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Revelation's Heavenly Throne
(Revelation 4.2-3)
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"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 ruby. A rainbow, that shone like an emerald, encircled the throne." (Revelation 4.2-3)✞

Holy Almighty Creator

Throne of GodOvercome by this awe-inspiring sight, John of Patmos, otherwise called "John the Divine" or "John the Theologian," reverently avoided naming or describing Almighty God but simply said that there was "someone sitting" on the heavenly throne. Revelation's Heavenly throne is the focal point of the one and only God. It is not empty as many in our sinful generation would wish but occupied. The deity on Revelation's throne had the appearance of a human being hence the use of the word "someone" or a person with personality.✞

Someone Sitting

Creation and EarthIt is important for humans to remember that God is not some huge powerful computer or frightening space alien but is a person somewhat like ourselves. He cares for us because he is one with us but as the Holy Almighty Creator who formed out of nothing the Universe, he is not the same as us. Almighty God on his throne in Heaven is orchestrating all the events that John of Patmos was recording.

Like Precious Gems

EmeraldGod's appearance was described as shining like precious gems. They were a rainbow of jasper, an opaque stone usually red, yellow, brown or green in color, ruby, sometimes called "carnelian", a blood red stone found in Sardis and a symbol of avenging wrath, and emerald, a green stone symbolic of soothing mercy which expressed the majesty of God. These gems were important in that jasper, carnelian and emerald also decorated the breastplate of the High Priest and were among the precious stones described on the foundations of the New Jerusalem. The three gems are therefore symbols of avenging wrath, mercy and blood which are all important parts of our relationship with Almighty God through our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.✞

"Revelation's Heavenly Throne"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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