The Bible says in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God (John 1:1)
But then the word became flesh, according to John 1:14. Now I'm looking around at the variations of flesh that cohabit this earth - that have been here for centuries - and I ask this question: "When the word became flesh, which flesh did it become?"
I want to dissect the description of Christ that was revealed to us by John the Revelator in Revelation 1:14-15.
It says, His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Now, for us to fully understand what was being revealed to John, we must understand the difference between the words "like" and "as."
The word, "LIKE" notes identicality to whatever it's being compared to. But the word, "AS" denotes literality, because it can only be compared to the function of something. A good casing point can be found in Peter 2:9, where it says, "One thousand years to man is as one day to God. Now if it was literal, then Peter would have omitted the word, "AS," and then it would have read, "One thousand years to man is one day to God." Since the beginning was the word, and the word was God, that means God existed before time it'self. So, the word, "AS' was used to help man better perceive God's timing. Man's existence has always been confounded by time, thus it's next to impossible to perceive anything outside of that without denoting literalities. You can't make eternity literal to those that have only experienced time.
Another corresponding scripture that is more along the lines of the scripture we're dissecting (Revelation 1:14-15) is Daniel's physical description of God in Daniel 10 (which also describes God as a black melanated man). Verse 6 says, His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.
Now, since "LIKE" specifies identicalities, then that means God's body was identical to beryl. Beryl is a stone that rivals the emerald stone, which is known for its glisten and glow. So Daniel meant God's body glistened and glowed like a beryl stone.
Now since the word, "AS" denotes literalities, then that means his face being "AS" the appearance of lightning doesn't mean his face looked like a thunderbolt. Faces in the Bible represent behavior, which is why it is interchanged with countenance often. Count means to calculate and the suffix "ance" means how something appears. So countenance is the calculation of one's behavior based on their appearance or facial expression. So God having a face "AS" the appearance of lightning could represent a powerful and grand facial expression, just as lightning has a powerful and grand function when it appears. Whatever other functions lightning has can also be applied to God's facial expression, during Daniel's vision. Also notice that I used the word "could" because the word, "AS" denotes literalities, and the functions of lightning are many. However, according to scriptures, lightning solely represents God's power.
The same concept can be applied to his eyes being "AS" lamps of fire. It doesn't mean his eyes looked like fire, but had the functions of fire. Fire can have a piercing function. Fire can have a warm and welcoming function. And according to scriptures, fire represents judgment and purification. So his eyes could be judgmental with a purifying stare.
The final portion of Daniel's description in verse 6 describes God's arms and feet being "LIKE" in color to polished brass. So we can look at the color of brass and literally apply it to God's skin color. It also says that his voice was "LIKE" the voice of a multitude. So we know he meant that his voice literally sound like a multitude of voices at once.
Now, let's take what we've learned about the words, "LIKE" & "AS" and apply it to the description of Jesus given in Revelation 1:14-15.
SCRIPTURE SNIPPET: "His head and his hairs were white like wool"
SCRIPTURE MEANING: His hair had the literal texture of wool.
SCRIPTURE SNIPPET: "as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;"
SCRIPTURE MEANING: Not literally like snow, but the function of snow (according to scripture, snow is purity). His eyes weren't literally red, but piercing, judging, and all the other biblical functions of fire can be applied to the way his eyes looked.
SCRIPTURE SNIPPET: And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
SCRIPTURE MEANING: Feet literally the color of brass, but not regular brass, brass so dark that it looked "AS" if it was burned. And his voice is as powerful as roaring waters, NOT literally sounding like many waters.