229. And, behold, a throne was set, signifies a representation of the Judgment. That "a throne" signifies heaven may be seen (n. 14); that a throne also signifies judgment, is evident from the following passages:
When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory (Matt. 25:31 seq.).
The Last Judgment is here treated of:
O Jehovah, Thou hast done my judgment, Thou sattest upon the throne a Judge of justice. Jehovah will prepare His throne for judgment (Ps. 9:4-5, 7).
I saw when the Ancient of Days did sit; His throne was as a flame of fire; a thousand and thousands ministered unto Him, and a myriad of myriads stood before Him, the judgment was set and the books were opened (Dan. 7:9-10).
Jerusalem is built; thither the tribes go up; and there are set thrones for judgment (Ps. 122:3-5).
I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them (Rev. 20:4).
"The throne" built by Solomon, mentioned (1 Kings 10:18-20) signifies both kingdom and judgment; since kings, when they executed judgment, sat upon thrones. It is said that "the throne" signifies judgment in a representative form, because the things which John saw were visions which represented. They were seen as he has described; but they were forms representative of future things, as may be evident from what follows; as that there were seen animals, a dragon, beasts, a temple, a tabernacle, the ark, and many other things. Similar were the things which were seen by the prophets, spoken of above (n. 36).