Revelation 4:1-11

Revelation 4:1-11 – Worship In Heaven

Revelation 4:1-11

  • 1: After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
  • 2: And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
  • 3: And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
  • 4: And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
  • 5: And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Before The Throne

  • 6: And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
  • 7: And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
  • 8: And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
  • 9: And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
  • 10: The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
  • 11: Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
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Wooden picture of Jesus  Text: The Revelation of Jesus Christ  Revelation 4:1-11
Revelation 4:1-11

1. Door Opened In Heaven

  • John heard a loud voice (like a trumpet) that was telling him to come and see the future.
  • In fact he had just finished writing to the 7 Churches and suddenly everything changed.

2. “Immediately I was in the Spirit”.

  • John had already said he was in the Spirit at Revelation 1:10.
  • This is a different experience, as John’s view is now in heaven.
  • John sees a throne “set in heaven”, which is occupied by God.

3. What’s happening at the throne in heaven?

John explained that the One who is sitting on the throne looked like the precious stones of jasper and sardine.

  • Notice John uses the words like and as because he can’t explain what he is seeing.
  • Why? Because, the magnificence of God was on the throne.
  • John compared God’s brilliance to the two most important stones that were worn in the breastplate by the high priests.
  • In fact, the stone of jasper represented Reuben, the first born of Jacob.
  • The stone of sardius represented Benjamin, the last born of Jacob.
  • They represent the first and the last. (One of God’s many names).
  • Each stone of the high priests holds a significant meaning such as purity, clarity, brightness etc.
  • So, perhaps this was the only way John could express the brilliance of the One on the throne.

There was a rainbow whose prominent colour was green.

  • A rainbow was given to Noah as a sign that God will never again destroy all flesh with a flood.
  • Perhaps, the rainbow in heaven was perhaps to show that newness and peace would take place following the events that would soon be revealed to John.
  • Possibly this rainbow is there to show that after God’s fury takes place, Jesus’ grace and mercy comes.

4. 24 Thrones and 24 Elders

  • There were 24 thrones in heaven.
  • Also, 24 elders dressed in white; having crowns on their heads.
  • These are not angels because angels would not sit on a throne.
  • However, whoever they are, it appears they are there to represent God’s people.
  • We also see the elders are sitting which denotes honour and rest.
  • Furthermore, they are dressed in white denotes holiness.
  • Even though, we are not told what kind of crowns they wore on their heads.
  • We do however, know that crowns are given by God for a job well done in some way.

The Bible doesn’t say exactly who the elders are.

  • Many believe the elders are one representative from each of the 12 tribes representing the Old Testament.
  • Plus, the 12 disciples of the New Testament. (Representing the New Testament)
  • In the same way, some believe these elders may be overcomers/believers.
  • We aren’t told who they are, but they are important to God.

5. Out of the throne came lightning and thundering and voices.

  • The “lightning and thundering” showed the majesty and awesomeness of God.
  • Perhaps it may also be showing that God’s fury has reached its time.
  • In fact, the voices appear to be the noise that the thunder makes.
  • Perhaps it’s the voice of God speaking.

Seven lamps of fire

There are seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.

  • Not 7 lampstands and 7 Spirits of God.
  • There are 7 lampstands burning with the 7 Spirits of God.
  • What are the 7 spirits of God?

6. Something that looked like a sea of glass.

  • The sea of glass is specifically spoken about in 2 places in the Book of Revelation.
  • Once in Revelation 4:6 and again at Revelation 15:2.
  • Both refer to being around the throne.
  • The glass was clear like crystal, most likely reflecting the qualities of God – Holy, glorious, and eternal.
  • Some authors say that it shows the floor of heaven is crystal clear.
  • The sea of glass also shows the purity in Heaven.
  • And John sees there are 4 beasts there also – beasts full of eyes.

These are not beasts

Furthermore, many authors say the word beast came in the translation and that the word beast degrades these heavenly beings.

  • In the KJV Bible, John calls them the four beasts.
  • Other Bible versions call them the living creatures or cherubim.
  • They could see before and behind. Meaning that they can see the past and the future or perhaps in front and in back or possibly they could see everything.

Cherubim or something different?

  • In Ezekiel 1 – Have the same faces as Revelation 4 but they have 4 wings.
  • Ezekiel 10 – Has a Cherubim face instead of an ox face and has 4 wings.
  • Ezekiel 10:20-22, calls the beasts cherubim.
  • Revelation 4 – Have the same faces as Ezekiel 1 but these have 6 wings.

7. Four beasts

The following are the 4 beasts (living things or creatures).

  • Jesus is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
  • Some authors/scholars think the 4 beasts may also have different traits.
  • First like a lion (kingship).
  • Second like a calf/ox (strength).
  • Third had a human face (highest creation).
  • Fourth was like an eagle in flight (Jewish symbol).

Each beast represents a different animal

However, others believe each beast represents a living creature.

  • Lion (wild animals).
  • Calf/ox (domesticated animals).
  • Human Face (man).
  • Eagle (bird/sea Kingdom).

Or perhaps both representations traits and living creatures apply.

8. Each animal had 6 wings

  • Eyes covered their wings inside and out.
  • Because of the eyes, they probably have greater insight than any man.

9. The beasts were praising the Lord

Day after day and night after night, the beasts were praising the Lord.

  • Meaning that, God will receive glory, honour, and thanks forever and ever.

10. Twenty-four elders bowing

We see that the twenty-four elders were also bowing before God and worshipping Him.

  • The elders cast their crowns to God.

11. Elders cry out

The 24 elders cry out that God is so worthy to receive glory, honour, and power.

  • It is right, for God to receive glory, honour and power.
  • Because it was by His will and desire that everything came into being.
  • Also, we all exist due only to the will of God, it is good that God should receive our praises.
  • Furthermore, God loves us enough that he sent his Son for our salvation.
  • And with thanks, it is only right that we should give him all the glory and honour he deserves.

The Lord God Almighty is worthy

God (which includes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) is more than worthy of our love and devotion.

  • It is right that we should glorify him.
  • God sent Jesus to earth to pay for our sins, so we would have a way to get into heaven, sin free.
  • Jesus suffered for all those who believe in Him.
  • At to that, Jesus died and was resurrected to life.
  • So that mankind can live eternally in heaven with him.
  • The Holy Spirit is living within us, comforting and guiding us.

Yes, the Lord God Almighty IS worthy of our love and devotion!! Revelation 4:1-11

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