It is generally agreed that the 7 gold lamp stands described in Revelation refer to the 7 churches that the Apostle John was particularly concerned about. We read in Revelation 1:10-11 (NLT) ‘It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshipping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard a loud voice behind me, a voice that sounded like a trumpet blast. It said, “Write down what you see, and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” ‘
There is no description in the Bible about what these 7 gold lamp stands in Revelation actually looked like. But as I considered drawing them it occurred to me that I didn’t just want to make 1 generic lamp stand design, but rather I wanted to depict the creativity of Jesus & to show something of the nature of the 7 churches in each of the lamp stand designs. I started to research the history of these towns/cities in which the 7 churches were located, to see if there was anything noteworthy. I also looked at the passage in Revelation, to see what images or symbols are used there. By combining several elements of each cities’ history with the symbolism of the Bible, I was able to design 7 completely different lamp stands, which are more interesting to look at (!), & who’s design reflects something of the town/city they represent.
Below are the drawings of the lamp stands, with their various design notes.