“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance.” ~Revelation 4:2-3
John heard the voice like the sound of a trumpet telling him to “Come up here” (vs. 1) and immediately he was in the Spirit, standing before the throne of God. Wow! This is symbolic of the coming “snatching up” of the Church.
John’s description of the “One sitting on the throne” is yet another way that God reveals something about Himself in the book of Revelation. The breastpiece of judgment made for the high priest of Israel to wear was very specially designed (see Exodus 28). It was encrusted with precious stones, and each stone was engraved with the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. The first stone in the first row was a sardius. And the last stone in the last row was, yep, a jasper. The first and last, beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega- “He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance”.
Jasper stone is a crystalline stone which can have a hue of different colors. Later in Revelation 21:11, we are told that the jasper is clear as crystal- perhaps like a diamond. Sardius is a brilliant blood red. The predominant color, in a rainbow around the throne, was “like an emerald in appearance”. John was only allowed to see some of God’s glory. Still, just seeing a glimpse of God’s glory, John describes beautiful brilliant colors like precious stones!
In 1 Timothy 6:16, Paul describes God “who dwells in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen or can see.” When Moses asked God in Exodus to show him His glory, God told him, “‘You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!'” God covered Moses with His hand as He passed by him and allowed Moses to see His back. We will need our new heavenly bodies in order to physically bear to be in the glory and presence of our God. This is why we are told in I Corinthians 15:51-52 that we will be changed immediately, for when Jesus comes to bring the Church home, we will immediately be in the presence of God!
🙂 I can hardly wait!