Revelation 1:12 Index
"And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;"
Research Material

"...I turned to see the voice..."

  • That is, to see who was speaking. (7BC 738)

"...I saw seven golden candlesticks;"

  • Or "lampstands." (7BC 738)
  • The candle, in its familiar modern form, was not in general use in ancient times. Lamps were usually shaped in the form of a shallow bowl, into which oil was poured and a wick inserted. Accordingly, the "candlesticks" John saw were, apparently, stands surmounted by such lamps.... In Revelation 1:20 these lampstands are declared to represent the seven churches, and thus the whole church (Revelation 1:11). The fact that they are of gold would seem to imply the preciousness of the church in the sight of God. John sees Christ walking about in their midst (Revelation 1:13-18), thus indicating His continuing presence with His church (Matthew 28:20; Colossians 1:18). ... The reference her to seven golden candlesticks is reminiscent of the seven golden candlesticks in the holy place of the earthly sanctuary (Exodus 25:31-37). Obviously, however, these differ materially from the seven-branched candlestick of OT times, for John saw Christ walking about among them (Revelation 1:13 and Revelation 2:1). These "seven . . . candlesticks" are specifically said to represent churches on earth, and are therefore not to be thought of as the heavenly counterpart of the seven-branched candlestick of the ancient earthly sanctuary. (7BC 738)