Sunday, April 17, 2016
Throne Room of Heaven Series #1 – Part 103 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
As we begin this new series – #103 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation – let me summarize for new readers, past blogs, where we have carefully defined the symbolism – enigmas, idioms, metaphors, esoteric imagery – while solving riddles that have previously not been understood.
Part 7-16 Seven-headed Beast symbolism
Part 17-22 Mark of the Beast symbolism
Part 23-26 Man of Sin symbolism
Part 27-33 False Prophet & Locust Army symbolism
Part 34-44 Wedding Garment/Wedding Hall in Heaven symbolism
Part 45 Predicting the Future
Part 46-52 144,000 symbolism
Part 53-65 Two Witnesses symbolism
Part 66-68 Author of Revelation – what does church history reveal
Part 69-76 Four Horsemen symbolism
Part 77-102 Daniel’s 70-Week Vision symbolism
The Throne Room of Heaven is a fascinating study about God’s heavenly home. In this series we will study chapters 4 & 5 of Revelation, which are rife with symbolism, providing a different viewpoint than you have been taught. What have you been taught?
The modern end-time doctrine teaches that chapter 4 describes the “rapture” of the church – a secret removal of all believers from the earth, which ushers in a seven-year tribulation period. All subsequent visions in the book of Revelation will be fulfilled after this event takes place. But is this viewpoint confirmed by the definition of the symbolism and metaphorical language – and church history?
With new eyes, let’s take another look at these two chapters to see if we can unravel the message that is ensconced in the esoteric imagery and metaphorical language of these visions. I believe we will find the integrity, character, and holiness of God and Jesus Christ profoundly revealed to us.
Jesus said to John…come up here and I will show you things which must take place after this…immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne…Rev. 4:1-2. Come with me as we take an awesome walk through the Throne Room of Heaven.
John was personally invited by God to leave the natural realm and enter into the private and sacred home of God – seat of power of the sovereign Creator of the universe. He was given the mission to write what he sees and hears to share with all believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. Who else would be interested?
This sneak preview of eternity is graciously provided by our Creator to whet our spiritual appetite enough to pursue the righteousness of Jesus Christ, who paid our passage into this glorious kingdom. Jesus has made a reservation in your name and He has the tickets. All you have to do is ask Him for your tickets – repentance – which are stamped PAID IN FULL.
Chapter 4 clearly depicts the seat of power in Heaven, while giving us a symbolic description of God and His heavenly government. Chapter 5 reveals the glorified Jesus Christ, receiving the ‘red carpet” treatment in Heaven – after His resurrection – after His successful assignment on the earth.
But before we take this tour of the Throne Room of Heaven, let’s leave Heaven, and go back to the earth to see what Jesus accomplished. This will help our understanding of these chapters. What did Jesus accomplish on the earth to make Him worthy to open the seals on the scroll, that He took from the right hand of His Father in chapter 5? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~