GOD'S THRONE IN HEAVEN
THE GOD OF THE CHRISTIANS IS IN CONTROL OF THE UNIVERSE
NOT A ROMAN EMPEROR
An open door to heaven. The use of the word
"heaven" is much more than the place where God resides.
The omnipresent can't be limited to one geographical
place. He is always in every place. Heaven is more of a
state of being than a place. We can think of it as the
spiritual region. Ephesians 2 says that Christians are
seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Philippians
3:20 says, "our citizenship is in heaven," Because of
Christ, today we have the privilege of entering into
the presence of God who is in heaven. An open door
gives the ideas of free access to the presence of
Throne signifies dominion, power, authority,
rule and reign. It is much more than just a piece of
furniture. We will read about "throne" 38 times. The
message is clear: God is in control of everything.
Precious stones: The one seated on the
throne is glorious, magnificent, and brilliant. God is
Rainbow is the symbol of a covenant of
mercy. See Genesis 9 and Ezekiel 1. This vision will
tell of God's terrible judgments but His people need to
know of His mercy too!
Twenty-four elders symbolize the church. In
the Old Testament sacerdotal system of the Levitical
priesthood, 24 was the number of shifts among the
priests. (1 Chronicles 24:1-19). Their crowns are
"stephanos," the victor's crown, rather than a crown of
royalty. Seated on thrones, they are reigning
(Revelation 1:5, 6). White clothes represent purity and
good works of the saints (Revelation 19:8). Seated on
thrones, they are reigning (Revelation 1:5, 6). So, who
are the purified, victorious, reining people who are
priests of God full of good works and who live in close
relationship to God? They are the Christians! This is
the church! They are the royal priesthood! Read 1 Peter
2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6; 5:9, 10; 20:4, 6 and 1
Chronicles 23:4. Of these, twenty-four thousand were to
look after the work of the house of the LORD, six
thousand were officers and judges,
Lightning, voices and thunders always
indicate a demonstration of the wrath and power of God
as well as the time for Him to speak. See Hebrews 12.
God's voice means terror to the rebellious but hope to
Seven lamps of fire represent the Holy
Spirit of God (Revelation 1:4). It is fire because He
knows all and reveals all.
Sea of glass is the separation between God
and all inferior beings. In the temple of Solomon, (2
Chronicles 4:2-6), the sea of bronze was placed between
the priest and the Holy Place where God made His
appearance. God is Holy (separate).
Four living creatures are cherubim, the
defenders of God's justice and holiness. They are God's
war wagon (Ezekiel 1 and 10). They see all. They are
like beasts to destroy, strength to serve, intelligence
to act and swiftness to execute God's will. The message
is that God is well equipped to handle any enemy.
Casting crowns before the throne symbolizes
unending worship (submission).
Revelation teaches the victory of the church,
Christians, over the Roman persecutors. The battle will
be fierce and many will lose their lives. The battle
scenes might frighten the reader so, before seeing such
tribulation, it was needful to give God's people hope
and confidence. So we see the power and dominion of
God. It does not matter what seems to be in life. Each
Christian needs to know with certainty that God is in
control of the universe. All things will cooperate for
the good of those who love the Lord, who are called
according to His purpose. The church is always before
God's throne. Don't be afraid!