The spectacle was dizzying. Every angel and spirit-being in Heaven seemed to have gathered in the Throne Room. They were banked in layers encircling the throne, spiralling upward and back down again. There were multitudes in many different shapes, sizes and forms. There were angels in white robes with white wings. Some had human looking faces and bodies. Others were indescribable, terrifying yet beautiful. There were lights and bird-like creatures and flaming seraphim elevated above them all. They were all worshipping with music and singing, voices and sounds, lights, vapor trails and fiery trails that made patterns like fireworks in the air.
Suddenly the music and the atmosphere changed. Now it conveyed an awesome and fearful reverence, enthroning the Father in a smoky cloud of glory. (see footnote #1) Radiating outward from Him was an emerald rainbow. (Rev.4:3) It was not just one, but a thousand hues of green. Each shade dispersed into its own prism light creating countless rainbows within the principal one.
Fanning out in a semi-circle before the throne stood seven pillars of fire. These represent the 7 Spirits of God. (see footnote #2) At times they shot upward as they mingled with smoke and thunder and the echoing voices of the living creatures. (Rev.4:5a)
There is no earthly language to convey such fearful wonder. All that dwelt here was the pure light of His character. Holiness, love, righteousness, justice, peace, strength, mercy – these were making up the molecules of the air, swirling about and intertwining like the very DNA of the Father.
There in the deep ecstasy of His fiery presence our one desire is only to be consumed by His holy fire until all that hinders love is burned away and we are conformed into His likeness. (1 Cor.3:11-15, Heb.12:29, Rom.8:29, 1 Jn. 3:2 )
ft. #1 – Exod.19:9, Deut.4:11 and Ps.18:9 all refer to God dwelling or manifesting Himself in a dark cloud or thick darkness to the Israelites on Mt. Sinai. “The dark cloud that surrounds God is actually the dense oil of the Spirit, a great good, a visible sign of the magnitude of the anointing, incomprehensible to mankind and therefore seemingly dark.” (quoted from Anna Rountree, Heaven Awaits the Bride)
ft.#2 – The Amplified Bible refers to this as the “seven-fold Holy Spirit”, Rev.4:5b, Isa.11:2