Bloody Throne, Bloody Frontiers

And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the Land. (Revelation 5:6)

The Bible is the story of the historic battle between the serpent-king and the servant king. Both sit on bloody thrones. Herod slaughters the innocents, and is then slaughtered by God. The innocent Christ is slaughtered, then sends His followers into the world as seven Spirits (Lampstand/Pentecost), but also as lambs among wolves.

What I love about the verse quoted above is that the Lamb is not only in the midst of the throne, but in the midst of His angelic government, surrounded by ministers in the wilderness.1 Later in the book we see Him surrounded again, but by a human government — the apostles as gates and walls, with the Lamb at the centre as Light. This could only occur if these saints themselves were slain as the Lamb was, which we see in Revelation 14.

Every week, the Spirit calls us in, and we gather around the slain Lamb. Then, as a glorified, Metal Man, He sends us out again into the world to expand the borders of the City, the frontiers of His Canaan conquest. Like the cherubim, we are both gates to the blood-covered repentants, and walls to the condemned sheeptraders.

There is blood at the centre, and blood at the border, the gospel miracle of 30AD and the miracles at the frontier. Between these there is the peace of New Jerusalem, which can only be maintained if the servant-kings go to war when they should (2 Sam. 11).


  1. The slain Lamb with seven eyes in the midst of the elders is a unification of the Table of Showbread, the Incense Altar and the Lampstand. Which means Christ’s defeat of Satan also destroys Satan’s Tabernacle.
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2 Responses to “Bloody Throne, Bloody Frontiers”

  • john cummins Says:

    Wow, well said this truly is the study of God we can eat and drink. I’m quite afraid that brothers and sisters in my own evanjellyfish church would not have the slightest idea what you are talking about, but maybe I can feed it to them in bits and pieces?

  • Mike Bull Says:

    Glad my ramblings could be of help. I find the more the Bible’s symbols sink in, the more sense it makes as a single body of work.

    Regarding David’s sin mentioned at the end, it prefigures the sin of “harlotry” by the Herodian Jews who refused to be mediators to the Gentiles. That sure puts a new spin on inward-looking churches.

    Thanks for your feedback.