When you think of God the Father,
when you pray to Him,
you undoubtedly picture Him
sitting on His heavenly throne.
The supreme power of the universe
dispatching mighty angels
from the courtroom bench!
John saw a “throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne” (Rev. 4:2). Daniel had a vision of “thrones were put in place and the Ancient of Days was seated” (Dan. 7:9).
John also saw in vision four living creatures before the throne who “do not rest day or night, saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!’” (Rev. 4:8). And when they give the Father honor, 24 Elders fall down before Him, “cast their crowns before the throne, saying: ‘You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (verses 4, 11).
Sure sounds like the Father ever on His throne and constant crowns tossed and praise flowing.
But, yes, for human reasons, that just doesn’t sit well with me. Wouldn’t that get kind of old? Both doing it and receiving it over and over. Does the Father ever just want to get away for a little peace and quiet? I might be off my rocker to suggest such a thing. Spirit is different than flesh so maybe this nonstop sitting and worshiping is simply the way it is. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours not just in altitude (Isa. 55:8-9).
But the idea occurred to me while serving on staff at our Camp Hye Sierra teen camp this summer that the Father
Might not always be on His throne
When looking for the Camp Director, his wife, or the top leaders, they were mostly to be found—not in the office building—but out and about in the thick of the action.
They would be doing physical tasks that simply needed to be done and there was nobody else available at the moment. Of course staff and campers would freely admit to not being angels.
Does the Father ever want to don overalls, grab some power tools and get His hands dirty to keep the universe purring? Ever want to skate or sail on the sea of glass? Go for an evening walk and take in the sight of one of His beautiful sunsets?
The director and leaders could always be found at mealtimes dining with staff and campers. Jesus told the disciples that He would no longer consume Passover bread and wine until in the Kingdom (Luke 22:16). So sounds like God beings eat. Does the Father get served breakfast in throne?
Or are meals served as you would expect in a dining room fit for the King of kings with the finest chef in the realm? Is the favorite dish angel food cake? Does God like deviled eggs and could that explain why they’re always a potluck favorite? Does heaven have a lovely park perfect for a summertime picnic of all-beef hotdogs, chips and watermelon?
Jesus promised “To him who overcomes I will “grant to
Sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Rev. 3:21)
Sounds a little crowded like airline seats! Are 144,000 plus an innumerable multitude really going to squish together there? You think you’ve got problems with your kids in the backseat! Of course these are saints—not ones you wish would act like little versions. They’re going to be resurrected and welcomed into Jesus Christ’s ruling family, which we celebrate Monday, Oct. 3 in the Feast of Trumpets.
The Bible actually states that Jesus does not sit on His Father’s throne all the time. Same for His throne. When John saw the Lamb, He was standing in the midst of the throne and the 28 spirit beings (Rev. 5:6).
Ezek. 1 and 10 describe Jesus Christ roaring about the earth in His portable gyroscope throne. The Old Testament describes Him as YHVH visiting Moses and Abraham, wrestling with Jacob, and leading the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. Sounds like sitting on His throne would be a pitstop for Jesus!
Will overcomers who become kings, priests and judges in Christ’s Millennial administration be corralled on Christ’s throne all the time? Jesus told the 12 disciples that they would sit on “12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel” (Matt. 19:28).
Isa. 30:20-21 says we will serve as teachers and appear out of the blue to humans in the Millennium to give them instant corrective guidance. Poof and then back to a throne?
Or, does sitting on a throne mean that One is the ruler in authority regardless where He is sitting? The camp director was just that whether in his office or about. Isa. 66:1 says “Heaven is my throne”—not just one special majestic bench. Maybe we don’t need to worry about how many angels can sit on the head of a pin if the third heaven is bigger than the Ponderosa. The Father might have more room to roam than buffalo.
Will we be on our thrones mostly for special regal functions and ceremonies? Like King Francis of France in the Ever After movie? Dressed in full regalia on the throne for his son Henry’s wedding and for the expulsion of bad subjects but otherwise all about the palace and grounds.
Daniel saw the resurrected Jesus Christ presented to the Ancient of Days sitting on His throne, when Jesus was “given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him” (Dan. 7:13-14).
All this is fun to ponder
I don’t know how God can hear all prayers. But I do know the Father is the supreme authority of the universe and the One to go to for mercy and grace wherever He pleases to be.