This is part 2 of a series walking through the book of Revelations. Please feel free to read part 1, The Perfection of Character which walks through (with no little help from comments) chapters 1, 2 and 3. Now I want to look at chapter 4.
Chapter 4 is a description of the throne room. It is only 11 verses (as oppose to the three chapters I lumped together in my first post in this series) but for all that it is a short chapter, it is important to notice that it is deliberate. It wouldn’t have been difficult at all to lump this together with a bit of Chapter 5, or maybe to include a bit more about the words of Jesus leading up to the moment in which our Prophet is taken up to the throne room, but instead He decides to keep these eleven verses dedicated to the glorious wonder of the throne room.
Because God is glorious, and holy, and marvelous, and lovely, and everything beyond thought or imagining. He is exceedingly, abundantly, MORE.
The description of the throne room is presented in the same vein as the Priestly tradition of the Old Testament of which the best example is Ezekiel. Just read Chapter 1 of that book and you’ll see what I mean. The mystery and greatness of the glory of God is deliberately depicted in a way that just messes with our heads because there is no other way for us to truly grasp the degree of the greatness of God.
It is also deliberate that this description comes AFTER messages to the churches and the theme of the perfection of character. The first manifestation of Jesus Christ is in the midst of the church (where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am among them). But the manifestation of the throne room and the breakthrough of the heavenly kingdom occurs only AFTER all seven churches have been brought together encouraging and building up one another; it is only when we are able to compliment one another in our strengths in weaknesses while building each other up where we need encouragement that the Kingdom breaks through and we are ushered into the throne room. Even then, we aren’t meant to understand what we see but rather to open ourselves up to it with the wild abandon that marks the life of a Christian.
Worship with wild abandon.
Love with wild abandon.
But also remember, that if John had, in 4:1 decided not to accept the invitation to “come up here” then nothing would have come of it. If he had been scared by the creatures covered with eyes, or the flashes of lightening coming from the throne then we would be missing a key biblical text. So remember:
Trust with wild abandon.