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Keys to Revelation - Chapter 4

Written by: Capoccia, Tony    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                        Keys to Revelation - Chapter 4

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

          BIBLE TEXT                                  COMMENTARY

REV 4:1  After this I looked, and        [After this] - Reference to previous there before me was a door standing      seven letters to the churches, which open in heaven. And the voice I had      represented the Church Age that comes first heard speaking to me like a        to a end Chronologically as we enter trumpet said, "Come up here, and I        into the events of Chapter 4 and be- will show you what must take place        yond. after this."                                                                        [door to heaven] - John literally                                           could look into the Third Heaven                                           from the earth and see the Throne                                           Room of God.

                                          [voice] - It is Jesus speaking

                                          [come up] - Jesus tells, rather                                           commands that John "come up" to                                           Heaven.  This event ends the Church                                           Age and starts the Judgments and                                           could be a type of the Rapture, where                                           Jesus calls His Church to "Come Up                                           Here."

REV 4:2  At once I was in the            [in the Spirit] - Transported from Spirit, and there before me was a        earth (most likely not with his body) throne in heaven with someone            through the first heaven (atmosphere) sitting on it.                            then past the second heaven (outer                                            space) and into the third heaven                                           (location of God, Angels, and the                                           Redeemed).

                                          [someone sitting] - Appears to be the                                           Father, since Jesus the Lamb, takes a                                           scroll from the right hand of Him who                                           sat on the throne in REV 5:7. 

REV 4:3  And the one who sat there        [jasper] - in ancient times this had the appearance of jasper and          stone would have been a translucent carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an      rock crystal like a diamond.  This emerald, encircled the throne.            brilliant diamond represents the                                           purity, majesty, and holiness of God.

                                          [carnelian] - A beautiful, ruby red                                           stone signifying the righteous                                           judgment and wrath of God.

                                          [emerald] - Brilliant green color                                           representing the mercy of God.

REV 4:4  Surrounding the throne          [24 Elders] - Representatives from were twenty-four other thrones, and      the Church, wearing crowns of victory seated on them were twenty-four          and their white linen robes. elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. 

REV 4:5  From the throne came            [seven spirits] - Term for the Holy flashes of lightning, rumblings and      Spirit (ISA 11:2-3). peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 

REV 4:6  Also before the throne          [sea of glass] - Same glass that was there was what looked like a sea of      seen by Moses in Exodus 24:10, "..and glass, clear as crystal. In the          saw the God of Israel. Under His feet center, around the throne, were          was something like a pavement made of four living creatures, and they          sapphire, clear as the sky itself." were covered with eyes, in front          This sea simply adds to the Glory and in back.                              and Majesty of God.

                                          [creatures] - Jesus only created two                                           kinds of intelligent and spiritual                                           creatures--Men and Angels. These four                                           living creatures are angels.

                                          [eyes] - Seems strange to us, but we                                           are very limited in our knowledge and                                           understanding of heavenly things. The                                           eyes would make them all-seeing and                                           vigilant, not to mention enhancing                                           their ability to accomplish their                                           main purpose, to give God the glory                                           He deserves as they look upon His                                           Wisdom and Power.

REV 4:7  The first living creature        Four creatures represent God's was like a lion, the second was          attributes in His creation: like an ox, the third had a face          [lion] - Majesty, Omnipotence like a man, the fourth was like a        [ox] -  Strength, Patience flying eagle.                            [man] - Intelligence, Rational Power                                           [eagle] - Sovereignty, Supremacy

REV 4:8  Each of the four living          [six wings] - Matches description of creatures had six wings and was          the Seraphims in ISA 6:2, "Above Him covered with eyes all around, even        were seraphs, each with six wings: under his wings. Day and night they      With two they covered their faces, never stop saying: "Holy, holy,          with two they covered their feet, and holy is the Lord God Almighty, who        with two they were flying." was, and is, and is to come."            They were Unique Angels created to                                           give Glory to God forever.

REV 4:9  Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 

REV 4:10  the twenty-four elders          Representing the Church in Heaven fall down before him who sits on          rightly acknowledging that God the throne, and worship him who          deserves their worship and honor. lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and        [lay their crowns] - Acknowledging say:                                      that Jesus earned them their crowns                                           by His death on the Cross.

REV 4:11  "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." 

Tony Capoccia BIBLE BULLETIN BOARD Box 130 Shreveport, LA 71110 Modem (318) 949-1456 300/1200/2400/9600 Baud

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