A Sight to Behold in Awe


The Throne of God

Revelations 4 and 5

In her Bible Study on Revelations, Beth Moore, passionately reads and discusses Chapters 4 and 5 of the great book of Revelations. With her encouragement, my imagination came alive and I began to envision what the Apostle John was describing in his vision. Beth asked us to draw out the vision that was coming alive in our imaginations, in our mind’s eye. With crude pencil strokes I began a feeble attempt to draw the magnificent scene. This simple drawing remains in my Bible today and reminds me of The Throne Room of God – A Sight to Behold in Awe.

From the time I studied Revelations under the passionate and humble teachings of this beautiful Christian speaker/teacher, these two chapters of Revelations have been some of my favorite scripture passages. When I begin my quiet time, I often pull out the child-like, pencil drawing and reflect on the vision I see –

  • God sitting on His Throne in Heaven
  • He looks like jasper and sardius stone (ruby or red jasper) in appearance (brilliant, bright, shining)
  • An emerald rainbow surrounds His Throne
  • 24 smaller thrones surround His Throne, with 24 elders sitting there clothed in white robes with crowns of gold, harps, and golden bowls holding each of our prayers
  • Lightnings, thunders and voices are heard coming from the God’s Throne
  • 7 lamps of fire, the Seven Spirits of God, are burning before God
  • The beautiful Crystal Sea flows in front of God’s Throne – I can see it’s beautiful sparkle. It glistens in blinding brilliance
  • There are 4 creatures in front and around the Throne – interesting and unique creatures – one is like a lion, another is like a calf, one has the face of a man, and the four soars like a flying eagle.
  • Magnificent, wonderful flying creatures singly beautifully

 “Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

  • Simultaneously, the 24 elders, falling down in worship and casting the crowns before God are saying

“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”

  • Jesus reaches for the Scroll sealed with 7 Seals and takes in out of the God’s hands. Only Jesus has the power to open this Scroll
  • As Jesus opens the scroll the 4 flying creatures and the 24 elders bow down in worship before him. I hear harps and singing –

 “You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth.”

 

  • More angels than I can count are singing in loud, melodious voices

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

  • And all creatures in heaven, earth and sea are saying –

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

  • The 24 elders are saying AMEN

It is now that I know I can humbly, oh so humbly, kneel before the throne of My Lord. It is now that I know that in raw awe, wonder, and praise that I know my heart is ready for pure, open worship of My Lord. All my cares are gone, my worries have vanished, sad tears have evaporated, my fears no more, all now consume and buried under the beauty of the Crystal Sea.

It is now that I truly know, am reminded, that each prayer praise and petition I make is placed in a gold bowl, held by one of the 24 elders, to be specifically and individually heard by My God through His Son Jesus. I can see Jesus now, selecting one of my prayers from a golden bowl and discussing it with God and then sending angels to carry out God’s directives to answer that prayer.

 Yet, this beautiful vision, so beautifully and wonderfully described by John, will pale in the splendor and glory of seeing God’s Throne one day when He sends His angels to take me home to live in Heaven for Eternity. In the words of a wonderful old hymn – Oh What a Glorious Day That Will BE!!!

Praise The Lord!

I urge you to read and meditate on Revelations 4 and 5.

Written by Marilyn Hoeth, 3/9/2013

 

Holy


Holy is a beautiful word, that when spoken resonates with it’s meaning of being set apart, unique, unlike all others, a purity unlike anything experienced in the secular world. Only in our spiritual lives can we even begin to perceive the true and full meaning of Holy.

Discovering the attributes of God is an adventurous journey. One of my favorite attributes is the fact that God is Holy. A stop by Isaiah 40:25 reveals that there is none other like Him. God is unequal to any other being. He and He alone is the Holy One. God’s holiness is not found in what He does. It is who he is.

God’s holiness is spoken of throughout scripture. Studies of Leviticus 19:2; Psalms 47:8; Psalms 48:1; Isaiah 6:3 and Revelations 3:7 are but a few of the many verses in scripture that speak of God’s holiness. God’s holiness is the source from which all His other attributes flow – His eternal nature, His goodness and His Grace, as well as His many other attributes.

God’s holiness not only fuels His other attributes, but God’s holiness separates Him from sin. Because of His holiness, He is incapable of even the slightest hint of untruth, injustice, impurity, or questionable use of power. Therefore, His holiness also emphasizes His stark contrast to the sinfulness of humanity who have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Each of us know good and righteous people who strive to avoid sin. We have watched great spiritual men of God, such as Billy Graham, and look up to them as our spiritual leaders. We honor Christian women who have lived their lives seeking to Christ-like. Ruth Graham and Beth Moore leap to mind. Yet in comparison to the Holiness of God, all of us, including these great spiritual leaders, do not compare to the Holy One – God.

SCRIPTURE

Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
 For you alone are holy
All nations will come and worship before you,
 for your righteous deeds have been revealed.

Revelations 15:4 (NLT)

Prayer

Lord, I am humbled and awed by your Holiness. It is difficult for my human mind to truly grasp the purity of You. Give each of us greater insight into the fullness of Your Holiness. Give each of us a growing desire to know You more intimately with each passing day.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Cast Your Cares on Him


“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

The first time I recall really reading these verses was ten years ago in March of 2002. I was struggling with many burdens during this time in my life and had shared some of my struggles with a Christian friend. On Saturday morning, March 23, 2002 this friend emailed me that in their quiet time that morning they had read 1 Peter 5:6-7 and felt that these words might bring me comfort. I quickly read the verses, but I gave them only superficial thought. My daughter and I were on our way to a women’s retreat at my local church and were in a hurry.

Later that morning as we sat listening to Beth Moore, the guest speaker, I was stunned to see these words in large, bold letters on the huge projection screen in front of us–

CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM

FOR HE CARES FOR YOU

1 Peter 5:6-7.

God, definitely had my undivided attention. Twice in one morning, He had put these verses in front of me. I was certain that this was not a coincident. It was a loud and clear message to my spirit.

Over the last ten years as I have grown in my Christian walk, I have come to cherish these verses. The Greek word,Epirrhipto, which is translated as ‘cast’ means to“to throw upon, place upon”. At first when I thought about throwing my cares upon Jesus, I envisioned Him walking to Calvary carrying The Cross and crowds throwing stones at Him. I did not like the idea of throwing anything upon Jesus but as I continued to study I soon realized that Jesus really does love me enough to have me throw or place my cares and burdens upon Him. He was willing to carry the Cross on my behalf and to die for my sins. If He was willing to give His life for me, then He would certainly be willing to help me with my problems.

Before Jesus can help me with my problems, I must be willing to let go of them. Jesus cannot carry my cares when I continue to hang on to them. I must be willing to lay aside my pride and my sense of control. I must be willing to let go totally, placing my cares fully on Jesus, and trusting Him to lead me to their resolution when and where appropriate. I must trust Him totally for an outcome that is in my best interest. When I am willing to humble myself before Him, letting go and giving everything to Jesus, He is then able to show me how much He cares for me.

And care for me He does! :-)

Prayer

 Father, each of us has struggles and cares in our lives. Sometimes we are overwhelmed with the difficult moments, yet we can find JOY in those difficult times when we are humble before You, placing our cares on You. In Your perfect time you will exalt us.
We praise you Oh Lord that you care of us!

In Jesus’ Name

Amen