Brit Hadashah Reflections 24
Hebraic understanding Hebrews and Revelation
Revelation 4 : 1 - 11
This is a part of Scripture which is avoided by many people because of its seeming complexity. It is the only book in our Bible attributed to Yeshua Ha’mashiach Himself. Written by the Apostle John late in his life during a visionary encounter with the Holy Spirit of God. At times John is prompted, even directed, by the Lord to write what he is witnessing. One can only guess at the amazing spectacle of being so directed. What he describes is sometimes very difficult to imagine. There are quite unusual events and situations, such as have never before been encountered by mankind, to be considered, evaluated, and reckoned with. But it all comes with a promise!
For the past eight weeks we have ‘reflected’ on the letters our Lord Yeshua instructed John to write to the seven “ekklesia”. In large measure, the state of these “ekklesia” may be compared to that which exists in our time. Some good things, some less so. By attending to the deficiencies noted, Yeshua encouraged these “ekklesia” to repent of wrongdoing, invite Him into their lives, and be fully prepared for what is about to be revealed to John. The corrective measures within the “ekklesia’ are essential to overcome the trials which are ahead.
John looked up and saw an open door into heaven. A voice beckoned him to enter so that he could see the things which are about to take place. The things he was shown are still future to us, so we remind ourselves that God’s timing is perfect. Never early, never late. But He has provided, within the Scriptures, signs which identify the proximity of the events foretold. But first, a description of the heavenly place. “A throne with One sat on that throne.” The One on the throne is described as having rich colouring, brilliantly multi-coloured, opaque but with red, yellow, brown, purple. The whole surrounded by a greenish rainbow. Probably better seen than described, but majestic. And around that throne were 24 other thrones. They were occupied by the 24 elders wearing white robes with gold crowns on their heads.
Can you imagine John, as I can, absolutely transfixed, mouth open, as he took in all that he was seeing? Then if that wasn’t enough there was sound, and light, and movement. Things never before witnessed by man. Lightening, thunder, voices projecting out of the central throne. It is almost too much to take in. Seven lamps of fire burning before the throne. And in front of it a smooth sea of glass, as crystal, clear and bright, reflecting the majesty of all the action taking place.
We are told that the seven lamps of fire are the seven Spirits of God. Scholars have turned to the prophet Isaiah for help in identifying these seven Spirits. Isaiah 11:2,3 describes Yeshua as a “Rod from the stem of Jesse” and the Branch which will grow out of its roots. On Him will rest “the Spirit of the Lord”, and then lists six other Spirits. Wisdom, Understanding. Counsel. Might. Knowledge. And the Fear of the Lord.
Then John is shown things which most people have no idea about. Heavenly things which do not appear on this earth, and because we don’t understand them they are sometimes dismissed. But John saw them. “Four living creatures full of eyes front and back.” One was likened to a lion, another to a calf, the next like a man, and the fourth like a flying eagle. Each of them had six wings. They moved constantly in and around the throne, never resting. All the time identifying and proclaiming the One who sat on the throne.
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”
A constant and continuous proclamation of praise to our Creator, Who lives forever. Eternal. Without beginning and without end. And as the 24 elders hear the voices of the four living creatures, they join in. They leave their thrones which surround the main throne, fall down in worship, cast their own golden crowns before the main throne and proclaim.
“You are worthy O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power; For You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”
Friends, this is a mere glimpse into the very throne room of heaven. Every being in that room giving glory and honour and worship to our Creator. We do not have any description of any other in there. This is what John was shown. This is what he was instructed to write. This is just an introduction, giving us a tiny glimpse of the absolute majesty of God who commands worship, honour and praise from all he heavenly host.
He is the same God who sent Yeshua into this world to secure salvation for all who will trust in Him. If that is what the heavenly host of beings do, shouldn’t we also offer the sacrifice of praise to our God. The fruit of our lips. The Apostle Peter referring to Israel, into which we are grafted, tells us why. “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” (1 Peter 2:9)