By Jimmy Haynes
All my life in times of trouble I’ve heard Christians use the expression, “God is on the throne” to encourage one another.
In this lesson I want to look at the biblical origin of this idea from the book of Revelation.
The seven churches to whom the book was written (1:4, 7, 8) were being persecuted:
To one of the churches John wrote:
“Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (2:10)
To another church he wrote:
“I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells (2:13).
Don’t miss this point: The churches to whom the book was written were being severely persecuted. Some of their own members had been dragged out and put to death for their faith. There was more persecution coming.
It was immediately following these summations of how each church was doing that John was given this vision…
“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven…and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.” (4:1-2).
When we face trouble it’s natural to be afraid and wonder what the outcome will be. We might wonder where God is or if He is even real? If God is real, why is this allowed to happen? I could see the seven churches whose members were being arrested and put to death asking these questions.
We might be having the same questions today. The reality of God can be hidden by our outward circumstances, but John’s message to them and to us is God is on His Throne, He’s in control, He’s got this.
Question for discussion: Revelation 2:10 is the great command to Christians who are going through tribulation. What does it command us to do, and what does it promise us? Look for more that just one answer to each question.