Sunday, May 8, 2016
Throne Room of Heaven Series #4 – Part 106 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
We are beginning our tour of the Throne Room of Heaven after laying the foundation in the past 3 blogs. John heard a voice say…Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this…Rev. 4:1. The question should be, “After what?”
For over two years this blog has been providing historical documentation that proves the majority of the visions of John have been fulfilled, by providing names, dates and places for their fulfillment. While the modern end-time doctrine of your denomination believes this verse describes the rapture of the church, and every succeeding chapter is fulfilled after they leave the earth, I ask you to take another look at chapters 4 & 5 of Revelation. If we define the metaphorical language and the esoteric imagery, another riddle could be solved, unlocking the message hidden in the symbolism.
As we peruse these two chapters with “new eyes” I believe we will find they describe a spiritual behind-the-scenes look at what and who governs the happenings on the earth. Without this revelation that Jesus gave to John, we could never fully understand the participation of Jesus Christ in the government of the universe – the physical realm and the spiritual realm.
John was given the mission to write what he sees and hears, and share these things with all believers in Jesus Christ – who else would be interested? This is a sneak preview of eternity graciously provided by our Creator to whet our spiritual appetite enough to pursue the righteousness of Jesus Christ who paid our passage – His blood sacrifice – into this glorious kingdom of Heaven.
John was allowed to see with his own eyes, the royal reception of Jesus Christ, as He returns to His Father in Heaven after His death and resurrection, where He will make continual intercession for His kids on the earth, until they all arrive safely home from their earthly suffering – their witness for Him…Rom. 8:34-35.
God’s throne room – His seat of power in Heaven – is clearly depicted in Revelation chapter 4, by a symbolic description of God and His heavenly government. The glorified Jesus Christ is revealed after His resurrection in chapter 5 – where John was shown things which must take place after this – after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. John was invited to take a brief personal tour of God’s dwelling place – His heavenly temple – the dwelling place for all born again believers in Jesus Christ. So let’s begin our tour with John.
And He who sat there was like jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald…and from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God…Rev. 4:3 & 5. What is the meaning of this symbolism?
It was difficult for John to describe the supernatural power and presence of God with mere words, but he tried to do so by describing the scene metaphorically – precious stones, displays of lightning, thunder, earthquakes, and voices. John could easily see that the reverberating thunderous sound was a massive heavenly choir – heard throughout the whole realm – voices of redeemed human beings praising God for their salvation, and the praises of a myriad of angelic beings…Rev. 14:2-3.
The Throne Room itself looked like a spectacular fireworks display with immense sprays of colorful lightning flashing hues of awesome color and majestic wonder, spewing sparkling brilliance throughout the heavenly city of God.
After being overwhelmed by such unimaginable grandeur, John was finally able to focus on the throne where God was sitting, whose character was metaphorically portrayed by the brilliant jewels of jasper and sardius, which have symbolic meaning.
Jasper is as clear as crystal – like a diamond. This transparency symbolizes the flawless purity and holiness of God. The sardius is a precious stone that was one of the twelve stones set in the breastplate of the Jewish high priest, which had mystical/supernatural power. Its deep ruby-red color symbolizes the blood of Jesus Christ. The jewel depicts the all-powerful supernatural Creator of all things, who will avenge the death of His martyred saints on the earth.
What does the rainbow symbolize? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question~~~