Revelation 1:10-12: The Voice!

“10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, 11 which said: ‘Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.’12 I turned round to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lamp stands,” NIV

As we come to look at the details of this vision, these comments about John, the writer of ‘Revelation’, are helpful, I believe: ‘Like someone reporting a strange dream, the things he says are hard to imagine all together. It’s more like looking at a surrealist painting, or a set of shifting computer-generated images.’ Tom Wright.

One Sunday, while on Patmos, John ‘’was in the Spirit’’. This doesn’t mean that he was in an especially happy spiritual mood; but he did have an anointing of the Spirit to see things the natural eye cannot usually see. It’s worthy of note that the ‘’loud voice’’ John heard (11), he then turns round ‘’to see’’ (12). What a Voice! We should not miss the connection that John speaks of Jesus as ‘’the Word’’ in the first chapter of the fourth gospel, and here he sees Him as ‘’the Voice’’.

 Prayer: Lord, whether softly or loudly, let me hear you speaking to me today, and help me to believe and obey.