I Saw the Lord

High and lifted up is the LORD on a throne, and his train filled the temple where I stood, and I felt the wind of seraphim wings.

Into the throne room walked a prosecutor, the Adversary, with evil mien. From the throne a voice filled the room, “From whence have you come?”

“From going back and forth in the earth,” answered Satan, “and from walking up and down in it.”

Then the Voice replied, “Have you considered my servant?” and all eyes turned toward me.

Then with dramatic gesture, the Adversary extended his bony finger toward my heart and spoke an octave lower, “This one is a law-breaker!”

I noticed then that One stood on the right of the throne, for he leaned toward the Father and said, “For this one, I died.”

And I felt the floor under me tremble as those above the throne broke forth in thunderous voice:

“Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of Hosts! The whole earth is full of his glory!”

And suddenly I saw that I was clothed in white raiment, and with twenty-four others I cast my crown before the throne, exclaiming, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, the Holy One, to receive the glory, and the honour, and the power, for you created all things, and because of your desire they exist and are created!” And my voice with the others was like a trumpet filling the room, and I saw the Accuser flee.

Then from my knees I saw before my eyes a hand like a stone mason’s, thick-fingered and calloused, and following the arm up I saw an olive-skinned man who beckoned me stand. Rising, he embraced me; then arms extended to grip either shoulder, his eyes gazed into mine a moment and he spoke, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” His eyes smiled as he heard my gasp, and I saw the Lord, and he saw me.

4 thoughts on “I Saw the Lord

  1. How come your picture has God as the judge with Jesus running in front of him tofor our defence when the following texts have Jesus as the judge?

    John 5:22 (ESV) 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son,

    Acts 10:42 (ESV) 42 And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead.

    James 5:9 (ESV) 9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door.

    Thanks for taking the time to reply

  2. Good question, Martin. This vision is profoundly influenced by 1 John 2:1-2 and Revelation 12:10-12. I suspect the verses below refer to a time prior to the events of Daniel 7:13-14, and the verses you quoted refer to a time after that same passage. It is difficult to know how to speak of some of these things in a manner that references time as we know it (in a linear fashion), but to speak in that fashion, I suspect that Jesus functions as Advocate for those who seek and accept Him, until such time as is described in Rev 12:10-12a and Daniel 7:13-14, 22, after which the verses you quoted become relevant for those who are not already declared saints. I’m not sure if I’m explaining this well, but at the end of the day, one could say that the vision as I have written it pertains to the verses I have mentioned, and is an accurate picture of something described in Scripture, but does not represent the verses you have quoted, as those refer to either different times, or different aspects of God’s/Jesus’ role in redemptive history.

    “My little children, I am writing this to you so that you may not sin; but if any one does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the expiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2

    “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me.” John 8:15-16

    “If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
    The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.
    For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment—what to say and what to speak.
    And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me.” John 12:47-50

    “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” Revelation 12:10-12

  3. Thanks again for the replies. And in your view, how does this text fit this picture ? Thanks for taking the time to explain

    John 16:26-27 (ESV) 26 In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; 27 for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

  4. Well… the above was a waking vision, so I “saw” it as I was putting into speech. In John 16:25-33 Jesus starts out by saying, “”I have said these things to you in figures of speech. The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures of speech but will tell you plainly about the Father.” So in one sense, it is anthropomorphic to speak of God and Jesus as separate like I do above (and as Isaiah does, etc.) On the other hand, the incarnation is itself the anthropormorphification of God!

    So, the above fits with John 16:25-33 in that, it is true that God the Son died for our sins, while God the Father did not, but they were both (as One) expressing their love. In similar fashion, while Jesus is our mediator and advocate (1 John 2:1), He is that because the Triune God loves us. While God the Father represents (not sure the best word to describe something ineffable) the holiness of the Godhead and the wrath at sin which must be propitiated and God the Son represents the Godhead’s love in action by virtue of being our Advocate, it is nevertheless true that the Godhead loves us. This, nevertheless, does not invalidate the accurate images of their various actions on our behalf. They are One and yet seem to have distinct actions and/or roles at times. Can I explain the Trinity more than that? Probably not.

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