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Chapter 04 - Revelation Commentary

Chapter 04 - Revelation Commentary

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Published by Sandra Crosnoe
Chapter 4 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

John's first vision of heaven and the throne of God.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).
Chapter 4 - The Revelation of Jesus Christ, A Layman's Commentary

John's first vision of heaven and the throne of God.

Commentary written by Jesse C. Jones (shared by Sandra Crosnoe on Scribd upon the author's request and with his permission).

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Published by: Sandra Crosnoe on Jul 22, 2012
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Chapter 4
 John’s Vision of Heaven
Revelation Chapter 4 describes a scene in heaven at the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and thefirst voice I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; whichsaid, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be here-after. And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne” 
(Re. 4:1, 2). John saw all the miraculous things he describes in this chapter, and subse-quent chapters, in a vision when he “
became in (the) spirit 
”(Re. 4:2 GNT). The word vision is defined as: “something seen by other than normal sight;something seen in a dream, trance, etc. or supernaturally revealed, as to aprophet.” Many who subscribe to a pre-tribulation rapture believe that John'sbeing told to "
up hither"
represents the church being raptured. Threepoints should be mentioned here:1.John was, in all probability, still located physically on the isle of Pat-mos when he saw this scene in heaven, for he tells us that he “
be-came in the spirit 
” after he had been told "
to come up hither"
. I inter-pret this to mean that John became totally under the influence of this
spirit from God; thus, he was in a trancelike state when he receivedthe vision. Experiences like this are sometimes referred to as “out-of-the-body experiences”. John’s experience on the isle of Patmos couldbe likened to Paul’s being caught up into Paradise, as recorded in 2Corinthians 12:3-4:“...
I knew such a man, [whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth. How he was caught up into paradise, and heard un-speakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
I believe it is unlikely that Paul or John were physically transported toheaven in either of these two events.2. The wording in Revelation 4:1 indicates that John did not actually“see” the door being opened, rather the door was standing open when John’s attention was drawn to it by the voice from heaven saying,
“Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after thesethings.” 
 3. When the rapture occurs the church is not transported to the thirdheaven, but scripture clearly states that raptured/resurrected saints areraised to the clouds, where they meet Christ:
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together withthem in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so we shall ever bewith the Lord.” 
(1 Th. 4:17)4. As John goes on to describe the heavenly scene he observes, the rap-tured/resurrected church is nowhere in sight. Surely, if this scripture
described the rapture of the church, John’s vision would have includedsome mention of it. The next thing John records is a vision of God the Father sitting on Histhrone (Re. 4:3),
“And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: andthere was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emer-ald.” 
We know this is refers to God the Father because Revelation Chapter 5 de-scribes Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, coming in the form of a lamb totake the book from the “
hand of him who sits on the throne” 
. The description John gives us of the Father and His throne is enigmatic indeed. The jasper andsardine stones denote precious stones of various colors somewhat like fire,and seemingly translucent. The sardine and jasper stones were the first andlast stones on the breastplate of the high priest, as noted in Exodus 28:17, 20.We know the priest represents God’s authority to the Jewish nation, and herein John’s description of the throne scene we get a glimpse of the significanceof the arrangement of the stones on the priest’s breastplate,
“I am the first and the last; apart from me there is no God.” 
(Is. 44:6NIV) John saw a rainbow around the throne that was like an emerald. We know thatthe rainbow signifies God’s promise that the world will never again be de-stroyed by flood (Ge. 9:9-17). This may have been significant to John, reassur-

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