DayBreaks for 7/06/16 – A Changed Throne Scene
Galen is on vacation. From the DayBreaks archive, June 2006:
There is no other place in Scripture that gives us as good of a look through the gates of heaven into the throne scene than the book of Revelation. The visions and pictures that were given to the apostle John stand alone in all of human history as the most complete and revealing look into God’s eternal home.
Early in the book of Revelation, John describes the throne and the One who was sitting on it with these words: Rev. 4:3 (NLT) – The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones — jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. Carnelian is also called sardius by some translations, and it is a red stone. In the passage, God is pictured as jasper and carnelian, surrounded by an emerald-colored rainbow. The color of green was the color of mercy to the Jews. What a blessing that the throne scene is pictured as being overshadowed with a rainbow of mercy! The carnelian stone, being red, was the color of judgment – probably because it was a blood color. And the jasper is believed to be a diamond – clear, strong, pure. So God is pictured as being filled with purity and holiness, without any contamination, but also possessed of the capability and responsibility of judgment, overshadowed by mercy.
Later in the book, after all the visions, plagues, bowls of wrath, trumpets, etc., John is once again shown the throne scene, but something has changed: Rev. 21:11-12 (NLT) – It was filled with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious gem, crystal clear like jasper. God is now, after human history has wound down on planet earth, pictured again as a jasper – a pure diamond, but something is missing. The carnelian/sardius color is gone. Why? Because judgment has been executed, sin is no more, and there is no longer any need for that aspect of God’s rule for all of eternity.
I’m blessed to know that once we’ve been covered by the blood of the Lamb and our sins have been forgiven by the over-arching mercy of God, that there will be no more judgment for us. This should bring us peace in a troubled time and world.
PRAYER: Lord, we do long for the day when faith shall be sight, and we shall see You seated upon the throne, high and lifted up, surrounded by glory! Until that day, we give You our thanks for the holiness of Jesus that You have credited to us. May He come back quickly! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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