“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two 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.” Isaiah 6: 1 – 4
(600+ years later)
“After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, ‘Come up hither, and I will show you 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 on it was to look upon like jasper and sardine stone; and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald….And before the throne there was a sea of glass like crystal… Revelation 4:1-6 (excerpts)
We are given here two glimpses into the throne room of heaven. The first was written by the prophet, Isaiah, at least 600 years before the time of Christ, and the second was written by John some sixty years after Christ’s death and resurrection. Both men were given a most wonderful gift; that of actually looking into a realm where time is meaningless and God is always present, always sovereign and always aware of us. To God, there is no past, present or future; all are one and He is above all.
So, He knows our words before we speak them. He knows our hopes for the future and He knows where we are going. He holds us in the palm of His hand. I don’t know about you, but that gives me comfort in a world of uncertainty; hope in times of despair. The great and magnificent God of Isaiah and John comes down to our world and sees us. Not with eyes of irritation at our imperfections, but with eyes of infinite love and wonder.
And that is a very good thing!