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Our hope lies in who is on the throne

Pastor Jon Huizenga

Rise Up Church

8415 17 Mile Rd (Pine Ridge Bible Camp), Cedar Springs

“And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, ‘Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this.’ At once I was in the Spirit and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it” Revelation 4:1-2.

Do you wonder whether the world is going to implode on itself? There is so much going on these days. It is easy to believe someone who thinks we are headed toward ruin, and soon.

I find the above words from the end of the Bible, the book called Revelation, helpful. The book of Revelation features Jesus’ disciple, John, being invited up to a place where he can see reality from God’s perspective. That is what is going on in these verses. John is being invited up. When he gets there, the first thing he sees is a throne. For all the details, see Revelation chapter 4.

Here is a brief summary of what you will find in that chapter. John sees:

A throne with God the Father sitting on it.

All kinds of creatures and people surrounding it.

Including 100 million angels.

Including every creature on earth (including people, including you).

They are all proclaiming, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power…”

Jesus also enters the picture and he joins his Father on the throne. Jesus has authority to move God’s good plans forward (the beginning of chapter 5).

The picture has much symbolism, but the idea is simple. There is a throne that rules the universe and this is that throne. God the Father and God the Son occupy it. God the Father and God the Son are moving things forward toward God’s good end. If you read all of Revelation, you see that, on the way, there will be difficulty. There will be human violence. There will be godly and good people treated poorly. There will be confusion and chaos at times. But, God is moving it all toward his good end. Evil will be fully judged. God’s enemy Satan will face his deserved judgment. God will bring a new heaven and a new earth. There will be no more tears, pain, misery or evil.

Because that is the reality as God sees it, what he calls for is persistent faith. Don’t let anybody talk you into thinking God is weak or unconcerned. Every prayer you pray gets heard and responded to. Every good longing you have has God’s attention. The reality is that there is a throne that rules the universe and God is sitting on it. 

How would you look at things in your life differently if you took God’s ruling of all things into account?

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