(Reposted from Pr. Ross)
Revelation 4: The Throne in Heaven
READ and LISTEN
(11 verses, 1:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
- John is given a glimpse of worship in heaven
MARK and LEARN
- St. John is led to a door in heaven and he sees the worship taking place there. A man, Jesus, sits on the throne and John uses the seemingly inadequate verbiage of earthly language to describe the un-earthly spectacle which he sees. The 24 thrones is indicative of the 12 tribes of Israel as well as the 12 apostles, meaning the entirety of old and new covenant believers in Jesus. The elders are clothed in white, indicating imputed righteousness.
- The four living creatures are a reference to the book of Ezekiel chapter one. Early Church fathers believed these creatures to be references to the four gospels, each with a different emphasis on the person and work of Jesus. The four living creatures sing to the thrice-holy God, a Trinitarian confession also found in Isaiah chapter six. This song finds a place in the western divine service in the Sanctus or “Holy” which is sung just before the Lord’s Supper.
- Father, you revealed to St. John the wonders of the heavenly worship of your Son, who sits on the throne forever. Give us eyes of faith to see that as we eat and drink the body and blood of Jesus, we too join those gathered around his throne to sing “holy, holy, holy”. Bring us at last to that festal gathering where we will sing with all the saints in glory. Amen.