"And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices" Revelation 4:5. Voices from the throne. Oh, we know all about the lightning and thunder from the throne. But what about the voices? If they are from the throne, then we know Who is speaking, for only two are known to sit upon the throne.

Three verses earlier John saw that "a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." Verse 3. But "the Sovereign of the universe was not alone" Patriarch and Prophets p. 33.3. For "the only true and living God, the Sovereign of the universe" (MS 122, 1901 in 3SM 256.1) reigned with His Son, "Christ the Word, the only begotten of God...the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." Great Controversy p. 493.1.

"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God." John 1:1. It was then that "the LORD said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at my right hand" Psalm 110:1. This was the first voice that spoke from the throne, the voice of God, "the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory" Ephesians 1:17. Then the Son speaks. "I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart." Psalm 40:8.

The voice of the Father spoke again after He sent His Son into the world (1John 4:9). "When He bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship him." Hebrews 1:6. But to the Son, as he came up from Jordan's waters, He said, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased." Matthew 3:17. It was then that "the Father Himself will answer the petition of His Son. Direct from the throne issue the beams of His glory. The heavens are opened, and upon the Saviour's head descends a dovelike form of purest light--fit emblem of Him, the meek and lowly One." Desire of Ages p. 112.1. The Father manifested His audible and visible presence as a witness that Jesus was the Son of God.

A second time the voice from heaven speaks. "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. hear ye him." Matthew 17:5. This time on a mountain top from a bright cloud as the Son is transfigured before Peter, James, and John and in the presence of Moses and Elijah. Together the Father and Son are glorified.

Yet again the Father speaks. It is almost the end of the Son's time on earth. There in the temple, "a voice from heaven" was heard. "I have both glorified, and will glorify again." John 12:28. The next time would be when the Son of God "was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father" Romans 6:4. Now the Father's voice is heard throughout heaven. "Unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever." Hebrews 1:6.

And then the moment comes when Jesus finally receives "the promise" "of the Father" can be "shed forth" Acts 2:33. Now the Holy "Spirit of His Son" can be "sent forth" Galatians 4:6. The Holy Spirit is "yet" now because the Son has been glorified (John 7:39). The Father continues, His voice in thundering tones, "Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." Hebrews 1:9; Psalm 45:6,7.

The Son is anointed as our High Priest, "a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." Psalm 110:4. The Son stands before the throne of God as "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" Revelation 5:5. "Clothed with a cloud, and a rainbow upon his head, his face as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire", He cries "with a loud voice, as when a lion roars" Revelation 10:1-3. And when the voice of the Son roars, the voice of the Father thunders. "Seven thunders uttered their voices." Revelation 10:3.

The voice of the Son speaks to us today. "He that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I overcame and am set down with my Father in His throne." Revelation 3:21. This is the throne that the Father and Son share, and Jesus offers to graciously share it with us. "The throne of God and of the Lamb" Revelation 22:1 from which flows the river of life. "The throne of God and of the Lamb" in heaven. Verse 3.

"There are many kinds of voices in the world" 1Corinthians 14:10. But there is only one voice that the dead in Christ shall hear. "The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live." John 5:25. This will be "the voice of the Archangel" when "the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout" 1Thessalonians 4:16.

Let us learn to hear that "still small voice" now, (1Kings 19:12) "to hear his voice, that He might instruct thee" Deuteronomy 4:36. "O come let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today if you will hear His voice..." Psalm 95:6,7.

Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3

Gary Hullquist