Revelation 1:12-15 - “Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me.…I saw one like a son of man, …His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; …and His voice was like the sound of many waters.”
The emperors wanted to be worshipped as if they were gods. The faithful followers of Judaism and Christianity would not worship them and consequently, this led to their executions.
The apostle John who had been exiled to the isle of Patmos because of his faith hears a voice behind him and he turns to see who is speaking to him.
He "saw one like the son of man."
In other words, he is seeing Jesus Christ. His head and hair were white is another way of saying Jesus is the pure one. The one who had never sinned. White is the color used for "purity".
I am not sure how many of you have ever been near a waterfall or an area that is being flooded. I have been near both of them and I can tell you from experience the noise is unbelievably loud.
You literally have to yell at the person who is standing next to you for them to hear you.
So what did "His voice was like the sound of many waters.” mean when John wrote it?
God is telling John to allow the "Word of God" to drown out all other worldly noises.
There was a lot of political noise in John's day and God is saying don't listen to the political noise.
God is telling John to write to all Christians and inform them not to listen to the political nonsense coming from the Roman Empire. God wants Christians to listen to Him.
His Voice is to be heard over all other noises.
I would like to say there is a lot of political noise in our world today. God's Word is timeless. He wants us today to not listen to all the political noise. We are to listen to His Voice.
The importance of listening to God's Voice over all of the political nonsense in our world is we will not be upset by the nonsense. We must never forget our citizenship is in Heaven (Phil.3:20).
One lesson the book of Revelation teaches is human history is not separated from God's awareness or involvement. God is still in control of this world. Not only is He in control He is walking in the midst of His Church.
He is the Good Shepherd and He is in the middle of His flock. So take it easy.
Don't listen to all the nonsense this world is throwing at you.
Listen to this:
Matt 11:28-30 - "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
Think On These:
God gives us the ingredients for our daily bread but He expects us to do the baking.
We may not know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future.
God still speaks to those who take time to listen.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.