Revelation of The Throne Room – 12-6-22

“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:                                                                   

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of The Revelation of Christ, chapter 4 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV).

The Throne Room of Heaven

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “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. [a]And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white [b]robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, [c]thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the[d] seven Spirits of God.

Before the throne there [e]was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy,[f] holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

11 “You are worthy, [g]O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they [h]exist and were created.”

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Hebrews 11:1

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

Most people in the Bible who have seen angels have fallen down terrified – and that is just angels. Then there are a handful who have seen the glory of the Lord and they also are afraid!  Each one descries only pieces of what they saw as it is all too much and indescribable. Many artists have tried to study them and put all the vision together in one painting to try to get a better understanding of what the throne of God and God himself look like.

John started with a vision of Jesus among the lampstands which probably were just outside of the throne room. John receives the message from Jesus and turns to see… in today’s reading…. The Throne of Glory!

SO I opened a new tab and searched paintings of God’s throne room – refined it to include the word Bible (was getting other gods) – refined again to see Daniel’s vision, and Ezekiel’s vision, etc. I was unable to find more than one image with image credit and learned it had a copyright. I figure you all can search the internet if you’d like to see a bunch of images… most not lining up with what the Bible says.

What does the Bible say God and is throne look like? And is it only for a select few to know about?

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

The author of Hebrews tells us we can go running into the throne room yelling help! when we need to. Which we discussed back when we were studying Hebrews. This is a powerful prayer that can instantly transform any situation. However, first you need to know where the throne room is, what it looks like (so you aren’t someplace else duped by the devil), and you need to know YOU ARE WELCOME THERE! I also think it is important to know what to expect.  You see – John fell down as dead! Isaiah had a full blown panic attack due to his sins and submitted to being scorched by a red hot coal. The first thing you experience is the true fear of God!

The first place God could visit on Earth and meet with people was the Garden of Eden. It was ideal – perfect for man and God to walk alone. But God still had a throne room. It was from His throne room, that kings throughout time have set up their throne rooms. It was by God’s design to have a place of all His glory in which to conduct business and establish kings to follow His plan so we can understand. We aren’t talking about the palace garden or the Garden of Eden – when God comes down to us and gives us a hug and walks and talks with us. We are talking about the place where His power rules and all glory emanates from and where he does business. This is the room satan entered and God asked him if he had considered His child, Job. The enemy does not shake or tremble in the presents of holiness – they are fallen angels – angels who were made to be in His presence and worship! This is the true throne room of God.

Let’s look at a few examples and see the similarities and take note that there is NO contradictions even though they each describe different things. I think it is all so indescribable – that each one focused on different things.

Moses met God in a burning bush and was no stranger to God meeting him face to face. Moses was called through the burning bush – they did not have business to do. Moses made a counter offer and God gave Him Aaron and that was that. It was not time to do real business. It was time for Moses to get to work.  But there came a time when Moses and God had real business to do.  

18 Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. 19 Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.”
20 And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.” 21 So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.”
Exodus 20:18-21 NKJV

The throne is literally just a chair and the throne room is literally wherever that chair is set up and sat in and it is set to conduct business. In the medieval courts we can see an outer court room for public business and an inner court room for more private business. Even to this day they set up the throne chair wherever it is needed to conduct whatever business is needed. And our modern kings go to places of business more often than the pomp of going to the king.
God took his throne room down and set it on top Mt. Sinai as a show to let His people know He is able to be their God – and they needed a big and ALL POWERFUL God (so do I).

From the outside all we could see/hear was thunder, lightning, fire, noise.  Because the first thing we experience is ALWAYS the fear of God. (and since this was a mobile throne room – it needed walls. Moses went into it. We do not know if he fell like dead, as John described himself. It doesn’t say he panicked like Isaiah did. But we do know the fear of God was in that terrible fire storm and no one else was going to go in. Until…

You see, they got pretty familiar with Moses spending time in God’s presence and God needed other witnesses so they cannot write it off as just crazy old Moses. So four chapters later 70 plus elders got to see a vision of God that was like heaven in clarity:

Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. 11 But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank.
12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Come up to Me on the mountain and be there; and I will give you tablets of stone, and the law and commandments which I have written, that you may teach them.”
Exodus 24:9-12 NKJV

I am not sure if the vision was of God in heaven or in His throne room – all we have are paved streets of sapphire stone. Sapphires come in many colors – so I am not even sure what color they saw.

Anyway Moses was called back up into the cloud covered top of the mountain to finish their business. Joshua went up with Him – but it doesn’t seem like Joshua entered the throne room.

13 So Moses arose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up to the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.” 15 Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain.
16 Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel. 18 So Moses went into the midst of the cloud and went up into the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
Exodus 24:13-18 NKJV

And Moses was not very helpful with a description of the Glory of the Lord – aka His Throne Room. However it is important to look at because the understanding that the throne room is mobile and the place to do serious business is well established in this account.

Next up in my randomly selected visions of God: Isaiah Called to Be a Prophet!

1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the 
Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”
And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said:

“Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”
  Isaiah 6:1-7 NKJV

The throne and a flowing robe – the seraphim and the Holy song – shaking doors and smoke – an altar with live coals. AND the fear of the Lord! His sin was exposed in contrast to such a holy place – but without missing a beat, they cleaned him right up so God could sit down and do some business with Isaiah. Isaiah was told to proclaim God to people who would reject God and to do it until the end of time. With a calling like that, it is no wonder God showed him HIS glory. That had to be the motivation. Otherwise I cannot understand what would have keep Isaiah going trying to save people who did not want to be saved.

Next up Daniel! Daniel was used to having weird dreams and visions and seeing absurd things in the world he lived in. He was scooped up out of Israel and carried off to Babylon and forced to work for their government. After seeing prophesies and dreams and visions – at some point in the middle of it all (there is some controversy about the timeline of the book and it is not clear when according to who’s thinking) Daniel watched God set up His throne room. And for the record Daniel’s fear of the Lord moment came at the beginning of his vision – this is just the portion what describes the throne:

“I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; 10 A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9-10 NKJV

We have robes that stood out like Isaiah – but the white and wooly hair reminds me of John’s vision of Jesus at the beginning of Revelation! The throne itself was fire and had burning wheels – that is new. But wheels make sense since we have learned He sets up court wherever He needs to do business. Fiery stream coming forth is also new. (Ezekiel say the river of water from the throne in the new temple – but this is fire!) and Books were opened.
Daniel is seeing a scene we will soon rediscover in revelations. Now – many of you are able to think and put this together: John knew the book of Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah… so of course he could write about the same imagery. And you are right. But each one tells us something different – and in a different way – and each, including John have prophecies the others do not have. Both prophesies that have come true and the ones that have not yet come true.

Now Ezekiel – do you remember the clouds and storm? Well the throne room rolled up on Ezekiel in a storm! Do you remember the wheels of fire that Daniel saw, Ezekiel saw them too! It is highly unlikely that Ezekiel read Daniel’s vision, but he might have been educated in Moses’s vision. AND He could have also been educated with Isaiah’s vision – but Ezekiel seems to have written down more details about all the things than the others:

Then I looked, and behold, a whirlwind was coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also from within it came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man. Each one had four faces, and each one had four wings. Their legs were straight, and the soles of their feet were like the soles of calves’ feet. They sparkled like the color of burnished bronze. The hands of a man were under their wings on their four sides; and each of the four had faces and wings. Their wings touched one another. The creatures did not turn when they went, but each one went straight forward.
10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had the face of a man; each of the four had the face of a lion on the right side, each of the four had the face of an ox on the left side, and each of the four had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces. Their wings stretched upward; two wings of each one touched one another, and two covered their bodies. 12 And each one went straight forward; they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went.
13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, like the appearance of torches going back and forth among the living creatures. The fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning.
15 Now as I looked at the living creatures, behold, a wheel was on the earth beside each living creature with its four faces. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their workings was like the color of beryl, and all four had the same likeness. The appearance of their workings was, as it were, a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17 When they moved, they went toward any one of four directions; they did not turn aside when they went. 18 As for their rims, they were so high they were awesome; and their rims were full of eyes, all around the four of them. 19 When the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 20 Wherever the spirit wanted to go, they went, because there the spirit went; and the wheels were lifted together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. 21 When those went, these went; when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up together with them, for the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.
22 The likeness of the firmament above the heads of the living creatures was like the color of an awesome crystal, stretched out over their heads. 23 And under the firmament their wings spread out straight, one toward another. Each one had two which covered one side, and each one had two which covered the other side of the body. 24 When they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of many waters, like the voice of the Almighty, a tumult like the noise of an army; and when they stood still, they let down their wings. 25 A voice came from above the firmament that was over their heads; whenever they stood, they let down their wings.
26 And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. 27 Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around. 28 Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.
So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.”
Ezekiel 1:4-28 NKJV

This is also how the book of Ezekiel starts! It’s a wild ride! It has more abstract imagery than revelations. But the throne room had to come to Ezekiel to do business – Ezekiel was about to be given a mission from God that is just as wild! And the prophet was a mad man as well – acting in all manner of odd ways to get attention and to explain a message from God. Here we see more angelic beings. They seem to be on a platform, moving. It could be a truck. It could be a train. This is why they do not turn to turn – they face forward.
I am not going to unpack this now – Last year we did – it was a good time. But we have not even gotten to today’s reading and discussing it – so let’s do that:

1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “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. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 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.
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:
“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
Revelation 4 NKJV

Well now – reading it after reading some of the other descriptions in the Bible really does help us to visualize. John makes Ezekiel make more sense. Actually, they all help each other make more sense. And they all had the fear of the Lord – His business to conduct – and lightening, thunders and voices. Now instead of unpacking the images. Let’s take them all for what these men said – and let us pray God reveals it to us in time. Let us think about this all day really get it in us – so no counterfeit throne room will be accepted by us. Let us know in whom we believe and know His dwelling place – both the place where we can walk together, the secret place, where we can hide under his wing. And let us know the place where He does business.

We do not have to wait for him to pick up the storm and bring the fire wheels throne to our town, to our visions. When we have a need we can run straight into the throne room and declare: I have business to do with my Father!

“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 NKJV

Be prepared to fall on your face like dead. Be prepared to need a quick clean up from sin – like burning with coal. But where else are you going to turn when you need HELP!!!

I was telling my testimony today and literally I said help – was transformed by grace because I touched that throne room and did business with God. I said I would only serve a living and powerful God – I will not settle for a silent one without miracles. And I obtained mercy and grace that did not help in the time I was in – God knew my need was larger and He handled that – and it removed those things from me and put me in a new place.

Do you need help – is your prayer: “HELP!”? Do you have business to do with God? If not – that is ok. Some day you will and now you know where to go. You know you are welcome and invited there. You know you are told what it looks like so you will not be lost. You know what to expect. And now you can run in anytime you need to do business with God.

While reading Revelation, don’t get lost in the images and timeline and trying to figure out the end – go to Daniel if you want that. In revelation – let Jesus reveal Himself and His home to you.

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I also wanted to remind and inform all of you, that instead of writing a book on fasting (since it is the topic I get asked the most about) I have created a Facebook group that is designed to be interactive and give you all the Bible verses on fasting, all the types of fast, and how to fast. In the group are specialist to help us along the way, like the creator of The Fasting Protocol (fasting for health and weight loss; which is part of fasting and important to know about – He can also speak to fasting in a healthy manner). The group is new and other experts are invited, I am hopeful they will join. So let’s join the group and see what we will learn about prayer and fasting. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/509149707741862

Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace. Walk in wisdom.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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