Revelation 4: Do You Know The God On The Throne?
Verse of the Day: (V9) “And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,”
1. Throne (V1-3)
V2 “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.”
The Almighty God revealed to Apostle John in his spirit a glimpse of the amazing and marvellous sights and beauty of His glorious home in heaven. This was to encourage and inspire John to continue to endure his suffering and persecution, as soon he shall be promoted to heaven and to worship God for all eternity. Indeed, no creature can truly worship God except men and angels. However, men are above the angels, because they are created in God’s image, and are therefore called God’s children when they believe and receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour and Lord. Since the fall of the first couple - Adam and Eve - men became sinners, and they needed a Saviour, Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, to die on the cross, and shed His blood for their sins. Whoever believes in Jesus shall never perish in hell, but have everlasting life with Him in heaven.
2. Thanks (V4-9)
V4 “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.”
God revealed to John that the twenty four elders who surrounded Him comprised the twelve tribes of Israel during the Old Testament, and the twelve apostles of the church during the New Testament. In other words, the tribes and apostles are God’s chosen leaders to lead the people to God’s love, so that by faith both the people in the Old as well as the New Testament shall believe in Jesus Christ, and worship and thank Him for all that He has done. By faith, God’s saints in the Old Testament believed that Jesus shall come to save them, and similarly by faith God’s saints in the New Testament believe that Jesus already came and died and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of their sins.
3. Things (V10--11)
V11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
God who sits on the throne creates all things – the heaven, the stars, the earth, the seas, the mountains, the animals, and especially the people, who are created in His own image. Indeed, God creates men for His own pleasure so that men shall truly worship Him, and in so doing their souls shall be fully and deeply satisfied. This is the sole and ultimate purpose of men’s existence that their souls are in tune with their Creator for all eternity.
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I know and worship You on Your throne in heaven.