DECEMBER 6 READING…REVELATION 4
What would it be like to go into the throne-room of God? What would heaven look like? If you remember, the Prophet Isaiah was taken to heaven, read about it in Isaiah 6. Here in the 4th & 5th chapters of Revelation John is taken to heaven, and he shares what he sees. A voice from heaven shouts to John and immediately he is in the Spirit, and he is brought before the throne of God. To say this would be overwhelming would be an understatement. The first One he sees is God sitting on His throne. I believe though there is much in heaven, including our loved ones who have gone before us, and some who will join us after we have been there, but the focus of heaven will be God. John attempts to describe God, but how do you describe the fullness of even God’s appearance to finite humans? He used the most precious and beautiful stones imaginable to speak of God. And yet, I hope we understand even these magnificent stones cannot do God justice. The throne of God was encircled by a rainbow…declaring that God is a promise giving, and promise keeping, God. Even that which was where God sits, and around Him, exists to bring Him glory.
Now, in heaven John saw twenty-four elders. These were clothed in white, representing that they were humans who had been redeemed…they had on their heads crowns (stephenos)…for they had won the victory in Christ Jesus. He saw four living creatures that were full of eyes…one had the appearance of a lion, the second the appearance of a calf, the third as a man, and the fourth had the appearance of an eagle. They each had six wings. The cried forth day and night, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty”. When these creatures cried out, all of heaven fell on its face before God and worshiped Him. Then the elders cast their crowns before God’s throne, and said, “You are worthy, O Lord to receive glory and honor and power. You are the creator of all things, and anything that exists does so by your very word.”
Please share your thoughts from today’s reading.
TOMORROW’S READING…REVELATION 5