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Revelation 4 - Theocentric Reality

Life's not a series of random events. God is at the center of all things.

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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).

One of the keys to properly interpreting Revelation is to realize it tells the same story of Christ's second coming and victory from seven different perspectives. Each perspective begins with John seeing something new and ends with Jesus victorious, often pictured as Him sitting down on the throne.

Chapter four begins the second of these seven perspectives. It's a glimpse into the throne room of God, where we see that all of reality is theocentric; that is, all that is radiates out from God.

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As a finite person, you have a limited perspective on the truth. Certainly you can do things to broaden your perspective and understand things a bit more clearly, but you'll still be limited.

The opening of John's vision here pictures God's throne at the center of the universe, with all things radiating out from it. This is the one spot from which all perspectives are clearly seen. No matter what happens in this world, remember that God is on His throne at the center of it all and He will always be fully in control.

AAA Prayer :

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Along with the angels, we proclaim our Father is Holy, holy, holy - the Lord God Almighty!

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray for the wisdom to live life knowing that God sovereignly and omnipotently rules all things.




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