For prophets, visions tend to be highly symbolic, with imagery that arouses heightened passions as well as points to an absolute reality. In a sense, visions are both a veil, and a veil being removed.
It makes sense the throne would have captured John’s attention first. It was at the center of his vision, glorious, radiating a cascade of rainbow light. That he noticed the elders next also makes sense, as they were human in appearance. The four living beasts were also at the center of the scene, and their … Continue reading Revelation 5: The Seven-Sealed Scroll
Refuge is found in God God is the Mighty Sovereign of the universe, Creator, Sustainer, and the One Who holds all accountable to the Word and words of God.
Why would God judge Babylon with Assyria? Why would God bring the entire cosmos to a final Day of Judgment that will shake the earth and cause the heavens to shudder? Why will God do all this?
In this post I put the scene all together and search the scriptures of other accounts that describe God’s heavenly throne room.
How do we understand what the apostle John saw in his vision? We know who the Seven Spirits of God is. But who are these twenty-four elders?
As I sat looking at my books, wondering what to review next, my eyes fell on the shelf I keep in my office, special books that have changed me. Among the dark colored spines, the light blue of The Heavenly Man stands out.
At first glance, this oracle seems to encompass a final day of judgment and wrath that sweeps up the entire globe in an event still future to us today. Yet, tucked into this far-reaching oracle are also mentions of Babylon, an empire long since crumbled into dust, with only the remnants of its grandeur ensconced in museums here and there. What do we make of this strange juxtaposition?
the next eleven chapters, starting here in chapter thirteen, are going to be about God’s judgement on other nations.
This is what John gazed upon in awe and wonder. The elders, consecrated before God, representative of the whole Church, robed in the white garments of righteousness, and crowned with the glory of eternal life, having been sealed by the Holy Spirit.