Jesus wasn't a black man! As he came through John the Baptist, “Elijah” has come again to prepare the way for the Lord, to make a highway for Him, and whenever God sends such a one (and certainly this “one” is a corporate prophetic cry going forth today) it is always with the cry of repentance. Jesus as having feet like burnished bronze The description of Jesus's feet as shining bronze reveals that He has the power to pass judgment to the sinners with severe punishments. Not only with words, but with their lives do these overcomers speak. Illiterate! We do not preach salvation, we preach Christ. Funnily enough, the Jewish weekly portion of Torah at that particular time included Numbers 21; the part about the bronze serpent that was lifted up to save sinful Israel in the desert. The office of pastor, as the church has known it in its distorted sense for many generations, is a thing of the past. This image the Evangelist adopts to describe the voice of Christ--strong and majestic, amid the Babel-sounds of earth. Because this relationship has been abandoned by most Christians today (Have they ever been made aware of it in the first place? So, we might ask, how is He going to get this message across to His people today, this day in which He is issuing one last call to His people? He is walking among His church as Judge and Refiner. Could it be that because they love not the truth God has sent on them a strong delusion, and only those who seek Him with all their heart will ever again be able to find Him? Because it violates Jesus Christ. “. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes,” said the Lord through the prophet Malachi. Yesterday’s repentance will not enable me to hear today. Last Updated (Thursday, 14 April 2011 11:37), Church Life; Fulfilling His Purposes--Part 1, Living in Christ in Grace & Truth--Part 2, Fitly Framed Together--Part 4 Unity & Peace, Not Without Cost (The Gifts of the Spirit), “I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, . Chapter one of the Book of Revelation reveals Christ as He presently is and chapters two and three reveal what He is presently occupied with. and his body was like a chrysolite, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as torches of fire, and his arms and his feet as the look of burnished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of … Is there such a corporate man in this country today? He does it through His messengers, the “seven stars” He holds in His right hand. The Son of God. Many preachers portray a Jesus who is not the real Christ, and when they do this they are preaching an idol, lifting up a false god before their people. Forsythe understood this in saying, “Preaching to the church must recognize more fully the element of judgment, and preaching to the world the element of love. The full counsel of God is not proclaimed. Indeed, the office of pastor as we know it today is most definitely an unbiblical position and ought to be discarded. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, NT Prophecy: Revelation 1:15 His feet were like burnished brass as (Rev. ” (14-16) Here is the depiction of who Christ is today and what He is doing. Jesus is most definitely not referring here to the pastor of the church as the star (Though many pastors consider themselves to be such!). From pur; to kindle, i.e. One aspect of Christ cannot be emphasized to the exclusion of other aspects. His voice is like the roar of many waters and from his mouth comes sharp two-edged sword. It is an unrepentant populace running amok. Let’s look at that. Truth has perished. They are not religious. For printed copies of the book, please contact us by E-mail or through our post office box. These two sins have brought on the loss of truth, in spite of all the “truth” we know, and when truth is lost then Jesus is no longer present, for He is “the way, the truth and the life.” When truth departs the Holy Spirit also departs, for He is “the Spirit of truth,” and He cannot abide where truth is not foremost. It is independence and slumber. “Elijah does come, and he is to restore all things.” “Elijah” comes to restore, to bring things back to “normal” in kingdom life. Jesus has all authority. Have you heard? “I looked, and lo, there was no man, and the birds of the air had fled” (4:25). It is greed and willfulness. Would that the church would preach so that people would cry out, “Stay away from me, Lord, for I am a sinner, and you don’t want me. We are offering this key chapter, Chapter 1, here, in its entirety, to give you a sense of the overall content of the book by the same title and to give you a further sense of the heart and purpose of this web site. But this is not the only possible translation. And He knows that we will not be changed by being complimented or pampered. Ever since His ascension He has been sitting as the Judge of His church. Without judgment there can be no holiness. We do not presume to take into our hands the eternal state of our brothers and sisters, but we must take it upon ourselves to follow Christ, which means we are unable to bless and overlook what others do that is not of Him. We must know this Christ. These two sins have brought on the loss of truth, in spite of all the “truth” we know, and when truth is lost then Jesus is no longer present, for He is “the way, the truth and the life.” When truth departs the Holy Spirit also departs, for He is “the Spirit of truth,” and He cannot abide where truth is not foremost. Is this the Christ we know and honor with our attention and responsiveness? We must know this Christ. Quoting again from P.T. On that Day He will come to vindicate Himself, not mankind. He is not a slave-driver, but a compassionate Lord, and thereby He calls His servants His friends. The very same word is used in Genesis 1:2 to describe the earth then, after Satan’s rebellion in heaven. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. . Every prejudice. The earth has, because God’s people have not spiritually filled and subdued it, for all intents and purposes been un-created, so void and wasted has it become. The Spirit is the same. ” (14-16) Here is the depiction of who Christ is today and what He is doing. . They have earned the right to speak. Every eye will see Him, but those who pierced Him are singled out. His feet are like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, which is a picture of purity. He sees all. Neither is Christ. . Chapter one of the Book of Revelation reveals Christ as He presently is and chapters two and three reveal what He is presently occupied with. The message is not given to the church, but to the messengers, who in turn are commissioned to address the church with the word from the Lord Jesus. This is the relationship Jesus Christ wants to have with us. Evil had triumphed. “For I will be found of you when you seek me with all of your heart.” Because this is the condition of the church in America today, those who do believe our report must surely understand how desperate these times are and understand as well only desperate men and desperate means will suffice to bring even a small portion of God’s people back to the truth. Whoever put any of those images in his house/Church is Spiritually dull And why ought it affect us so? We must be faithful to Jesus to preach Him as He is here revealed. Jesus Christ loves the church, proving His love by giving His life for it. Perhaps more than anything else, He must constantly judge His church, correct it, in order to keep it on the path of righteousness. ... God just said he wanted bronze for the wash basin, but these women decided to give their finely crafted, burnished bronze mirrors for the job. Jesus’ heart was burned and melted like wax on the cross. It is Christians out from under the Lordship of Christ. And his feet like unto burnished brass, as it had been refined in a furnace; and his voice as the voice of many waters. It sounds ludicrous even to mention such things, so far removed are we from such genuine church life.Christ in Revelation. Is there such a church that actually does justice and seeks truth? Watchman Nee wrote, “If a man does not know the Lord, he will not be able to know the church. In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. That is all He finds. "See also Ezekiel 1:7, "and they" (the feet of the living creatures) "sparkled like the color of burnished brass. This is why Jesus’ feet are depicted as bronze, for He walks in the midst of the church as Judge, to crush and discard all that is not of Him. Disobedience and independence are the twin peaks of rebellion which dominate the spiritual landscape of the church today, casting their shadows far and wide. Can you discern the voice of God and the voice of man? Yes, He loves us as we are, but He will not stand for us to remain as we are. behold, I am making my words in your mouth as a fire, and this people wood, and the fire shall devour them,” said the Lord to Jeremiah (5:14). We will only be changed through loving discipline and obedience. We have deceived ourselves into believing that nothing could possibly displease Him that goes on in the church. He is coming to judge, and we will find out very soon who loves Him and who does not. Things Like Bronze Types Of Feet Color. There are three characteristics in the verse that point to the person of Jesus Christ…1) the Son of God, 2) who has eyes like a flame of fire, 3) and His feet are like burnished bronze. All true prophecy is concerning Jesus Christ, and all true prophecy is fulfilled in Him. Christians can be just as deceived, thinking that as long as an organization is called by the name of “Church” and there are Christians who gather together in a building, God is somehow obligated to show up and honor them with His presence. We are in an emergency situation in which God’s people are in grave danger. ), the Christ they know is the one in their own imagination, a friend who has only nice things to say. Revelation details the behaviors and attitudes of seven churches. Jesus wasn't a black man. We do not have the liberty to preach our version of Christ. We have not seen this nor understood how vital it is to relate to Christ in this way. Our situation today is similar to that in Jeremiah’s day as seen in chapters four and five of Jeremiah. God’s people had fallen prey to sin and the power of evil, and Satan just let nature take its course. Find such a group, if you can. So blinded were God’s people, so imprisoned were they, Satan left them to themselves! Without holiness the church cannot please Christ. Jesus suffered on the cross to take upon Himself God's judgment for our sin. You cannot come and go as you like. Your master’s awl is in your ear and you are wholly his. And, when Jesus’ side was pierced on the cross blood flowed out. All who resist His word shall be devoured by that very word. Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. The God who spoke through him was never satisfied with the condition of His people. Ezekiel 40:3 And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. All must come under judgment. It is man without God. If you know the Lord you will discover man’s sin, and also the church’s sin. Only later on was he vindicated, by God. He has removed the lampstand and is now abiding only with those who are seeking Him with all their heart. If you do not see, even what light you have will become darkness. . They are not hypocrites. Only those who repent, moment by moment, day by day, will be able to hear His voice, for the ability to hear is not given to us interminably, only as we daily obey, daily repent, daily humble ourselves before Him.