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.

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

  • Don on Revelation 4
    was the four books of the gospel (Matt., Mark, Luke and John) written for unbelievers or believers (scripture chapters and verses)?
    was the epistles written for unbelievers or believers (scripture chapters and verses)?
  • William Basham on Revelation 4
    Rev. 4-6 the four beast decribed in this verse is praising the one at the throne saying Holy Holy Holy What is the meaning of the four beast?What dose the descriptions of the four images signify ?
  • Sunshine - in Reply on Revelation 4
    see voice of the eternal gospel on youtube
  • Obaapa on Revelation 4
    The 4 living creature are holy
  • Wolfen244 on Revelation 4
    ..and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And still Christians are told this is about the future. How sad. Obviously this is about the present - as of 2000 years ago - not today.
  • Venus on Revelation 4
    Wesley,
    The Ten Commandments will help you repent , pray give your heart to Jesus he will help you. You have to want to change a life style. He gave you free will. Your choice no one else can do it for you. If you make the choice Jesus will walk with you all the way. He is the one who will never leave you. His promise.




  • Obbie Beal on Revelation 4
    verse 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. (2019, GOD has not given-up His Rightful ownership of the earth, stars, sun, moon, man, woman, birds, lions, ..., ..., that were created 'by GOD' for GOD's pleasure.
  • Vanessa on Revelation 4
    tried to post something for you lastnight Wesley, get into a good church or Bible study, trust in the Lord with a pure heart, let him redeem you from your sins, as we all have, trust in him to guide your path, there is nothing he cannot forgive, if you truly are seeking him with all your heart mind and soul, it's all about love, and if Christ can forgive any sin,so should we that go against us
  • Vanessa on Revelation 4
    Wesley stay in the word, read the Bible daily, and trust in the word, believe in Lord thy God with all your heart mind and soul. Leave anything in your past go drop it at the Lords feet on the cross, let him take the burden, find a good church, and a good Bible study group, Praying for you, easy to take a path more walked then a path less traveled but that is the one forever lasting.
  • Bruce on Revelation 4
    Having Been Called(John6:44)Washed in His Blood (Revelation1:5)You will be Baptized with The Holy Ghost (Mark 1:8)You Will be Changed ( 2Corinthians5:17) Impossible not to Know. His Spirit Will Teach You(John14:26) as You Read His Word Telling Others what He has Done in Your Life and The Way of Salvation. By Prayer, Reading KJV and Telling Others,You will Draw Closer and be Stronger with The LORD


 

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