The Lamb in the Midst of the Throne
By Al Stoner
“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (Rev. 7:17).
It is a marvelous consideration to think of the Lamb of God where He presently is: enthroned in glory and seated at the Father’s right hand. John the Baptist saw Him while He was yet in this world in the days of His flesh (cf. Jn. 1:29, 36). In the days of Christ’s enfleshment, He was announced by John to be “the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world”. We bless God that now Christ the Lamb of God has ascended “into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us” (Heb. 9:24). And in this capacity “He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them” (7:25). Now—praise God!—there is a place of standing in the presence of God for redeemed men and women (those who are in Christ) because the Lamb of God is presently in the midst of the throne.
Let us, therefore, consider some of the mentionings of God and the Lamb as they are recorded for us particularly in the Revelation. The due contemplation of this is a confidence and assurance builder for those who have started in the race to glory. And for those who have not yet obeyed the gospel, but yet who will duly consider these things, the presence of the Lamb in Heaven will persuade them that the Father stands ready to receive them, if they will but receive the reconciliation that has been made by the Lord Jesus Christ. With these preliminary remarks, let us consider the following words given to John while he was exiled in the isle of Patmos:
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth” (Rev. 5:6). The slain Lamb is now conspicuously present there in the midst of the throne, particularly as we contrast this vision with those which were seen in the time of Moses and the Prophets (cf. I Kings 22:19-23; Isa. 6:1-8; Ezek. 1:1-28; Dan. 7:9-10). It ought to make our hearts to rejoice exceedingly to consider that the Lamb is now enthroned in glory! The King of glory is also the Lamb of God. Praise His Name!
The Lamb of God. He has been exalted to the right hand of God, all power in Heaven and in earth being given unto Him by the Father. “And [the great multitude, v. 9] cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb” (Rev. 7:10).
One of the ministries of the Lamb in the world to come will be to lead the vast number of redeemed personalities unto living fountains of water. Throughout eternity the Lamb shall lead the countless multitudes of the saved into a more perfect understanding of God Himself. They shall see His face, and they shall indeed know Him. “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” (7:17).
The redeemed are those who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, and they kept themselves pure for the Bridegroom. “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the first-fruits unto God and to the Lamb” (14:4).
“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it” (21:22). There is no temple in that world, because there will be no need of a temple there. A temple implies that there is a contaminated and unsanctified environment from which to be separated, but such shall not be the case with regard to the world to come. Nothing that defiles shall be able to enter into the new heavens and the new earth, “wherein dwelleth righteousness” (II Pet. 3:15).
“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof” (21:23). All the illumination that is there in that world exudes the fragrance of sins forgiven and of the divine acceptance of all those that are in Christ, the Beloved. The Lamb is the light there. His very Person continually draws attention, in that realm, to what God’s salvation is all about, and to the One to whom redeemed personalities shall forever be indebted for their being present there. Over in the world to come there will never be a thought or consideration that would make the Lamb of God to be irrelevant or of a secondary consideration.
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb” (22:1). This is a figurative way of saying that there is an abundance of life for men to partake of because of the abundance of grace. Water is an essential element for the survival of men in this world. And the water of life conveys the similar thought that the life which is in the Son is essential for man’s eternal life and well being. This river is said to be clear as crystal, thus indicating that there is nothing defiling, no erroneous thoughts of the Father, the Son, the Spirit, and of all things, to filter out.
The Throne of God and of the Lamb. “And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him” (22:3). The frequent mentionings of God and the Lamb together in the Revelation are vitally significant. This is a subject that ought to be of utmost interest to every one who has named the name of Christ (II Tim. 2:19). We shall be eternally indebted to the Lamb of God for our entrance into glory, and for the blessed state of “at-homeness” that shall be our portion in the world to come. It will be recalled that men from ages prior to ours were not so cordially affected by the visions of God and of the throne which they saw. For example, the prophet Isaiah, after beholding the Lord, high and lifted up, and His train filling the temple, said, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isa. 6:5). And this was the confession of one of “the holy prophets” (Lk. 1:70; II Pet. 3:2). Prior to the time of sins being put away, the Lamb was not seen to be in the midst of the throne. It is true that in the purpose of God the Lord Jesus Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8), but this was not clearly seen by even the best of men until sins were actually put away by Christ. “And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin” (I Jn. 3:5). The faith of the Lord Jesus Christ equates Christ’s manifestation in the days of His flesh with the putting away of our sins.
It thus becomes readily apparent to the earnest reader of Scripture that the Lamb of God not only took away the sin of the world, (and effectually so), but He also stands forever in the Presence of God as the One who has redeemed us from sin and condemnation and who ensures for us a welcome place in the glory that is soon to be revealed. The Lamb ever stands between us and the lake of fire, and, for believing men and women, the Lamb is forever ensconced in Heaven as a Surety, a Guarantee of acceptance and welcome into the world to come.