Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power; because you have created all things, and by your will they exist and were created. Revelation 4:11
This verse is the very end of the first heavenly scene that John sees in his vision that would become the book of Revelation. And in this first scene he is shown the throne room of heaven. Why is the first thing that John is shown the throne room or heaven? Because God is trying to show John something very important here. And that is that God is still on his throne and he is still control despite what is going here on earth.
After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
Immediately I was in the Spirit, and there was a throne in heaven and someone was seated on it. The one seated there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian stone. A rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald surrounded the throne.
Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones sat twenty-four elders dressed in white clothes, with golden crowns on their heads.
Flashes of lightning and rumblings and peals of thunder came from the throne. Seven fiery torches were burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God. Something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal, was also before the throne.
Four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back were around the throne on each side. The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like an ox; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings; they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop, saying,
Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God, the Almighty,
who was, who is, and who is to come.
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the one seated on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before the one seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne and say,
Our Lord and God,
you are worthy to receive
glory and honor and power,
because you have created all things,
and by your will
they exist and were created. Revelation 4:1-11
John’s message to us is very simple. God created this world and because of that he is in control of this world. And the fact that he has given us the free will to make our choices does not change that fact. John’s message to the people of his time and to us today remains the same. Despite everything going on around us God is still in control and he is still sitting on his throne. And it is because of the confidence we have in this that we can go out and be the light to a dark world, because in reality the victory has already been won for us we just need to claim it.