Monthly Archives: June 2010
LIVING CREATURE > Here clearly John is describing what is familiar to him , something he sees on a daily basis , yet this creature is so different.
I would first like to say , that when we begin to read of this amazing imagery that is described almost non-stop from now on to the end of The Book Of Revelations ,WE NEED NOT BE AFRAID , as believers we will not suffer the wrath of God that is to come . I want you all to pray and ask God for knowledge and wisdom and understanding as we begin to read some really intense reading .
This Glorious Book finishes up the Holy Bible with the end of the story . God is and was and is to come , He will return for His children, and this last book explains what will happen in those last days . We as Christians , know Jesus , God’s only Son , as our Savior and Lord and we anxiously await His coming for us.
In the meantime , we share our faith , so that no one will be lost and that all may spend eternity with our Lord .It is a big job in a lost world , we need not keep our light under a basket , we must shine the light of the gospel to all each and every day .
In the Old Testament , In the Book of Ezekiel , we are first introduced to these living spirits when Ezekiel has a vision on the River Chebar.
It is a good cross-reference to this verse we are reading today.
3 the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.
10 As for the likeness of their faces, each had
the face of a man; each of the four had the
face of a lion on the right side, each of the
four had the face of an ox on the left side,
and each of the four had the face of an eagle.
CRYSTAL >Very clear: clear and sparkling . Most of us have a piece or two of Crystal stemware, a bowl ,vase , etc. Beautiful colors reflect off of Crystal , especially is it is in light of any kind . Here in this verse John describes a sea of Crystal . That with the awesome brilliance coming from the throne of God had to be an awesome sight for John .
We are also told about the four living creatures in the midst and around the Throne of God .We are not sure of their purpose as of yet , but soon we will know .
LIGHTINGS, THUNDERINGS , > When we see lighting and thunder , we pay attention , it is beautiful , it mesmerize’s us in many ways , we often cannot take out eyes off of it . It is also scary stuff, beware if you are on a golf course , or near power lines . Lighting is dangerous and mighty and powerful . Thunder is loud , as a child in the city of Chicago, we had lots of these types of storms , and I was frightened many , many times , as was our dog . My dad would try to calm his frightened daughter by telling me the Angels of Heaven were bowling and when the big boom came , one of them had gotten a strike . It soothed me and I have not been frightened of it again . It was a beautiful image to me , Angels bowling .
This is a glorious vision , John is seeing , he is trying to explain everything he sees, in a way that we will know it is different than anything we will ever see on earth . Powerful, Majestic , Glorious , and Mighty .
TWENTY FOUR . The number here is significant, it is the multiple of 12
Throughout the Holy Bible, God uses the number 12 numerous times , for instance :
12- SONS OF ISRAEL
12 – TRIBES > 12×12= 144,00 ( we will see where this leads further in Revelation.
12- FOUNDATIONS IN THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM
It goes on and on in the Old Testament and the New Testament .
THE NUMBER 12 AND ITS MUTLTIPLES IS SIGNIFIGANT
Here as we continue to observe this beautiful vision , we see 12 x 2 ( 24 ) Thrones around the Throne of God , with the Elders sitting in them and having a gold crown of their own and clothed in white robes.
JASPER , SARDIS , EMERALD > These are precious Gems , I am not a gemologist, so I am not sure how the Jasper or the Sardis look like , but I have seen beautiful Emeralds . In the Smithsonian museum in WA.DC I saw the biggest emerald ever found , it was so beautiful . I cannot imagine the beauty of this scene .
Here John sees God on the throne and His appearance was so brilliant and beautiful and colorful , it took Johns breath away . The rainbow around the Throne appears to look like an emerald .
This description is so vivid , yet inconceivable in our small minds .
I cannot wait to be there in front of the throne viewing this scene as John did . How about you ?
IMMEDIATELY> RIGHT NOW , AT ONCE , without delay or without pausing beforehand . The meaning of this is that John was there in heaven before the throne without hesitation , he was in the spirit brought to heaven and saw the One that sat on the Throne .
It was unveiled to Him the mighty throne in Heaven and the Almighty God that sits on it . What a moment that must have been for the Disciple John. How beloved John must have been to be saved for such a day as this .
COME UP HERE: This is a Bold statement , instructing , commanding , inviting John to “Come Up Here”
As we enter the reading in Chapter 4 , the unveiling of things to come are revealed to Gods Beloved Disciple John. This will begin a very exciting time to say the least in this chapter . This is a blessed event we can share together now each day .
I love the Book of Revelation. When I first began to read the Bible, I was an older adult and I knew I had to read the Bible as a child would, so I proceeded to buy a children’s bible to start with .
It was still very difficult reading in some of the earlier books of the Old Testament , so one day I decided I just needed to go to the end chapter and find out the final outcome . How did this end?
When I read through Revelation the first time , I understood it , as a child would understand it . I knew good from evil and I knew that Jesus wins in the end . I WAS HOOKED from then on . I study the end times along with prophecy every day now . It is so exciting to see the plans God has layed out for us and told us about beforehand .
As we read each day in the coming verses , let us pray that the Holy Spirit will fill us with understanding and discernment as to what we are hearing . Let us not FEAR , but be joyful and excited about what we hear, so that we may go out and tell others , share with them the GOOD NEWS , and shine our light to those that may not know the truth.
The Throne Room of Heaven
1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”
As we end the first 3 chapters of the Book of Revelation in a bold sunset of color , we will be sure to make note that we will not hear the word church mentioned again in all the remaining chapters of the Book of Revelation .
It is important to remember that fact . God has written all the letters He will write. Coming up in chapter 4 we will keep in mind that Jesus is revealing this vision to his beloved disciple John , who is imprisoned on the island of Patmos and is a very old man at this point .
One last time the church ( the people ) are reminded that He who has an ear them him hear what the Spirit says to the churches ( the many people )
THRONE > When we think of a throne , we almost always associate it with ROYALITY . Kings and Queens sit on thrones , most of us will never see a real throne , that is until we are seated on one with Jesus Christ and God the Father . How thrilling is that , to be seated on a throne , not just any throne , but one given to us by God .
I bet if you looked the world over and saw the most ornate and beautiful thrones that man has made , it would not compare with the throne we will sit on in Heaven . I cannot imagine in my small mind what a throne of God would look like .
Here Jesus is telling the church of the Laodiceans that to whomever overcomes they will be granted the right to sit on a throne with Jesus .
Jesus is also telling us here how He overcame , and was given His throne next to God the Father..Below in a verse about the throne from the Old Testament 1SAMUEL
1 Samuel 2:8
8 He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the beggar from the ash heap,
To set them among princes
And make them inherit the throne of glory.
REVELATION 3:20 > TODAYS KEY WORDS > OPEN THE DOOR
Open the Door > This is an invitation , a coercing to enter into a building or place . God is inviting all to come in , He is standing at the door and knocking, He is wanting you to take Him up on this invitation to come into His Home and you will dine with Him . I believe this to mean that God wants to be the Lord of your life , He wants you to know Him intimately , He even wants to sit down and dine with us . He wants to be involved in every moment of our lives . He is with us !
Many will close this door to everlasting Love and Eternal life , they will not invite Jesus into their hearts , they will lose out on the greatest gift of all : the free gift of Salvation , the gift of eternal life with Jesus our Lord and Savior . I will continue to pray for these lost people with the hope that someday they will open that door and accept the gift of everlasting life in Christ before it is too late >
This verse 3:20 is portrayed in a lot of pictures , cards , painting . I am sure you have seen it : Jesus standing on the outside of a doorway , wanting to come in and waiting for you to open the door of your heart, allowing Him in .