Is the “Sea of glass” rough?

It is always an amazing experience to talk with the students at On Mission Prep. On Sunday, we discussed all sorts of things and as usual, the theme revolved around heaven and what happens when we die. I love their curiosity and intrigue about what happens after we die and so we landed in Revelation 4.

As we read and saw the description of The Throne Room of God questions were flying out left and right:

  • Is God made out of jewels? (v3)
  • What does a rainbow of emerald look like? (v3)
  • Who are the 24 elders? (v4)
  • Do you think any of them are women?
  • Why do they have crowns too?
  • Do you think the Sea of Glass was rough? (v6)
  • What are those living creature things? (v6)
  • I thought angels looked like humans?

And on and on. It was great to talk through those and so many more questions and see the students trying to figure out the answers. The best was the discussion about the sea of glass. They pictured the ocean and knew that is not calm and smooth like the metaphor suggested or even if it was a metaphor. They wondered if there were actual waves of glass and how difficult it would have been to walk on.

The time was capped off by the four guardians of the throne of God and why they looked so frightening?! To see the students begin to understand what God’s army is all about and to watch them read ahead and see the battle for eternity was amazing to watch. They were blown away to see how much God truly loves us by creating us to look like Him and how He sent his Son to die for us in such an epic way. Great things are coming!


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