Revelation Chapter 4
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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.
Danny's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 11/27/2012, 7:19pm...
Not only 144000 because he said who so ever will come and drink from the fountain of life freely.
Robert's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 11/08/2012, 2:59pm...
The Rapture doesn't happen at the 7th trumpet judgment. Paul reviewed to us about us going up in the rapture at the last trump was around 66AD. John wrote the book of Revelations in around 95AD. Paul had no knowledge of the trumpet judgments that are coming upon the earth. Do you really think that there won't ever be anymore trumpet blast in Heaven after the rapture? I think not. There is such a misconception about the rapture, if it happens in the middle or in the end of the tribulation, there won't be very many Christians left here on the earth. Since the antichrist would overcome the saints. Only the 144,000 are sealed on their foreheads, not the tribulation saints. Christ will come for his beloved way before the tribulation starts, his promise to us is that we would not see the hour of testing coming upon this earth, that we would not see his wrath. The 1st seal is his wrath, because when the antichrist comes (the world has never seen anyone like this man before), he will be the greatest deceiver the world has seen. As we can see it's not long before he appears on scene.
Arobin99's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 10/11/2012, 12:47pm...
Revelations 1:19 says this, Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. Chapter four is the beginning of the things which shall happen hereafter. Things yet to come. This is not the Rapture! The Rapture happens at the Seventh Trump, the last Trump. The walls of Jericho fell after the trumpets sounded seven times. The Lord's number 7.
Gonzarelli's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 10/07/2012, 3:36pm...
Revelation chapter 4, to me it means that God in his awesome confidence and omnipotence chooses to reveal a little part of what happens in heaven, what will happen on earth and what we should be doing to be ready for His plan. Hold on to the Mighty God He is and do not conform to this world. Pray for our brothers and sisters and be loving and forgiving. Praise be to God the creator of everything!
André's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 9/22/2012, 1:37pm...
The bible does not mention any life on any planet, except the earth.
So any life that is not of the earth is from angels either of God or of Satan, as they are in their respective businesses with and for man (Hebrews 1:14).
God bless you.
Carlos's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 9/22/2012, 12:41pm...
Are we alone in the universe, extraterrestrial creatures or monsters....unlike satans demons and workers ....who are to this day loyal to the one...science fiction or reality?
Timothy Wayne George's Revelation Chapter 4 comment on 8/14/2012, 7:34am...
As John receives this prophecy on the island of Patmos, on the Lord's day, he hears the voice of a trumpet. This is the voice of the Lord, when He calls for the Church to "come up hither" in the rapture. The Lord is telling John what will happen after the Church age is over,and that in heaven there is the throne of God. The seven lamps of fire, are the seven spirits of God. The twenty four elders, are the 12 tribes of Israel, and the 12 Apostles. The four living beast, are before the throne, and the say Holy, holy, holy Lord God almighty, which was, and is, and is to come day, and night. The Lord Jesus, who is the Lamb of God, who was slain, and is seated on the right hand of God. This gives us a picture of what praise and worship will be like in heaven. As Jesus is preparing to take the title deed of this world, and rule forever as the Lion of the tribe of Judah. The rainbow, speaks of the promise God has made, that the kingdoms of this world, will become the kingdoms of our Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God for our Lord almighty reigns.
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