” I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.” Hosea 12:10
Christ’s parables do not create false analogies. They are true to such an extent that they can be deeply meditated upon and considered in exact detail and will remain completely authentic.
In Revelation chapters 2 and 3 the Christian church is presented as 7 stars on candlesticks shining from Christ’s right hand. The prophetic vision named real churches in 7 Anatolian cities, but they must be representative of the entire Christian church since they are the only ones in Christ’s right hand.
Hence Church history and the churches match the analogy of a right hand. Therefore by studying the concept of a right hand carefully even the details will match – and so we can appreciate more of the truth of what Jesus was describing.
The fingers of a hand do resemble candlestick holders, but there are not 7 fingers, only 5.
Likewise, in the description of the 7 churches, 2 of them are not on candlesticks – the first one and the last one. First Christ says of Ephesus he “will remove thy candlestick out of his place” (Rev 2.5) and last to Laodicea he says “I will spue thee out of my mouth” (Rev 3.16).
So the location of five of the stars is on fingers, but these two stars have to be put elsewhere: the wrist and palm.
Now consider how features of the locations of the hand will be analogous to the descriptions of the various churches:
- Ephesus – The First Church: It’s moved to the wrist because that is where the hand starts, it is where Christ’s nail-print was, and hence the first early church is here. The witness of the church in Christianity’s home of Palestine and Syria was likewise moved away by Islam. The wrist is very strong, the entire hand relies upon it, just as we all rely upon the real Apostolic church of the first century that gave us the Bible. The wrist is at the base of the hand with no raised finger on it, so Ephesus is described as hating the lying false apostles, which is called the sin of the Nicolaitans, those who exalt themselves as religious lords over the laity.
- Smyrna – The Persecuted Church: matches the Pinky finger. It’s the
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