The Throne of God by Jonathan McLeod

The Throne of God
Jonathan McLeod
Revelation 4:1-11

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ''Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.'' At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne (vv. 1-2).

SCRIPTURE INTRODUCTION

The book of Revelation was written by the apostle John. In the book, he describes a series of visions he received while he was exiled on an island called Patmos.

The word ''revelation'' means ''an unveiling.'' In chapter 4, heaven is revealed (i.e., unveiled) to John (''I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven!,'' v. 1), and he describes to his readers what he saw.

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BEFORE THE THRONE OF GOD

John writes, ''At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne'' (v. 2). Have you ever imagined what it would be like to stand before the throne of God? It's difficult to imagine because there's no experience on earth like it.

When trying to imagine about what it would be like stand before the throne of God, we might compare it to standing before the throne of Queen Elizabeth II. Did you know that there are certain rules people are expected to following when meeting the Queen?

Whatever you do, don't touch the Queen!
If the Queen extends her hand, you can shake her hand-but not firmly.
Your initial address to the Queen should be ''Your Majesty.'' After that, you may address her as ''Ma'am.''
Don't say, ''Pleased to meet you.'' This is considered redundant since it's assumed that everyone who meets the Queen is pleased to do so.
There are several other things you should not do in the Queen's presence. Don't chew gum. Don't wear gloves. Don't turn your back on her. Don't keep eating after she has finished.

Being in the presence of the Queen is a humbling experience, but i ...


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