Haavard Sand

B. Childress
Apr 25 2011

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in
our time of need
(Hebrews 4:16).

Let me take you to the most exhilarating, breathtaking, and beautiful place in the universe.  This vast expanse is like a
sea of glass, with multitudes of heavenly beings and the redeemed, and in the center is the Ancient of Days - the One
"who was, and is, and is to come" (see Revelation 4:6-8).  He is the great "I AM," and at His right hand is the Son in all
His beauty and splendor (see Exodus 3:14).  This place is the throne room.

This throne represents the power and authority of the universe.  It was from this throne that the words "Let there be
light" came out; "and there was light" (see Genesis 1:3).  It was also from this throne that the words "Come forth," rang
out, and Jesus rose from the grave.  From this same throne, words go out to direct the affairs of men and the course of
history.  Again, from this throne words go out to answer your prayers in your time of need.

Once a word is spoken from the throne it becomes a reality, and nothing can stand against it.  It is a done deal.  In this
context, it is the One sitting on the throne who gives value to the throne.  Nevertheless, the throne represents the power
and the authority in the universe.

In our modern democratic society, we might have forgotten the meaning of the power and authority of the throne.  
Hence, we need to revisit history to truly understand it.

In ancient times, a king had absolute power.  In those days, the throne room where the king was sitting was the center of
power and authority in any nation.  The decisions or commands that emerged from the throne were the final decision in
any case.  In the same manner, God is seated on His throne - the center of power and authority in the universe.  Any
decision coming forth from that throne is irrevocable.

For a moment, picture an earthly king back in the days when kings had real power.  Imagine you are a poor farmer who
has been treated unjustly by your local government.  Your only chance to receive just treatment is to present your case
before the king.  However, many people are also making their appeals, and only one plea will be heard by the king.  
Amazingly, yours is the one favored.  It is a chance of a lifetime.  You know that if you are given a chance to present
your case before the king and he gives you favor, then one word from him - coming from the throne - would solve your

Now, the big day has arrived.  You are in your best clothes and somebody has picked you up and taken you to the
castle.  You enter the castle and are ushered to the throne room.  You have to stop outside the doors of the throne
room and wait for the guard to check if your name is on the list of those allowed to enter.  The guard finds your name.  
The doors are opened for you to come in.  You enter into this incredible, huge, glorious room.  You start your long walk
toward the throne where you can see the king sitting.   As you walk down the red carpet you are dazzled by the beautiful
chandeliers, the pillars, and the vastness of the room.

Finally,  you are standing in front of the king.  You kneel down and present your case.  The king, after listening to you
says, "Let this man's request be granted."  When those words are released from the throne, it's already decided that
you will have your request.

You, as a poor farmer, might not be able to enter the throne room again.  A chance to present your case to the king
comes only once in a lifetime, if even then.  In contrast, today we are allowed to enter the throne room of the King of the
universe not just once, but always in our time of need.

Let me share with you a story about one who truly understands the power of the throne.  A drug addict and a criminal
one day came to his wit's end and decided to call his sister, who is a believer.  He realized he needed God's help.  So
he walked to a phone booth.  As he started to dial the number of his sister, the power of God came down and filled that
booth.  Caught by that power, he was completely healed, saved, and filled with the spirit instantly - even before he
uttered a word to his sister.  It was a sovereign act of God.

Many years later, after this man was already in ministry, he asked God, "What was so special with me that you met me
and saved me in such a dramatic way?"  The Lord answered him, " It is not that you are special, but it was because of
the one who had been before my throne concerning you."  I believe that "one" was his sister.  She had understood the
power of the throne room and had been there pleading for her brother.  So as he took one little step toward the Lord,
God was ready to pour out his abundant blessing on him.

Duncan Campbell shared an account from the Hebrides Revival, which I believe is another proof of the power of the
throne manifested when we approach it.

    On a trip to a neighboring island, I found the people were very cold and stiff.  Calling for some men to come over
    and pray I particularly requested that a young man named Donald accompany them.  Donald, who was seventeen
    years old, had been recently saved and then baptized in the Holy Spirit on a hillside about two weeks later.

    As we were in the church that night, Donald was sitting toward the front with tears falling from his face onto the
    floor.  I knew he was in touch with God in a way that I was not, so I stopped preaching and asked him to pray.  
    Donald rose to his feet and said, "I seem to be gazing into an open door and see the Lamb in the midst of the
    throne and the keys of death and hell on His waist."  Then he stopped and began to sob.  After he composed
    himself, he lifted his eyes toward heaven, raised his hand, and said,  "God, there is power at Your throne.  Let it

    The power of God immediately fell on the congregation.  On one side of the room, the people threw up their
    hands, put their heads back and kept them in that position for two hours - something that is normally hard to do
    for ten minutes much less two hours.  One the other side the people were slumped over, crying out for mercy.  
    Five miles away, the power of God swept through a village to the extent that there was hardly a house that didn't
    have someone saved that night.

In this account, we see that as the young man Donald prayed for power to be loosed from the throne, God answered
him so strongly that it manifested even five miles away from the place where they were meeting.  That is forceful!  That
is what power from his throne can do when it is loosed.  But someone needs to access the throne room and pray for it to
happen.  Let's look again at Hebrews chapter 4:

    Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in
    our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

Have we really understood this verse?  This is one of the greatest privileges given to us as believers; we can enter the
throne room and stand before the throne boldly because of His blood.


We are encouraged to enter the throne room as often as we need Him - His fellowship, presence, and help in our lives.  
How do we do that?  We do it the same way we do anything in the Kingdom, by faith.  What is faith?  Hebrews chapter
11 gives us the answer, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see" (Hebrews 11:1).

The throne and the throne room are in the invisible realm.  So we are told to enter the throne room and approach the
throne, and we do this by faith being certain of what we do not see.  We follow the instructions of Colossians where we
are told to set our hearts and minds on things above, "where Christ is seated at the right hand of God" (see Col 3:1-2).  
In other words, we are told to set our hearts (feelings and emotions) and our minds (which include our thoughts) on the
throne room.

How do we do this if we have not had an actual experience of the throne room?  We do this by studying the accounts of
John in Revelation chapters 4 and 5.  Those two chapters are devoted almost entirely to the throne room and the things
that are in it.  Other texts to study include Isaiah 6, Ezekiel 1, and Exodus 24, which describes Moses' experience of
being with the seventy elders.  Would you like to experience that?  To meet with the elders at the sea of glass before
the throne of God, eating and drinking with Him - that is something to long for.  As it is written in Exodus:

    Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up and saw the God of Israel.  Under
    His feet was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear as the sky itself.  But God did not raise His hand
    against these leaders of the Israelites; they saw God, and ate and drank (Exodus 24:9-11).

Why were these passages of Scripture written?  To help us set our hearts and minds on that place.  We are to actively
meditate and gaze at the beauty of the One sitting on the throne and the throne room itself.  As we enter in faith before
His throne our experience becomes more real.  How does this work?

If you are on vacation in a country far from home and you get homesick, what do you do?  You close your eyes to
imagine, and suddenly there before you is the door to your house.  In your imagination, you enter and go into your
living room, kitchen, and bedroom - you get to see your entire house.  You are still in a country far away, but in one way
your mind is in your house.

The next time you close your eyes when you are missing home, do not look for the door to your house but rather
envision the door of Heaven.  Then enter it, and at once you will be in the throne room.  He who sits there had the
appearance of jasper and carnelian.  Around the throne there is a rainbow like an emerald, encircling the throne; before
the throne is a sea of glass.

Just stop for a minute and meditate on the sea of glass.  I long to stand on that sea of glass.  If I met someone who had,
I would ask if I could wash his feet, and then I would kiss the soles of his feet.  Why?  I liken it to people who have been
away from their homeland for a long time.  When they get off the plane, the first thing they do is kneel on the ground
and kiss it.  They are so happy to be back in their own country.  The joy of finally being home would make them kiss the
ground.  I don't know if I will ever do that when I arrive in Norway, but one day I will fall down on my knees and kiss that
sea of glass.  Until then, I would have to settle for kissing the feet of those who have stood there.  That's how much I
long to experience being there.

We have already entered eternal life.  It has already started since the day we said yes to a personal relationship with
Him.  And for all eternity our most important place to enter will be the throne room, so why not begin now?  The Father is
waiting for us to enter, and our Bridegroom is longing to see our face.  Just before Jesus left He prayed:

    Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me]  may be with Me where I am,
    so that they may see My glory...(John 17:24 AMP).

"Father, I desire" - that's a strong statement!  It expresses a deep longing in the heart of Jesus that we, His people, will
be where He is.  This will eventually be fully fulfilled at the end of the age.  But in Jesus' prayer I believe there is an
expressed longing that even now He wishes for us to enter.  And out there the great cloud of witnesses are already
before the throne, waiting for us to join them as they worship the Father.  The Father longs to have His whole family
before Him, to enjoy "family time."

The Scripture tells us that there is one family in Heaven and earth (see Ephesians 3:14-15).  It is not one up there and
another down here.  Jesus prayed for us that we may be one (see John 17:21).  The ultimate fulfillment of that means
the coming together of all believers from all generations at the dawn of the coming age.  Nonetheless, even today we
can enter that place and join them in their worship around the throne to have "family time" with the Father and
experience His glory.  Jesus wants us to experience His
glory, which in Hebrew means the Lord's "abundance, riches,
splendor, and weight" (see John 17:24).

Another aspect of entering the throne room is that this is the place where we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in
Christ.  Ephesians says that God the Father "has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in
Christ" (Ephesians 1:3).  The heavenly realm refers to the throne room.  So, just enter the throne room - that is truly
where we receive it all.

We have discussed the dimension of entering the throne room by faith and the blessings we experience as we do it.  
But as we are approaching a time of unprecedented open heavens, more and more people will also have actual
heavenly experiences where they can enter the throne room, not just by setting their minds on it by faith, but by truly
experiencing it.  Shawn Bolz shares from an experience he had in October 2002, when he was taken to Heaven to see
the throne room.  His experience validates this understanding.  He writes:

    When the heavens opened to me, the atmosphere of Heaven was thick with intense purity in the air.  Many
    spiritual beings surrounded me.  An angel guided me into the center of a very large room, which I realized was
    God's throne room.  It had no visible walls; the room seemed as endless as God's awesome presence.

Shawn Bolz goes on to tell us about three groups he saw in the throne room.  The first one was a group of men and
women who had passed into eternity.  The second was made up of angels and heavenly beings.  Then he goes on to
share about the third group that he saw in the throne room.

    Amazingly, the third group was by far the smallest group.  It comprised four hundred Christians - mere visitors like
    myself.  These were not people who had passed on to eternity by dying.  Instead, they were actual living
    Christians who were experiencing heaven at the same time as I, although not everyone realized the fullness of the

    Each individual was being led into shafts of light that would fill him or her with revelation about the very heart of
    Jesus.  I knew there was an end-time purpose to each person's visit as well as a divine union with the Lord.

    Angels were assigned to each visitor, but not just any angel.  Many were angels who had spent thousands of
    years  in the throne room worshipping and communing with Jesus. These angels were sent to carry the
    atmosphere of the throne room into the very lives of this small company.  As I watched these visitors return to
    Earth, they were literally surrounded by a heavenly atmosphere that came from these angelic assignments.  The
    holiness and glory of the heavenly realm followed them back in token experiences.

    These four hundred visitors were getting clear glimpses of Heaven.  They were able to see into the mysteries of
    ages and touch what only a few have touched while living.  This group included people of all ages and both
    sexes.  Some in this circle were Christians from the persecuted church, and some were from the Western world.  I
    was surprised to know several by name.

    What amazed me most was seeing several children in the group.  One was a little boy who was only seven years
    old.  Although it wasn't until I was a late teenager that I had a heavenly experience, I began to see revelation
    when I was only four years old.  Children have the same invitation that we do - to experience the depths of the
    Holy Spirit's work.  In the coming days, I believe that many children on Earth will be invited into a much higher
    realm of revelation than many of us can imagine.

    In the midst of this heavenly scene, I realized that my angelic companion had left me and now the Angel of the
    Lord was standing near me.  He spoke to me about the four hundred Christian visitors: "This is the throne room
    company - those Christians who are called to see and better understand the high calling of eternity, and to bring
    that message back to the world.  What they've seen will set them apart, and it will provoke many to jealousy,
    yearning for a glimpse..."

    Even though we numbered only four hundred, the angel said this company would soon multiply; it is the Father's
    goal to have a whole generation of heavenly minded believers who long for Jesus to return to Earth and claim His
    reward.  Therefore, in our generation an access would be given to encounter Heaven experientially by the Spirit
    of Revelation.

Not long ago, while I was attending a conference at a church in the Philippines, the church pastor shared about a revival
among the children and youth that had happened in their school.  The pastor said that almost half of the children had
heavenly experiences and even more had seen angels.  This revival was featured twice on "The 700 Club" of the
Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN-Asia) that was aired internationally.  Furthermore, the pastor shared that there
was a prophetic word in the past that he had not taken seriously.  The prophecy was about what God would do with the
children in his church that would be known internationally.

I believe the arising bridal generation will be this "throne room company" because they know that their destiny is the
throne room of God.


We are destined for the throne, to have a position of rulership with Him.  One great privilege we will experience in the
throne room is "to stand in the council of the Lord" (see Jeremiah 23:18).  As previously mentioned, the throne room is
the center of power and authority in the universe.  It is where His council resides, the place where they discuss and plan
how to run the affairs of the universe.  That council exists even today, which Jeremiah refers to in Jeremiah chapter 23:

    But who has stood in the council of the Lord, that he should see and hear His word?  Who has given heed to His
    word and listened?...But if they had stood in My council, then they would have announced My words to My
    people, and would have turned them back from their evil way and from the evil of their deeds (Jeremiah 23:18,22

The call of prophetic people is to come to a place where they can stand in the council of the Lord and bring to the
people of God and to the nations what they received from God.  Some will experience standing in the council of the
Lord, and they will bring a message that has the power to turn God's people back to Him.

In his book,
The Seer, Jim Goll deals with this topic:

    The Hebrew word for "council" in Jeremiah 23:18 is crowd, which means "a session," or "a company of persons in
    close deliberation".  It implies intimacy as in secret consultation.  By comparison, our English word "council" refers
    to a group of people called together for discussion or advice.  Within the Church at large, a "council" is a formal
    assembly convened to discuss points of doctrine or theology.  Within a business, a "council is brought together to
    bring divergent thoughts together to formulate the best plan or way to proceed.

    Just as there are earthly councils of men and women that come together to discuss and advise, there is also a
    council that takes place in heaven, presided over by Almighty God, where we can hear and receive the council of
    the Lord - the wisdom and vision and direction that derive from the council of God.  By His sovereign and
    personal invitation, we can enter God's "hearing room" to listen to the deliberation of his council so as to be able
    to announce His Word on an issue.

Another example is Daniel who also had an experience of seeing something that seemed like a heavenly council.

    I kept looking until thrones were set up, and the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow
    and the hair of His head like pure wool.  His throne was ablaze with flames, its wheels were a burning fire.  A river
    of fire was flowing and coming out from before Him; thousands upon thousands were attending Him, and myriads
    upon myriads were standing before Him; the court sat, and the books were opened (Daniel 7:9-10 NASB).

Jim Goll writes about these passages:

    The court sat.  There was a session, a deliberation in the council room of the Most Holy One.  The purpose of a
    court is to hear a case.  In this case, the deliberation resulted in the promise of judgment against the beasts
    Daniel had seen earlier in his vision.  Dominion would be taken from them and given to the son of Man and His
    saints forever and ever" (see Daniel 7:13-18).

    As far as Daniel was concerned, this experience seemed real enough for him to have been present bodily at the
    heavenly council.  Standing in the council equates "being there," as some revelatory people term the

Our eternal calling or purpose, I believe, includes being part of this council.  Even today we can start to experience
some of this reality, as more and more people will be granted access to Heaven and have experiences of standing in
the council of the Lord.

I also believe many of the saints of old are standing in this council.  One passage that indicates this is from the Mount of

    As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became as bright as a flash of
    lightning.  Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus.  They spoke about His
    departure, which He was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem (Luke 9:29-31).

What takes place here is a council session of Heaven where they discuss what is about to take place.  In this situation,
Jesus wanted to talk about His plan not with any high ranking angelic being, but with two of His trusted friends who are
part of His Bride-to-be.

This shows Jesus' desire to work with the human race in bridal partnership.  He discusses with them the very deep
things of His heart, even concerning His death and resurrection.  This instance with Moses and Elijah implies that the
saints of old are even today standing in the council of the Lord.

In his book,
Book of Destiny - Secrets of God Revealed, Paul Keith Davis shares an interesting story about his friend
Wade Taylor.  Davis writes of how Taylor, during a conference, shared his testimony and told about one of the mentors
the Lord had blessed him with.  This mentor was Walter Beuttler who had a large ministry in the 1950s.

    So striking was Beuttler's ministry that his calendar was filled five years in advance with appointments and
    meetings around the world.  His personal relationship with the Lord and his ministry were flourishing.  Yet at the
    height of it all Beuttler was smitten with cancer and died at a relatively young age.

    How could such a thing occur to a righteous man of God walking in awesome levels of friendship and fellowship
    with the Divine?  That was the very question Wade Taylor asked the Lord..."I have more need of him here than
    you do there, the Lord said of Wade's mentor.

    Somehow, there was a greater need for Watler Beuttler in Heaven than on the earth.  This was strangely true
    despite the awesome international ministry entrusted to him.  There was a role and responsibility in Heaven that
    would somehow impact the end-time plan of God and the harvest of the ages.

In what way was there a need for Beuttler to be in Heaven rather than here on earth, when in fact, he was moving in
such a powerful ministry?  Could it be that God wanted him in Heaven to stand in His council as the end-time scenario is
about to unfold?

What is happening in this council?  We see in Daniel that "the books were opened" (Daniel 7:10).  Could it be that the
books that Daniel saw refer to the events that will unfold in the endtimes, which God shares and opens with those who
stand in the heavenly council?  As the contents of the books are revealed, could it also be  that one thing these people
probably do is to intercede for all the things that are written in these books, for God's purposes to come to pass?  
Revelation 6:9-10 implies that some saints in Heaven pray for the purposes of God to come to pass on earth.

Furthermore, Paul Keith Davis shares an actual experience of his friend who saw a scenario in Heaven about the saints
who pray.  Davis writes:

    I have a friend who was translated to Heaven.  He was shown many wonderful things during this encounter,
    including a scene that gave him great understanding about the role of the cloud of witnesses.

    My friend was allowed to observe two men in agonizing intercession over South Africa.  He watched as these men
    poured their hearts out, weeping over the promise given to them while they lived on the earth.  Each was awarded
    a vow from God that he would see revival come to that nation.  Touched, my friend asked one of his angelic
    escorts who those men were.  He was told that one was John G. Lake, and the other was Andrew Murray.  At the
    time he didn't know the history of either man or about their missionary callings in South Africa.

Now for those who don't know of John G. Lake and Andrew Murray, these men had important key ministries in South
Africa as they prayed and labored for revival.  So even if they did not see everything come to pass that was promised to
them, we can understand that they are still interceding for all the promises to come to pass.

We are destined for the throne, and we are destined to stand in the council of the Lord.  As we are encouraged to come
before the throne and present our requests, some will even experience standing in the council of the Lord.  Then one
day, we will be the ones sitting on the throne as the Bride, together with Him to rule the universe.


In the end the throne is what it is all about.  That is what the battle of the universe is all about.  You may have thought
that the battle is only for your soul, but it is also about who gets the throne.  Isaiah chapter 14, which tells about the
downfall of Satan, supports this understanding:

    How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn!  You have been cast down to the earth, you
    who once laid low the nations!  You said in your heart, " I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the
    stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.  I will
    ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."  But you are brought down to the
    grave, to the depths of the pit (Isaiah 14:12-15).

That's why Satan is constantly coming after man.  He has realized that man will one day sit on the throne.  That's why he
tempted Eve in the garden, sought to kill Moses, and tried to stop the birth of Jesus.  He didn't want Jesus to succeed in
allowing man to sit on the throne, which he covets for himself.  But through the redemption by Jesus' blood, God opened
the way for us to sit on that throne.

It is like in the old days, when there was a fight in a kingdom.  People would try to kill the heir of the throne, not
necessarily because they didn't like the heir, but because the heir was the one keeping them from having the throne

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, why would the white witch hurt the four children: Peter Susan, Edmund, and
Lucy?  Because she knew the old rhyme that says, "When Adam's flesh and Adam's bone sits at
Cair Paravel in throne, the evil time will be over and done."  The witch was aware that once "Adam's flesh and Adam's
bone" sat on the throne, her evil rule would end.  So when she found out that the sons of Adam and the daughters of
Eve had entered Narnia, it became her goal to get rid of them.

Despite her efforts, the witch was eventually defeated.  Then in the great hall of Cair Paravel,  Aslan solemnly crowned
the four children and led them to the four thrones amid deafening shouts of "Long live King Peter! Long live Queen
Susan!  Long live King Edmund!  Long live Queen Lucy!"  Aslan said,  "Once a king or queen in Narnia, always a king
or queen.  Bear it well sons of Adam!  Bear it well, daughters of Eve!"

Isn't that similar to how our story will also end?  What prepared the four children for the throne was the great battle
between light and darkness.  For us that ultimate battle is at hand, but if we endure we will also be prepared to obtain
the throne, the destiny of the bridal generation.


BECOMING THE BRIDE OF CHRIST IN THE LAST DAYS, by Haavard Sand, Copyright 2009, Destiny Image - Europe.