Revelation 4:1-11 “Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open In heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me with the sound of a mighty trumpet blast. The voice said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what will happen after these things.’ And instantly I was in the spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it! 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. Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. And from the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were the seven lampstands with burning flames, they were the seven spirits of God. In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes front and back. The first of these living beings have the form of a lion, the second looked like an ox, the third has a human face, and the fourth has the form of an eagle with wings spread out as though in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings their wings were covered with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they kept on saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty- the one who always was, who is and who is still to come. Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever, And they lay their crowns before the throne during say, ‘You are worthy O Lord God, to receive glory, and honor and power, for you created everything and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.”
Niagara Falls is a group of three waterfalls spanning the border between the United States and Canada. The combined falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North America with over six million cubic feet of water going over the crest of the falls every minute. You can see the falls via a boat ride called, “Maid of the Mist” that takes you close to the falls themselves. You can really sense the power “up close and personal”, but you miss the sheer magnitude and majesty unless you walk out on the observation deck where you can take in the falls from a distance. Perspective changes depending on where you are standing while viewing the falls.
In this passage, God peels back the veil between earth and heaven and invites John to get a different perspective. The one who was, who is, and who is to come takes John from what was (the seven churches), to what is (the Lamb of God seated on the throne), to what is to come in the rest of the book of Revelation. John sees the majesty of heaven and the majesty of God. John sees four angels who attend to the throne of God. And their response, “Holy, Holy, Holy!” John sees 24 elders who fall down and worship saying, “You are worthy, O Lord our God to receive glory and honor and power! Revelation 4 (and 5), while describing many images, actually present one picture and teach one main principle, which is this; God is upon His throne and is sovereign over all things…. what was, what is, and what is to come! Perhaps in our lifetimes, we’ve never needed to rest on this fact! He is sovereign over all things which include our triumphs, our trial, and tribulations. And our only response can be worship!
If you stand and look “up close and personal” at your life you may be overwhelmed, or discouraged, ….regardless….HE is sovereign! You may feel overwhelmingly grateful or happy…regardless HE is sovereign.
Ask the Lord to peel back the curtain and show you a glimpse of His power and presence in your life!
Declare that He is Holy! Spend a few moments with the Lord declaring that He is holy! Read and pray Revelation 4:11 back to the Lord! Why not write that verse down and proclaim it throughout your day! For HE IS Worthy!!