By Greg Rangel
“His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire:” (Revelation 1:14).
Throughout history man has always tried to figure out the appearance of Christ. It is for that reason that artists have always come out with their own ideas as to how Christ looked. Did he have long hair? Did he have a long beard? Did He have light or dark skin? How did Christ look? Or, what were the colors of His eyes? Well, unfortunately Scripture gives no specific details about His personal appearance when He was upon the earth as a man. We do know that He did have a beard because of what was prophesied in the Scriptures (Isaiah 50:6). But as to the color of His eyes, some would think that they were navy blue. But in reality we don’t know because it is not mentioned anywhere in Scripture.
Scripture does give us details of Christ’s appearance after His resurrection. Here in Revelation we are told that his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow. And the color of His eyes are not blue as some would think. They are as a flame of fire.
Daniel the prophet saw the Lord in a vision in such a similar fashion. In Daniel 7:9-10 we read, “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened...”
It must had been such an amazing sight for Daniel and for John the Apostle to see the Lord as they did!
The pictures that you see of Jesus today are not pictures of the real Jesus. That is just an artist’s description of Jesus. But many people have the artist’s rendering of Jesus and believe that it is Jesus when it is not so. John is giving us a description of Jesus in His eternal state. “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow…” This is signifying His pureness, His holiness. This could also be a direct reference to His deity because remember that Daniel the prophet saw God the Father in a similar fashion.
John also wrote that “…his eyes were as a flame of fire. And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace…” (14b-15a). Brass is signifying judgment. The kings of ancient times would sit on elevated thrones so that those being judged would always be beneath the king’s feet. The feet of a king came to symbolize his authority.
The first time that Jesus came, He came, not as the judge, but as the Lamb of God. The next time that He returns, He will return as the reigning King that will judge the world. And so “…His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace...”
Interestingly enough, in the Old Testament brass symbolized judgment because the brazen altar and the other brass items that were used were connected with the sacrifice for sin. Bible Commentator John F. Walvoord says this, “the burning brass, which may be taken as highly refined brass, represents Christ standing in the midst of the churches on the basis of divine and righteous judgment portrayed both in the fire and in the metal mentioned.”
John the beloved then says, “…and his voice as the sound of many waters” (Revelation 1:15b). In Revelation 1:10 it says that John heard a voice as of a trumpet, very loud. John now says that the voice is “…as the sound of many waters.” This is the same description that was given by Ezekiel when he heard the God of the Old Testament speaking with him. Ezekiel wrote, “And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings” (Ezekiel 1:24, see also 43:2). This same description of having His voice as the sound of many waters is given also in Revelation 14:2 and 19:6.
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