1:14 – His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; (ie purest white)
–head = Christ; hair = multitude ‘at one’ with the head
–wool: saints are the sheep of his pasture
–white: justified and washed (Isa 1:18)

and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
–eye = intelligence (Matt 6:22 – “the light of the body is the eye”); these eyes = bright, sharp, penetrating
–flame = wrathful activity (Isa 10:16-21, 30:27; Psa 106:18); cherubic activity
–important work of this multitude – to pour out judgment on the nations

1:15 – And his feet
–suggests move- ment, advancing towards some goal, treading upon
–not beautiful feet with the gospel of peace (Rom 10:15; Isa 52:7), but feet of blood (Rev 19:15; Isa 63:3)

like unto fine brass,
–Gk = white, shining copper; JT: incandescent brass

as if they burned in a furnace;
–i.e.: feet so bright as to resemble a metal glowing intensely in a burning furnace
–the saints are rep. as having passed through the fire of affliction, been purged and purified; brass is a symbol of flesh purified by fire
–they now stand to make the world a furnace by their judgments (Mic 4:13; Mal 4:1-3)

and his voice as the sounds of many waters.
=multitudes and nations and tongues (Rev 17:15)
–voice of one, yet many (cp Dan 10:6; Ezek 1:24; Rev 14:2-3)

1:16 – And he had in his right hand seven stars:
–the welfare of the ecclesial elders was uppermost in his mind; figure of a shepherd and the power of the Father to keep those whom He has called (John 10:29)
–right hand = position of privilege and power

and out of his mouth
–place where commands issue forth
went a sharp two edged sword:
=warfare based on the word of God (Rev 19:11-16; Heb 4:12; Isa 11:4; Hos 6:5; Isa 49:2)

and his countenance
–opsis – outward appearance; hence JT – aspect; it was more than his face which shone, it was his whole being and outlook

was as the sun shineth in his strength.
–majesty and glory of the individual (cp transfiguration 2 Pet 1:16)
–allusion to Jud 5:31 – song of victory by Deborah
–cp also 2 Sam 23:4; Psa 19:4-5

1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.
–like Ezek 1:28 and Dan 8:17-18, 10:8-9; John was the subject of a figurative death and resurrection

And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not;
–the words “fear not” have been addressed to men and women in times past on the occasions of angelic visitation and will be addressed to the worthy in the day of judgment

I am the first and the last:
–see v8 – it is God manifested in a corporate body starting with Christ and ending with the last saint

1:18 – I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive
–great consolation to all the faithful; death is not the end (v8) –here is the manifestation of God speaking through a whole body of people, most of whom will have experienced personal resurrection

for evermore,
–lit. for the age of the ages (v6)

Amen;
–God will fulfil His promise

and have the keys of hell and of death.
–of this body, one in particular had the power to unlock both the grave and the bonds of mortality

1:19 – Write the things which thou hast seen
–the initial vision recorded in this chapter

and the things which are
–from chapters 2-3

and the things which shall be hereafter;
–chapter 4:1 onwards

1:20 – The mystery
–the secret: in Revelation Christ whispers a secret to his friends (v1) of which the world is in ignorance

of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand,
–stars rep. teachers (Dan 12:3)

and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven ecclesias:
–angel = messenger; a messenger is any- one delegated to com- municate the will of another and act as his representative, hence Haggai the prophet was God’s messenger (Hag 1:13) and the priest was God’s mes- senger or angel (Mal 2:7)
–angels = elected elders of the ecclesias; they represented their own meeting

and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven ecclesias.
–those ecclesias were representative of all ecclesias in every age