The control room in Heaven is the location from which the Lord Jesus Christ controls all of His creation. The control room is described in Revelation 4:5 and 5:6. Like the rest of Revelation, the description of the control room is in symbolic terms.
Revelation 4:2-3The human figure seated on the throne is described as like a diamond and sardius (carnelian). Sardius, or sard, is the same as carnelian, the blood-red stone. The translation has been corrected. The word for diamond is the Greek i[aspi", (iaspis), which is not jasper but diamond in Revelation 21:11. The word apparently came from the Hebrew /r$P)x! (tsiporen) (Jeremiah 17:1). The description of the human form on the throne is almost identical to the description of the theophany of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1:27-28; 8:2). The rainbow around the throne represents the components of the Light, or Love, of God. The colors of the rainbow represent the components of the Love of God.
2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in Heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 3 And He who was sitting was like the appearance of diamond stone and sardius; and there was a rainbow all around the throne, like emerald in appearance.
The human form on the throne is worshipped as God. Since God the Father is always invisible in the scripture, this is unusual. The explanation is that the human form on the throne is only an illustration. It is not God Himself, but an illustration so that John can understand the role played by God the Father on the Stage in Heaven, the Heavenly Control Room. In the Church Age, the Father invites the Lord Jesus Christ to sit on His throne (Revelation 3:21).
All members of the Godhead are one in essence and never act independently. The Lord Jesus Christ is seated at the right of the Throne of God during the Church Age (Hebrews 8:1; 12:2). The right is the position of honor. In the picture of the Control Room in Heaven revealed by John, the Lamb, who represents Jesus Christ, is at the right of the throne. When the Lord Jesus Christ sits on the Throne of God or at the right of the Throne of God or stands at the right of the Throne of God, He is acting on behalf of God as "Lord" or the chief authority over all creation.
Before the throne are "seven lamps." The number seven simply means the completion of a category. The "lamps" are sources of light. This is a symbolic description - like a schematic drawing, which represents functionality symbolically. The seven lamps are further described as "the seven Spirits from God." Since God is in the ablative case in the Greek, it should be translated "the seven Spirits from the source of God." The "seven Spirits from God" are the source of control of all things in the Universe. The "seven Spirits" refer to the work of the Holy Spirit, who is the working force of the Godhead. The Father is the author; the Son is the chief executive; and the Holy Spirit is the working force.
The seven lamps are also described in Zechariah.
The Plan of God in the Server in Heaven contains all the specifications for creation. The implementation of the Plan is symbolized by the transport of light production to all of creation by means of the seven Spirits. Light is the intelligence and the Spirit is the energy required to accomplish the Plan of God at its destination. Since the Lord Jesus Christ controls everything by the word of His power, logic is built into creation to enable it to obey divine commands. The Lord gives commands to control the stars and rocks and the rivers, animals, and plants. Thus, the light symbolizes the logical commands sent out into all creation.
A good example of all this is the Periodic1 Table of the Chemical Elements, which has seven periods. Another example is Quantum Mechanics and the Law of Conservation of Matter and Energy, which states that matter and energy cannot be created or destroyed by mankind but merely transformed from one form to the other. To use another example, if the Lord Jesus Christ wanted to move a mountain, He could simply command it to move, and it would move. This is the faith that could move a mountain, which for mankind is an hyperbole, but for God is trivial. He calls the stars by name and tells them where to go every day (Isaiah 40:26).
All matter and energy in the Universe are made from the same thing, and that thing is the production of the Holy Spirit. Whether we call the thing quanta of matter and energy or subatomic particles or waves, the Holy Spirit produces the basic building blocks of the Universe. And all of the building blocks of creation respond to command and control of the Lord Jesus Christ, who controls the Universe and everything in it. He even controls human history. However, He created man with a free will. He does not make our decisions for us. Yet, He knows the end from the beginning, and, therefore, the outcome.
In order for the Universe to exist it must be under the active command and control from the Control Room in Heaven. Light from the seven lamps is the command and control language for everything. The analogy in state-of-the-art terminology is that packets of production data (e.g. to make trees or stars) are encoded and superimposed in the Spiritual communication system of the seven Spirits to be transmitted instantaneously to all parts of the Universe. Fiber optics, for example, is a technology which transmits encoded light. The difference in the Heavenly Control System is that the light is Spiritual and is transported via the seven Spirits instantaneously to its destination. If light were transmitted without the aid of the seven Spirits, it would take billions of years to get here. With the aid of the seven Spirits, the communication delay is reduced to zero.
Seven Horns, Eyes, Spirits
Illustration: Heavenly Control Room
10 “For who has despised the day of small things? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel—these are the eyes of the Lord which range to and fro throughout the earth.”
In Revelation 5:6, the seven horns and seven eyes are also described as the "seven Spirits from the source of God, sent out into all the earth." The "Lamb" has seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits. So the picture is drawn here in words of Jesus Christ as the Lamb without blemish who died as a substitute for the sins of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrated his Love for us by dying as a substitute for us to provide salvation. He also demonstrated His Integrity (Righteousness and Justice) in obeying the Father's Plan.
Four Living Creatures
Around the throne were four living creatures. Living creatures is a translation of the Greek zw'/on (zo-on), which is from a root that means life. The living creatures were angels with six wings, i.e. seraphs. Since angelic rank is determined by the number of wings, the seraphs with six wings are the highest rank. These angels have eyes all over their bodies and are very similar to the living creatures in the theophany of Ezekiel (Ezekiel 10:12) (reference illustation at the left). These angels propelled the spaceship of the Lord (Ezekiel 1:4-28; 10:1-22) (reference illustration at the right). The eyes symbolize grace.
Revelation 4:6-8The living creatures, however, are different from those in Ezekiel. The ones in Ezekiel had four faces, whereas, the ones in Revelation have one face each. The ones in Ezekiel had four wings, and these have six wings. The faces of the living creatures represent the four faces of the Lord Jesus Christ as portrayed in the four Gospels.
6 and before the throne there was like a sea of glass like crystal; and in the midst around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 7 And the first living creature was like the lion, and the second living creature like the calf, and the third living creature had a face like man, and the fourth living creature was like the flying eagle. 8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, saying without ceasing by day and night, "Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is coming."
Seated around the Throne of God were 24 elders sitting on thrones. They were clothed in the white garments of angels, which is a very white color. And they had crowns on their heads.
And around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones twenty-four elders were sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. (Revelation 4:4)The word, elder, is the Greek, presbuvtero", (presbuteros), which means old man or elder. The term was commonly used for the head of the tribe in a tribal society. The tribal society was based upon seniority, and the elder person was the tribal leader. Here, the Apostle John uses this word for the Angelic General Staff. Isaiah used the same word, which is the Hebrew zaqen, for the Lord's elders at the Second Advent (Isaiah 24:23). They are also called Kings of Arms. These are the highest ranking Throne Angels. We know two of them, Michael and Gabriel. Michael and Gabriel are Archangels, or ruling angels (Throne Angels). Another name for the elders is "strong angel" (Revelation 5:2; 10:1; 18:21). The angelic elders are seraphs, the highest ranking angels.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Commander-in-Chief of the Angelic Army. The angelic elders are His General Staff. Michael, as the guardian of Client Nation Israel, has the entire Angelic Army under his command (Daniel 12:1; Revelation 12:7). Gabriel is both an army commander and an Officer of Arms in the Angelic College of Heralds.
The number, 24, stands for strategy. Strategic decisions come from the Throne of God, which is surrounded by the 24 Throne Angels of the General Staff. The Elect Angels are at war with the Fallen Angels. And Satan attacks Israel in his strategy to defeat the Plan of God. Therefore, even though the number, 24, stands for strategy, in application it is normally associated with Satan's strategic attack on Israel.
The angelic elders also worship before the Throne of God.
10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory, honor, and power; for You did create all things, and because of Your will they exist and will always exist."
The seven Spirits transport all production to creation. The seven lamps represent the complete category of production of all creation. Every scene of life for the Stage of Life is included in the light production which is transported to all creation. The stage lights come from Heaven. But the Integrity of God demands that the Light production be tempered with divine Justice, the seven horns. The seven horns, then, modulate the light just as a microphone modulates the electrical signal for a recorder. Then the seven eyes focus the justified production (modulated light). The eyes contain lenses to concentrate or magnify the image produced by the light. The eyes symbolize the grace of God. The eyes also see all that happens. Nothing is hidden from the seven eyes.
The sequence is:
1. Eyes - God expresses His Love toward us in grace (Y-axis)God loves us and expresses His Love toward us. He waits for us to respond to His Love by loving Him in return. Our love is transmitted up the same bi-directional Spirit link that God uses toward us. When we are motivated by the Love of God, we respect God and obey Him. But God does not just send commands open loop and forget them. He waits for the results of the commands. He waits for mankind to respond to His Love. If mankind responds, then God vindicates the love response. But if mankind rejects God's Love, then God condemns the rejection through His perfect Justice.
7 eyes - grace
7 Spirits - transmission links between Heaven and Earth
7 horns - encode specific commands, e.g. "Hear my voice"
2. Spirits - the Holy Spirit sustains while God waits for His Righteousness to be satisfied (X-axis)
mankind responds to the love of God
the Spirit transmits human love back to God
mankind obeys the Justice of God
3. Horns - God verifies the results (Z-axis)
7 eyes - see all
7 Spirits - relay the results to Heaven
7 horns - vindicate or condemn the results
Just as there are three groups of 7 eyes, 7 Spirits, and 7 horns, the relationship of God with all of creation occurs in a sequence of three:
In the Garden: God's Love created mankind. God waited for mankind to obey. God saw that mankind did not obey and judged the disobedience. After the Fall: God loved mankind and provided Salvation. God waits for mankind to respond. God will save those who accept Salvation and condemn those who reject Salvation.
- God's Love expressed in Grace
- God's wait for the response as the Holy Spirit sustains
- God's verification of the results
It is not a simple thing to create human life. The life has to have an identification name or number so that it will respond to divine commands. The life has to have logistical support (e.g. air, food, temperature control). The life has to have a purpose and relationships, e.g. Right Man - Right Woman and family. When the Lord brought Adam into the world, all these things were provided. A file with Adam's name was allocated in the Plan of God Server and Adam was given lives. He was given the "spark of life of lives," which means soul operating system (SOS) of lives in computer terminology. The human soul with life functions like a computer operating system. Biological life is like the computer hardware, which is of no value without an operating system. When the Lord "breathed into his nostrils," Adam received two platforms via the spiritual communication link of the seven Spirits: (1) Soulish and (2) Spiritual.
In verse 7, the “dust” refers to the chemical elements and to biological life. The "spirit” is rucha, which means life or spirit. "The spirit will return to God who gave it” means the Soul Operating System will be uploaded and the earthly port deactivated (Job 34:14; Eccl. 12:7; Luke 23:46; Acts 7:59). If the person is a believer, his soul with the human spirit will go to be with the Lord.
Released September 18, 1997 - Revised March 28, 2008