Tag: The Throne of God

Overcome by Glory!

Scripture reading for July 18th: Isaiah 5-8

In the presence of the Lord there is an awesome awareness of God’s holiness and of our sinfulness.  It is always by God’s initiative that He reveals Himself to a man or woman.  We can’t command a visitation although we can ask humbly.  Job asked to have an audience with His maker and found himself unable to answer and repented in dust and ashes for words he had said.  (Job 42:2-6)   Isaiah had a visitation and saw the Lord in the year that King Uzziah died.  (about 740 B.C.)

Isaiah beheld the Lord on a throne and his robe filled the temple.  Above and around Him were heavenly beings called seraphs, or “burning ones”.  They had six wings and were calling to each other “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty, the whole earth is full of His glory.”  (Isaiah 6:3)  When they spoke, their voices shook the doorposts and thresholds of the temple and smoke filled the house.  It  was the glory of God Almighty!

Isaiah himself began to cry out in terror of judgment in the presence of this Holy One!  He immediately knew his sin would bring judgment and death.  He also understood the people among whom he lived were in danger of judgment!  Seeing God’s great white throne would spell disaster!  (Revelation 20:11-14)  God heard his confession.  He sent one of the seraph’s with a burning coal from the altar.  The seraph took the coal and applied it to the prophet’s mouth and his sin was taken away.

After cleansing, Isaiah heard the Lord asking a question.  “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for me?” Isaiah quickly responded with “Here am I, send me!” (Isaiah 6:8)  God told Isaiah that He was sending him to a people whose hearts were calloused and ears were dull.  (Isaiah 6:9-10)   Jesus quoted these verses as he spoke to the religious people of His day.  (Matthew 13:13-15)

In summary, the encounter Isaiah had with the Lord brought revelation of God’s glory.  This led to recognition of his sinfulness and confession.  Repentance brought cleansing.   After cleansing he heard God’s call and willingly obeyed!  This is a pattern for all disciples of Jesus Christ!

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Christ is soon to appear!

Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 22:1-21

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city.  On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month.  And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.  No longer will there be any curse.  The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.  They will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads.” (Revelation 22:1-4)

As this magnificent vision came to a climax, John again viewed the throne of God, this time in its setting of the New Jerusalem.  Here the throne had a river flowing from it, coming down the main street.  Along its banks stood the tree of Life, bearing fruit each month.  All His servants would serve God and have access to the water and tree of Life!  They  would see God’s face and reign with Him forever and ever!

“Behold, I am coming soon!  Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” (Revelation 22:7)  John was informed of the truth of these words and reminded of the urgency of the message of the book he has written down.  As the promise of blessing was given to those who would read and obey in the beginning, it is now repeated as the vision ended.  (Revelation 1:3)

“Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”  “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of Life and may go through the gates into the city.  Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22:12-15)  Jesus Christ is coming soon!  This is repeated three times!  Some would enjoy blessing and reward, others would be left outside.  Will you be ready for your part in this abundant life? My prayer is that you can say with John and me: “Amen, Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20b)

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