In the first book of Revelation, John has noted that the intended audience is those souls who are advancing in experience of the subtle, heavenly realms. Then he describes various visions in culturally relevant descriptions of the time so that the internal imagery apparent to advanced disciples of Christ can be better understood. Finally, John is explaining the state of his consciousness when he received the prophecy that he has been commanded by Christ to share.
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. Write therefore the things that you have seen, those that are and those that are to take place after this. As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. — Revelation 1:17–20
The highest states of spiritual awareness require that the human form appears “dead”. This is the penultimate state of stillness referred to in Psalm.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” — Psalm 46:10
Even though these advanced saints and mystics do not permanently die physically, their heart rate and respirations slow to a nearly undetectable level. This stillness of the physical and subtle breaths achieved by calm and unforced engagement with Spirit is called “samadhi” by yogis. In the initial states of samadhi, the body becomes motionless and sometimes even rigid. John “fell at his feet” in this breathless state of motionless spiritual awareness.
There is an even greater state to be achieved by a rare few who have a particular God-given mission to accomplish in the world. That state is when one has unbroken awareness of Spirit yet functions physically as a normal human in the material world. When God chooses to use a prophet in this highest state for a message to the world, the prophet will be lifted up from the motionless state of stillness to performance of physical activity while maintaining the inner state of stillness. This is called…