Thoughts On Revelation (10)
Following the messages to the seven churches the Revelation takes a turn heavenward. It also takes a direction toward the future. John records it in these words found in chapter four, verse one. “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.’” The invitation to “come up here” calls to mind Moses who went up on Mt. Sinai, and Paul who was caught up to heaven. Both of them received special revelations. Such an experience is about to unfold for John.
Immediately John finds himself in the very throne room of heaven. Not only that, but he sees the throne of God and the One seated on the throne. John knows that it is indeed God, but finds himself unable to describe the One who is indescribable. So he simply says that He is like the most beautiful and precious jewels, sparkling in dazzling color and beauty. Around the throne are marvelous and mighty angelic creatures who are the bearers and guardians of the throne of God. Here John also hears God’s servants bringing songs of praise as a fitting response to His glory and deeds. Their praises focus on creation, asserting God’s sovereignty over the universe.
In less biblical terms John had found himself in command central of the entire universe. He was getting a glimpse of the visible and invisible, thrones, dominions, principalities and powers. All of these carrying out the plans of their sovereign Commander-in-Chief. This vision offers us the assurance that all things are under the control and direction of an all powerful God. Therefore we need not fear.