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35. Temple Court Throne
Revelation 7.15-17

"Therefore, they are before God's throne 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. The Lamb at the throne's center will be their shepherd; he will lead them to living water springs. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7.15-17)✞

Who will see God in Heaven?

Every Race and PeopleThose who are faithful and pure in heart will enter into God's very presence. Jesus says in Matthew 5.8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Levites and Priests "serve God day and night" and are "responsible for the care of the tabernacle of the covenant law," according to Numbers 1.53. People from every race, tribe people, and tongue are before the temple court throne in this vision. Here is a revolution. In Jerusalem's earthly temple court, no non-Jew could go beyond the Gentiles' Court on the threat of death. But here, every Christian stands before God, no matter of what race or people. The majority of even devout Jews could never do this. A Jew could cross the Women's Court into the Israelites' Court, but no further. Beyond that, the Priests' Court was only for priests. Then came the Holy of Holies for the High Priest to enter alone once a year. But in the heavenly temple, the way to God is always open to people from anywhere. Heaven has no barriers and an open temple court throne. Distinctions of race and status exist no more for every faithful believer, and the born-again soul can enter into Almighty God's very presence.✞

Lord's Dwelling Place

canvas tentOver the throne will be spread the Lord's glory tent like a canopy shading his saints from hunger, thirst, and scorching heat. There is more to the words, "he who sits upon the throne will spread his tent over them," than meets the eye. The Greek translation for "dwell" is "skenoun," from "skene," meaning "a tent," that is the Lord's tent or tabernacle. Furthermore, the Hebrew translates this word as a "residence" or "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 says that God becomes a human being and "dwells" or "resides" amongst us. Christians can know God's actual presence in Jesus' person dwelling within them! AMAZING!✞

The Lord's Visible Presence

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

What is the Lord's Glory

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

Lord's Tabernacle Glory

The Lord's tabernacle glory covers the people and goes before them like a nightly fire and a daily cloud. Never again will the Lord's people hunger or thirst. The temple is where God's presence dwells. "The Lord will shelter them with his presence" also means "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. Even Moses could not enter the Old Testament's tabernacle because of the Lord's glory, which filled it. In Exodus 40.34-38, we read, "Then the cloud covered the meeting tent, and the Lord's glory filled the tabernacle." They would set out whenever the cloud lifted from above it, but they would not move if the cloud did not rise. The cloud hovered over the tabernacle by day, and the fire by night, in the sight of all. At the dedication of Solomon's temple in 2 Chronicles 7.1b, we read, "the Lord's glory filled the temple." Even the priests could not enter the temple because the Lord's glory was there!

The Lord Filled the Temple

Shechinah GloryTo say that God has a dwelling 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 tense, which means it reflects an "ongoing, dynamic situation." The Jews came to think of God as remote from the world. They did not even consider it right to speak of him in human terms, and so they took to calling God by the name "Shechinah" or "glory" instead.

What is the Lord's Shekinah Glory?

In Revelation, the Lord's Shekinah glory is found in the temple and centers on Jesus' person 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." In their wisdom, reverence, and fear of speaking God's holy name, the Rabbis changed the word "Lord" to "Lord shekinah." Habakkuk 2.20 reads, "The Lord is in his holy temple." But later, the Jews changed this verse to read, "God was pleased to cause his "Lord's shekinah" to dwell in the temple." Isaiah 6.5 also reads, "'Woe to me!' I cried." "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 revised this verse to read, "My eyes have seen the Lord's Shekinah glory of the king of the world." The Jews and Rabbis were not setting out to change the Scriptures but to reverently avoid saying God's holy name, whether "the Lord" or "the King Almighty." Instead, they used the titles "the Lord's Shekinah" or the "Lord's glory."✞

God Spreads his Tent Over Them?

The Lord's Shekinah GloryThe idea that God would "shelter them with his presence" meant that he would "spread his tent over them." God's blessed ones live and serve in God's very presence and glory, "the Lord's Shekinah." Those who faithfully work on earth for the Lord Jesus have the Lord's Shekinah glory on them and their ministry.

Springs of Living Water

Living Water SpringThe Lamb Jesus became a temple shepherd to lead his thirsty people from the scorching heat to the living water spring. "Hunger and thirst" were common factors in Jesus' time, and there was often no food or drinking water. At times, the well ran dry, and the rivers dried up in the unrelenting heat. Isaiah 49.10 prophesying the future says, "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 besides water springs." No one will suffer these everyday stresses in heaven, for there will be no "scorching heat" from the searing sun. Here, there is shade, peace, and living water springs.✞

When a Lamb Becomes a Shepherd

Lamb of GodThe Lamb now becomes a shepherd, a curious transformation, to lead the chosen people to living water, God's very presence. When you are suffering physically or emotionally, take comfort that God will give you his "living water." The water of life which Jesus brings is a body and soul's refreshment. God will protect his people. Isaiah 25.10 wrote, "He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away 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 God's presence, so here God spreads out a tent over the chosen ones. Instead of standing outside, the people come into the Holy of Holies. No harm can come to those under Almighty God's shade.✞

Temple Court Throne"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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