June 12, 2022

A throne stood in heaven

Bible Text: Revelation 4 |

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’ve been listening to a new song by Red Rocks Worship all this week. It’s been on repeat. I’ve watched the videos on YouTube of the full band version as well as the acoustic one. The song opens with these lyrics…

Gathered at the highest throne
Welcomed by a melody
Anthem I have always known
A song that's always been in me
All glory and honour, dominion and power, to you

Our worship director, Iddo, brought the song to me because, over the next two Sundays, we’ll be looking at Revelation 4-5 in our current series. Jesus gave John a look through the door into eternity and the first thing he saw? “Behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.” That throne is referred to a dozen times in these two chapters. The one who sits on that throne is the indisputable focal point of eternity. Knowing him changes everything then and now.

Series: Great & Amazing - Revelation
Message: 10 - A throne stood in heaven
Text: Revelation 4
Todd Dugard
Harvest Bible Chapel
June 12, 2022

The top 5 purposes for the Revelation:

  1. Blow our minds
  2. Challenge spiritual rebellion
  3. Encourage persecuted believers to endure
  4. Reveal “the future”
  5. Exalt Jesus Christ

[John’s vision of the scene in heaven gives] the appropriate perspective from which to view and make sense of what is happening on earth. This scene is the theological fountainhead and anchor point for the whole document.
M. Eugene Boring as quoted by Buist M. Fanning

The vision of worship in eternity…

…inspires us with the hope we need (v. 1-2)

However fearful or uncontrolled the forces of evil on earth may seem to be, they cannot annul or eclipse the greater fact that behind the scenes God is on his throne governing the universe.
George Eldon Ladd

…overwhelms us with his awesome power (v. 3-6a)

The apocalyptic literature of the Bible should wash over us like a wave of the sea.
David Barker

…humbles us in light of his holy, holy, holy-ness (v. 6b-10)

…encourages us by his authority over all things (v. 11)