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Series Theme: FRAMEWORKS: Revelation

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(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)

  

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FRAMEWORKS: Revelation 4: The Throne Room of Heaven

 

v.1 Taken into Heaven
v.2,3 The Occupant of the Throne
v.4,5 Other Thrones
v.6-11 The Four Creatures

 

v.1 Taken into Heaven

 

v.1 (John is called into heaven) After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

 

v.2,3 The Occupant of the Throne

 

v.2 (overwhelmed by the Spirit he sees the throne in heaven) At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.

v.3 (multicoloured like strikes him) And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.

 

v.4,5 Other Thrones

 

v.4 (but around the throne are twenty four other thrones with leaders on them) Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.

v.5 (from the throne comes light and power and before it is the Holy Spirit) From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.

   

  

v.6-11 The Four Creatures

 

v.6 (the throne is surrounded by purity) Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

(close in to the main throne are four all-seeing creatures) In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.

v.7 (they each have different characteristics: royalty, servant heartedness, humanity, visionary) The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.

v.8 (having wings suggests they are seraphim [senior angels Isa 6:3] Their role is to remind us to give honour to God. It is their instinctive response to being close to Him.) Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,' who was, and is, and is to come.”

v.9,10 (as they lead the way, so to speak, the elders join in) Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

v.11 (they submit to the throne and worship God) “You are worthy, our Lord and God,  to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

 

[Comment: Chapters 4 & 5 go together in that they both reveal the central characters in the throne room of heaven. However chapter 4 focuses on God the Father alone and the worship that is given to Him by those closest to Him]

 

 

 

FRAMEWORKS: Revelation 5: The Lamb of God

 

v.1-4 The Scroll that causes Anguish
v.5-7 The Uniquely Worthy One
v.8-10 The Song of the Creatures & Elders
v.11-12 The Song of the Angelic Host
v.13-14 The Song of all Creation

   

v.1-4 The Scroll that causes Anguish

 

v.1 (John sees a scroll on God's hand, sealed with seven seals) Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.

v.2 (The question is raised, who can open this scroll (which eventually seems to be the scroll of the end time events, i.e. who can oversee the end time events?) And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?”

v.3 (although God holds it there is an expectancy that someone else will undo the scroll but there seems no one worthy of that role) But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.

v.4 (John senses the anguish of the moment) I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside.

    

 

v.5-7 The Uniquely Worthy One

 

v.5 (an angel reassures him, the king from the tribe of Judah has triumphed and is worthy) Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

v.6 (then he sees a lamb with marks of death on it, a supreme ruler [7 horns] and all-seeing [7 eyes]) Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

v.7 (the Lamb takes the scroll from the Father [who permits him to take it]) He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.

  

  

v.8-10 The Song of the Creatures & Elders

 

v.8 (now the worshippers of God worship the Lamb) And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people.

v.9 (they sing of his triumph…) And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll   and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God   persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
v.10 (… redeemed people) You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,   and they will reign on the earth.”

 

 

v.11-12 The Song of the Angelic Host

 

v.11 (then all the angelic hosts of heaven join in) Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.

v.12 (they too honour the Lamb) In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,   to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength   and honor and glory and praise!”

   

 

v.13-14 The Song of all Creation

 

v.13 (then every being in creation join in worship God and the Lamb) Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb   be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

v.14 (including those closest in) The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

 

 

[Comment: Chapter 5 flows on from chapter 4 and reveals the Redeemer of the world, the lamb of God. See also Jn 1:29,36, 1 Pet 1:19. In the chapters that follow it is the Lamb who is emphasised, a constant reminder that the Redeemer is the one who oversees the ongoing events of the End Times.

 

Interpretation: Note in what follows there are differences in interpretation [because it has not been made clear]

- as to whether the events that occur are one long continuous flow or whether the different ‘approaches' or descriptions of what is happening are repeats of the time thing.

- as to what is literal and what is allegorical (we suggest probably a combination of both.

The thing to hold onto, whatever approach we take is that these End Times judgments are all under the hand of the Lamb of God, the Son of God who lived and died and rose again to redeem us. He alone is worthy. He is in control throughout as 1 Cor 15:24,25 indicates, he IS reigning [ruling] throughout the last days history, which includes today!]