“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald“
Immediately I was in the Spirit
God took John to heaven in his “spirit” but his body remained in Patmos. This was a similar event to 1:10 when he was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, that is, he received a special revelation from God.
With chapter 4, a second scene begins with a new vision of the sovereignty of God. The first vision was of Christ walking in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks. In this vision in chapter 4, God conveyed John by his spirit into heaven. His body remained on earth.
and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne
While in heaven, John saw a throne of God there. A throne room introduces all three sets of seven events: the seals, trumpets and bowels (4:1-5:14; 8:1-5; 15:1-8). These throne rooms imply the sovereignty of God. All the events to come in the book are at the sanction of the Father. All creation is under His jurisdiction.
And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance
A “jasper” stone is clear, not opaque. The “sardius” stone was ruby in color. The One sitting on the throne has the appearance of jasper and sardius stones in color. Jasper is a clear stone. The sardius stone is a blood-red stone. God’s throne was striking in its beauty and translucence, showing His transcendence. God lives in undiminished light.
and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald
Not only did this throne have great color but it had the appearance of a rainbow like a translucent green emerald surrounding it. The “rainbow” around the throne is a reminder of the seal of a covenant by God not to destroy the world by water again. He will never welch on His promise.
A heavenly throne room introduces each of the three sevens of seals, trumpets and bowls (4:1-5:14; 8:1-5; 15:1-8). This throne room event is the most extensive of the three scenes. A possible reason God conveyed John to this throne room was to remind him that He is in charge of the events of the Tribulation and of history.
God is at once in control of both the history and the purpose of creation. He sits in the court of heaven and rules the universe. God always backs His statements with His absolute character.
God does not relinquish His responsibility to us as individuals.
No matter what events come into our lives, God is in control. Every event we read about in the newspaper or see on television, God processes them.
Nothing gets by the sovereign control of God. Since God controls the universe, His sovereignty is absolute and cannot be altered or changed. He is immutable. No person or thing frustrates His plans.
God never relinquishes His responsibility for the universe nor does He relinquish His responsibility to you.