7 Things the Book of Revelation’s Throne Room Experience Teaches Us by JOSEPH MATTERA for Charisma News
Here are seven things the Book of Revelation’s throne room experience can teach you as a believer:
1. Knowing and worshipping God are the two most sought-after experiences in eternity. Revelation 4:4 (ESV) says, “Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads.” The picture of 24 elders in worship before the throne is likely the presbytery of heaven. It represents all God’s people who worship and serve the Lord. Hence, the saints with the most authority in heaven desire nothing more than to be around the throne of God. Revelation 4:6-8 shows that angels, who have been with God from the beginning of their existence, are so much in awe of God that they never cease worshipping Him and always desire to be near Him.
This is a far cry from the dispassionate, lukewarm state of many Christians who must be urged to go to church and to daily spend time with God.
2. Worship causes people to be image-reflectors of their Creator. The saying is true: “You are who you worship.” Revelation 4:6-7 says the four living creatures around the throne had the faces of a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle. Some scholars believe their four faces represent the majesty, strength, wisdom and transcendence of the Creator whose eyes ceaselessly watch over every part of His creation. Hence, even the angels in proximity to the throne are transformed to reflect their Creator. Moses’ face was illuminated from being in the glory cloud with God for 40 days. How much more should we who are in Christ and know God seek His face and reflect His glory?
In reference to this, Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:9: “For if there was glory in the ministry of condemnation, the ministry of righteousness must far exceed it in glory.”
Connecting this to the church, he said in 2 Corinthians 3:18: “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”
Consequently, the church is called to be a mature, transformed, corporate son that reflects the image of Christ to this world (Rom. 8:29).
3. Worship should be theocentric, not human-centric. “At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne” (Rev. 4:2).