Experience, Yes? Seen? No.
Amazing is all the fanfare about a Caucasoid God with white hair. Hair? Really???
A Spirit is not physical! The Creator of ALL Sitting on a Throne?
When you think of God the Father,
when you pray to Him,
you undoubtedly picture Him
sitting on His Heavenly throne.
The supreme power of the universe
dispatching mighty angels
from the courtroom bench!
John saw a “throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne” (Rev. 4:2). Daniel had a vision of “thrones were put in place and the Ancient of Days was seated” (Dan. 7:9).
John also saw in vision four living creaturesbefore the throne who “do not rest day or night, saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!’” (Rev. 4:8). And when they give the Father honor, 24 Elders fall down before Him, “cast their crowns before the throne, 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” (verses 4, 11).
Sure sounds like the Father ever on His throne and constant crowns tossed and praise flowing.
But, yes, for human reasons, that just doesn’t sit well with me. Wouldn’t that get kind of old? Both doing it and receiving it over and over. Does the Father ever just want to get away for a little peace and quiet? I might be off my rocker to suggest such a thing. Spirit is different than flesh so maybe this nonstop sitting and worshiping is simply the way it is. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours not just in altitude (Isa. 55:8-9).
Does the Father ever want to don ‘overalls’, grab some power tools and get His hands dirty to keep the universe purring? Ever want to skate or sail on the sea of glass? Go for an evening walk and take in the sight of one of His beautiful sunsets?
Jesus promised “To him who overcomes I will “grant to
Sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Rev. 3:21)
Sounds a little crowded like airline seats! Are 144,000 plus an innumerable multitude really going to squish together there? You think you’ve got problems with your kids in the backseat! Of course these are saints—not ones you wish would act like little versions. They’re going to be resurrected and welcomed into Jesus Christ’s ruling family, which we celebrate Monday, Oct. 3 in the Feast of Trumpets.
The Bible actually states that Jesus does not sit on His Father’s throne all the time. Same for His throne. When John saw the Lamb, He was standing in the midst of the throne and the 28 spirit beings (Rev. 5:6).
Ezek. 1 and 10 describe Jesus Christ roaring about the earth in His portable gyroscope throne. The Old Testament describes Him as YHVH visiting Moses and Abraham, wrestling with Jacob, and leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Sounds like sitting on His throne would be a pitstop for Jesus!
Will overcomers who become kings, priests and judges in Christ’s Millennial administration be corralled on Christ’s throne all the time? Jesus told the 12 disciples that they would sit on “12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel” (Matt. 19:28).
Isa. 30:20-21 says we will serve as teachers and appear out of the blue to humans in the Millennium to give them instant corrective guidance. Poof and then back to a throne?
Or, does sitting on a throne mean that One is the ruler in authority regardless where He is sitting? The camp director was just that whether in his office or about. Isa. 66:1 says “Heaven is my throne”—not just one special majestic bench. Maybe we don’t need to worry about how many angels can sit on the head of a pin if the third heaven is bigger than the Ponderosa. The Father might have more room to roam than buffalo.
Will we be on our thrones mostly for special regal functions and ceremonies? Like King Francis of France in the Ever After movie? Dressed in full regalia on the throne for his son Henry’s wedding and for the expulsion of bad subjects but otherwise all about the palace and grounds.
Daniel saw the resurrected Jesus Christ presented to the Ancient of Days sitting on His throne, when Jesus was “given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him” (Dan. 7:13-14).
The Bible mentions the throne of God, or God’s throne, several times in both the Old and New Testaments. A throne is the seat of a monarch, and symbolizes power, sovereignty, and absolute rule. There are references to the throne of God that sound figurative, and others that sound more literal. For example, Jesus said “Do not take an oath … either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool” (Matthew 5:34–35). This makes the idea of God’s throne sound like a metaphor. But other passages seem to literally say that God has a throne. The multitude standing before the great white throne, and later the judgement that occurs there, are two such examples (Revelation 7:9; 20:11).
Whether the throne of God is purely figurative, or there is in fact a literal throne room in heaven where God is seated, is not made perfectly clear in Scripture. However, there is plenty to illustrate the significance of God’s throne. The fact that God has a throne tells us a lot about God’s nature. In Isaiah’s vision of God’s throne room, he sees “the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple” (Isaiah 6:1). This is a picture of vast power and all-consuming glory. God is a magnificent deity, who commands respect and awe. In fact, Isaiah’s immediate reaction to seeing God in glory on the throne is very telling: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5).
Both good angels and fallen angels come and bow before God’s throne, acknowledging His sovereignty (Job 1:6; 2 Chronicles 18:18). And after Jesus’ resurrection, when He ascended to heaven, He “sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV). God is central to all things, in the same way that a king’s throne is the place where laws and decrees originate, God rules and reigns from His throne (Psalm 47:8), and His judgments are done from that place of divine power and righteousness (Psalm 9:7).
Perhaps the most beautiful reference to the throne of God, in Scripture, is from the book of Hebrews. It depicts God’s throne as a place where God’s children can go to receive mercy and grace in a time of need. Not only that, but we are told to “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence” (Hebrews 4:16, NIV). Considering that we are talking about the throne room of the King of kings, the Creator of the universe, and our Maker, this is an astonishing statement. As King David said, as he pondered the heavens and the moon and stars, “what is man that you are mindful of him …?” (Psalm 8:4). But just as the children of a human king would have special privilege to see their father, so do we have special privilege to come before the throne of God and ask for whatever we need, provided that what we ask is according to His will and character (John 16:23).
At the end of all things, all creation will gather and bow before the throne of God (Philippians 2:9–11) and declare that he is “worthy … to receive glory and honor and power” (Revelation 4:10–11). We will benefit from the bounty and love of God, that flows eternally from His throne. “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:1–2).
Once again we pondee the “Seen”, a gargantuan edifice. The Creator? In Spirit we must approach Him with truth and worship, Qmen.
God sent more than Jesus to Earth. The Holy Spirit surrounds us all, and John does not want the followers of Jesus to forget that Jesus is only one part of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit flowed through Him as it does through all of us. Worshipping one of the three would be like worshipping none at all.
And we pray:
I Love to think about what it means to truly worship You, O God in Heaven. The Holy Spirit has touched me, and I ask that You let it flow through me so that I too can affect others. I shall reflect on what it truly means to worship You, Your Son – Jesus Christ, and The Holy Spirit. With these words, I hope that the Spirit truly honored You God, spoken dutifully as Your servant. Amen.