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Revelation Chapter 4 How does this chapter differ from previous two chapters? this is not a letter to a specific church The following chapters will describe judgment and punishment on Rome
1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." 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 a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. 5 Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God
Revelation Chapter 4 An open door signifies what? Opportunity, access Does John immediately enter? Text says he was called to enter Why John’s delay in entering?
Revelation Chapter 4 The voice like a trumpet signifies what? Powerful instrument, gets the hearers attention From chapter 1 what does John mean that he is “in the Spirit”? Worshipping In a trance
Revelation Chapter 4 Is John in and out of the spirit throughout this vision? Remember: John’s spirit is under God’s control throughout this vision.
Revelation Chapter 4 What does it mean that John was to be shown things which must take place after this? Remember: The original message to the seven churches… Your persecution will be ended Your persecutors will be punished
Revelation Chapter 4 Who is on the throne? What does Jasper and Sardius signify? Beautiful stones that signify majesty Ezekiel 28: 20 Revelation 21: 7
Revelation Chapter 4 Sardius Stone Probably the modern day Carnelian Red gem that looks as if fire is deep inside it What does fire signify in scripture? Destruction and punishment Ezekiel 28: 17 Revelation 21: 20
Revelation Chapter 4 What does the rainbow signify? God’s promise What is significant about 24 elders with white garments and gold crowns? Recall the promises in the previous two chapters to the faithful 7 lamps signify 7 Spirits of God 7 means perfection and completeness
6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. 8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME." 9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 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 and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."
Revelation Chapter 4 A sea of glass like crystal signifies what? Calm Beautiful Slickcam Four creatures with six wings and eyes all over… Isaiah 6: 2 Ezekiel 1: 9-10
Revelation Chapter 4 compare the creatures appearance and activities in our chapter to the ones Ezekiel describe. Their face descriptions Their constant worship
Revelation Chapter 4 Summary John has completed the letters to the seven churches and now his vision shifts to the throne room in Heaven. He sees him on the throne, surrounded by 24 elders in white garments and gold crowns. There are four creatures that share similar appearance with Old Testament creatures. The elders and creatures are in constant worship of God.