Introduction to the Beauty Realm of God (Rev. 4)

The Church at the End of the Age: Encountering God’s Beauty

The Spirit is orchestrating a worldwide worship and prayer movement. The revelation of how God delights in us and beautifies us is one of core truths and entry points into this movement. One of the most significant foundations to restore in the Church is the doctrine of God’s beauty and desire. Why? Because it is essential to fueling the End-Time prayer movement which releases God’s glory and power.

4 For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. (Psalm 149:4)

Isaiah prophesied that Jesus’ beauty would be revealed to God’s people in the End-Times (Isa. 4:2). There is a compelling power in the revelation of beauty. It answers an ache in our soul that was put there by God. We are born with an ache for the realm of beauty. We cannot live healthy without beauty. Beauty is intrinsic to emotional health. It is a vast subject.

2 In that day the Branch of the LORD (Messiah) shall be beautiful and glorious. (Isa. 4:2)

The revelation of God’s beauty is key to living holy and interpreting God’s judgments at the end of the age. We can resist sin much better when our hearts are fascinated. Also, we interpret His judgments as destroying what hinders love and beauty. When believers live in this reality, there is no contradiction of Jesus as Bridegroom and Judge. It is a different paradigm of judgment.

The study of God’s beauty takes time. It will come slowly for all of us. There is a sense in which you may a lot in a short time, yet there is even a greater sense that this is a life long treasure hunt. God’s grace imparts a new resolve and assurance that we will have more as we start by establishing new paradigms of God’s beauty. The only way forward is long and loving meditation that includes prayer with fasting and a pursuit of 100-fold obedience.

The hungry become more hungry because hunger begets hunger. A little depth in God makes us hungry for more. A beginning hunger for God beckons us and thrusts us into more depth in God, which in turn makes us hungry for deeper things in God. Hunger catapults us into more depth.

7 Deep calls unto deep… (Ps. 42:7)

The knowledge of God is not neutral information. It is information with power that beckons, catapults and pulls us into greater depths. God’s river is called desire. Hunger for God is painful. The hunger may feel good in the initial stages, but later it is painful as we become so much more aware of what we do not know and how shallow we actually are. The pain of spiritual hunger is God’s gift to us. It assures that we will keep moving forward. “Blessed are those that mourn” (Mt. 5:4). God gives more based on hunger. You receive salvation based on our need. For years we can feel like we are doing good spiritually. Then, the power of the knowledge of God begins to touch our hearts. We then begin to long for and even ache for what we do not have. Then, the journey is not so enjoyable. We are more spiritually discontent than ever before. We have a vision and resolve in our heart to press on to the know the deep things of God (1 Cor. 2:10).

Beauty Realm of God (REV. 4-5)

Revelation 4 and 5 gives us the highest revelation of God’s beauty in Scripture. God started with a blank canvas. He could have put anything around His throne that He wanted. What the beautiful God put around His throne expresses His beauty to creation. It is all very strategic. I call Rev. 4-5, the “beauty realm of God” and the “heavenly symphony.”

In Rev. 4, there are 15 “doors” that open our understanding into the revelation of the beauty of God. There are 5 main subjects that each have 3 dimensions. In other words, there are 15 distinct hints or doorways into God’s beauty. If one of these doorways interests you, then knock on that door and the Holy Spirit will open your understanding to that dimension of God’s beauty.

Outline of Revelations 4

Rev. 4:1-7, describes the 15 “doorways” into understanding God’s beauty as seen in His governmental center. There are 5 main subjects that gives us a dynamic picture of God’s beauty.
The ultimate reality: God’s life, Throne, and Person (Rev. 4:2)

The beauty of God: what He looks like, feels like, and acts like (Rev. 4:3).

The beauty of God’s partner: the Church enthroned, robed, and crowned (Rev. 4:4).

God and His people in unity: manifestations of power (lightning, thunder, sounds; Rev. 4:5a).

The Spirit’s fire: on the Throne, the seraphim and the saints (Rev. 4:5b-7; 15:2)

Rev. 4:8-10, describes the foundational song or the ultimate song of the heavenly symphony as the seraphim cry, “Holy, holy, holy.” It is the song of which all the other songs flow out of. The word “holy” means transcendent beauty. Those nearest the throne are the seraphim who are awestruck. This is the inevitable response that is produced by gazing on God’s beauty. The revelation of God’s beauty always produces fascination which produces happy holiness.

Rev. 4:11 is the first “worthy” song. The elders cry, “You are worth it God! You deserve it! This is how much you are worth to me.” After the Father’s beauty had been revealed and His worth declared, then His plan for His Son and created order comes into light (Rev. 5). The two main dimensions in worship are God’s beauty and worth, which will be declared continually forever. The two doors we knock on are beauty and worthy. These are two sides of one coin.

The worth of Jesus becomes the main focus in Rev. 5:9 and 12. These are the only two songs specifically declaring Jesus’ “worth” in Scripture. Why? What it costs Him to be slain is revealed in knowing the beauty He possessed before He was slain. We see the transcendent beauty of the second person of the Trinity, who became man. The worthy one of Rev. 5:9 and 12 is seen as the innocent man becomes a slain lamb. He became a criminal under God’s judgment so you and I could be exalted into the glory of God. We understand that the innocent man was in such weakness compared to His former glory, in the fullness of the Godhead. He died for us, thus we cry, “You are worth it! To know where Jesus descended from and where He is exalting us to changes the way we cry out, “worthy is the Lamb.”

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