The Throne of Mercy
I wanted to share about an encounter I had with God last month during our church’s 21-day season of fasting and prayer.
We were about half-way through the 21 days, and I was taking time in the sanctuary for prayer. As I continued in prayer, I sensed the Spirit of the Lord resting on me, and it was stronger and stronger. It even felt as if I was “going up” in the Spirit, but I actually never left my body. I actually wanted to be “taken up” (2 Corinthians 12:2-3), but I guess that is for another time. 🙂
I and kept hearing in my spirit the phrase, “the fear of the Lord is pure”.
The fear of the Lord is pure.
The fear of the Lord is pure. . . made me think of this passage:
7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.
The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
11 By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
However, in the encounter I wasn’t “afraid” at all!! The “purity” of the fear of the Lord is this: I wanted was to get closer and closer and closer!! I was seeing flashes of color and lights as I felt I was being transported into the very Presence of God. It seemed I was entering Throne room!
I saw bright white light, pure and dazzling before me. It was stunning, and beautiful, and I just wanted to get closer!
In the center of it all was a Throne. Around the throne was this beautiful green arc. It was a vibrant light, as if it was alive. And upon the Throne was a LAMB.
Revelation 4:2-3 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.
Revelation 5:6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.
I realized: this One who is fearfully wonderful and awesome in beauty and holiness; this One who dwells upon the Throne, the Lord of all, who lives in unapproachable Light; the One who controls all things and has all authority and dominion….
He is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. In His power and holiness, He DELIGHTS in mercy (the color green = mercy!). It became so REAL to me that He is absolutely tender toward us, because He was slain to take the full cup of God’s wrath for us – so what have we to be afraid of? He has demonstrated the fullness of His love toward us, once and for all, and FOREVER He will be seen as the Lamb, the one who made a way for us to enter the Holy Place!! He so longs to show us kindness and give us grace! He is a LAMB! Do you get it?! He is tender toward all He has made!
In this vision, as I looked all around me, it was Heaven! It was Heaven opened up! And it was freely available! All, I could think was, “I want this! We need this! We need this opened up Heaven!!”
Then, I heard a voice saying:
“PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!”
And, I knew that this meant that for those who would give themselves to prayer (and specifically, corporate prayer), the resources of Heaven were fully and freely available. It is God’s desire to give to us from the abundance of His Presence! He is a tender Lamb, bearing the marks of the price paid, to make it all available to us. It gives Him great joy to show mercy when we ask!
Why? Because the hour is near for His return! And, the people of the Earth are desperately in need of His mercy!
He’s drawing us, His people, to come closer, to enter His very Presence, His Throne room. He’s calling us there! He wants us to understand the fear of the Lord, so that we might enter into the fullness of His mercy, and find “grace in our time of need”.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Let’s come before His Throne, often, and with confidence! He is SO KIND!
Oh, the greatness and the goodness of God!!