- After writing letters to the seven churches in Asia, John looks up to heaven and sees a door wide open.
- He hears the voice he heard before, that of the Son of Man, saying, “come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
- Immediately, John finds himself, in the Spirit, before the throne in heaven.
- The one sitting on the throne had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.
- An emerald-like rainbow encircled the throne, which was surrounded by twenty four elders, each on their own throne.
- The elders were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.
- From the throne came booms of thunder and flashes of lightning.
- In front of the throne were seven lamps blazing, which symbolized the seven spirits of God (seven showing fullness/completeness).
- Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, as clear as crystal.
- John then focuses in on four creatures, one looking like a lion, one looking like an ox, one looking like an eagle, and one having the face like a man. Each creature had six wings and every part of their body was covered in eyes. They creatures never stop saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”
- Whenever the creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One on the throne, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him in worship. They lay down their crowns before Him and say “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
John finds himself in the throne room of God and attempts to describe what he experienced. Whether everything he wrote was literal or whether it was a comparison to convey what the scene looked like, the end result is awe. John is in awe of the scene, the creatures are in awe and give glory to the One on the throne, and the elders are in awe as they worship and lay their crowns before Him.
Reading John’s account, I am in awe, but surely not in the same way that he was. But my earthly-awe should still inspire me to fall to my knees in worship. Today, this week, I need to take time to give all honor and glory to the One who is deserving of it.
Father, John looked upon a glimpse of your glory and was told to share what He experienced with the rest of us. I thank you for this revelation that we have, a glimpse of things yet to come. I pray that I would be diligent in giving you all glory and honor in this life, well before I experience your throne room in person. Amen.
Posted on Fri, December 4, 2015
by Brian Landers