Friday, January 23, 2009

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 4

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.


Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 4. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations.

4 — see Isaiah 6:1-4 and Daniel 7 for other visions of the throne.

4:1 — after this — meta tauta — translates as "these things". see Revelation 1:19 "later". See also Revelation 7:1, 9; 9:12; 19:1.

Door — Is Jesus the door to the kingdom since we can only get into heaven by going through Him?

standing open — see Matthew 3:16 — heaven is opened after Jesus' baptism. Cool!!! See Revelation 3:7-8.

Voice like a trumpet — there's that angel again. See Revelation 1:10-11. The words are again in red, indicating that this is Jesus speaking. Once again, AMP calls this a war trumpet.

4:2 — See Ezekiel 1:26 (AMP)

4:3 — see Psalm 104:1-2a. See Ezekiel 1:28 (AMP)

4:4 — 24 elders — Could they be the heads of the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 apostles? Would John have recognized them? (See notes on 5:8-10)
see Psalm 89:7-8.

Life App SB says they represent all of the redeemed, both before and after Christ.

4:5 — lampstand — see Exodus 25:31-40.

Fire — pyr — fire, flames (Strong's 4442/KWSB 4786). Describing seven lamps blazing before the throne.

What do you think the fire represents? Does this appear to represent judgment due to sin? Can you see the fire destroy what has been corrupted by sin?

Seven spirits — the Holy Spirit. Remember the number "7" means completeness or perfection.

4:6 — 4 living creatures — seraphim? NIVSB says they are a cross between seraphs and cherubim.

Covered with eyes — they see everything.

See Ezekiel 1:5, 18 (AMP)

4:7 — see Ezekiel 1:1-10 for a view of the creatures.

See Ezekiel 1:10 (AMP)

4:8 — six wings — like the seraphim of Isaiah 6:2.

day and night they never stop saying — see Isaiah 6:3.

See Isaiah 6:1-3 (AMP)

4:9 — See Psalms 47:8 (AMP)

4:11 — will — thelema — for pleasure.

See Psalms 19:1 (AMP)

  • Remember that the main message of the book of Revelation is the infinite love, power and justice of the Lord Jesus Christ. How is this evident in today’s text?
  • What attributes of God do you see in this chapter?
  • What scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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