Summary: Heaven: a place of eternal rest and for so many filled with wonder and curiosity. If you are a believer in Christ, surely you've wondered at least once, "What will my first moments before the Throne be like?"
The Throne Room
- Over-arching theme: 2 Tim 4:2 says “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.”
-- We ought to be able to give an answer …
-- We must be able to give hope to the future and why we believe …
- We have looked closely at the church age; which is now over in Revelation
-- The first three chapters of Revelation were an open book for us to apply
-- A guideline of how we should make corrections as needed in God’s eyes
- We have examined the things that God does NOT support in a church
-- We have also been given a glimpse of Heaven as John saw it in Chapter 1
- Today we shall be looking further into Heaven and seeing what awaits
-- If you ever wanted a “backstage pass” – this is the one you want
-- IMP: To those who believe, this is what awaits us
- CHALLENGE: While we are examining this glimpse today, I want you to keep one question in mind: “How will you feel when you are standing in the throne room of the true and living God?”
Read Revelation 4:1-11
Ω Point 1 – The Throne Room
- After finishing writing the letters to the church (v1) John is commanded …
-- The voice of Christ calls him and compels (moves) him into Heaven
-- Lots of people get caught up on it being a regular door, wood door, etc.
-- IMP: He is brought into the very throne room of Christ; majesty!
--- This is NOT a small little room, but the expanse of heaven
- Being in the Spirit means he was one with the Spirit; full of the Spirit (v2)
-- John’s consciousness was now fully aware of Christ’s revelation
-- Given a view of the throne, and the one who truly sits on it
- This throne is the mercy seat
-- This is NOT the one Jesus sits on before the great judgment (Rev 20:11)
-- It is where Jesus is today; interceding with the Father on our behalf
-- In that place he offers grace and mercy to those that would receive
- If you died now in Christ you would see this very throne and Christ on it
- (v3) John writes so we can understand (human comprehension vs. God’s)
-- IMP: In terms that he sees so that we can appreciate the glory of God
- This view of how Christ appears is beyond comprehension, but …
-- Take special note of the visuals he gives us: rainbow, jasper, carnelian, and emeralds – these are all PRECIOUS JEWELS!
-- The rainbow serves as a constant reminder of God/man covenant
TRANS: Incredibly enough, Jesus is not alone in this room
Ω Point 2 – The 24 Elders
- Bible never really gives us a clear view as to who these are
-- However, there are several theories as to who these elders are
-- First, let’s remember that the Bible defines an elder as: One who directs the affairs of the church. This is different from a deacon (who serves).
- Now, some say they are angels … but this cannot be
-- The bible is specific about its word choice: it says elders