Heaven Is the Throne of God
By Don Ruhl
If the majestic earth is the footstool of God, just how majestic is His throne? A throne is greater than a footstool. Heaven is greater than the earth. Yet, the throne and the footstool do not compare with the majesty of the King who sits upon them! Have you meditated on the majesty of God?
Do what the psalmist did, and meditate on the glorious splendor of God’s majesty, and on His wondrous works (Psa 145.5). The majesty of God has a glorious splendor evident in His wondrous works!
His footstool—the earth, and His throne—heaven, we know to be wonderfully majestic. How majestic then is this God we worship?
Psalm 95 says it well, that the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods (Psa 95.3). This is why thoughts of the majesty of God should fill your thinking. If He is our Creator, and if the glory of His splendor is majestic, and if He is the great God who is the great King above all gods, then only by meditating on the glorious splendor of His majesty can we find completeness as men and women.
The Throne and Footstool of God
Isaiah 66 begins with a fascinating picture of the majesty of our God,
Thus says the LORD:
“Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
Where is the house that you will build Me?
And where is the place of My rest?”
Earth we know. The earth impresses us with its majesty. We travel the world, we buy picture books, we watch documentaries, and what we see fascinates us. Yet, this paradise we call home, simply serves as the footstool for God’s feet. How significant is a footstool? Is it the centerpiece in your home? Do people walk into your house for the first time and speak to one another of your majestic footstool? Hey, honey, we need to break the bank account and get a footstool like the Ruhl’s!
Heaven we do not know as well. Yet, the picture the Bible shows, sure makes heaven look splendid! One thing I often hear people say about the impressiveness of heaven is that the city there has a street of gold. If a place has a street paved with gold, just how rich is that place! Such a wealthy, majestic place serves as the throne of God. Earth is His footstool, heaven is His throne, does that not make you wonder what God is like? How majestic is He?
Revelation 4 lets us peek at the majesty of God, giving us a glimmer, but the sliver we get to see, shows majesty as we have never seen before, “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 [or carnelian] stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald” (Rev 4.2–3).
Look at the jewel-like majesty of God. God is like a jasper and a sardius or carnelian stone. Jasper and sardius or carnelian represent different shades of red, which, like purple, convey royalty or majesty. God radiates an emerald-like rainbow from His throne.
Verse 4 shows 24 thrones surrounding the throne of God, because He is the King of kings and Lord of lords, but they all bow before Him whose majesty no one can surpass.
Verses 5 and 6 show more of His majesty with lightnings, thunderings, and voices going out from the throne; and lamps of fire burning and a crystal-like sea of glass before the throne.
Verses 7 and 8 let us hear a holy proclamation of the majesty of God that He is holy, that He is the Lord God Almighty, that He always has been, is now, and will be.
Verses 9–11 also let us see and hear heaven worship our God! Later in Revelation, we see Jesus at the throne of God, receiving the same worship, for His majesty is the majesty of God.
The Majesty of Jesus the Christ
Psalm 110 begins to show something wonderful about Jesus our Savior,
The LORD [Yahweh, this is the Father] said to my Lord [Jesus],
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
In fulfillment of this passage, God the Father invited Jesus to sit at the right hand of majesty. Then Daniel 7 shows the Father on the throne,
“I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated…
(Dan 7.9, 10)
Daniel saw more than one throne, but he only saw One take a seat. Then see what Daniel saw next, and what you see here you see from heaven’s perspective, not earth’s,
“I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed.
(Dan 7.13, 14)
Someone sat on the other throne, who came on the clouds of heaven, for that was how He travelled when He left the apostles, and once seated, He received all authority in heaven and on earth. Daniel 7 shows Jesus sharing fully in the majesty of God.
Hebrews 1 expands upon this idea in our minds, showing more completely who Jesus is and you shall see His majesty,
[Jesus is] the brightness of [the Father’s] glory and the express image of [God’s] person, and upholding all things by the word of His [Jesus’] power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb 1.3).
[Yes,] this is the main point of the things we are saying: We have such a High Priest, who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens (Heb 8.1).
Therefore, do you call Him what the Bible calls Him? “He…is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1Ti 6.15).
Do you believe Jesus is the majesty of God?
Do you believe He is the blessed and only Potentate?
Do you believe He is the King of kings?
Do you believe He is the Lord of lords?
If so, why not say it? If you say it, you can be saved from the horrible consequences of your sin by having qualified yourself to be baptized into Christ! If you say it, you will surround the thrones of the Father and of the Son, worshiping them, as the rest of heaven does.