Spend a few minutes thinking of a situation or situations in your life where you doubted God
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
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