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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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Revelation 4-5: A Glimpse of Heaven

Spend a few minutes thinking of a situation or situations in your life where you doubted Godʼs 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 God to 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 Godʼs mercy? - Nothing about God Himself i.e. eyes, face, etc. Only his glory appears The 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 and terrible above all that are about him” (Psalms 89:7) and on Mount Zion “before his elders he will manifest his glory” (Isaiah 24:23) - The number 24 possibly comes from 12 disciples and 12 tribes of Israel (which are inscribed 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, essentially means “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

- Man - the king of intelligence - Eagle - the king of flying animals - Wings represent protection (Psalms 36:7, Isaiah 8:8), or Godʼs will being carried out (Isaiah 66:15) - Eyes represent Godʼs ability to see and administer justice (2 Chron. 16:9, Jer. 16:17) Stop and think about the words the living creatures and the elders say. The Scroll and the Lamb (Rev. 5:1-14) The Scroll * Read Ezekiel 2:8-10 - John is entering into the tradition of O.T. prophets like Ezekiel - Rev. 1:19 “write the things you have seen, the things which are, and the things which will be” - Rev. 10:1-2, 8-10; John eats the scroll (like Ezekiel) and is told to prophesy about the contents - In effect, Revelation is the scroll, and the scroll is the events of this age Show pictures of the scroll and explain its function The Lion and the Lamb - John hears about the Lion, but sees the Lamb - This is a contrast (or paradox) between the Power of the Lion and the suffering of the Lamb - Lion comes from Genesis 49:9, Joseph prophesies Messiah coming from tribe of Judah - Lamb is based off of O.T. temple sacrifices, also John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world” and Isaiah 53:7 “He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter.” - Horns are used in O.T. as a sign of power (see Deut. 33:17, Psalms 18:2) - Eyes are the fullness of vision, i.e. omniscience (see Zech 4:10) - His reason for being worthy is because he has redeemed us. (see 1 Cor. 6:20, Gal. 3:13, 4:5) Understand that apart from the person and redeeming work of Jesus Christ, history is an enigma. Christ and Christ alone has the key to history. Only His redeeming work makes sense of the suffering and pain, gives us an end to hope for, justice, and salvation. Bring this into the context of the Christians at the time. Discussion: Share times in life where God has redeemed (i.e. turned bad into good) a situation, either through justice, love, or other means. Or share times where you are praying for Godʼs redemption but havenʼt seen it yet.

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