On the Other Hand, 'the Right Hand'
During the years of teaching "the Revelation of Jesus Christ", I have
been struck by the precision of the visions. I also pointed out that in
our everyday human activities, we often do tasks with our hand (either
left or right) and never give it a throught what 'the other hand is
doing'. For example, if you unlock a door, your hand inserts the key
into the lock, unlocks the door, and the key is retracted from the
lock. During this time, what is the other hand doing? In this example,
the other hand may be on the door knob ready to open the door, or it
may be in your pocket, or ____?
In our discussion, today, we
see the RIGHT hand being used. In Chapters 1 and 2, the right hand
belongs to Jesus Christ. His RIGHT hand is holding 7 stars which are
the seven angels/messengers to the churches. John, the Revelator, is so
overcome by the vision he sees that he falls like a dead man at Jesus'
feet. Then that RIGHT hand, stars and all, touches John with words of
comfort, "DO NOT BE AFRAID; I AM THE FIRST AND THE LAST,...." The
Revelation of the power and authority of Jesus Christ's RIGHT HAND hits
us very personally. Jesus Christ TOUCHES those who believe these words
with a divine COMFORT.
All this involves Jesus' RIGHT HAND. What do you think Jesus' LEFT HAND was doing during this time?
Now, let's look at the RIGHT HAND referenced in Chapter 5. This is
God's RIGHT HAND. Again, we see that God has the authority and power to
impose His will upon the earth. He, God, is on the throne and holds the
scroll/book containing the judgments soon to be released upon the
earth. Many of us believe that the breaking of these seven seals will
take place any day now (Revelation 1:3 and Revelation 22:10). We need to be prepared!
And Jesus comes and takes the book/scroll from God's RIGHT HAND. Jesus
is the only one who can do this since He conquered death. (Revelation 1: 18) and is ALIVE for ever more. Praise Him!
Now I wonder what was God's LEFT HAND doing during this time? As we
have read, there appears to be mysteries surrounding what the RIGHT HAND
(and the LEFT HAND too) are doing (Revelation 1:20). We may never
know.......not that it matters.
Part 2 of "On the Other Hand", we will consider the MARKED HAND, and this discussion DOES MATTER!