Series: Jesus and the Tribulation
April 11, 2021 | Dr. Wes George
He saw and heard the invitation to heaven 4:1
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.”
4:1 After these things meaning receiving the letters to the seven churches. The phrase meta tauta is used in 7:9; 15:5; 18:1; 19:1 to mark new sections in John’s vision.
He saw the One sitting on the throne.
4:2-3a Immediately I was ain 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;
He saw the ones around the throne.
4:3b-4 . . .and there was a crainbow 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.
He saw the sights and heard the sounds out from and before the throne.
4:5-6a 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; 6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal;
The Comforter of those who love Jesus will be the Consuming Fire of those who reject Jesus.
He saw the ones in the center and around the throne.
6b-8b...in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 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.”
He saw and heard the worship toward the throne.
8b-11...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.”
God’s good creation of Genesis 1 becomes God’s groaning creation in Romans 8 will one day be God’s glorious creation in Revelation and eternity.
What do you see and hear today?
Who do you worship today?
How do you worship today?