Monday, May 11, 2020


Today’s Reading: Revelation 4 

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There appears to be a “throne” in the back room behind the altar of Saint Paul’s Church in Tarsus, the home city of  Saul of Tarsus, now known as the Apostle Paul. In today’s reading we get a glimpse into Heaven through the eyes of the Apostle John, and we see “A throne set in Heaven, and One sat on the throne.”

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: Revelation 4:11

You are worthy, O Lord,

To receive glory and honor and power;

For You created all things,

And by Your will they exist and were created.


Jim and Kathy Cantelon take us from the 7 churches here on earth through “The door standing open in Heaven.” They write,

Jim & Kathy Cantelon

The vision continues. Here we see the “throne room” of Heaven. It’s a key description for a number of reasons, not the least of them being that this “throne room” is the main “set” of the drama. For interest’s sake, you might try drawing the set as it’s described in verses 1-6. Probably you’ll do what I did – you’ll draw in two dimensions (a flat picture, rather like a disk). But try something else: try drawing it, or imagining it, in three dimensions (like a sphere) – the difference will be rather like that between a square and a cube. And don’t forget, our interpretations will always be less than satisfactory, for John is attempting to describe something that’s indescribable.

The main elements of the description are:

(a) A throne

(b) Someone on the throne

(c) A rainbow around the throne

(d) 24 other thrones around the throne

(e) 24 elders on these thrones

(f) Seven lamps before the throne

(g) A glass sea before the throne

(h) Four creatures around the throne

Add to this the colours of jasper, carnelian, rainbow, white, gold, and crystal – all lit with flashes of lightening and vibrating with peals of thunder, and you have three-dimensional description. It’s an awesome picture.

But the key factor in this picture is the verbal message: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come” (verse 8b). We’re dealing here with God the Father, Himself. The only adequate response is prostration (verse 10). No description can even come close.


Lord God, bless Jim and Kathy Cantelon and their family in every way, I pray. Thank You for Your call on their lives and for blessing me with their insights through the Day Unto Day series published in the mid-nineties, and now here on the blog for a few days. Thank You, also, for this look into Heaven which Your servant John has shared. I pray that my gaze will focus, not just on the surroundings of Heaven, but primarily on You, “LORD GOD ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND IS AND IS TO COME!” Through the Lord Jesus Christ, who opened up Heaven for all who call on His Name for eternal life. Amen!!!


I know I will be blessed by Jim and Kathy’s commentaries every day for 19 days here on my blog. After that, I expect, God willing, to finish off the first two-year journey through the Holy Scriptures with four blogs focusing on the final Words of Jesus recorded in each of the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Then the plan is to start again for 24 more months! I’ve shared here before, but I think it’s worth repeating, that I promoted a one-year through the Bible plan during the 1960’s and 1970’s, and discovered that the majority of those who started with me in January each year got discouraged somehow and left the plan somewhere around the third to fifth book in the Old Testament. I prayed many times for the answer as to why this was so. I believe I heard from God something like this, “David, you need to expand the readings to two years. Start with Jesus in Matthew, then move to Genesis. This will encourage My precious people to maintain a consistent reading pattern and a majority will read every Word of the Bible with time to meditate on each day’s readings.” I began to promote this plan through the 100 Huntley Street TV show throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s. It worked! I knew this because readers would ask for the next instalment of the written commentary materials. Eight books we published in the 1990’s were called, Day Unto Day. Jim and Kathy Cantelon wrote the New Testament commentaries in that series, and Nizar and Ellen Shaheen the Old Testament. After the completion of these eight books, I learned that over 70% percent of those who ordered the first volume also ordered the last one, proving that the new Bible reading program was much more conducive to actually completing reading the entire Bible.

Yours for continuing to do the same now on the World Wide Web!!!,


The exterior of St. Paul’s Church in Tarsus. Tarsus was the university city of the Roman province of Asia Minor. Today Tarsus is in eastern Turkey.

The interior of St. Paul’s Church in Tarsus.

14 thoughts on “Monday, May 11, 2020

  1. Lord God, thank You with all my heart that You are perfect in every way. You are worthy of all our praise and the best we have to offer. Thank You for all Your servants who have lived to bring You honour. Be glorified in all Your people today, Lord, we ask in Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. Enjoyed the readings today, hard to image what it will be like in heaven, I do know it will be wonderful and amazing.
    Thank you Berverlee and Sah for yesterday’s comments on my friend Lee. When I talked to her, I could tell she was a bit upset. She said she didn’t care that her son hadn’t mentioned Mother’s Day (She lives with him and his wife) Just as I was finishing my prayer he came into her room with a lovely bouquet of roses. She was so excited, isn’t God so merciful and wonderful.
    Snowing this morning but just lying in the grass. Thinking of Ger hoping she didn’t get that big storm yesterday.
    Praying for all who are suffering pain and those who have lost loved ones. Eleanor M.

    • my children do not contact me, they have some issues with me I guess, I forgive them; I ask for prayers for them, 4 of them and 2 grandchildren; please pray the Lord speaks love and forgiveness to them all, I thank the Lord for His love and understanding;
      blessings to all and good health to all in Jesus Name amen amen amen

      • Life is complicated…only thing I do know for sure is Jesus loves the most undeserving people…HE loves me!!!

        SAH… I am praying for your four children and two grand children.
        I am praying for you.

        We have an anchor for our soul….Jesus!

  3. Today’s scripture, accompanying photos, message and prayer are very meaningful to us all; very mighty scripture revealing the scrolls. We are so blessed. Thank you David in heaven, Reynold Mainse and Bruce and Elaine Stacey. Praying you are keeping well in the remaining storm we hope to soon be coming out of, fellow saints in the Lord.

    For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

    Worthy is the Lamb Who was Slain, Kari Jobe

    • Thank you Beverlee 🤗 .
      I llove seniors and since my mom passed in 1960 I value there friendship.
      Good choice of song, Jesus is so worthy.
      Stay safe everyone ❤️ Eleanor M.

  4. Thank you for all who posted. Beautiful scene in heaven and I love the emerald rainbow. God speaks to me through rainbows and saw at least part of one in the sky before my brother passed over. Another one was welcomed home. Yes we did get that big snowstorm Eleanor M. probably the worst yet but it is going fast but I have to go out and scoop around the buildings today. Sun is shining brightly now and see the robins out. God is faithful. God bless you saints!

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