God Is On His Throne

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.

7 thoughts on “God Is On His Throne

  1. It commands us to be faithful until death and we will be given the crown of life. That sounds so easy to read, but I know I have a lot of problems just giving it over to God. Most times I pray and then worry again, it’s a vicious cycle, until I become worn out and realize God can handle this! As I have grown in my faith, I have become a lot better at being specific in my prayer and really focusing on God taking it off me. Not sure if I answered this correctly but this is what came to mind!

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  2. The commands here are to not fear tribulation and to be faithful unto death, regardless of the circumstances we face. If we are able to do this, God promises us a crown of life. James 1:12 also has a similar command and reward. “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life the the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

    This lesson reminds me of the song Behold our God, in the chorus mention God on His Throne. Here is youtube link to the song if anyone wants to listen 🙂

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  3. Commands us to not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. “Things” means to me multiplicity…be it anxiety, being self- quarantined, not being able to ENJOY the assembly of my Church family, enduring criticism of non-believers asking why would your God have people suffering and dying. The list of things is endless, HE has promised me an eternal crown of life. My God is enough!

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  4. The Command was to “Fear none of those things which you are about to suffer” and “be faithful unto death” which can really be a daunting task when you are in the middle of whatever whirlwind you are facing. There are commentators who think that this particular verse may have been addressed to Polycarp who may have been an Elder at the Church in Smyrna. The account of his death is that when he was brought before the judge and was commanded to blaspheme Christ, he replied ” Eighty and Six years have i served Him and He never did me wrong. How than can I Blaspheme my King who hath saved me”? He was then thrown into the fire. Some reward for being faithful, right? But it was the promise in the same verse we are examining that allowed him to be faithful. That crown of life is more important than anything that we might endure on earth. The promise of spending eternity with God and with Jesus should give us a very high tolerance for suffering. A great example is in Acts 7:54-60 when Stephen offended the members of the sanhedrin.Just look at the dialogue.

    “When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
    57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.
    59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.”

    Stephen got it and he was willing to suffer the stoning for the blessing of where he would spend eternity, and shouldn’t we follow that example when called upon?

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  5. Love all these comments and really nice to hear from Lisa….in Mississippi? Hope all is well there.

    I love how Sandy connected Stephen’s words when he was dying, “I see heaven opened” with John seeing a door in heaven open and seeing the throne. In both cases it provided hope and courage. We can’t see it literally but we know its real.

    I also like how, in speaking to the churches in chapters 2 and 3 it says over and over “I know your works” – a reminder that God knows exactly what we are dealing with, every person, every family, every thought we have.

    Another point to get out of this is God is on His Throne and is alive and well, yes that is true. But that does not mean He will not all tough time to come to His people. Again, they were being persecuted. They were being put to death. We have no promise that if we are faithful nothing bad will happen to us. Here on earth we will have troubles.

    One final thought. 2:10 says you “you will have tribulation 10 days” promising, at least to some, there was an end in sight. Then others died, which is hard for me to embrace but we know its a better fate. Either way…God will take care of us!

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  6. I also loved all the comments and learned a lot from this lesson in the comments that were made. I love the points and the references that Sandy made and I read them in the Bible and that was real encouraging. Also what Millie said about how it related to so many things that we all can go through and if we’re apply it to all those kind of things it makes sense.

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