At 1:23 a.m. the storm began. The lightening was brilliant white, the thunder violently loud. I lost my breath just before one lightening bolt struck nearby. My whole body jumped involuntarily away from the source as if I were repelled magnetically.
In between the the noise of the thunder, I found myself praying fervently to Jesus. I was reminded of how powerless and small I am in comparison to the power that God could unleash in this world. I thought of the scripture that speaks of how the throne of God is surrounded in clouds, lightening and thunder...
Last night was a very humbling experience. It was good for me. So often I take for granted that God is my friend, my Saviour, that I tend to forget that He is also my King - Warrior-King, Lord of all, Creator, and Judge. He is the ultimate authority. There is an "essence" of God that is strong, fierce, dangerous, and awesome to behold.
...Last night, I was reminded of this.
1After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." 2At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. 3And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. 4Surrounding 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. 5From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits[a] of God. 6Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. 7The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. 8Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." 9Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11"You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being."