The God of Jasper-like Beauty (Rev. 4:3)

4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the House of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD… (Ps. 27:4)

The Spirit is orchestrating a worldwide prayer movement that will result in God releasing His power across the nations. This movement is fueled by the revelation of Jesus’ beauty. The pursuit of the deep things of the knowledge of God is the highest and most difficult reality in the Spirit. It is the Mt. Everest of the Kingdom of God. It takes time and work to mine for gold.

Revelation 4 and 5 give us the highest revelation of God’s beauty in Scripture.

1 Behold, a door standing open in heaven….the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet…saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place.” 2 I was in the Spirit and…Throne set in heaven, and One sat on the Throne. 3 He…was like a jasper and a sardius stone…there was a rainbow around the Throne…4 Around the Throne were 24 Thrones…I saw 24 elders…in white robes; they had crowns…5 From the Throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning… 6 Before the Throne there was a sea of glass…around the Throne, were four living creatures… (Rev. 4:1-6)

Rev. 4 provides us with a brief description of the majesty and beauty that surround God’s Throne. God gave us this passage to help us meditate on God’s majesty.

It is not enough to study about God’s majesty, we must talk to God about it. Bible study must create an active dialogue in our heart with God. The power of God’s Word touches us as we declare it back to God. First, we thank God for His Throne. Second, we ask God to reveal (release) for a spirit of revelation about the Throne (Eph. 1:17).

The fact of God’s Throne guarantees us that all God’s destiny for our life will come to pass.

There is much happening around the Throne of God. The living creatures gaze upon God’s Throne night and day with adoration and fascination (Rev. 4:8; Isa. 6:2-3). They peer into the mysteries of God that leave them overwhelmed and awestruck. Isaiah witnessed these burning ones. It left him undone and thus gave us insight into how God’s beauty can impact us.

1 I saw the Lord sitting on a Throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isa. 6:1-3)

Those nearest the Throne continually bow and cover their eyes in response to the awesomeness of God’s beauty. As the power impact of the revelation of God races through their being, they bow and rise up again invigorated with the revelation of God. They cry, “Holy, holy, holy” which means, “Transcendent beauty, transcendent beauty, transcendent beauty!” They are undone with incessant fascination, never exhausting the endless ocean of God’s beauty.

The fascinating God created us with a need to be fascinated. Thus, there is a craving in every human spirit to marvel and to be fascinated. When God the Holy Spirit reveals God the Son to our human spirits–our spirits resonate in spiritual pleasure. It is the deepest and most profound pleasure available to the human race. When our spirit is touched, nothing else compares.

The desire for holy fascination is placed within each one of us. It creates a gnawing desire for the revelation of the ‘deep things of God.’

The secular entertainment industry has identified this human longing and has targeted it commercially. When we are not fascinated with Him we are bored, spiritually dull, and spiritually passive. Then money, drugs, alcohol, and immorality are far more tempting. God did not create us to grit our teeth in our efforts to say no to a lifetime of inferior pleasures.

A satisfied, fascinated believer is a spiritually strong believer. God revealing God to the human spirit is the most exhilarating experience in the universe. I call this “Divine entertainment.” God is orchestrating a Divine revolution that will reveal Jesus as the One who deeply moves us. At the end of the age, God’s people will be more fascinated with Jesus than at anytime in history (Rev. 22:17).

God will answer our craving for awe and wonder by revealing to us the beauty of Jesus as the Bridegroom God. He will liberate His people from the tyranny of inferior pleasures by introducing us to superior pleasures; the revelation of His Son to our hearts. A fascinated man does not need pornography. God has more than simply gritting our teeth as we seek to avoid evil.

People will walk in extravagant love with God. They will consider it their glory to give up all to Him. God has chosen to conquer our hearts through releasing the knowledge of Jesus.

37 Jesus said to him, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart…” (Mt. 22:37)

The reason people think they do not have time for prayer and the Word is that they do not know what it means to experience fascination. They will see spending time with God not as a bargaining chip to earn God’s favor, but as the way to experience spiritual pleasure! It’s the way into power and an enthralled heart!

In revealing His Son, God will fascinate His people beyond anything they have ever known. This fascination will serve as a holy protection mechanism from the deceptions of the enemy and will impart to believers a godly motivation to love God with all our heart.

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