Entering the Throne Room
“2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.” Revelation 4:2-4 NIV
There is a lot of emphasis today on working for Christ and evangelizing, but little is said of worship. Most often when we hear the term worship, we think of a certain genre of music and a team of musicians playing music at a church gathering. To worship means more than singing songs in a church service. It means “ascribing worth” and using all that we are to praise God for all that He is and does.
Revelation 4-5, help us gain a better understand of how to worship God and give Him the glory He deserves.
When he is taken up, the first thing that catches John’s eye is the one on the throne. John compares the one on the throne the precious stones.
Jasper – This was probably like a diamond and represented light symbolizing God’s purity.
Ruby – The ruby was red and symbolized God’s judgment and wrath and judgment.
Rainbow that shines like emerald – The emerald was green and symbolled God’s grace and mercy.
All of these stones were also found on the breastplate of the High Priest in Exodus 28:17–21.
“17 Then mount four rows of precious stones on it. The first row shall be carnelian, chrysolite and beryl; 18 the second row shall be turquoise, lapis lazuli and emerald; 19 the third row shall be jacinth, agate and amethyst; 20 the fourth row shall be topaz, onyx and jasper.[a] Mount them in gold filigree settings.21 There are to be twelve stones, one for each of the names of the sons of Israel, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.” Exodus 28:17-21 NIV
Surrounding the throne twenty four elders dressed in white with crowns on their heads. There is thunder and lightning around the thrones. It warns of a storm coming.
The twenty four elders seated on the thrones are dressed in white – signifying purity, and wear golden crowns – signifying that they have overcome or are royalty. These twenty four are probably understood as the Heavenly representation of the Old Testament and New Testament saints. Twelve represented the Twelve Tribes and the other twelve represented the twelve apostles.
We’ll explore the ministry of the elders in the next devotion.
Lord Jesus You are amazing. I repent of the times that I have seen You as less than You are. You are the light of the World, the judgment of God, and the giver of divine grace and mercy. In the awesome name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.