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64or slightly later. Since none of these efforts have proven convincing, it seems best to let the traditional date stand, foras we shall see in the course of this commentaryit helps us understand a number of references in the text of Revelation, and there are no real reasons to seek another date. Page 9 Interpretations No book in the Bible has been the object of as many, or as different, interpretations as has been the book of Revelation. " These interpretations pertain to John predicting future eventsusually in the distant future, many centuries after his time, or even at the end of the world.
And great wonder, then, that the majestic figurewho is none other than Christ in his full glorystoops to touch him and says, "Do not be afraid"! There are two important points to be made about this vision, for they clarify John's message and theology. " Yet this Christ is also presented as the Almighty, the Ancient of Days, the One who has the keys of Death and of the place of the dead (Hades, in 1:18). Throughout his book, John emphasizes the majestic power of Jesus, the Christ, the Lamb who was slain, and John speaks of that power in terms that are clearly divine.
The description of the One whom John sees is majestic and patterned after Daniel 10. He is dressed in the typical attire of a high priest or of someone in very high office. His white hair and blazing eyes are signs both of his great age and of perennial strength and authority. His feet are made of a metal alloy that the NRSV translates as "burnished bronze" but which probably refers to a gold alloy that was almost as valuable as gold and may have been a product for which Thyatira was known. " There is much debate as to what or who these angels may be.