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May 2, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“Heaven is My throne . . .”—Isaiah 66:1 (NKJV)
Today’s devotional is going to be heavenly . . . literally! We’re going to stop and take a much-needed look at the place the Lord calls “My throne” in today’s passage from Isaiah.
What’s heaven like? When John was taken up and given a glimpse of heaven, the first thing that grabs his attention is a throne with God, Himself, sitting on it. This throne is surrounded by an emerald-like rainbow and rests atop a crystalline sea. We also see that lightning and thunder emanates from this throne, along with the sound of many voices (Revelation 4:2–6).
Standing at each corner of this throne, there’s a creature that defies anything we see on earth. John describes each of them as having a different face: one of a lion, one of a calf, one of a man, and one of an eagle. Not only that, but they each have six wings and are covered all over with eyes! These creatures stand before God’s throne and continually sing, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was, and is, and is to come” (Revelation 4:6–8 NKJV).
Surrounding this scene are twenty-four smaller thrones with an elder sitting on each one. These elders are dressed all in white and have golden crowns on their heads. Whenever the four creatures sing “Holy, holy, holy . . . ” all twenty-four elders bow down before God’s throne, cast their golden crowns at His feet, and sing a song of praise of their own (Revelation 4:4, 10–11).
Now, surrounding these elders is yet another group of beings—angels numbering ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands and thousands! If you lost track of the number, that’s the point. The idea is that there are so many angels that they cannot be counted, and they’re all singing a song of their own to God (Revelation 5:11).
Around this multitude is a countless myriad of men and women from all nations of the earth, dressed in white and waving palm branches who sing a song of their own: “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Revelation 7:9¬–10 NKJV).
This just scratches the surface of what’s happening in heaven; but suffice it to say, it’s awe-inspiring and shouldn’t be referenced in a common or cursory way. Jesus even warns against the practice of swearing by heaven, because heaven deserves more respect than that: “Do not swear . . . by heaven, for it is God’s throne” (Matthew 5:34 NKJV).
Heaven is special. Let’s reflect this when we talk about it!
DIG: What makes heaven awe-inspiring? Why shouldn’t we swear by heaven?
DISCOVER: How does this devotional change your perspective on heaven?
DISPLAY: Read through the first seven chapters of Revelation to gain a deeper understanding of heaven today. Consider also browsing through some commentaries on it.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.