John’s vision is almost impossible to describe and even more difficult to imagine for ourselves. You might find it helpful to look at an interpretation on YouTube – see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwlIkmoJMn4. This covers both Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 of Revelation.
What does it all mean? Biblical scholars have feasted on the symbols that crop up all over Revelation. Here John is careful not to name God as a person on the throne, and yet the four living creatures clearly know who it is as they cry out with praise:
‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was, and is, and is to come.’
Although most of us will never have such a vivid experience, we can still echo those words of praise in our hearts and look forward to the time when we are part of the ‘heavenly host’. God’s light is so bright that there can be no darkness in his presence.
At the start of John’s gospel (Ch1, v5) he says:-
Everything was created through him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without him. What came into existence was Life, and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.
So as you journey through the day and come across darkness in your thoughts or behaviour or in the way others are behaving, just ask God to shine his light and put out the darkness; be assured that the darkness cannot cope! Just a smidgen of God’s light will transform any situation.
Join in with the following prayer:
‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.’