Revelation 1:17 Index
"And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:"
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"...I fell at His feet as dead."

  • This is the same Jesus that John had followed for three and a half years. Of all the disciples, John was the closest to Jesus and was referred to as the disciple "whom Jesus loved" (John 13:23). Yet here he is on the ground, thinking he is going to die! [So] what has changed? Divinity is no longer veiled by humanity. John is seeing Jesus as the "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS" Revelation 19:16. Jesus appears as victorious, omnipotent, immortal God! (KC 28)
  • The first effect upon those accorded a vision of a divine being panoplied with the glory of heaven, was to deprive them of their usual physical strength (Ezekiel 1:28; 3:23; Daniel 8:17; 10:7-10; Acts 9:4; Isaiah 1:5). Compare the experience of Daniel 10:7-10. The person so honored was completely overcome by a sense of his own weakness and unworthiness.... For instances of John's emotional responses to what he saw in vision see Revelation 5:4; 17:6. For two instances when John fell at the feet of an angel in worship see Revelation 19:10; 22:8. (7BC 739)

"...he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not..."

  • Following the loss of natural strength, a prophet was supernaturally strengthened, usually by a touch of the hand (Ezekiel 2:1, 2; 3:24; Daniel 8:18; 10:8-12, 19; Isaiah 6:6, 7). Often a celestial visitant uttered the command, "Fear not," to allay the fears that naturally well in the human heart when confronted by such a being (Judges 6:22, 23; 13:20-22; Matthew 28:5; Luke 1:13, 30; 2:10). (7BC 739)

"... I am the first and the last." (Revelation 1:8)

  • The expression here used is apparently quoted from Isaiah 44:6, and is a direct translation of the Hebrew text.... (7BC 740)