Guest Blog written by: Charley Goode
I have such a fascination with Revelation and all the bizarre sights and stories that are found within these texts. It’s amazing to have a little peak into the heavenly realms that we will not see untill the day we meet our maker. One of my favorite sights to imagine and passages in scripture lies in Revelation 4. Revelation 4 tells us the sight that John had when he walked into ‘The Throne room of God.’ It describes flashes of light and rolls of thunder. I always believed that thunder and lightning were always signs of power and described as that, they are in the throne room of the Lord. He then describes something like a sea of glass, like crystal. How beautiful that must be. Here we are given sights of beauty and of power, two words I’d say we could use to describe some of Jesus’ many qualities. This is where it gets really interesting, John describes something he saw that is so bizarre, he says in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind stood. One he says was like a lion, another like a calf, a third creature like a man, and the fourth, was like a flying eagle. Like, what? These creatures have eyes everywhere and look similar to a wide variety of creatures. How odd is that? He’s not done, he then sees 4 living creatures with 6 wings, and they too are full of eyes. If I saw these things, I’d probably think they were evil and out to get me but, they are not evil at all, they probably weren’t even scary. I say this because these animals were sitting before God singing “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come.” I don’t think that I’d love to have eyes all over my body or look similar to a calf. But, to be able to sit before the maker and profess that he is holy and he is and was and is to come, would be amazing. I live in the hope that one day, I will be able to be in these heavenly realms and do just what these creatures do every day. For me, this Bible reading wasn’t ever about looking good for others, or having bragging rights to say, “I’ve read through the Bible.” This Bible challenge for me was a way for me to grow closer to my Lord and my Savior. So one day I’ll be able to be just like these creatures. Sitting before my God telling Him how worthy He is of everything. What a glorious day that will be.