God’s Throne Room
3. The voice of Jesus called John to,
“Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” What an invitation!
John sees God’s throne room.
John describes God’s appearance shining like the brilliance of various gemstones. John saw His glory—an expression of His divine nature. How awesome!
- Jasper (Heb. yashpheh, glittering), is a gem of various colours, one of the twelve inserted in the high priest’s breast-plate (Ex 28:20). It is named in the building of the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:18, 19). It was “most precious,” “clear as crystal” (Rev 21:11). It was emblematic of the glory of God (Rev 4:3). Easton’s Bible DictionaryAt least one scholar says this is likely a diamond because it is called “most precious.” Jasper is not considered most precious. This brilliance is similar to Jasper because of its wavy or watery colors and crystalline brightness. Also defined as “watery brightness representing God’s holiness”. ³
- Sardine stone a gem of a blood-red colour. It was called sardius because obtained from Sardis in Lydia. It is enumerated among the precious stones in the high priest’s breastplate (Ex 28:17; Ex 39:10). It is our red carnelian. Easton’s Bible DictionaryAs the watery brightness represents God’s holiness, so the fiery red His justice executing fiery wrath. The same union of white or watery brightness and fiery redness appears in Rev. 1:14 Rev. 10:1; Eze 1:4; Eze 8:2; Da 7:9. ³
- Emerald-like rainbow around the throne, His shekinah glory
As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory and brilliance of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell face downward and I heard a voice of One speaking. Ezekial 1:28 AMP
Green showing the reviving and refreshing nature of the new covenant. ²
Rainbow is interesting because God gave the rainbow on earth as a sign of His promise that He would never send a world-wide flood again. The rainbow is symbolic of God’s own glory.
- A rainbow is symbolic of peace. ¹
- Symbolic of the promise of a Redeemer. ²
- The rainbow a complete circle surrounding the throne vertically, not like the earth’s (typically) half circle.
- The main color is green.
- (Interesting thought, but seems like a stretch) The next deluge will be of fiery judgment ridding the earth of its oppressors. During God’s judgment, the believer will be reassured by the rainbow of God’s covenant with us. ³
This description of God’s manifest presence does not define a distinct form that could be made into an idol.
And yet the description is distinct enough to fill the mind with emotions of awe and sublimity, and to leave the impression that he who sat on the throne was a pure and holy God. ¹
How does this expand your view of God and of worship
In God’s presence and glory, John was caught up at once in deep worship. In God’s presence, John didn’t think about himself and his own needs. All he could do was worship.
I often go into a time of corporate worship hoping for a touch or needing to be refreshed. John’s reference to deep worship reminds me that my sole purpose should be to focus on HIM—not focus on what’s in it for me.
From John’s experience, I realize I’m more likely to receive what I need because we recognize and worship Him for who He is—
- His holiness,
- His beauty and radiance,
- His righteousness and perfection,
- His wisdom and understanding,
- His love, grace, and mercy.
In His presence, we are changed. Not because of anything we’ve done. Only because of who He is.
He is above all kingdoms above all thrones above all wonders the world has ever known.
While walking this morning, I meditated on this passage. Reading it again just now, listening to and singing worship songs that rose up in my spirit…ahhhh…so overwhelmed by His presence.
Precious Lord, may everyone reading this experience Your presence—right now. Let Your goodness pass before them and envelop them with Your glory. Bring revelation, wisdom, and understanding. So be it.
4. a. Around God’s Throne—
Seven fire-blazing torches fronted the Throne. This probably refers to the Seven Spirits of God mentioned in Revelation 3:1.
Twenty-four elders on twenty-four thrones around God’s throne.
- “…probably representing the whole church of God.” ²
- the heads of the old and new testament churches, the twelve patriarchs (Rev 7:5-8) and Twelve Apostles. Rev 15:3 ³
The elders were wearing white robes and gold crowns.
White garments could represent—
- the righteousness of the saints. Revelation 19:8 5
- the garments of the priests. 4
- the imputed righteousness of the saints and their holiness. ²
The gold crowns represent—
- the ultimate triumph of the church. ¹
- the glory they have with Him. ²
- victory, implying conflict and endurance. ³
b. Crowns promised to disciples of Christ—
An eternal crown 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
A reward for those who deny themselves for the sake of others and the kingdom of God.
The Greek implies Paul said he was a slave driver to his flesh. His spirit man was in control. Jesus taught that prayer and fasting were two things that would break the control of the flesh over us. see Matthew 17:21 5
Crown of Righteousness— 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Crown of Glory for conquerors— 1 Peter 5:4
Crown of Life— James 1:12
I’m encouraged that God rewards those who diligently seek Him.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
My answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Revelation Lesson