Revelation 1:16 Index
"And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength."
Research Material

" his right hand seven stars..."

  • Christ's right hand is the symbol of His power and authority. (KC 27)
  • Here, the hand of God represents his power to sustain. (7BC 739)

" stars..."

  • The stars in His hand are the messengers, or ministers, who are given a place of honor, but must be aware of their responsibility and be submissive to His control over then. (KC 27)
  • This symbol represents the "angels," or messengers, sent to the seven churches (Revelation 1:20). (7BC 739)

"...out of his mouth went..."

  • The form of the verb in the Greek implies continuous action - the power of Christ is constantly at work. (7BC 739)

"... a sharp twoedged sword..."

  • The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God -- a two-edged sword that can cut both ways, even to the "thoughts and intents of the heart." Anyone who has been converted has fallen at the foot of the cross convicted, torn in grief and sorrow. "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up" (Hosea 6:1). (KC 27)
  • Literally, "two-mouthed sword." It is the word used in the LXX for the "sword" God placed at the entrance to Eden (Genesis 3:24) and for the "sword" of Goliath (I Samuel 17:51).... The expression "two-mouthed sword" is apparently derived from Semitic usage, although it appears in Greek as early as the 5th century B.C. in the plays of Euripides. It is found much earlier than this, however, in the Old Testament, where the equivalent phrase in Hebrew is [translated] "mouth of the sword" (Genesis 34:26; II Samuel 15:14). Thus, in telling the story of Ehud, the writer of Judges says literally , "And Ehud made for himself a sword, and for it two mouths" (Judges 3:16). Similarly, Proverbs 5:4 speaks of "a sword of mouths," which the KJV correctly translates as "twoedged sword." This interesting figure of speech may be derived either from the thought of a man's sword as devouring his foes (II Samuel 11:25; Isaiah 1:20; Jeremiah 2:30) - its edge being its mouth - or from the shape of certain ancient swords whose handles were made in the form of an animal's head, with the blade protruding from the mouth.... John repeats the symbol in Revelation 2:12, 16; Revelation 19:15, 21, where, in the sense that it comes forth from the mouth of Christ, it is an instrument of divine punishment. It appears best to understand it here in the same sense, as symbolic of Christ's authority to judge, and especially of His power to execute judgment. That the sword has two edges, together with the fact that it is said to be sharp, would seem to imply the incisiveness of His decisions and the effectiveness of His acts of judgment. (7BC 739)

"...his countenance was as the sun..."

  • There is no better illustration of glory and brightness known to man than the sun. Christ's countenance is like the unclouded sun, symbolizing His heavenly glory and majesty. It lets u know that He can turn the darkest circumstances in to the brightest day. (KC 27)
  • The sun is the most brilliant light commonly known to man. (7BC 739)