In The Throne Room – Part One (Rev 4-5)

For middle-aged nerds like me, one of the great defining works of twentieth-century literature is, of course, Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy.

If you haven’t heard of it, then either you’re too young, too old, or you’re the sort of person who relies on other people to fix your computer. Either way it doesn’t matter. For now, all you need to know is that it was a popular book and TV series about 30 years ago in the comedy Science-Fiction genre. A true nerd can quote it chapter and verse, like the Bible.

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In The Throne Room – Part Two (Rev 4-5)

If you missed yesterday’s post, make sure you’ve read Revelation chapter 4.

Because what we saw was a vision of God on his throne in the heavens. A throne surrounded by bizarre creatures covered in eyes, accompanied by flashes of lightning and the roar of thunder, and attended by continuous praise: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!”

Although it’s pretty standard stuff, really, when you look at the other visions of God recorded in the Old Testament: Daniel 7; Isaiah 6; Ezekiel 1. Clearly the one on the throne in John’s vision is not just any god. By using very similar images and terminology, he can be identified as the God of Daniel and Isaiah and Ezekiel; the God of Israel; the God of the Old Covenant. This is Yahweh we are seeing, in all his glory.

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In The Throne Room – Part Three (Rev 4-5)

If you missed the last two days’ posts, make sure you’ve read Revelation chapter 4. Because we’re looking at this vision of God on his throne in the heavens. Yesterday, we saw the Jewish background to this vision – how it’s described using the words and images of many of the Old Testament appearances of God. It was designed to impress upon John’s hearers that his vision stands in continuity with Israel’s God, who reveals himself through human prophets, and who’s still very much in control of his world, judging evil and protecting his people.

Today, we look at this chapter from a different angle, where we see that some of the language and imagery John uses is drawn from the Roman imperial court.

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