Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Revelation 4:1-5

Revelation 4

Revelation 4:1-5

Introduction by the Life Application New Testament Commentary[i] : "The book now shifts from the seven churches in Asia to the future of the worldwide church. John saw the course of coming events similar to the way Daniel and Ezekiel had seen them. Many of these passages contain clear spiritual teachings, but others seem beyond our ability to understand. The clear teaching of this book is that God will defeat all evil in the end. Meanwhile, we must live in obedience to Jesus Christ, the coming Conqueror and Judge."

Revelation 4–5 provide glimpses into Christ’s glory. Chapter 4 is John’s vision into the throne room of heaven. God is on the throne, orchestrating all the events that John recorded. The world is under his control, and he will carry out his plans as Christ initiates the final battle with the forces of evil.

Rev 4:1  Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this."

Just think, you are standing in your kitchen and you felt that you had to step out on the porch because you wanted to look at the sky for some reason. When you do you hear a trumpet blast out a very loud sound. There are others in the street but they do not react to the sound. Then you hear a voice, the voice of God. He has just invited you to Heaven to see what will be the future of mankind. Now what, do you say sure let’s go or do you look for someone playing  Prank on you. You are a Christian so you know it happened to John in:  (Revelation 4:1) and in (Eze_1:1). Now you know that you have been chosen by God to hear and see the glories of God. What would be going on in your mind.

Rev 4:2  And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. Rev 4:3  The One sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled His throne like a rainbow.

 John was not in the spirit, what does that mean? The Holy Spirit had now taken control of John's body and mind. This happened four times to John,  Rev_1:10; Rev_4:2; Rev_17:3; Rev_21:10. Did John actually leave Patmos? Not very likely. We all have had dreams that felt so real that you actually believe you were there. In this case John was not dreaming but his spiritual body was with the Holy spirit.  1Ki_22:19; Isa_6:1; Eze_1:1) John was about to write prophecy. He was going to write what was going to happen after the here and now. He had to be within the Holy Spirit for the prophecy to be true,  2Pe_1:20-21.

Rev 4:4  Twenty-four thrones surrounded Him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. Rev 4:5  From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of  the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God.

These two verses as is true with most verses in Revelations is full of possibilities: From The Life Application New Testament Commentary[ii] We get the following: 4:4 Surrounding God’s throne were twenty-four thrones with twenty-four elders sitting on them. John did not identify these twenty-four elders. Evidently, the worship they were providing was more significant than who they were. Scholars have proposed several possibilities for the identity of these twenty-four elders:

·Because there were twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and twelve apostles in the New Testament, the twenty-four elders (twelve plus twelve) in this vision represent all the redeemed of God for all time (both before and after Christ’s death and resurrection). They symbolize all those—both Jews and Gentiles—who are now part of God’s family. The twenty-four elders show us that all the redeemed of the Lord are worshiping him.

The twenty-four elders are the heavenly counterpart of the twenty-four priestly ranks who served the Temple (1Ch_23:6; Who were these tribes 1Ch_24:7-18).

·Most likely, the elders are an angelic group providing this worship, and the reference to twenty-four remains speculative. Their continuous praise supports this view, and the fact that they serve with, but are distinguished from, the four living creatures( (Rev_4:11; Rev_5:9-10; Rev_11:17-18; Rev_19:4 I have used The Message bible for these verses. It puts them in the most magnificent way.

·. The twenty-four elders are beings who live in heaven and worship God at his throne (see also Rev_14:3) Do you remember who the 144,000 are?. Though they are crowned and dressed in white, they clearly do not represent the church. These leaders sing of human believers, not about themselves (Rev_5:9). In view of their actions, such as worshiping and offering bowls of incense, they seem to be a special order of angels.

4:5 In Revelation, lightning and thunder are associated with significant events in heaven. Lightning and thunder had filled the sky at Mount Sinai when God had given the people his laws (Exo_19:16). The Old Testament often uses such imagery to reflect God’s power and majesty (see Psa_77:18). In Revelation, thunder and lightning always form part of the scene in God’s throne room and highlight a significant coming event—for example, they mark the seventh seal (Rev_8:5), the seventh trumpet (Rev_11:19), and the seventh bowl (Rev_16:18).

What are the Seven Spirits?

I.  Spirit of Truth

John 15:26 (NLT)

“But I will send you the Counselor°-the Spirit of truth. He will come to you from the Father and will tell you all about me. John 15:26  Or Comforter, or Encourager, or Advocate. Greek Paraclete.John 16:13 (NLT)When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not be presenting his own ideas; he will be telling you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future. 1 John 4:6 (NLT)But we belong to God; that is why those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.

II.  Spirit of Power

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

III.  Spirit of Love

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

IV.  Spirit of Self-Discipline

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

V.  Spirit of Wisdom

Deuteronomy 34:9 (NLT)Now Joshua son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did everything just as the LORD had commanded Moses. Proverbs 1:23 (NLT)

Come here and listen to me! I’ll pour out the spirit of wisdom upon you and make you wise.

VI.  Spirit of Judgment

Isaiah 4:4 (NLT)The Lord will wash the moral filth from the women of Jerusalem.° He will cleanse Jerusalem of its bloodstains by a spirit of judgment that burns like fire.

Isaiah 4:4  Hebrew from the daughters of Zion.

Isaiah 19:14 (NLT)The LORD has sent a spirit of foolishness on them, so all their suggestions are wrong. They cause the land of Egypt to stagger like a sick drunkard.  (This spirit was sent to punish the Egyptians, thus, it is of the Spirit of Judgment.)Isaiah 29:10 (NLT)For the LORD has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep. He has closed the eyes of your prophets and visionaries.  (This spirit was sent to punish the enemies of Jerusalem, thus, it is the Spirit of Judgment.)

VII.  Spirit of Life

Revelation 11:11 (NLT)But after three and a half days, the spirit of life from God entered them, and they stood up! And terror struck all who were staring at them. Zechariah 12:10 (NLT)

“Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on all the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died.


         I.            i &[ii] Philip W. Comfort and Dan Lins, Editors
Tyndale House Publishers
       II.            [iii] Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, IL 60189 USA. All rights reserved.