Revelation Chapter 4
1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
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Matthew Henry's Revelation Chapter 4 Bible commentary...
A vision of God, as on his glorious throne, around which were twenty-four elders and four living creatures. (1-8) Whose songs, and those of the holy angels, the apostle heard. (9-11)1-8 After the Lord Jesus had instructed the apostle to write to the churches "the things that are," there was another vision. The apostle saw a throne set in heaven, an emblem of the universal dominion of Jehovah. He saw a glorious One upon the throne, not described by human features, so as to be represented by a likeness or image, but only by his surpassing brightness. These seem emblems of the excellence of the Divine nature, and of God's awful justice. The rainbow is a fit emblem of that covenant of promise which God has made with Christ, as the Head of the church, and with all his people in him. The prevailing colour was a pleasant green, showing the reviving and refreshing nature of the new covenant. Four-and-twenty seats around the throne, were filled with four-and-twenty elders, representing, probably, the whole church of God. Their sitting denotes honour, rest, and satisfaction; their sitting about the throne signifies nearness to God, the sight and enjoyment they have of him. They were clothed in white raiment; the imputed righteousness of the saints and their holiness: they had on their heads crowns of gold, signifying the glory they have with him. Lightnings and voices came from the throne; the awful declarations God makes to his church, of his sovereign will and pleasure. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne; the gifts, graces, and operations of the Spirit of God in the churches of Christ, dispensed according to the will and pleasure of Him who sits upon the throne. In the gospel church, the laver for purification is the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which cleanses from all sin. In this all must be washed, to be admitted into the gracious presence of God on earth, and his glorious presence in heaven. The apostle saw four living creatures, between the throne and the circle of the elders, standing between God and the people. These seem to signify the true ministers of the gospel, because of their place between God and the people. This also is shown by the description given, denoting wisdom, courage, diligence, and discretion, and the affections by which they mount up toward heaven.
9-11 All true believers wholly ascribe their redemption and conversion, their present privileges and future hopes, to the eternal and most holy God. Thus rise the for-ever harmonious, thankful songs of the redeemed in heaven. Would we on earth do like them, let our praises be constant, not interrupted; united, not divided; thankful, not cold and formal; humble, not self-confident.
Anonymous's Revelation Chapter 4 comment about verse 7 on 7/27/2014, 2:33am...
Who are these 4 beasts in our understanding. What do they represent in really Christian life. Are they God glory?
Bud Lambert's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 7/21/2014, 8:13am...
I believe the significance of this chapter is to show us the holiness and worthiness of God. Not only do the 24 elders fall down and worship Him, but so do the beasts.
Ethel's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 6/07/2014, 11:35pm...
ETHEL WARE COMMENTS ON REV 4 The significance, is the quality of being important, worthy of sitting on His thrown ruling the world. The seven lamps or the seven spirit, symbolize the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.
Johany's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 6/06/2014, 12:05pm...
what is the signfcance of the seven spirits of God?
Siboniso's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 5/17/2014, 4:30am...
After thise something will happen in the earth
May's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 5/14/2014, 3:08pm...
Is a wonderful chapter that shows us what 's going to be.
Sue's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 3/30/2014, 4:17am...
help me to understand you more GOD
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