Revelation 4 - Theocentric Reality
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Revelation 4 (ESV)
1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven!
And the first voice,
which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet,
“Come up here,
and I will show you
what must take place
2 At once I was in the Spirit,
and behold, a throne stood in heaven,
with one seated on the throne.
he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian,
and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.
4 Around the throne
were twenty-four thrones,
and seated on the thrones
were twenty-four elders,
clothed in white garments,
with golden crowns on their heads.
5 From the throne came
flashes of lightning,
and rumblings and peals of thunder,
and before the throne
were burning seven torches of fire,
which are the seven spirits of God,
6 and before the throne
there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
And around the throne,
on each side of the throne, are four living creatures,
full of eyes in front and behind:
7 the first living creature like a lion,
the second living creature like an ox,
the third living creature with the face of a man,
and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.
8 And the four living creatures,
each of them with six wings,
are full of eyes all around and within,
and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy,
is the Lord God Almighty,
and is to come!”
whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks
to him who is seated on the throne,
who lives forever and ever,
10 the twenty-four elders
who is seated on the throne
and worship him who lives forever and ever.
They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
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Revelation 4 Summary
So far the book of Revelation doesn't seem all that different from other New Testament epistles, but that all changes in chapter 4 where John's vision begins. It's important to remember this is a vision; many of the creatures we will hear about do not actually physically exist. For example, v6-8 describe 4 living creatures with different sorts of heads, with six wings each and eyes on every surface. From a physical perspective none of that makes sense, but John is not seeing things physically, he's seeing them Spiritually (v2).