And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
In this vision, John sees “a throne was set in heaven”. As he continues to look, he then sees “one sat on the throne”.
Folks, a very wonderful truth is set before us this morning… in this vision given to John, our God is pictured as one that sits upon a heavenly throne. In other words, God is revealed to John as the Supreme, Absolute, Ruler over all! He is the One sitting on heaven’s throne, exercising authority and overwhelming power over all the events of history and the events that are yet to take place.
Think about what this means for us on a very practical level. Because our God is the Sovereign over all His creation we can know assuredly HE IS IN CONTROL.
When we see the condition of the world around us, and the various occurrences of evil that take place… the acts of abuse, persecution, and injustice at every hand; the natural disasters that bring havoc upon great groups of men; and our own personal afflictions and trials; … we can rest assured that He isn’t surprised, nor ignorant of these events, but is causing or allowing them for His purposes.
As hard as this may be to understand, by faith, the people of God know that this is so. Probably the best example of this principle is found in Acts 2:22-24…
“Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.”
(see also: Acts 3:18, 4:28, 13:26-28, etc)
The very opposition, abuse and crucifixion of Christ was part of God’s “determinate counsel”. In other words, it was a part of God’s plan for mankind which He decreed before the world began. Stop and think about it, if God had not allowed the sinful abuse and crucifixion of Christ to be a part of His plans for mankind, we would not, and could not, be saved.
Folks, no matter how difficult the trial that we may face today, no matter how bleak things may appear, we can know, with absolute certainty, what is taking place is a part of the Lord’s wonderful plan for us. It is coming to pass for our good and His glory, and He will be with us every step of the way comforting us and interceding for us based upon our every need…
Romans 8:26-28 KJV
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation