The introduction was over, and the rebuke was delivered to the seven churches, and they were made aware of the love of God and his delight in having them serve before his God in his coming kingdom.
And because the Lord takes pleasure in his people it was recorded for us to know, Psalms 149:4-5 “For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.” Because God will keep, that is, protect his people in the face of persecution, and even if they fall, he will rescue them from the grave.
John wrote to the seven churches in Asia for them to know they will be rewarded for their faithfulness because upon the return of Jesus Christ, he will grant them a seat at his table and on his throne, that is, a place in his kingdom to rule over the nations.
Therefore, the saint is to, Psalms 149:6-9 “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; To execute upon them the judgment written: For this is the reward of Christ in store for his faithful servants, “This honor has all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.”
And after revealing these things, John began to reveal the rest of his vision and what was to come that the churches may prepare themselves as they wait patiently for the day Christ will elevate them to a place of honor in his coming kingdom.
Revelation 4:1, “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.”
And as John was taken away in the second vision as he was on the Island of Patmos for the testimony of Jesus Christ, he was taken up into a vision where he saw the details and the events leading up to the establishment of the kingdom of Jesus Christ where he saw Christ sitting on the throne in his kingdom, and sitting on his throne, he was the most precious to look upon because he was the everlasting and eternal King. The savior of mankind.
John wrote, Revelation 4:2-3 “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.”
Sitting on the throne was Jesus the faithful witness, therefore, John brought the mind of the churches back to the covenant God made with Noah and the rainbow that represents his faithfulness. And as the faithful witness sat on the throne, he was most precious to look upon. Jesus is the savior we are to desire, he is to be the most precious thing in our midst, and because he is, he was seen in the vision as:
“The king, a jasper, and sardine stone representing what the world is seeking after, that is, the precious things of this world with all their hearts, and yet are rejecting Christ the most precious stone because he is the salvation and hope of mankind, and to have Jesus as our treasure is to have eternal life, and to inherit God’s eternal kingdom.”
Because upon the return of Jesus Christ, he will give to each of us a place in his kingdom, a place to rule over the nations. Therefore, “What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”
Matthew 19:27-30 “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have, therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Truly I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”
Because those who went before us will be rewarded for their faithfulness, and those who are coming after into the kingdom and to faithfully execute their office will be rewarded. And because of these things, Jesus is the faithful witness with a rainbow about his throne. The rainbow of his covenant and faithfulness.
Revelation 4:3-4 “And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats, I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.”