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Revelations 19:16 an he hath on his vesture an on his thigh an name written: kings of kings , an lord of lords . (KJB)

I just ran up on this scripture. So does this mean Jesus had a tattoo?

I thought one of the commandments was thy shall not graven image?

Can anyone explain the meaning of this scripture?

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Leviticus 19:28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh, for the dead, neither shall you make in yourselves any figures or marks: I am the Lord. –  apocalypse_info_click_here May 30 '14 at 22:03
apocalypse_info_click_here can you explain revelations 19:16? –  user10314 May 30 '14 at 22:24
1. A tattoo != a graven image. A graven image is a carved idol. 2. Words on his thigh != a tattoo necessarily. They are things written. End of Story. 3. This question is at heart, "isn't x a sin" which is off topic. –  Affable Geek May 30 '14 at 23:49
You are reading Revelation and the unusual thing you noticed was a tattoo? –  DJClayworth May 30 '14 at 23:57
gotquestions.org/Jesus-tattoo.html Like this link says, it could be on his robe, not his skin. –  Bobo May 31 '14 at 0:33

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Read it in Context:

Christ on a White Horse

11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had[e] a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean,[f] followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp[g] sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:


If I'm reading this right, the person named The Word of God has this written on him. Nowhere does it say tattoo.

UPDATE I had a comment referring to Paul as the last Apostle, and for sake of correctness that was wrong. The last apostle was John. John was exiled to the island of Patmas, not Paphos. On Patmas, he lived his life in exile , due to the way the Romans felt about Christianity at the time. Christian canon believes that while on this island John experienced a vision, given to him by God. After having the vision, canon continues to believe that John wrote the book of Revelation.

For more, see this WikiPedia entry. Some scholars debate whether or not John of Patmos was John the apostle, as stated by WikiPedia.

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It says that it is "Written " on his thigh. I'm not trying to be silly but.. I know it's not called a tattoo,, but that is what we call it.. I mean, "Written' on his thigh? Was it branded on him? Was it written in ink? I'm trying to really understand. –  user10314 May 31 '14 at 0:00
So basically that verse is full of "Metaphors?" –  user10314 May 31 '14 at 0:05
E Carter Young. Thanks a lot ,, I really do appreciate that explanation . –  user10314 May 31 '14 at 0:12
See Update, I deleted my Previous comment in order to correct it. –  eyoung100 May 31 '14 at 0:17

To answer your questions as you asked them:

"So does this mean Jesus had a tattoo?"

Since the passage is undoubtedly talking about Jesus, and if you consider any sort of intentional marking on the skin to be a tattoo, then yes Rev 19:16 indicates that Jesus has/will have a tatoo.

"I thought one of the commandments was thy shall not graven image?"

The passage you're thinking of is this one:

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

Which doesn't seem applicable. I'm guessing you were really thinking of this one:

Leviticus 19:28 Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.

A good thing to understand about the Levitical law is that a lot of these laws were meant to keep Israel from doing the things of the surrounding nations. They were not a law of the heart.

Leviticus 18:3 After the doings of the land of Egypt, wherein ye dwelt, shall ye not do: and after the doings of the land of Canaan, whither I bring you, shall ye not do: neither shall ye walk in their ordinances.

These kinds of laws are usually referred to as Judicial/Civil law. The bible doesn't make this distinction, but we do because these were amoral laws that applied to the people of Israel because doing them would cause them to want to be like their surrounding nations. Having a tattoo, sowing two different kinds of grain, eating pork, etc... aren't inherently evil things like lying and murder. So assuming it doesn't cause a friend to stumble in their faith you and I can get a tattoo free of conscience.

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