-Chapter four begins with a time line phrase “after this (Revelation 4:1).” This is a marker in the text and a transition into John’s vision in which he is taken in the Spirit to Heaven (Revelation 4:1-2). He perceives the Lord in His majesty seated on His throne with vivid description and the heavenly hosts are brilliantly described (Revelation 4:2-11). The voice that called him up sounded like a trumpet (compare, this is the same sound as in Revelation 1:10). This denotes symbolically a warning sound to alert. This messenger, or angel, was allowed to reveal to John the things that were to take place after this (Revelation 4:1). This indicates a future revelation as to the things that “will be (Revelation 1:4, 8).” The Lord had the appearance of jasper, carnelian, rainbow, and emerald in majestic brilliance. Around the Lord were 24 elders on 24 thrones clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightening, rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne were seven torches of fires representing the seven spirits of God and a crystal sea like glass. Around the throne were four creatures who were alive that had the appearance of a lion, an ox, the face of a man, and an eagle in flight. These creatures were full of eyes all around and within, and they worshiped the Lord night and day proclaiming, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come (Revelation 4:8).” And whenever the living creatures give this glory, honor, and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, the 24 elders fall down before Him in reverence and worship as well casting their crowns before the throne saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory, and honor, and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created (Revelation 4:11).” *Application* We have the opportunity to praise and worship the Lord in this exact same way. He is to be exalted. Enjoy His presence where you are on this earth. There is a reason why He prayed while in His incarnation, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).” God’s presence can come down to us because of His great love. We can look forward to His glory in Heaven, but it can also be experience with great vibrancy here on this earth as well. His Spirit indwells His people! I’m not waiting for the afterlife, we can be filled with Him now! Worship the Lord with gladness (Psalms 100:2, Acts 2:28)!
Verse to Memorize: Revelation 4:11