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.

2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

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.

9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Commentary for Revelation 4

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Revelation 4

  • Servant of God
    As Jesus says, Satan is a liar and the Father of it. As the end approaches Satan rules on earth and speaks as if telling the truth and deceives many (including the very elect). His doctrine is utter nonsense and his intent is only selfishness. Many muse, is this he who shall lead us to salvation? But Satan will have these in derision as he consolidates his power on earth. He owns their souls..
  • Nathan
    I tell you who reads, our king is soon to come, our time of hardship is nearly over, but death is eminent for2 3rds of this wold will not make it to salvation, trust in the lord as you know him, not only that you believe, for if you have even little faith you shall move a mountain
  • Word
    The beast are creatures, Zoon and guard the throne.
  • Len
    Mother01;the revelation of Jesus Christ is about past present and future...The beasts represent the four Gospels being preached...Lion=Mathew;Calf=Marc;Man=Luke; Eagle=John...Satan has been cast to earth already and is the ruler of the air...The short time isn't three and a half years,it's a short existence in this age compared to eternity...God bless all here...Meditate in the word day and night
  • The Mother01
    Revelation 4 speaks of things to come and how the elders and the beast glorified God with their worship. The 4th beast had wings and was saying repeatedly holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty. And the elders bowed down and worshipped Him. Oh what a wonderful passage of hope in a time like this, the end times.
  • Carl sullivan
    I'm reading the whole revelations because of the strife and warfare and anger and faithfulness that I see going on in America....I believe that we are at the time of the end.
  • Amelliea
    To god be the glory great things he has done.... amen
  • Obbie Beal
    WOW! In chapter 1-4 of Revelation all human-beings are given the 'written test of GOD' thereby each of us can give a personal examination to our self... after examining our self by this this test / chapter 1-4... we shall know where he or she stand in the sight of GOD especially as it relates to salvation through 'Jesus Christ the Son of GOD', WOW!.

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The voices in the vision of Revelation sounded like what?
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