God’s Throne in Heaven
What is God saying in Revelation 4 & 5 through the description of His Throne?
In Revelation 4, the throne is described as a magnificent and beautiful place rich like the richest jewels of the earth. The 24 thrones encircling the throne with 24 elders represent the 12 tribes of Israel of the Old Testament and the 12 Apostles of the New Testament symbolizing the entire Holy Christian Church. The 7 lamps that are the 7 spirits of God symbolize the Holy Spirit. The sea of glass clear as a crystal represents the perfect peace that exists in the presence of God. The four creatures with eyes all around them symbolize the unending vigilance of the angels in heaven giving praise to God. In Chapter 5, the scroll represents the future and God’s plan for saving us. God is telling us in Revelation 5 that Jesus is worthy to take the scroll and open it. This indicates that the future is in Jesus’s control. This symbolism is another way of saying that Jesus sits at the right hand of God and that all developments in history are subject to His knowledge and control. Revelation 4 and 5 are written to show the purity of God and His throne, that He is everlasting, all powerful, and reveals that Jesus is worthy, righteous, and deserving of all glory given Him. There is no one more powerful than God and He is completely in control from the beginning to the end of the world.