Posted by: watchmancurtis | January 12, 2010

Revelation Study Week 9

What is the throne room of heaven like?  It’s a question most of us have asked at one time or another.  What would it be like to be able to glimpse the glory and majesty of the dwelling place of the Most High God?  The Apostle John was given just such a glimpse.  The great thing about that is that he wrote it down for us to get at least a taste of.  Today we examined chapters 4 and 5 of Revelation and marveled at the magnificence of both Almighty God and Jesus the Lamb.  Take a peek with us as we look into this heavenly courtroom scene.

Chapter 4 Verse 1– This chapter begins with “After these things.”  This phrase tells us that we are moving on from the letters to the churches.  The phrase “Come up here” is often used as a picture of the church being called up to heaven in the rapture.   The problem with this is there is no contextual evidence that this is so.  One test I use throughout scripture is to ask myself one question.  If the reader had no prior teaching on the scripture in view, would they see it in that light?  The answer here, at least to me, is clearly no.

Verses 3-11-   John shows us a heavenly scene with the very throne of God in view.  These verses focus on the throne of God and what is in his presence.  We see the twenty-four elders and the four creatures as well as a sea of glass.  The identity of the twenty-four elders has been widely speculated on.  There are many who believe these represent human people, possibly the patriarchs or leaders of the twelve tribes of Judah as well as the twelve apostles.  There are others, including myself, who see them as angelic beings.  I don’t think you can be dogmatic about either, but is interesting to think about.  The four living creatures can also be seen in Ezekiel chapter 1, which is another mind-blowing view of heaven.  These creatures do not cease saying, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.”  The elders fall down before the Almighty and cast their crowns before Him saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for you created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”   When I read those sections of scripture I get goosebumps.  Our God is truly a holy and amazing God.

Chapter 5 Verse 1- We see immediately that not only is God sitting on His throne, but He is holding something as well.  He is holding a book written inside and on the back which is sealed up with seven seals.  The obvious question here is what is this book and why is it sealed.  The verses that follow only add to the mystery. 

Verses 2-4-  Here we see a strong angel (are there weak ones?) ask, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?”  John looks and realizes there is no one in heaven on earth or under the earth who can do it.  The importance of this book is seen in the fact that John begins to weep because no one is found who can open it.

Verse 5- One of the twenty-four elders comforts John and tells him that there is One who can open it.  Jesus came to earth to free us from sin, show us how to live a victorious life in Him, and offer eternal life to all those who follow Him.  He also came for this moment that we are witnessing in Revelation.  Jesus overcame so He could open this book.

Verse 6- Jesus is seen here as a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.  What a description!  Horns represent authority and rule throughout the Bible.  Jesus has seven horns which means perfect authority and perfect rule.  We are told exactly what the seven eyes represent.  This represents the perfect Spirit of God.  It is the Holy Spirit which has seven parts and is sent into all the earth.

Verse 7- Jesus comes and takes the book from the Almighty’s right hand.  The right hand is a symbol of power.

Verses 8-14– The very act of taking this book causes those gathered around to fall before the Lamb.  I find the last part of verse 8 interesting in that the prayers of the saints  are seen here as golden bowls of incense.  Those who have fallen before the Lamb begin to sing, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”  The phrase in verse 11 “myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands” is significant as we will see in a moment.  All of them say in loud voices, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”  Verse 13 caused one of our members to wonder about the timing of all of this because it says that every created thing in heaven, on earth and under the earth and on the sea and in the sea, were saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”  Such an event has never occurred to this point in history. 

Now let’s take a look at this heavenly scene from a broader perspective.  The reason we covered two chapters today is that they present one scene.  It flows together.  It is my personal belief that this scene is a yet future event that will begin sometime before the 70th Week of Daniel and carry all the way through it.  It will last at least seven years as the Lamb opens each seal and events upon the earth begin change.  This scene can also be found in Daniel.  Daniel 7:9-14 shows the throne of the Ancient of Days.  We find the phrase, “thousands upon thousands and myriads upon myriads” here as well.  Verse 10 says that the court sat and the books were opened.  This is a picture of the One book that has seven seals, but also a bigger picture of Judgment that we will see in the latter part of Revelation.  Verses 11-12 give us a time marker for this event.  This involves the judgment of the beast (Antichrist).  Verses 13-14 give us the picture of Jesus as the Son of Man.  Daniel and the book of Revelation go together like a hand and glove.  This is just one example.

We had a small group today and I was really blessed.  Not just from the study, but just being with friends and enjoying time together.  Next week we are going to be in the book of Daniel for most, if not all, of our study.  We will be laying the foundation for what we will see in the rest of Revelation.  I am so excited about the next few weeks.  We are going to be looking at some of the most incredible and amazing prophecies and sections of scripture.  We are in for a wild ride!  Be blessed, and I pray that the Lord brings truth forth in your life.


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