Continued from the Beauty Realm Series
* The Manifestation
“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.” Rev 4:3
4:3- “He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance.”:
1. The jasper was on the fourth row and the third gem on the breastplate of judgment (the last gem). Representing the tribe of Ben-jamin meaning, “son of the right hand”. The jasper stone was regarded as clear or translucent.
- Ex 28:15, 20 “You shall make a breast piece of judgment….and the fourth row a beryl and an onyx and a jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree. “
2. The sardius or ruby was the first gem of the breastplate. Representing the tribe of Rue-ben meaning, “behold a son”. This gem is red in color, “Emotional images which rubies invoke: fiery hearts, passion, romance, blood, and power.”
- Ex 28:17 “And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, [even] four rows of stones: [the first] row [shall be] a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: [this shall be] the first row.”
I love the order that John describes the appearance of this One. The Old Testament breastplate had the ruby or sardius first, speaking of the coming sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. Rueben means, “Behold a son!”…In the book of John, what does John the Baptist declare when he see’s the Son of God?
- John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”
But when the apostle John received this Revelation he was living on the other side of the Cross and was caught up to see the clear (jasper stone) and powerful victory that was through Christ. Where was He standing…at the right hand of the Father. And Benjamin means, “Son of the right hand.” The Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
- Psalms 110:1 “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”
- Mark 16:9 “He was received up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.”
- Luke 22:69 “But from now on THE SON OF MAN WILL BE SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND of the power OF GOD.“
- Col 3:1 “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”
Ezekiels vision was described as:
- Eze 1:27 “Then I noticed from the appearance of His loins and upward something like glowing metal that looked like fire all around within it, and from the appearance of His loins and downward I saw something like fire; “
“There was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald.”:
1. Was this a full circular rainbow? The rainbow is first mentioned in Genesis in regards to God’s covenant to Noah after the flood.
- Gen 9:13 “I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.”
It is a sign of mercy to His people and it surrounds His throne! Word search on Mercy is vast…a great study that I need to do!
- Ps. 89:14 “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your Throne; mercy and truth go before Your face.”
- Eze 1:28 “As the appearance of the rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the surrounding radiance. Such was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD.”
2. An emerald was the fourth gem on the breastplate of Judgment, representing the tribe of Judah, meaning, “Yah be praised”. This gem is green in color. Judah was the royal tribe in which the Messianic King would come to sit on the throne of David (Heb.7:14; Rom.1:1-3; Rev. 5:5)
Keep pressing into this Beauty Realm of Jesus. This is the government of heaven and He is bringing it down to earth. Are we ready for this? I know I’m not, but I’m thankful for the time I have here on earth to search out the deeper things of God. If you can’t enjoy it now, why would you enjoy it in it’s full manifestation? Stephen Venable (IHOPU teacher) put it this way,
“If you don’t enjoy the dim sight why would you find pleasure in the clear unveiled sight of His glory? Nothing works that way, if someone cuts you off a bite of red meat and says, ‘Here try this’ and you taste it and you have no palate for it, you don’t conclude…you know what I didn’t like this bite but I bet if I just had the whole 16 0z steak, I would REALLY like it!”
Next Session Beauty Realm 4:4