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Revelation post 17: Picture this

February 16, 2015

“If a picture paints a thousand words,
Then why can’t I paint you?
The words will never show the you I’ve come to know.” – If – Bread (from the album ‘Manna’)

Revelation 4:5&6

Colour, noise, explosions, bright lights.

This makes the biggest rock gig look like turning on a light bulb.

The elders are around the throne on their own thrones. And there is something else in front.

Or to be precise.


“The 7 Spirits of God”.

We heard about these in chapter 1 – it even mentioned they were before the throne.

But though we are talking plural it seems we are again talking about the third person of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit. He’s there.

We’ve seen God. Gloriously but vaguely.

We’ve seen Jesus. Gloriously and in full focus.

The Spirit is there too.

The 3 in 1.

In front of that…

John’s descriptive powers fail again.

It looks like.

A sea of glass.

Looks like? He can’t do any of this justice. How like the sea? Big? Blue? Wavy? It’s clear as crystal (it’s about the only thing that is!)

John is just trying to find pictures that his readers can imagine.


If at all…

To describe God, heaven in the words of mere mortals? Impossible. And it’s not about to get any easier. No wonder people for 2,000 years have found it so tough to explain this Revelation,

Some, on the other hand, have it all worked out. Scary!

Who can know the mind of God?

Who can understand the eternal?

I think we’ll find out soon as we read on.

But it’s not you.

Or me…


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