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The names of Jesus In the book of revelation – Part 8


Emeritus Prof. Mercy Olumide

Jesus uses the term (1) as a substitute for “I” (Mat 11:9); (2) when making important claims (Mat 20:28; Mk 10:45); (3) when foretelling His death on the cross (Lk 9:44; Mat 17:22; Mk 8:31); (4) when speaking about His resurrection (Mat 17:9); (5) when referring to His glorious return to earth (Mat 24:27; Mk 13:26; 14:62); (6) when speaking of His role in judgment (Mat 13:41).

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Mat 24:30)

“Son of Man coming.” This verse portrays Christ’s appearing in the sky after the tribulation and the cosmic signs. He will come to judge the wicked (Rev 19:11―20:3), to deliver His faithful people and to establish righteousness on earth (Rev 20:4).

All Christians, both the living and the dead that had been taken from the earth at the Rapture (see John 14:3), will return with Christ at His coming with power and great glory (see Rev 19:14). The “sign” is probably Christ Himself coming on the clouds of glory, surrounded by brilliant light.

“Do not labour for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” (Jn 6:27)

“Son of Man” (Jn 6:27); Dan 7:13,14; Ezek 1:26; Mat 24:30. This is Jesus’ favourite reference to Himself. It emphasised His humanity—but the way He used it, it was a claim to divinity.

“The Son of man will ascend where He was before” (Jn 6:62).

This means that Jesus existed in heaven before He came to earth.
“And has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.” (Jn 5:27)

5:27 The Old testament mentioned three signs of the coming Messiah. In this chapter, John shows that Jesus has fulfilled all three signs. All power and authority are given to him as the Son of Man (cf. 5:27 with Daniel 7:13,14). The lame and sick are healed (cf. 5:20,26 with Isaiah 35:6; Jeremiah 31:8,9). The dead are raised to life (cf. 5:21,28 with Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:6; 2 Kings 5:7)
SON OF MAN: An Overview

“Son of Man” Expression found in both the OT and the NT. “Son of Man” is used in these ways: (1) as a poetic synonym for “man” or “human,” as in Pss. 8:4 and 80:17; (2) in Ezekiel as the title by which God regularly addresses the prophet (2:1,3; 3:1,3); and (3) in Dan. 7 as the identity of the glorious person, whom the prophet sees coming with the clouds of heaven to approach the Ancient of Days.

“The Son of Man” is a designation of Christ found frequently in the NT. It was Jesus’ favourite designation of Himself to imply both His messianic mission and His full humanity.

In the Old Testament “Son of Man” appears often in the OT as a synonym for “man” or “humankind.” In fact, outside Ezekiel and Daniel, it is always used in this way (Job 25:6;

Isa. 56:2; lev 50:40). The book of Ezekiel used ‘Son of Man” more than 90 times to refer to the prophet. His meaning is debated. Some believe the expression simply serves as an editorial convention.

Others say it points to his identification with his people or is used to distinguish Ezekiel from other men. In any case, Ezekiel exhibited a profound sense of God’s holiness and majesty, and the phrase is at least intended to mark the distance that separated the prophet, as human, from Jehovah.

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