After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” Revelation 4:1
The Apostle John was about see visions of the great tribulation, the millennial reign of Christ, the final judgement, and the destruction and restoration of Earth ! John is about to see the worst events ever in history but hes also going to see the more glorious events in history including Jesus Christs victory!
Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. Revelation 4:2
John is filled with the Holy Spirit allowing him see future prophecy right before his eyes. Jesus is the King of Kings sitting on the throne in Heaven
So then, when the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. Mark 16:19
And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. Revelation 4:3
The Brestpiece of Judgement in the book of Exodus 28 has a Ruby (Sardius) in the front row and a Jasper stone in the last row. This is symbolic that Jesus is the First and the Last, the Alpha and Omega, and he has finally come for Judgement
You shall mount on it four rows of stones; the first row shall be a row of ruby, topaz and emerald; and the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond; and the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; and the fourth row a beryl and an onyx and a jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree. Exodus 28:16-20
The Rainbow is a reminder of Gods covenant with humanity. Judgement has finally come upon the Earth!
Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. Revelation 4:4
What an interesting sight, not 12 but 24 thrones around Christ . So much for the replacement theology majors who believe God is finished with Israel. We see the 12 Tribes of (Israel) and the symbolic 12 Apostles (Church) united finally under One Covenant
How is this possible, Jesus Christ made this possible , keep reading and you’ll find out!
I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He? May it never be! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. Romans 11:1
Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; Revelation 4:5
Imagine yourself walking towards the throne of Christ and sounds of thunder and flashes of lightneing all around you. This is a terrifying seen, symbolic of the power and majesty of Christ. And the Judgement that is about to be set on the Earth!
We also see the Holy Spirit (Seven Spirits of God) present at the throne.
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:2
and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. Revelation 4:6-7
The 4 Living Creatures are probably one of the most mysterious things in the entire Bible. The Living Creatures (Beings) are Symbolic of Gods Nature , also represented in the 4 Gospels. The Man (Intelligence) The Lion (Power), The Eagle (Victory) The OX (Sacrificial)
Seas are usually symbolic for a great mass of people, since this sea is clear, we can assume there is a great multitude of “Christians” who are surrounding the throne of Christ
As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man; all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle. Ezekiel 1:10
And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME.” Revelation 4:8
Amazing accuracy to Isaiah’s and Ezekiel’s visions. The 6 wings are interesting. Most feel it represents 2 wings ready for service, 2 wings to cover their faces in unworthy to look at the Lord, and 2 wings in reverence or respect to the Lord.
Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:2-3
And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” Revelation 4:9-11
Frank Turek, Christian Apologist, has a saying “If you don’t want to be in Jesus presence now, why would you want to be with him for eternity”? The display here in Heaven is awesome, continual worship of our Lord and King Jesus Christ.
Do you want to be in the presence of Christ for all eternity? I personally look forward to worshipping Christ for all eternity!