It is synchronistic how, after describing my powder room in last week’s post, the lesson this week is all about the throne room of the Creator. I mean no disrespect by that. We have finally gotten to John’s second vision in Revelation 4 where Jesus calls John (voice…like a trumpet Revelation 4:1) through a door to a spectacular scene where God is sitting on a throne. In other words, Jesus shows John a portal to the other side of the veil where John basks in the love of God’s powerful presence.
Before I go into any of the detail here, remember that during John’s time in history, Caesar was the reigning world power of the Roman Empire. John’s vision will come through in a way that is recognizable to him. A throne is a seat of power. God sitting on a throne in heaven is imagery to portray the Creator’s sovereignty over all things including earthly rulers.
And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Revelation 4:3
The metaphysical properties of crystals interest me so this passage was especially exciting to read. Jasper is a type of chalcedony used to promote nurturing and protection as well as being a facilitator of safe astral travel. Wow, John was certainly on a trip to somewhere! Ruby is used for nurturing and what I find most fascinating about ruby is that it can be used for protection against bad dreams. This seems appropriate since we know Revelation is famous for John’s wild and crazy visions.
Jasper, ruby and emerald are among the stones believed to be set in the breastplate of High Priests of Israel. I don’t think this is a coincidence. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of gemstones John could have used to describe what he saw. For comprehensive information on these three stones, check out the book, Love is in the Earth.
The imagery of a rainbow that shone like an emerald had personal significance. Among other attributes, emerald combines intelligence with discernment. Green is the color at the center of the visible spectrum (rainbow) representing balance and love. John’s description here reminds me of a guided meditation I have used for years which includes focusing on the heart chakra, the center of one’s being. Here is an excerpt.
Bath in the beautiful green light; breathe gently and naturally. Honor this beautiful, quiet, peaceful, nurturing, loving, and all knowing aspect of your being. Take a few minutes to just be. Just be in this place of joy, remembering, and unconditional love.
John goes on to describe twenty-four elders sitting on thrones around the central throne wearing white garments and crowns of gold. He would have understood the colors white and gold to mean purity and power respectively. Scholars believe the number twenty-four symbolic of the twelve sons of Jacob who are the patriarchs of Israel in the Old Testament and the twelve apostles in the New Testament. I envision the Creator’s loving entourage vibrating to the sacred number six (2+4) which in numerology represents communication, harmony, balance and love.
One of the homework questions had us look back and read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, 1 Peter 5:4 and James 1:12 to dig deeper into the symbolism of a crown in the Bible. Phrases like incorruptible crown, crown of righteousness, crown of glory, and crown of life are all used to describe the reward promised to those who persevere on their spiritual path. What this means to me is that we can anticipate taking a place in God’s entourage of unconditional love on the other side of the veil, or to put it in what I call Biblese, rewarded with eternal life after death.
From the throne came flashes of lightening, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as a crystal. Revelation 4:5-6
The curriculum notes interpreted this as the terrifying sounds of God’s judgement. I’m not one of those people afraid of thunder and lightning, so I didn’t align with this. Everyone keeps saying Revelation is all about judgment but I haven’t gotten to that part yet; I’m just reading these passages and coming to my own conclusions as I go along. So far I’m not picking up on any dark stuff. I just get that there is powerful energy emanating from the throne.
Some believe the seven blazing lamps are symbolic of the Holy Spirit. We again see the number seven suggesting Divinity, wholeness, perfection, and a learning life. I grew up living on a lake and the sea of glass imagery reminds me of the cove, a place where the water is always protected and calm. My take on this passage is the awesome power of love and its calming effect in times of turmoil.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stopped saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:6-8
The notes say that the creatures seem to represent the wild, the tame, the sky and mankind. Maybe, but I took the lion to represent leadership or the powerful, the ox, a beast of burden, to represent the oppressed among us, the man to represent humanity’s earthly form, and the eagle our spiritual form. I think the six wings are another reference to balance and love and the eyes mean that in the Creator’s presence everything is revealed, humanity is no longer blinded to the truth.
What is significant here is the reverence showed toward the Creator. The praise expressed by the creatures is in a cadence of three: holy, holy, holy and Lord God Almighty and who was, and is, and is to come. Why didn’t John just say holiest? Well, my understanding is that since some languages don’t have words to differentiate between holy, holier, and holiest, a word is repeated three times for emphasis. Three is a catalyst number, a number suggesting creativity and joy. Numerology is ubiquitous in Revelation.
The elders follow the creatures’ lead by falling down and laying their crowns before the Creator’s throne saying:
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. Revelation 4:11
Is our being our spirit? Is a human being a human spirit? Is the throne room in our hearts, the green chakra, the center of our being where we hold love and balance? Is this what John’s hearing?
The throne room is filled with simile: like a trumpet, like an emerald, like a sea of glass, like a lion, etc. John’s human brain could not process the multi-dimensional scene he was seeing. Creator energy is not fully perceivable by our human senses. It is felt. Although John understood the force on the central throne was creator energy, describing it was difficult. He did not have the language. John described what he saw in terms of gemstones, light, weather, and the Roman court because that’s what he knew.
Where’s your throne room? Where’s your sacred place? Who’s there? Have you visited lately? Take a trip being.