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35. Temple Court Throne
Revelation 7.15-17

"Therefore, they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger, never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7.15-17)

Every Race

Every Race and PeopleThose who are faithful and pure in heart will enter into the very presence of God. Jesus says in Matthew 5.8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." The Levites and the Priests are to "serve God day and night" and "to be responsible for the care of the tabernacle of the covenant law" according to Numbers 1.53. Now those drawn from every race, tribe, people and tongue are before the temple court throne in this vision. Here is a revolution. In the earthly temple court in Jerusalem, no Gentile could go beyond the Court of the Gentiles on pain of death. But here every Christian of no matter what race or people stand before God himself. This is something the majority of even devout Jews could never do. An Israelite could pass through the Court of the Women and enter into the Court of the Israelites, but no further. Beyond that was the Court of the Priests, which was for priests only and then the Holy of Holies entered by the High Priest alone once in a year. But in the heavenly Temple, the way to the presence of God is open to all people of every race at all times. This is Heaven with the barriers down, an open temple court and the throne of God. Distinctions of race and status exist no more for every faithful believing and born-again soul can enter into the very presence of Almighty God.✞

Lord's Glory Tent

canvas tentOver the throne will be spread the Lord's glory tent like a canopy to shade his saints from hunger, thirst and the scorching heat. There is more to the words "He who sits upon the throne will spread his tent over them." than meets the eye. This is a correct translation as the Greek for "to dwell" is "skenoun", from "skene" which means "a tent" that is the Lord's tent or Tabernacle. Furthermore, the Hebrew for this word meant "a residence" or "a dwelling place" and is the same word used in John 1.14 "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John of Patmos is saying that God becomes a human being and "dwells" or "makes his residence" among human beings. Because of this Christians can know the actual presence of God in the person of Jesus dwelling within them! AMAZING!✞

Shechinah

Tabernacle of the LordThe Jews always connect "skene" which meant "tent" with another Hebrew word meaning "dwelling." This word is "shechinah" which is sometimes written as "shekinar" or "schechinah" and indicates the actual visible presence of the glory of God. Usually, this presentation takes the form of a luminous cloud by day and a column of fire at night, but here it means the "Lord's glory tent."✞

The Glory of the Lord

Jesus Coming in gloryWhen the Ten Commandments are given on Mount Sinai in Exodus 24.16-17 we read, "the glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai. For six days the cloud covered the mountain, and on the seventh day, the Lord called to Moses from within the cloud. To the Israelites, the glory of the Lord looked like a consuming fire on top of the mountain." Mount Sinai means "the Moses mountain" and is also known as "Mount Horeb" or "Jebel Musa" in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt. It is a moderate 7,497 feet high peak surrounded by higher peaks in the same range.

Lord's Tabernacle Glory

tabernacleThe Lord's tabernacle glory covers the people and goes before them like a fire by night and a cloud by day. Never again will the Lord's people hunger or thirst. The Temple is the place where God's presence dwells. "The Lord will shelter them with his presence" may also be translated as, "the Lord will spread his tent over them." The cloud over the tabernacle covers the people and they serve him day and night under his protection. In the Old Testament, even Moses could not enter into the Tabernacle because of the Glory of the Lord. In Exodus 40.34-38 we read, "Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle." In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifts from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, then they would not set out. So the cloud of the Lord is over the tabernacle by day, and the fire is in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during their travels. This is the cloud that guides the Israelites by day and the fire that leads them by night. At the dedication of Solomon's temple in 2 Chronicles 7.1b, we read, "the glory of the Lord filled the temple." Even the priests could not enter it because the glory of the Lord was there.

Tent of Meeting

Shechinah GloryThe word "Tabernacle" always turns the thoughts of Jews to the phrase "Shechinah." To say that God dwells in any place is to say that his glory is there. The Hebrew verb translating "filled" in "the Lord filled the Temple" is in the present continuous state, which means it reflects an "ongoing, dynamic situation." The Jews come to increasingly think of God as remote from the world. They do not even think it right to speak of him in human terms, and so they take to calling God by the name "Shechinah" or "glory" instead.

Lord's Shekinah Glory

ShekinahIn the Book of Revelation, the Lord's Shekinah glory is found in the Temple and centers on the person of Jesus amongst God's blessed ones. In Genesis 28.16b, we read Jacob's words at Bethel, "Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it." The Rabbis in their wisdom and from reverence and fear of and speaking the holy name of God changed "Lord" to, "The 'Lord shekinah' is in this place, and I was not aware of it." The prophet Habakkuk in Habakkuk 2.20 also writes, "The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him." but later Jews changed this verse to, "God was pleased to cause his "Lord's shekinah" to dwell in the temple." In Isaiah 6.5 we also read, " 'Woe to me!' I cried. I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.'" The Jews later altered it to, "My eyes have seen the Lord's Shekinah glory of the King of the world." The Jews and Rabbis are not setting out to change the Scriptures but more to reverently avoid having to say the holy name of God, whether "the Lord" or "the King Almighty." Instead, they use the title "the Lord's Shekinah" or the "Lord's glory."✞

Lord in This Place

The Lord's Shekinah GloryThe idea that God would "shelter them with his presence" means that He would "spread his tent over them." The real point of this passage is that God's blessed ones live and serve in the very presence of God's glory, "the Lord's Shekinah." Those who faithfully work and witness for the Lord Jesus on earth had the Lord's Shekinah glory on them and their work.

Springs of Living Water

Spring of Living WaterThe Lamb Jesus becomes a shepherd in the Temple to lead his thirsty people out of the scorching heat to the living water spring. "Hunger and thirst" are everyday factors in the time of Jesus and often there is no food to eat or water to drink. At times, the well would run dry in the scorching heat and the rivers would dry up. Isaiah 49.10 prophesies of the future, "They will neither hunger nor thirst nor will the desert heat or the sun beat down on them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water." In Heaven, no one will suffer these everyday stresses. The shade is also at a premium but in Heaven, there is no "scorching heat" from the searing sun. Here, there is only shade, peace and springs of living water.✞

Lamb Becomes the Shepherd

The Lamb of GodThe Lamb now becomes the shepherd, a curious transformation, to lead the chosen people to living water, the very presence of God. When you are suffering physically or emotionally, take comfort that God will give you his gift of "living water." The water of life which Jesus brings is a refreshment to the body and the soul. God will protect his people. Isaiah 25.10 looked to the future and writes, "He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people's disgrace from all the earth. The Lord has spoken." As in the wilderness where the moveable structure of wood and animal skins called the Tabernacle enclosed the presence of God, so here a tent is spread out over the chosen ones. Instead of standing outside, the people are now drawn into the Holy of Holies. There, they are safely protected from any harm under the shade of the Almighty God.

Temple Court Throne"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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