Can you imagine being the Apostle John and at once being in the Spirit with Father God; standing in His throne room in the heavenly realm? I wonder what it would be like to see a Being who looked like jasper and ruby precious stones; and whose throne was surrounded by an emerald rainbow that encircled His throne. This is what it was like for John as he describes being in the Spirit and seeing God.
John said, “Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.”
Our Father God was not alone. He was surrounded by a council of elders who had their own throne, and each had a gold crown. It’s mind blowing to me to know that God has a Divine Council, an assembly of beings over which He presides. This information was also disclosed by King David, in times of old. Psalm 89:7 says, “In the council of the holy ones, God is greatly feared. He is awesome above all who surround Him.”
The Apostle John and the Prophet Daniel saw much of the same thing. Daniel also wrote about the Ancient of Days, and His heavenly courtroom. Daniel wrote, "As I looked thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9-10
The court of judges who sit in the throne room of God are completely wise and perfectly placed for a reason, as also described in Daniel Chapter 7, verses 26 and 27. Daniel records the message that was given to him from an angel of the Lord when he asked what the vision meant. The angel told him, “the court will convene, and the Antichrist’s dominion will be taken away and completely destroyed forever. When this happens, the sovereignty, dominion, and greatness of the kingdoms under all of heaven will be given to the people, the saints of the Most High.”
It's amazing to know that Jesus’s Kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will serve and obey Him. I'm assuming that the Divine Council has a divine function. They know the truth and help God carry it out. I'm guessing they are there to bring order to all of the realms - both in heaven and on earth.
This brings me to Ephesians 3:10 where the Apostle Paul said, “God’s purpose was that through the church (the body of Christ who follow His head) the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to the eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
The Father of all creation, both in the heavenly and in the earth realms, has a divine plan, a divine council and a divine will. His plan is still in the process of being carried out.
According to Paul, the purpose of the assembly of God is to make God’s manifold wisdom through Jesus Christ known to the rulers and principalities in the heavenly realms. This means that when God’s Will is done, every person and heavenly being will pronounce that Jesus is Lord.
The church age is almost complete. The end of these days is sooner than we think. No one knows the day or the hour, but we can be sure that the Father’s Will will be done.
We really have two choices and we will all answer to God. We can choose to accept Christ and believe that God came in human form to shed His blood to cover our sin, or we can deny the greatest gift that human kind will ever receive. We can align our will to the Will of God or we can walk in opposition and disrespect Him.
But we must understand - everyone is accountable to God. There is a consequence for how we choose. We will all stand in the throne room of God - in front of the Lamb of God, His 7 Spirits and the 24 judges who witness to Him.
At the right hand of God will be Jesus himself. The Lamb of God who was brutally beaten, the suffering servant who died for our sin, and He will decide who belongs to Him. Thank God we serve a good, good Father - a father who gives us time to repent and turn back to Him.