Heaven Down to Earth: A Vision of the Throne & the Breaking of the Seals

Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ which was made known and revealed unto the apostle John. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters four through ten of this New Testament prophetic book. THE THRONE! THE TWENTY-FOUR ELDERS! THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES! THE LAMB! THE SCROLL! THE SEVEN SEALS! THE FOUR HORSEMEN! When you come to chapters four through ten of the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ you will find the language shifting from the letters which were written unto the seven churches to the very throne room of heaven. Having just received seven letters directly from the heart and mind of the Lord Jesus Christ the apostle John is now transported into and unto the throne room in heaven. There on the isle of Patmos we find the apostle John being taken and transported into the very throne room where he would witness and behold a tremendous and powerful scene that would unfold in the very courts and halls of heaven. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of what is found within chapters four and five, for immediately after the apostle John received individuals letters which would be sent unto the seven churches which were in Asia he looks and sees something entirely and altogether different. The New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ begins with the apostle John hearing a voice speaking behind him and emphatically declaring that He was the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, and the First and the Last. Having heard the voice which was speaking unto and behind him the apostle John would turn his attention and his gaze and would see one like unto the Son of man standing in the midst of seven golden candlesticks and holding seven stars in His right hand. It would be after the apostle John would turn around to look upon that One who had spoken unto him, and to further move within the vision and revelation we find the apostle John looking and gazing upon the Lord Jesus Christ in His glorified, exalted and magnified state. In all reality, I can’t help but see a strong and powerful similarity between the experience and encounter the apostle John had on the isle of Patmos and the experience Moses had on the backside of the desert in the wilderness of Sinai.

            As I sit here thinking about and consider the words which are found in the first chapter of the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ I am brought fact to face that it was after the apostle John turned himself upon hearing the voice that was speaking unto him that he would not only see the One who had spoken unto him, but would also hear and receive further words and revelation from the One who had initially spoken unto him. It is absolutely necessary and imperative that we pay close and careful attention to the words which are found within this passage of Scripture, for they bear a strong and powerful similarity to that which is found in the third chapter of the Old Testament book of Exodus. It would be in the third chapter of the Old Testament book of Exodus we find Moses the servant and man of God leading sheep unto Horeb in the wilderness of Sinai. It would be there at Horeb Moses would experience and encounter a vision he did not initially understand, and one I am absolutely convinced and sure he was neither anticipating or expecting. There on the backside of the wilderness in the midst of the land of Sinai Moses would witness and behold a bush which was burning with fire and yet was not entirely and altogether consumed. It would be this fact that the bush burned with fire and yet was not consumed that would strike and garner the attention and focus of Moses, and would prompt him to turn himself to see why and how the bush burned with fire and yet was not consumed. Upon witnessing and beholding Moses’ attention and gaze being fixed upon the burning bosh and knowing that the LORD could then speak unto him the LORD would then speak directly unto Moses concerning the plight of the children of Israel which were enslaved in the land of Egypt, and which had been enslaved for more than four hundred years. Consider if you will the following narratives which are found in the Scripture—the first which is found in the opening chapter of the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the second which is found chapters three and four of the Old Testament book of Exodus:

            “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John: Who bare record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alphas and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. I John, who also am your brother and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alphas and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatria, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. AND I TURNED TO SEE THE VOICE THAT SPAKE WITH ME. AND BEING TURNED, I SAW SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS; AND IN THE MIDST OF THE SEVEN CANDLESTICKS ONE LIKE UNTO THE SON OF MAN, CLOTHED WITH A GARMENT DOWN TO THE FOOT, AND GIRT ABOUT THE PAPS WITH A GOLDEN GIRDLE. HIS HEAD AND HIS HAIRS WERE WHITE LIKE WOOL, AS WHITE AS SNOW; AND HIS EYES WERE AS A FLAME OF FIRE; AND HIS FEET LIKE UNTO FINE BRASS, AS IF THEY BURNED IN A FURNACE; AND HIS VOICE AS THE SOUND OF MANY WATERS. AND HE HAD IN HIS RIGHT HAND SEVEN STARS: AND OUT OF HIS MOUTH WENT A SHARP TWO-EDGE SOWRD: AND HIS COUNTENANCE WAS AS THE SUN SHINETH IN HIS STRENGTH. And when I saw Him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches” (Revelation 1:1-20).

            “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he lad the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israe is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israe out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain” (Exodus 3:1-12).

            We must needs pay close and careful attention to the words which are found in the opening chapter of the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, for it calls and draws our attention to a covenant God who was in covenant with His people. Just as the LORD would appear unto Moses within a bush that burned with fire and yet was not consumed, so also would the Lord Jesus the Christ appear unto the apostle John in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. The first and opening chapter of the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ bears a strong similarity to that which is found in the midst of the third chapter of the Old Testament book of Exodus, for the words which are found in the third chapter of the book of Exodus calls and draws our attention to the wonderful and powerful reality that surrounds the experience and encounter Moses had on the backside of the desert at Horeb the mountain of God in the midst of the wilderness. It would be there at Horeb Moses would see and look upon a bush that burned with fire and yet was not consumed, and it was when he turned aside to see this great sight—why and how the bush burned with fire and yet was not consumed—the living and eternal God spoke unto him and instructed him to put off his sandals, for the place where he was standing was holy ground. It would be in the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus the Christ that the apostle John would hear a voice speaking unto him and declaring that He was the Alpha and the Omega, declaring that He was the first and the last, and then instructing the apostle John to write what he saw, and to write in a book which was to be sent unto the seven churches which were in Asia. Having heard the voice the apostle John would turn to see the voice which spake with him, and being turned he would first see the seven golden candlesticks, and then one like unto the Son of man which stood in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. It would be after John turned himself to look upon the voice of the one which spoke unto him that he would actually see the ascended, exalted and glorified Jesus the Christ standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.

            As I sit here thinking about and considering the words which are found in the first chapter of the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ I can’t help but see a wonderful and powerful similarity between the experience and encounter the apostle John had on the isle of Patmos when he saw the risen, ascended and exalted Jesus Christ in the midst of heaven and standing among the seven golden candlesticks. It would be after the apostle John turned himself to look upon the voice of the One who spoke unto him that he would actually see, witness and behold the ascended and glorified Jesus standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks—and not only standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, but also with a very specific message which He would speak unto the seven churches which were in Asia. It would be after the apostle John would turn and direct his attention to the One who spoke unto him that he would not only receive and experience a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, but he would also hear and receive the words and messages which would be sent unto the seven churches which were in Asia. It would only be after the apostle John would turn and direct his attention and gaze upon the One who spoke unto him that he would actually see, witness and behold the Son of man and the Son of God standing in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. Similarly it would be when Moses the servant of God would turn himself aside to look upon the bush that was burning with fire and yet was not consumed that he would actually hear the voice of the LORD speaking unto him—and not only speaking unto him, but also speaking unto him about a great deliverance He would bring unto the children of Israel. It would be when the apostle John would turn himself aside to see the One who had spoken unto him that he would not only hear and receive the words and messages to the seven churches, but would also throughout the rest of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ hear that which would take place in the days to come, and the judgment and wrath of the LORD once and for all upon all sin, all iniquity, all unrighteousness, all wickedness, and all rebellion.

            It is when you come to the fourth and fifth chapters of this prophetic book you will be brought face to face with the apostle John—not turning himself aside to see the voice of the One who had spoken unto him, but rather looking and beholding a door which was opened in heaven. The voice which had spoken unto him at first which was a trumpet talking with him would invite him to come up hither, and He would show him the things which must take place in the coming days. The first chapter would set the tone and the stage for the words, the letters and the epistles which would be sent unto the seven churches which were in Asia, and the fourth and fifth chapters which set the stage for that which the apostle John would receive concerning the events which were to take place in the days which were ahead. Having now spoken unto and revealed unto John the words which would be for and unto the seven churches which were in Asia the revelation would now shift to heaven where the apostle John would be transported into the very throne room of the living God. It is actually quite interesting, unique and captivating when you think about and consider the words which are found in the fourth and fifth chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord, for they would bear a strong similarity to what is found within the first chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Ezekiel, as well as the words which are found in the sixth chapter of the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah. If and as you read the words which are found within these two chapters you will find that there were indeed two Old Testament prophets who would each receive visions of the throne of God in heaven, and of the One who was seated upon the throne. What’s more, is that if you transition to the Old Testament prophetic book of Daniel you will find that Daniel too saw a vision of the throne of heaven and the Ancient of Days sitting upon that throne. With this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in each of these passages of Scripture, and the awesome and incredible visions these Old Testament prophets had as they would not only see the throne of God in heaven, but would also see the living and eternal God seated upon the throne:

            “In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with train he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: The whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! For I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me” (Isaiah 6:1-8).

            “And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake” (Ezekiel 1:26-28).

            “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels aburning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and then thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened. I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time. I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:9-14).

            It is absolutely unmistakable when reading the words which are found within these three passages of Scripture that there were three Old Testament prophets who each experience a vision and revelation of the throne of God which was in heaven. The prophet Isaiah would see the throne of God, as well as the One who was seated upon the throne in the year in which king Uzziah died, while the prophet Ezekiel would see the throne and glory of God while among the captives in the land of the Chaldeans. The prophet Daniel would also himself see and receive a vision and revelation of the throne of God in heaven, and would see the Ancient of days seated upon the throne, as well as the myriads upon myriads of heavenly host which were before and around the throne. When I read the words which are found within the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ I am brought face to face with the awesome and incredible truth that the apostle John himself would see a vision and revelation of the throne of God in heaven—and not only of the throne of God in heaven, but also of the worship which was before and around the throne. The more I read the words which are found in the fourth and fifth chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ the more I am brought face to face with just how absolutely incredible the vision which the apostle John received truly was, for not only would the apostle John see, witness and behold the throne of God which was in heaven, but the apostle John would also hear the worship which was before and all around the throne of God in heaven.

            I can’t help but read the words which are found in the fourth and fifth chapters of the prophetic book and come face to face with just how wonderful and amazing the vision and revelation of the throne of God in heaven truly was. The fourth and fifth chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus are chapters which must be carefully understood when we think about and consider our own worship, for I oftentimes have to wonder what our worship is like in comparison to the worship which takes place before and around the throne of God which is in heaven. I find myself thinking about and considering how shallow and how meaningless a lot of our worship in many of our Christian circles truly is when compared to the sound of worship which is in heaven. What’s more, is that when you read these chapters—not only will you be brought face to face with the sound of the worship in heaven, but you will also be brought face to face with the sight of the worship which took place before and around the throne. I am absolutely and completely convinced that we must needs pay close and careful attention to the words found in this passage of Scripture, for I am convinced that when we consider and compare our worship to that which takes place in the throne room of heaven. There is a part of me that can’t help but wonder if much of our worship is completely and utterly shallow and meaningless in light of and compared to the worship which is found in the midst of heaven, for our worship is more about ourselves and our emotions than about the living and eternal God. Oh I can’t help but read the words which are found in the fourth and fifth chapters of the New Testament prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ and come face to face with just how absolutely marvelous and majestic the worship before and around the throne of God is in heaven, for the worship which takes place in many of our churches and church buildings is completely and utterly shallow, self-centered and self-seeking. I have to admit that I am greatly challenged when reading the words found in the fourth and fifth chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ, for it is within these chapters we are brought into the very throne room of heaven—and although we weren’t actually in the throne room with the apostle John we are transported there through the words which the apostle John wrote before the throne.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the words which are found within this passage of Scripture, and I can’t help but wonder how many of us within our churches and Christian circles need a fresh vision and revelation—not only of the throne of God which is found in heaven, but also of the worship which takes place before and around the throne. I am absolutely and completely convinced that we must needs pay close and careful attention to the words found in these chapters, for they bring us face to face with the worship which takes place in heaven—and not only the worship which takes place in heaven, but also the sound and sight of that worship. There is not a doubt in my mind when reading the words which are found in this prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ that we as the saints and servants of God desperately need a fresh vision and fresh revelation of the throne of God which is in heaven that our own worship might be transformed. I can’t help but think about that which the prophet Isaiah saw in the year king Uzziah died, for not only did the prophet see the Lord high and lifted up and seated on the throne, but he also heard the seraphims crying unto each other, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty: The whole earth is filled with His glory.” The prophet Isaiah would indeed and would in fact here a sound before and around the throne as well, for the prophet would hear the seraphims crying out one to another, proclaiming the holiness of the LORD God Almighty. Not only this, but at the sound of the worship of the seraphims we find the posts of the temple itself shaking. Oh how truly incredible it is to think about and consider this awesome truth and reality, for it helps us to further and greater understand the scene which took place in heaven.

            As you approach and come to the fourth and fifth chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ in heaven you will be transported into a place before the throne of God in heaven—a place that was completely, entirely and altogether filled with worship. It’s almost as if while the throne of God is indeed the place of His authority, His dominion and power, you cannot separate the throne of God from worship. We love speaking about the throne of God in terms of authority, in terms of dominion, and in terms of power, and very rarely do we think about and consider the throne of God in terms of worship and that which is seen and heard before and all around the throne. The vision and revelation which the apostle John witnessed and beheld in the midst of the throne room of heaven was not only one of seeing the LORD of hosts seated upon the throne, but also seeing and hearing the worship which would indeed and would in fact take place there in the midst of the throne room of heaven. Perhaps one of the greatest truths that surrounds these chapters is that directly linked and associated with the throne of God in heaven is a powerful sense of worship that takes place, as the throne of God in heaven is synonymous with worship. What’s more, is that as you read the words which are found within these chapters you are brought face to face with how all of heaven was enraptured, captivated and caught up in this worship. From the four living creatures, to the four and twenty elders, to the angels which are in heaven—all of heaven is completely consumed with worship of the living God who is, who was, and who is to come. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of just how absolutely incredible this truly is, for if we want to understand the words which are found in the subsequent chapters after these we must needs recognize and understand that which takes place in the throne of heaven. It was Jesus who when teaching the disciples how to pray emphatically declared and proclaimed “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

            HEAVEN DOWN TO EARTH! I am absolutely and completely convinced that the worship we find and read within this passage of Scripture does indeed and does in fact take place in the throne room, however, we must needs realize and understand that the worship which takes place in heaven must needs have its place within our churches, within our church buildings, and within our services. Oh I can’t help but wonder what would happen among us in our churches and houses of worship if our worship had its root and origin in what was seen and heard in heaven rather than our own worship. There is a part of me that can’t help but wonder what would happen if we devoted time within our services and gathering together simply and solely to give ourselves to the worship which takes place and is found in the midst of heaven. I cannot help but wonder what would happen if in our worship in the church buildings we gather together in we actually allowed and gave space for that which is proclaimed and exclaimed in heaven. What’s more, is I can’t help but wonder how much of the worship we use here on the earth would actually be worth anything in heaven. I am sitting here right now and I am brought face to face with the thought that there is perhaps a great deal of worship which we have in our church services that would have absolutely no room, no place, and no space in the midst of the throne room of heaven. I can’t help but be absolutely and completely gripped and captivated with the fact that while we might allow ourselves to get caught up in the songs, the worship, the lyrics and the music that is used in many of our churches in the earth in this generation—the worship we are using and giving ourselves to would have absolutely no room, nor would it have any place in heaven. The question I can’t help but ask is if we could worship God in heaven using the worship we have present before and among us here upon the earth. It’s almost the same type of reality as David declaring unto Saul that he could not go out and face the Philistine giant in battle using his armor because he had not tested or proved it.

            WOULD THE WORSHIP IN THE EARTH BE PLEASING IN HEAVEN? HOW MUCH OF OUR WORSHIP HERE UPON THE EARTH WOULD ACTUALLY BE PLEASING IN HEAVEN? WHAT DOES THE LIVING GOD THINK OF OUR WORSHIP HERE UPON THE EARTH? IS THE LIVING GOD EVEN PLEASED WITH THE WORSHIP WE OFFER HIM IN MANY OF OUR SERVICES? WHAT IS THE TRUE MARK OF THE PLEASURE AND DELIGHT OF GOD IN RESPONSE TO THE WORSHIP WE BRING HIM? IN THE OLD TESTAMENT THE MARK OF THE DIVINE PLEASURE OF GOD IN THE WORSHIP OF HIS PEOPLE AND IN THAT WHICH WAS PRESENTED UPON THE ALTAR WAS FIRE WHICH CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN UPON THE ALTAR AND THE SACRIFICE! THE FIRE OF GOD CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN DURING THE DAYS OF MOSES UPON THE ALTAR AND THE SACRIFICE! THE FIRE OF GOD CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN DURING THE DAYS OF DAVID UPON MOUNT MORIAH IN RESPONSE TO HIS SACRIFICE! THE FIRE OF GOD CAME DOWN FROM HEAVEN DURING THE DAYS OF SOLOMON AFTER HIS PRAYER OF DEDCIATION OF THE TEMPLE OF THE LORD! THE FIRE OF GOD WOULD COME DOWN FROM HEAVEN DURING THE DAYS OF ELIJAH UPON THE ALTAR AND UPON THE SACRIFICE WHICH HE OFFERED AND PRESENTED BEFORE AND UNTO THE LORD!

            The more I think about and consider the words which are found in the fourth and fifth chapters of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ the more I am brought face to face with whether or not the worship we offer unto the living God here upon the earth—not only is pleasing and acceptable in His sight, but also would even be accepted in heaven. I think we would be completely and utterly amazed to think about and consider how much of our worship which we pride ourselves in here upon the earth would have no worth and no value in the throne room of heaven. We spend a considerable of time praising the worship we offer before and unto the living God here upon the earth thinking that it is pleasing and acceptable in His sight, and yet the truth of the matter is that not only is our worship not pleasing and acceptable in the sight of the living God, but so also would that worship not hold up before and around the throne. Please note and please understand that I do realize and recognize that there are things that we can sing and rejoice about which not even the angels in heaven can sing about—namely, about how we have been saved and justified by and through faith, and how we have been delivered and set free from the bondage of sin within our hearts and lives. The angels in heaven cannot sing about the power of the cross of Jesus Christ within their lives, for the work of the cross has done absolutely nothing for the angels which are in heaven. The cross, however, has a great influence and impact within our hearts and our lives, for the cross is the very foundation of our salvation, and the very foundation of our walk and relationship with the living God. Even with this being said, however, I can’t help but wonder how much of the worship we give ourselves to here upon the earth has more worth and more value unto and among us than it does in the sight and presence of the living God.

            WOULD YOU DARE WORSHIP PRAISE? WOULD YOU DARE PRAISE WORSHIP? Oh I can’t help but get the strong sense within my heart and my spirit that there are countless men and women among us within the house of the LORD who place more stock and more emphasis on the worship and praise we offer unto and before the living God than we do the living and eternal God Himself. There are many cases and instances when the worship and praise we offer among us in our church services and church buildings means more to us than it does the living and eternal God. There are countless churches which are and which have been known for their worship and for the songs they produce—i.e. Hillsong, Elevation, Bethel, Vineyard, and the like. The question I can’t help but ask myself is how much of the songs and the worship which is produced from and within these churches actually has substance and weight before and in the sight of the living God who is seated upon the throne. Oh we sing songs which were written by popular worship artists, and by popular worship venues such as the Passion movement, and yet the question I am finding myself asking is how much of that worship would truly be of any worth and value in heaven. Oh there are countless churches, countless men and women within our churches, and countless men and women who use these songs with their lyrics and music to worship and come before the throne of the living God, and yet I can’t help but wonder if much of this worship is nothing more than the inventions and imaginations of men. Oh it is true that some of these songs might indeed and might in fact sound so holy and so scriptural, and yet the truth and underlying reality concerning much of this worship is that it might not hold any weight before and in the sight of the living God who is seated upon the throne surrounded by the four and twenty elders, the four living creatures, and the countless myriads of angels, cherubim and seraphim.

            Oh I am absolutely and completely gripped and captivated with and by the awesome and incredible truth of what is found within these chapters, for what we find within these chapters brings us face to face with what worship looks and sounds like before and around the throne. If and as you read the words which are found in these chapters you will find the four and twenty elders bowing themselves down before the throne of God in heaven and casting their golden crowns before Him at His feet. We find the four living creatures themselves worshipping the living and eternal God together and along with the four and twenty elders when they hear the cherubim and seraphim worshipping before the throne of God which is in heaven. I would dare say that if the worship you profess to hold to, and if the worship you profess to commit and give yourself to in this life does not produce humility and reverence within your heart and your spirit then I would dare say that it is indeed and in fact a worship that is rooted and grounded in the earth rather than what is present in heaven. I read the words which are found within these chapters and I can’t help but myself encountering and coming face to face with a worship that looks and sounds a lot different from the worship which we ourselves use in many of our church services and sanctuaries. It is with this in mind that I can’t help but think about and consider all the more how it is highly likely and highly possible that much of the worship we give ourselves to in this life here upon the earth cannot and will not have any place and room in heaven. I cannot help but think about and consider the awesome and tremendous truth that what we find and what we read within these chapters is a true and powerful picture of a worship—a sight and sound—that is desperately and drastically needed within our hearts, within our lives, within our church services and within our church buildings. I firmly believe that what we must needs recognize and pay close attention to when reading the words found in these chapters is that there might very well be—and in all reality there truly is a vast difference between our worship here upon the earth and the worship and sound that is present in heaven, and that there is a great need for our worship to be transformed within and among us in the midst of our church services. It is with this in mind I invite you to consider the following words which are found in the fourth chapter of the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ:

            “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to  look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created” (Revelation 4:1-11).

            “And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:1-10).

            “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beats and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever” (Revelation 5:11-14).

            THE THRONE! THE SCROLL! THE SEALS! THE LAMB! DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THE THRONE IS THE SCROLL WHICH HAD WRITINGS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE IT! THE THRONE IS DIRECTLY CONNECTED TO THE SEALS WHICH WERE UPON THE SCROLL! IT IS THE SCENE IN HEAVEN THAT SETS THE STAGE FOR WHAT WAS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE IN THE EARTH! IT’S ACTUALLY QUITE INTERESTING TO THINK ABOUT AND CONSIDER THE WORDS WHICH ARE FOUND IN THE FOURTH AND FIFTH CHAPTERS OF THIS PROPHETIC BOOK, FOR IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE SCENE OF WORSHIP IN HEAVEN WE FIND THE SEALS BEING OPENED IN HEAVEN AND THE IMPACT OF THE BROKEN SEAL WITHIN AND UPON THE EARTH! THE BROKEN SEALS IN HEAVEN ARE DIRECTLY LINKED AND CONNECTED TO THE EVENTS WHICH WOULD TAKE PLACE WITHIN AND UPON THE EARTH! THE BROKEN SEALS AND THE WORDS WHICH ARE FOUND WITHIN AND UPON THE SCROLL ARE INTRISINCIALLY LINKED AND CONNECTED TO THE EVENTS WHICH WOULD TAKE PLACE WITHIN AND UPON THE EARTH IN THE NEXT SERIES OF CHAPTERS! SEALS IN HEAVEN AND JUDGMENT UPON THE EARTH!

            The more I think about and consider the words which are found within these chapters the more I can’t help but be absolutely gripped and captivated with the tremendous truth that what we read in the fourth chapter, and what we read concerning the throne which was in heaven, and the activity and sound which took place before and around the throne was a direct prelude and precursor to that which we find in the fifth chapter. It is in the fifth chapter where we are again placed in the throne room of heaven, and yet in the fifth chapter of this prophetic book we find a scroll which had writings within and writings without and which was sealed with seven seals. The apostle John looked and saw that there was none in heaven, nor any in the earth, nor any beneath the earth who were able to break the seals which were upon the scroll and to read the contents which were inside. Upon witnessing and beholding the apostle John weeping over the reality that there was none who could open the scroll and break the seals upon it one of the elders came unto him and instructed him to not weep because there was one who was worthy to not only break the seals, but also to open and unroll it and read the contents which were inside. Immediately after this the apostle John witnessed and beheld the Lamb of God as it had been slain take the scroll out of the hand of the One which sat upon the throne. It would be this scene in heaven—this taking of the scroll from the hand of the Father that would induce and would incite rapturous worship before and around the throne as the four and twenty elders, the four living creatures, and everyone in the earth and in heaven began breaking out in worship before and unto the One who sat upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Oh how absolutely wonderful and incredible it is to think about and consider this scene in heaven, for what we find within this chapter is a wonderful, a beautiful and powerful picture of the Lamb of God who was not only worthy to take the scroll out of the hand of the One who sat upon the throne, but also break the seals which were upon the scroll in order that what was inside might be revealed and manifested in the Last Days.

            As you transition from the fifth chapter to the sixth chapter of this prophetic book you will find the language shifting from the Lamb taking the scroll out of the hand of the hand of the One who sat upon the throne to the Lamb actually breaking the seals which were on the scroll. What makes the words found in these upcoming chapters so incredibly unique is that the Lamb did not break all the seals at once, but rather He broke the seals one at a time and one by one. It would be as the Lamb broke each of the seals that something specific would take place within and upon the earth. It’s actually quite interesting to think about and consider the fact that the breaking of a seal in heaven would have direct implications within and upon the earth. With each seal that was broken—with the breaking of a seal in heaven—there would be something that would be directly linked and connected to that seal which would take place in the earth. If you begin reading with and from the first verse in the sixth chapter you will begin noticing the seals which were upon the scroll beginning to be broken, and how eventually once the seventh seal had been broken there was silence in heaven for the space of about a half an hour. It would be the breaking of the seven seals that would actually lead to and transition into the seven angels which were given trumpets which they were to sound in heaven. What makes this all the more interesting is when you think about and consider the fact that just as each broken seal represented activity within and upon the earth, so also would the sounding of each trumpet signify and speak to events which would take place upon the earth. In fact, as you read the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ you will find seven churches, seven epistles, seven Spirits of God, seven seals, seven angels, seven trumpets, seven angels and seven bowls. In other words, there is this strong and powerful language of completion that is found within the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, for the number seven indeed and in fact represented completion within and throughout the Scripture.

            I sit here today thinking about and considering the words which are found in chapters six through ten and I am brought face to face with the fact that what took place in heaven would have direct implications for the earth—and not only for the earth, but also what would take place upon the earth. You cannot read the words which are found in this passage of Scripture and not be brought face to face with the strong reality that the activity which took place in heaven would immediately and ultimately have implications for the earth, as the activity in heaven would be translated into that which would come upon the face of the earth. Oh we dare not and must not miss and lose sight of just how absolutely incredible and tremendous this truly is, for it brings us face to face with the words which our Lord prayed and taught His disciples to pray—namely, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” What we find in chapters six through ten—and not only in chapters six through ten, but throughout some of the upcoming chapters is that the activity which would take place in heaven would directly impact the earth and the inhabitants which were thereupon. From the breaking of the seven seals, to the sounding of the seven trumpets, to the pouring out of the seven bowls, that which would take place in the midst of the court of heaven would have direct implications for and upon the earth and the inhabitants which were upon the earth. When the Lamb takes the scroll out of the hand of the Father who sits upon the throne, and when the Lamb begins breaking the seals it is a sign in heaven that the judgment of the living God would begin to be manifested within and upon the earth. Once the scroll was in the hand of the Lamb which was slain from the foundation of the world it would be a sign in heaven that the judgment of the living God would begin to be manifested within and upon the earth. Oh I can’t help but wonder if any in heaven truly knew and understood what the seven seals represented—and not only what the seven seals represented, but also what would take place in the midst of the earth as a direct result of the breaking of the seals. We must not miss and lose sight of just how absolutely incredible this truly is, for it would be the Lamb of God who would be responsible for the breaking of the seals, and with the breaking of those seven seals certain judgments would take place within and upon the earth. Consider if you will the specific judgments which would take place in the midst of the earth beginning with the first and opening verse of the sixth chapter:

            “And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts, saying, Come and see. And I saw, and behold, a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer” (Revelation 6:1-2).

            “And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword” (Revelation 6:3-4).

            “And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” (Revelation 6:5-6).

            “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold, a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:7-8).

            “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: and they cried with a loud voice, saying, how long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them: and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled” (Revelation 6:8-11).

            “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; and the stars of heaven fell upon the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: for the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” (Revelation 6:12-17).

            What makes the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ so incredibly unique and captivating is when you think about and consider the fact that in the sixth chapter we find six of the seven seals which were upon the scroll being broken, and as a direct result of their being broken there would be activity which would take place upon the earth. When the first four seals were broken there would be four different horsemen who would go forth riding upon horses—each with a specific purpose and assignment within and upon the earth. From a conquering king, to death, to hell, to famine, to pestilence, and so much more—the release of the four horsemen of the apocalypse would bring forth and produce within and upon the earth a tremendous and powerful manifestation of judgment within and upon the earth. It is within the sixth chapter of this prophetic book we find the breaking of the first six seals, with the breaking of the fifth seal revealing all the souls which had been slain and martyred for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ crying out and asking how long it would be until their blood would be avenged within and upon the earth. Unto them it was told to wait a little while longer until the full number of their brethren were killed for the sake of the name of Jesus as they had been, and it would be unto them white robes would be given while they patiently waited for the full number of their brethren who would be slain just as they were. It would be when the sixth seal would be opened that the heavens would roll up and recede like a scroll when it was rolled up, and as a direct result of this the mountains would be moved from their places, and all the mighty men would cry out that the rocks would fall on them because the day of the great wrath of the Lord had indeed and had in fact come. Immediately after the sixth seal was broken we are brought face to face with the seventh chapter, and what would essentially be a brief intermission from that which was found in heaven with the breaking of the seals. It would be in the seventh chapter where we would not only find the sealing of the one-hundred and forty-four thousand which were comprised of the twelve tribes of Israel . Not only this, but we also find a powerful scene in heaven of all those who had come out of the great tribulation and who had washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. Consider if you will the following words which are found within the seventh chapter beginning to read with and from the first verse:

            “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel” (Revelation 7:1-4).

            “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen. And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? And whence came they? And I saw unto him, Sir, thou konwest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwel among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Revelation 7:9-17).

As I prepare to bring this writing to a close I find it absolutely necessary to call and draw our attention to the words which are found within these chapters, for while unto most of us they might not have much meaning and/or significance—the simple fact they are found within the Scripture and were deliberately and intentionally revealed and released by the living and eternal Christ unto the apostle John suggests and signifies that we must needs commit ourselves to the reading of the book of the Revelation in our midst. Oh perhaps one of the questions I can’t help but ask is what would happen if in our churches and in our services we began deliberately and intentionally giving time and giving space to read the prophetic book of the Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. What if in the midst of our services we began giving ourselves to the reading of the words which are found within this prophetic book, and regardless of whether or not we understand it we allowed ourselves to read and hear the words which are found within it? I am absolutely and completely convinced that there is a great need among us to read the words which are found within this prophetic book—and not only read the words which are found within this book, but also hear and listen to the words which are contained within it. What’s more, is that if you read a chapter of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ each day every day on repeat for an entire year—by the time you came to the end of the year you will have read through the prophetic book of the Revelation just under seventeen times. I have to admit that I am greatly challenged for this upcoming year to take the prophetic book of the Revelation—and perhaps not only the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, but also the prophetic book of Daniel as well—and read a chapter in each of these prophetic books on repeat for an entire year. There is absolutely no doubt that these books are intrinsically linked and connected to each other, and I can’t help but be challenged within my spirit to take this upcoming year and commit myself—in addition to everything else that I might read—to read these two prophetic books each and every day throughout the entire year until the final day of the year comes and I have truly read these books. There is not a doubt in my mind that the prophetic book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ might not entirely and altogether be given that men might truly understand it, but that men and women might be entirely and altogether aware of that which can and will take place in the days to come, and what can and will take place when the judgment of the living God is manifested upon the earth and salvation is manifested both in heaven and on the earth.

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