His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. Revelation 19:12
"His eyes were as a flame of fire..." When the disciple comes face to face with the Christ within he sees through the eyes of the spirit, as if his vision were powered by a spiritual fire. He is also aware of the flame of fire that proceeds from the crown of his head and links him to the world of spirit. This link opens his eyes to vision by fire, the source of light, rather than light itself.
"...and on his head were many crowns;" The many crowns symbolize many lives, many accomplishments, numerous initiations, many enemies defeated, many works of service and more. It especially symbolizes lives where the disciple accomplished what he was supposed to do which paved the way for greater accomplishment. The disciple now understands that the greatest kingdom over which he can rule is within and he is a king with a kingdom greater than any outward king on the earth.
"...and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself." There is disagreement among scholars whether this should be translated as "name" or "names." Some think that the name would have been written on the crowns and thus there would have been a different name on each crown. Most think it is a singular name, known only to Christ.
Either way, both have meanings that present the truth.
In each life (symbolized by a crown) the disciple has a different name. It is said that when one becomes a master he is shown all his past lives. When this happens to one near the end of his human evolution he is aware of names of his past where victory was achieved. Instead of broadcasting to the world, saying, "Hey guys, I was Elijah in a past life," he will note whatever success he has had in the past and keep it to himself for his own purposes. Whenever you see a person telling you to follow and believe in him because he was a great one in the past you should get out of his way and allow him to make a fool of himself - but don't let him make a fool of you.
If we interpret the verse by using a singular name we find another true meaning hinted at in the next verse which says: "and his name is called The Word of God."
The literal phrase "the Word of God" is not the name which no other man knows, but is a realization. To hear preached to us that Christ or the Word of God dwells in us is a much different thing than realizing that we are truly one with Christ, or the Word of God. When this realization comes the disciple has a vision of the mission which he must accomplish. He is the only one who fully understands the mission, which is the true hidden name.
And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. Revelation 19:13
The vesture dipped in blood symbolizes the pain, suffering and trials he has been through in all his lives to reach this point where he is now. And where is that? It is the realization of Christ in him and that he is one of the words of God made flesh, just as was his master, The Christ.
And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Revelation 19:14
Notice that the armies of heaven did not have vestures dipped in blood, but their garments were "white and clean."
This tells us that the disciple has reached a level of consciousness where he can soon leave behind all the memories of pain and suffering of the world. Even so, for the moment he has a mission to fulfill that uses all the resources of heaven as well as earth within him. Pure thoughts and intent from heaven follow him as he goes to battle to move forward the will of God. The white horses symbolize the wisdom of the Spirit which will accompany him to battle - a wisdom that no man grounded upon the earth or leaning upon the power of the Beast can stand against.
Here are the next verses to contemplate:
15And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:15-16
Down from the mountain top I come, bringing the light of Life, the life of Light. Into the chalice of the form I pour that light which life confers, this life which light sustains. I see this golden light transform the darkness into day. I see the blue of life divine pour through the form, healing and soothing. Thus is the task performed. Thus is a man of earth transformed into a Son of God. DK
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