*The Meeting Place
4:6 “And before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal.”
Remember that this is all happening around the Throne of God, look back on the previous posts to keep things in perspective.
1. Sea of Glass (transparent, clear, like crystal, sparkling): This Sea of Glass laid out before the throne is the great meeting place for all His saints. This is a sea that has a huge role in the future of every believer!
A. The mystery of this “sea” is slowly revealed to us through out the Bible and is first described by Moses in the book of Exodus (1500 BC).
- Ex. 24:10 “And they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.”
For those of you who do not know, sapphire is the color blue.
This was the great meeting place between God and His people. However at this time they only saw His feet as they briefly worshiped and ate before Him. There were 74 men present including Moses and this occurred just before he was called into the presence of God for 40 days.
B. Ezekiel describes it when he encounters a heavenly vision (600 BC).
- Ezek. 1:22 “Over the head of the [combined] living creature there was the likeness of a firmament, looking like the terrible and awesome [dazzling of shining] crystal or ice stretched across the expanse of sky over their heads.” (AMP)
Ezekiel also saw a blue (sapphire) colored throne above the firmament in verse 26.
C. Then John tells of it twice in the book of Revelation (90 AD). We really see the progression as it goes from pavement (Moses) to firmament (Ezekiel) to sea (John). I believe John was able to describe it with more accuracy because he was able to see a fuller picture of it.
- Rev. 4:6 “Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.”
- Rev. 15:2 “And I saw, as it were, a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had come off victorious from the beast and from his image and from the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God.”
The word sea is used over 300 times in the Bible and it is not just used to describe the oceans or bodies of water, it is used to relate to a variety of things.
I am almost certain that this Sea of Glass is very peaceful, but I do not question that it could cause one to tremble at its intensity.
In the passages below we see the differences between a calm and troubled sea. I cannot imagine the Sea of Glass being troubled or thrashing around in the presence of One like Jesus.
- Mark 4:39“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.“
- Is. 57:20 “But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.”
Glass was very rare in the NT times; crystal clear glass was unheard of! For John to use clear glass as a description spoke volumes.
Paul uses glass (or a mirror) to describe how we see things in this day. Glass back then was dark and dim.
- 1Cor. 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
This passage has a whole new meaning to me.
So we have a sparkling crystal-clear sapphire like Sea of Glass that is mixed with fire before the One and Only Throne of God! Not only that but the victorious saints get to stand on it! Better yet, we get to see Jesus face to face! Moses saw His feet and His back, but we will see Him in the fullness of ALL HIS GLORY! Thank you Jesus!
I cannot help to think about the story of Jesus walking on water. Of course He can walk on water, His throne is surrounded by a massive sea! Ok so that was just my humor taking off. But I was reminded of how Peter got distracted and took His eyes off of Jesus and it caused Him to fall into the sea.
I believe the only reason we will be standing on the Sea of Glass in victory at the end of the age is by having a fixed gaze on our King and Leader, Jesus Christ the Son of God. We cannot look to the left or to the right, we cannot look at the crashing and swirling going on around us. We MUST keep our eyes on our beloved in order to come out as a victorious bride.
Are you ready to stand in front of the Man Christ Jesus face to face? Are you ready to stand on the Sea of Glass before the Throne of God?
What do you want to hear from Him when you get there? Do you want to hear what Jesus said to Peter when he fell into the sea?
“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
“Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
I know that we all want to hear the latter!