THE TRIUNE GOD AND HIS THRONE
Leslie M. John
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19)
THE THRONE OF GOD
It was a great privilege for Apostle John to see the vision of the throne of God. The throne of God was described in its minutest detail in Revelation Chapter 4. We read about the vision that John saw about the One who was seated on the throne and the way he was; and will be worshipped in heaven.
The Word of God says, “he that has eyes let him see; he that has ears let him hear; he that understands let him understand.” Prophet Isaiah described the throne of God and the angels guarding it. Prophet Ezekiel described in a closer way; nevertheless John is the one who saw the throne of God to the minutest detail. As the prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel entered to serve the LORD, they were permitted by HIM to have visions to see the Almighty One. (Isaiah 6:1-13 and Ezekiel 1:1-28).
John’s vision was quite distinct from that of the ones which Isaiah and Ezekiel saw. John’s vision was about the way God was worshipped; and is being; and will be worshipped. As John looked a door opened and he was invited. John was invited to have a look at the heaven. Until the door was opened the throne and that which was in heaven was not known to John. He was not to make presumptions but to write exactly what he saw.
It was decisively shown by the Almighty God as to what is now and will come to pass in future. He heard a voice calling him to witness the things that will come to pass in future. The voice that called him was like a trumpet and the voice said to him “Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter”. There he saw in vision the things that are and the things that will come to pass in the future. As soon as he heard this voice he was taken in spirit and behold, he saw the throne that was set in heaven. He saw the ONE who was seated on the throne.
John did not write that he was caught up in to heaven, but he wrote that he was caught up in sprit to witness these things that were as of then, and will come to pass in future. He was still in the island of Patmos.
The vision that he saw appeared to him as real. It is noteworthy that John did not give any name of the One who was seated on the throne. There is, therefore, no scope for any one to make an idol of how God looks like.
The description as John saw was great; to him the One who was seated on the throne appeared like the one in royal robes similar to a prince decked with expensive stones. He appeared like transparent Jasper that offers to the human eye vivid colors in perfection signifying God’s glory. He appeared like Sardis that signifies justice of God. The image of the heaven, the throne and the One, who was seated on the throne were so excellent that John went on describing that there was a rainbow around the throne. It presented a picture of indescribable beauty.
The sight was similar to that of an emerald. The rainbow is a picture of peace as was first presented by God during Noah’s time. It was a sign of peace after the cessation of floods during Noah’s period. God promised that he will not destroy man any more with flood.
There were twenty four elders sitting in their seats around the throne. On the throne was seated the One who was worthy to receive worship. The twenty four elders in their royalty in appearance were seated on their seats. They had crowns on their heads. It gives us the picture that they represented the saints of whole Church/Assembly of Old Testament and New Testament periods. They have also overcome the temptations in the world and received crowns for being loyal to Him. They are seated and their seating indicated that there was in them peace, rest, satisfaction, and honor.
It eliminates the possibility of assuming that they were literal twenty four elders in number around the throne. These twenty four elders, who were clothed in white robes, signified purity. They were saved and their salvation entitled them such a position as they were in. They were imputed with the righteousness of Lord Jesus. They had crowns on their heads. It signifies that they received honor and rewards. They represented the Church on the earth and the exalted place of the victorious Church in heaven.
From out of the throne proceeded the lightening and thundering and voices and before the throne were seven lamps of fire burning that were of seven Spirits of God. Before the throne was a sea of glass that appeared like a crystal and in the midst of the throne and around the throne there were four beasts that had eyes before and behind full on their bodies.
There were four beasts, which were living creatures near God. They were between God and the twenty four elders. These living creatures are cherubim.
The first beast looked like lion, the second like a calf, the third had a face of man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle These four beasts had each of them six wings around him and they were full of eyes. They did not cease worshipping God saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come’.
The most accepted interpretation is that the Lion represents nobility, Ox represents strength, human face represents wisdom, and the flying eagle represents swiftness. The beasts worship God that there was none like him. There was none like him before; nor is now, and nor will be in future. The twenty four elders fall down before God laying down their crowns. They lay down their crowns before him acknowledging that it was by His grace that they have their crowns. They worship him saying, ” Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created”.
Today is the day of Salvation. Please accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, and your Lord, to enter in to the Kingdom of God. Lord Jesus Christ bore our sins and died for our sake. He is resurrected and living. He will come soon. Please do not lose this opportunity but confess your sins to him and be saved to receive honor to worship the living God and be with him in eternity.