Mystery of God's Stars
Jesse M. Hendley
I want to call your attention to two passages found in Revelation the first chapter as we go through this marvelous Book, this wonderful Book of God. First of all we read about the stars in verse 20. "The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches." Now we are dealing with stars today. It is wonderful to read that they are in the right hand of the Lord Jesus Christ.
But what do we mean by stars? "The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand." When John, on the Isle of Patmos, saw a vision of Jesus in which he saw Him in the midst of the seven golden lamp stands which represents the churches. Jesus is right in the midst of the churches, taking care of them, supplying the oil of the spirit, so that they will be kept burning brightly, cleansing the wick, and doing everything necessary to keep the light burning in this dark world. What a wonderful picture of Jesus it is, going among the churches that are true to Him, the churches that are preaching His Word. It is wonderful.
But now, what are the stars? This Saviour moving around in the midst of the seven churches had in His right hand seven bright stars. Now what are these stars? It is precious as we read about them. The seven stars are His messengers. They are waiting upon His will, they do His bidding; they go where He wants them to go and do whatever He wants them to do. God sent one of His messengers, the Angel Gabriel, to announce to Mary the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are His messengers. But you mustn't think of a literal angel here, of each of these individual churches. We'd rather think of them as the pastors of the churches. They are the messengers of God. They are the ones ordained of the Lord, to proclaim His Word ...
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