Revelation Chapter 4: 2
Revelation 4:2 “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and [one] sat on the throne.”
Recall from Revelation 1:10, that being “in the Spirit” is different from being in-dwelt by the Spirit, where the Holy Spirit resides within the believer, guiding and directing them until the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30). God transported prophets like John and Ezekiel “in the Spirit,” to show them future events and directed them to record these prophetic revelations. Paul also had a similar experience to John, where he was “caught up” to the “third Heaven”:
2 Corinthians 12:1-4 – It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows – such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man – whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows – how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Many believe that the Lord transported Paul, like John, to “Paradise,” in the “third heaven.” Based on Genesis 1 and other passages, we can surmise that the “first heaven” is the atmosphere of the earth, and the “second heaven” encompasses the cosmos. Paul is vague on what he saw in the “third heaven.” He was not even permitted to share what he heard. In contrast, the Lord commanded John to record the details of what he saw, and most of what he heard, save the “seven thunders” in Revelation 10.
It is interesting to note that Paul was not certain when he visited the “third heaven,” whether he was “in the body,” or “out of the body.” Therefore we should not assume how John arrived to Heaven. The point is that John, being “in the Spirit,” witnessed future events, many from a heavenly perspective.
A throne is a seat of authority. The throne in Heaven is the throne of God, from which He maintains sovereignty over all:
Psalms 103:19 – The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.
God governs from His throne in righteousness and justice:
Psalms 89:14 – Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.
Psalms 9:4-8 – For You have maintained my right and my cause; You sat on the thronejudging in righteousness. You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked; You have blotted out their name forever and ever. O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; even their memory has perished. But the LORD shall endure forever; He has prepared His throne for judgment. He shall judge the world in righteousness, and He shall administer judgment for the peoples in uprightness.
God not only delivers judgment from His throne, He also extends grace:
Hebrews 4:16 – Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Many believe that the “One” on the throne is God the Father. However, as we discussed in Revelation 1:14, the Father cannot be seen by anyone:
John 1:18 – No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
Jesus is the only physical manifestation of the Godhead that there is:
Hebrews 1:1-3 – God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Colossians 2:9 – For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
Scripture is clear that Jesus is the only physical form of the invisible God. Therefore, Jesus must be the “One” sitting on the throne:
Colossians 1:15 – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
The “jasper and sardine stone” were the most precious of all stones. The beauty of God was so dazzling that John could not describe Him. The jasper was the last and the sardine the first stone in the breastplate worn by the High Priest (Exodus 28:17-20). These stones are in the foundation of the new Jerusalem (Revelation 21:19-20).
The diamond and ruby are meant by these stones. These stones are known for their clearness and brightness.
There was a diamond between the breastplate and the heart of the high priest. The name engraved on this stone, I believe, is the unspeakable name of God Almighty. The diamond stone next to the heart stood for purity and mercy.
The emerald is another precious stone, green in color. Green means “earthly or of the earth”. The emerald was also part of the breastplate, and of the foundation of New Jerusalem.
The value of these three different stones is greater than other stones. These are classified as precious stones and are very expensive.
This rainbow is green (earthly), to show the covenant between God and man. The first rainbow mentioned was a sign of a promise from God to man. God would never again destroy the earth by water. Sometimes it is called a bow, and sometimes a rainbow. The rainbow encircles the throne as a constant reminder to God and man of the covenant. This is a beautiful sight to behold.
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