Tag: throne of God

Anticipating seeing His Glory!

Scripture reading for July 28th:  Isaiah 2-6

Key Scriptures:  Isaiah 6:1-3  “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above Him were seraphs, each with six wings:  With tow wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another:  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.”

Isaiah describes the vision he was allowed to see of the throne of God.  He was overcome with the glory of the Lord and confessed his uncleanness and need of cleansing.  The sight of God’s throne and the heavenly beings worshiping there was overwhelming.  Their continual cry was “Holy, Holy, Holy!”   Over six hundred years later, John was caught up into heaven and given a similar opportunity to view God’s throne and those worshiping there.

The Holy Throne:  “In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, . . .  Each of the four living creatures had six wings and covered with eyes all around, even under his wings.  Day and night they never stopped saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”    (Revelation 4:6-8)

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The Glorious Throne!

Scripture reading for December 4th:  Revelation 4

“After this I looked and there before me was a door standing open in heaven.  And the voice I had first hear speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this.”  At once I was in the Spirit and there before me was a throne in heaven with Someone sitting on it.  And the One who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian.  A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.”  (Revelation 4:1-3)

John received a supernatural revelation of the unseen reality that was invisible to all humans without divine assistance.  The first thing John described was the throne.  The throne had Someone sitting on it.  John could only describe that “One” as having the appearance of sparkling gems and radiating the colors of a rainbow completely encircling Him.  Jasper is crystal clear and carnelian is brilliant red. John had no physical description other than the glorious color and blazing light coming in flashes of lightning and peals of thunder. (Revelation 4:5)

Around this brilliant throne, there were twenty-four other thrones with elders dressed in white with crowns of gold.  In the center of the throne, there were four living creatures and they never stopped crying,  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is , and is to come.”  (Revelation 4:8) The elders responded to their worship by falling down and casting their crowns before the throne crying, “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.”  The unseen realities around God’s Holy Throne throb with worship, light, and glory!   By God’s amazing grace, we who believe on Jesus will see this eternal throne in our glorified bodies!

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The Book of Life!

Scripture reading for September 4th: Daniel 10-12

I love books!  I have a great library and it is always growing!   The Apostle John said that if all that Jesus did were written down, the whole world could not contain all the books that would be written!  (John 21:25)  Volumes of books have been written, but the most important book on earth is the Holy Bible!

The Bible speaks of another book that should be important to every human being!  It is the Book of Life found before the throne of God.  In that book are written the names of all who have been adopted into the family of God by faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of Man and Son of God.  (Daniel 12:1)  (Revelation 20:12, 15)  If your name is written in that book, you will be delivered from the coming wrath against sin that flows from the Ancient of Days! (Daniel 7:10) (Revelation 20:14)  There will be a resurrection of all men with reward for some and punishment for others.  (Daniel 12:2-3)  (Revelation 22:12-15)

The righteous are promised eternal glory for their obedience. (Revelation 22:1-6)  (Daniel 12:3)  They will shine like the stars of heaven forever and ever!  They will live in the heavenly city where God Himself and the Lamb, Jesus Christ, is the source of all light!  They will behold Him and see His face!

Daniel was told to seal up the words of his book for the time of the end. (Daniel 12:4)  People would be seek this knowledge but only the wise would find it.  The wise were those whose names were written down in that special book of Heaven!  But John was told in Revelation 22:10, not to seal up the words of his book of prophecy because the time was near for it’s fulfillment!

“Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.  Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”  “Behold I am coming soon and my reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:10-12

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A panorama of the future!

Scripture reading for September 3rd: Daniel 7-9

Daniel saw the four winds of heaven stirring up a great sea and out of the sea came four great beasts.  The first was like a lion and the second looked like a bear.  The third beast was like a leopard and the fourth beast was something terrifying.  It had iron teeth and ten horns on it’s head.  It was devouring  it’s victims and crushing them.  (Daniel 7:4-7)  These beasts corresponded to the dream of Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2 and represented the kingdoms that followed that time, starting with Babylon, the lion, and moving to Persia, the bear.  The leopard was Greece and the ferocious beast was the Roman Empire of Jesus’ day. (Revelation 13:1-4)

Daniel saw another horn, a little horn that came up among the ten horns of the last beast.  This horn had eyes like a man and a boastful mouth.  (Daniel 7:8)  Many commentators think that this horn represents the evil ruler of the last days that will be known as ‘Antichrist’.  (Revelation 13:5-7)(2nd Thessalonians 2:8-10)

Next, Daniel’s attention focused on thrones that were set in place.  One came and took His seat whose name was the “Ancient of Days”.  This Ancient One had clothing that was brilliantly white and hair that was white like wool. His throne was ablaze with fire and full of wheels of fire, and a river of fire was flowing out before Him.  There was a host attending Him that could not be numbered.  This Ancient One was the judge in a court and there were books present that were opened. (Daniel 7:9-10) (Revelation 20:11-12)

As Daniel watched, the last beast that the little horn had come from was slain and thrown into the blazing fire.   Then, suddenly, before Daniel was one like a ‘Son of Man’ coming on the clouds of heaven. (Mark 13:26)  He approached the Ancient of Days and was given glory, authority, and power over all nations and men.  All worshiped Him in an everlasting kingdom that would never end! (Daniel 7:11-14)(Revelation 5:11-13)

Daniel’s visions are an amazing panorama of history from his day down to the second coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man!   Be encouraged today that the Ancient of Days is in charge!  The evil world system will be destroyed and the Ancient of Days will reign forever!

 

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Water to swim in!

Scripture reading for August 30th: Ezekiel 44-48

Ezekiel was taken by the man with the measuring line to the entrance of the temple facing east.  There he saw a stream of water coming down from the south side from south of the altar.  He then took Ezekiel to the outside of the east gate and measured off a thousand cubits (450 meters or 1500 feet).  Ezekiel found the water there to be ankle-deep.  Another thousand cubits and the water was knee-deep and another thousand the water was waist-deep.  A final thousand cubits and the water was so deep that he could not cross it by walking. Along the banks of the river, a great number of trees were growing. (Ezekiel 47:3-7)

Ezekiel was told by the man that the water entered the Dead Sea and there those waters became fresh.  The waters were full of swarms of living creatures and large numbers of fish.  Fishermen stood on the banks and cast their nets harvesting the fish.  Fruit trees grew along the banks and they were always green and yielded fresh fruit each month.  This fruit would be for food and the leaves of these trees would bring healing.(Ezekiel 47:8-12)

Following this vision Ezekiel gave detailed instructions about how to divide the land among the twelve tribes.  The city of Jerusalem had 12 gates named after the twelve tribes of Israel.  The final verse states that the name of that city will be “The Lord is There”.  (Ezekiel 48:30-35)

This vision points us to the Apostle John’s vision in the book of Revelation.  John saw an angel with a measuring rod of gold who was measuring the city, it’s gates, and walls.  (Revelation 21:15-21)  The walls were made of precious stones and the  twelve gates were made of single pearls.  The street of the city was pure gold!  God’s presence filled the city with light and there was no need of sun or moon because of this glorious light!  There was a river flowing from the throne of God down the middle of the street with trees bearing fruit each month.  (Revelation 22:1-5)  The leaves of these trees were for the healing of the nations!   God Himself and the Lamb would be with His people and they would behold His face!

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The overcoming Blood!

Scripture reading for December 21st: Revelation 12:1-17

A great drama with interesting characters was the next sign seen in heaven by John on his tour of the throne room.  Images have powerful ability in the hearts of men to convey truth or to deceive.  Those who have been redeemed now have hearts that are teachable and open to truth.  John wrote of these characters to describe the things God showed him that were yet to come.

“A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven:   a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.  She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.  Then another sign appeared in heaven:  an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.  His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.  The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born.  She gave birth to a Son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.  And her Child was snatched up to God and to His throne. (Revelation 12:1-5)

The Jewish believers of that day would recognize the character of the pregnant woman as the nation of Israel.  The twelve stars were the twelve sons of Jacob.  The child was the promised ruler from the line of Judah.  Psalm 2:9 described this ruler as One with an ‘iron scepter’ to rule the nations of the earth.  Believers would recognize in the description of this child being ‘snatched up’ to God and His throne, a picture of Jesus Christ who is ruling in heaven until all his enemies be put under his feet.  (Psalm 110:1-2, 5-6)

The dragon is the old serpent from the Garden of Eden, Satan.  He was kicked out of heaven and a third of the angels who rebelled with him fell also.  (Ezekiel 28:12-18)  The dragon has been at war with the seed of woman since the Garden of Eden where God told him of his end.  (Genesis 3:15)  In this cosmic contest, devouring mankind is now the dragon’s interest.  Believers overcome him by their confession of trust in the blood of the Lamb!  (Revelation 12:11-12)  All heaven rejoices because the dragon’s time is short!

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