And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Revelation 4:3
It’s been a while since I’ve posted on this series on the throne room, but I will pick up where I left off. Verse 3 is where things start to get really good. First, we have a man invited into the Beauty Realm by God Himself, who is about to blatantly disclose Himself in a way that had been hinted at in previous centuries to the prophets. We find that He is seated on High with no threat of losing control.
John’s eyes are now fixed on a Being who is seated and the best way he can describe the Person in front of him is like two beautiful stones. It is my belief that John, even with all that he witnessed around the throne, had only a small taste of glory, but was seeing the greatest light show imaginable. Jasper is a bit of a conundrum to me, but is a semi-precious stone that is found in several colors, depending on the location it is from. Likely John was relating it to what he knew of the breastplates of the priests. What it looked like exactly is less clear. According to my meager research on the matter, it is possible that the type of Jasper John was referring to was Yellow Jasper, which is the most common color in the Middle-East, but it has also been said that ancient Jasper was more like a really clear diamond than a dull stone, though I have found no concrete sources to support this statement. Sardius (or Sard) is easier to pin-point. Sard actually means “red” and is defined either as a deep red or orange gem.
Why do I find this fascinating? Ezekiel 1:26-27 says this: And above the firmament over their heads was the likeness of a throne, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were the appearance of fire with brightness all around.
The question is, was Ezekiel seeing the Father, or was he seeing the Son? Well, first, we know that John was seeing the Father because if we look back at Revelation 5, the Son comes to the One seated on the throne to receive the scroll. Add to this Revelation 1:13-15 and we have an interesting collage. …and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace… T
Here is a clear description of Jesus as He appears in His resurrected body. (And for the record, He is a MAN forever!- This is our cue to take a Selah and weep). Now, here is another verse to throw in the mix: Daniel 7:9, which says,
I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; a fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him.
What is my point? Whether Ezekiel 1 is taking about the Father or the Son, the point is, we have enough verses to come to the conclusion that the Son is just like the Father. In His resurrected state, as seen in Revelation 1, Jesus appears to John just as the Father (the Ancient of Days) appeared to Daniel in Daniel 7. In John 17:5 I believe Jesus is referencing even their similarity of likeness as Father and Son. He says, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” The common verse of John 17:24 has an ever deepening meaning when read along side these passages. “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” Though we never pass from humanity into divinity, we are invited into union with the Godhead! This is outrageous.