standing, and the leaders over his people are the seven stars in his right hand, God has given them power over the nations and has made them the light of his vengeance.
Therefore, fear not, because death will not have the victory over the Church of God. 1 Corinthians 15:51-55 “Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on in corruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So, when this corruptible shall have put on in corruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? Therefore, “Follow me.” Said, Jesus.