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Revelation Chapters 4 & 5

Revelation Chapters 4 & 5

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My notes from a talk about Revelation chapters 4 and 5. The talk centers around John's vision of the throne room, the scroll of history, and the Lamb who redeems. Essentially, without Jesus' redemptive work and the assurance of God's sovereignty from the throne, history is meaningless. So, too, is the suffering in our own lives without the promise of redemption, justice, and salvation.
My notes from a talk about Revelation chapters 4 and 5. The talk centers around John's vision of the throne room, the scroll of history, and the Lamb who redeems. Essentially, without Jesus' redemptive work and the assurance of God's sovereignty from the throne, history is meaningless. So, too, is the suffering in our own lives without the promise of redemption, justice, and salvation.

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Spend a few minutes thinking of a situation or situations in your life where you doubted God 
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s power in your life, or felt God was not there, because of suffering, pain, etc.
Metaphor & Heavenly Perspective (Rev. 4:1-2)-The door to heaven. Are we to understand that a door literally opened up in the sky?-Recall that objects in Revelation have greater meaning than their mere existence-“In the Spirit” is used by Jesus in Matt 22:43 referring to David being inspired by Godto write a Psalm-The same thing is happening to John; he is receiving an inspired vision from God
Read Ezek. 1:1, 4-10, 22, 26-28 and understand what John is experiencing 
The Throne (Rev. 4:3-11)-Jasper: a clear crystal-like stone-Sardius or Carnelian: a fiery red stone-An emerald rainbow (see Genesis 9:11) A sign of God
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s mercy?-Nothing about God Himself i.e. eyes, face, etc. Only his glory appearsThe Attendants before the throne (Rev. 4:4-11)The Twenty-Four Elders-Likely angels because:-Angels often are said to wear white (see John 20:12, Matt. 28:3. Acts 1:10)-Paul refers to angels as “rulers in the heavenly places” (see Eph. 3:10)-Elders are ministering to saints later in Revelation (see Rev. 5:8)-O.T. talks about “God (is) feared in the council of the holyn ones, great andterrible above all that are about him” (Psalms 89:7) and on Mount Zion “beforehis elders he will manifest his glory” (Isaiah 24:23)-The number 24 possibly comes from 12 disciples and 12 tribes of Israel (which areinscribed on the New Jerusalem (see Rev. 21:12-14)-Or it could be reminiscent of the 24 priestly orders in the O.T. (see 1 Chron. 24)The Seven Spirits* Read Isaiah 11:2
What are the seven spirits? 
-Spirit of the Lord, of wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, fear(awe or worship) of the Lord-There are not seven Spirits, rather one Spirit with a sevenfold ministry-Seven is the number of completeness or fullness in Jewish gematria, essentiallymeans “one”The Four Living Creatures (see Psalms 80:1)-Likely represent the totality of creation-Lion - the king of wild beasts-Ox - the king of domesticated animals
Revelation 4-5: A Glimpse of Heaven

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