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Revelation 2 : 18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyati'ra write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.'” (RSV)The Book of Revelation, also known as The Apocalypse of the Apostle John, is the last book of the Christian Bible. That is universally accepted.
For an example of the disagreement, we need look no further than the verse above. In the KJV His feet “are like fine brass;”
Brass and Bronze and different metals, and had different uses in ancient times. Brass is more 'yellow' as it is copper and zinc while Bronze is copper and tin and is a deeper more Golden color. Bronze is harder, and will retain a cutting edge as a weapon. However, the terms are used interchangeably in several translations, so to fully appreciate the reference, we need to look at their use throughout the book, including the use of the metal in the Tabernacle and Temple, such as in Jeremiah 52 : 17 and following, when it is all stolen by Babylon, and the the graven images made of it later.
The fixtures inside the sanctuary of the Temple were Gold, the intermediate areas, Silver (Exodus 25 19 and following), however, the furnishings in the outer courts and outside were of bronze, see Exodus 27. It was a special metal, reserved for the area set apart for the worship of God. When the Temple was built, there was so much Bronze given it could not be weighed (2 Chron 22).
As for the “eyes like a flame of fire”, the image of a fire appear most famously in Exodus, and then into the New Testament's reference at Hebrews 12: 29 which quotes Deuteronomy 4: 24.
The purpose of this study is what the Ethiopian believer said to Philip in Acts 8 in The Living Bible: Philip ran over and heard what he was reading and asked, “Do you understand it?”
“Of course not!” the man replied. “How can I when there is no one to instruct me?” And he begged Philip to come up into the chariot and sit with him.
Luke 24: 44 – 45 (ESV) “Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures”
13 : 1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads. 2 And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear’s, and its mouth was like a lion’s mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. …..”
The plan is to examine the images, the settings, and the ideas of the book, using Biblical sources as well as Archaeological information and other sources to dig into the meaning of John's book, and ultimately, into the words of the One with the Bronze Feet.
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