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RETURN TO SYLLABUS

REVELATION AND THE SECOND COMING
LESSON #18
VISIONS OF THE LORD – REV 4

  • MEMORY VERSE: REV 4:11
  • ORIENTATION TO THE MASTER TIMELINE CHART:
    • IN OUR STUDY WE HAVE COVERED DEATH IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AT THE TOP OF THE CHART.
    • WE HAVE STUDIED THE CHURCH AGE EXEMPLIFIED BY THE MESSAGES TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF REV 2 AND REV 3.
    • WE HAVE STUDIED THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH WHICH ENDS THE CHURCH AGE.
    • WE HAVE STUDIED THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST AND THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB. THESE TWO EVENTS OCCUR IN HEAVEN DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD ON EARTH.
  • ORIENTATION WITH THE BOOK OF REVELATION
    • CHAPTER ONE WAS A REVELATION OF THE PERSON OF CHRIST
    • CHAPTER TWO AND THREE WERE CHRIST’S MESSAGES TO THE 7 CHURCHES.
    • IN CHAPTER FOUR THE PRIMARY FOCUS IS ON GOD THE FATHER AND HIS HEAVENLY THRONE.
      • 45 TIMES REVELATION MENTIONS THE WORD “THRONE” WHILE IT IS ONLY MENTIONED 15 TIMES IN ALL THE REST OF THE NEW TESTAMENT.
  • READ REV 4:1-11 IN HEAVEN — THINGS WHICH SHALL BE HEREAFTER (1)
    • JOHN WILL NOW SHOW US FUTURE EVENTS THAT OCCUR AFTER THE CHURCH AGE. THESE FUTURE EVENTS COVER ALL THE REST OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION.
    • A DOOR OPENED–THIS IS THE THIRD DOOR MENTIONED IN REVELATION.
      • DOOR #1 = DOOR OF WITNESS AND MISSIONS IN REV 3:8
      • DOOR #2 = DOOR OF SALVATION IN REV 3:20
      • DOOR #3 = THE DOOR OF THE RAPTURE IN REV 4:1
        • TWO TIMES IN REVELATION WE SEE JOHN MENTION THAT HEAVEN IS OPEN.
          • HERE IN REV 4:1 AND IN REV 19:11 WHEN JESUS COMES BACK TO EARTH.
            • THE IMPLICATION, THEN IS THAT HEAVEN IS CLOSED DURING THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
            • THE SIGNIFICANCE MAY BE THAT AT BOTH THE RAPTURE AND AT THE EVENT OF THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST, BELIEVERS RECEIVE THEIR NEW GLORIFIED BODIES.
              • IN OTHER WORDS, TRIBULATION BELIEVERS MARTYRED FOR THEIR TESTIMONY IN THE TRIBULATION MUST WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE TRIBULATION TO RECEIVE THEIR NEW GLORIFIED BODIES. (REV 6:9-11)
    • THE TRUMPET TALKING WITH ME
      • THIS IS THE VOICE OF JESUS CHRIST WHO IS SHOWING JOHN THE VISIONS (REV 1:10)
    • THE ORGANIZATION OF THE TEXT (2-6)
      • “ON THE THRONE” (2)
      • “AROUND THE THRONE” (3,4,6)
      • “FROM THE THRONE” (5)
      • “BEFORE THE THRONE” (5,6)
    • WHO IS ON THE THRONE?
      • THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY (8)
      • THE LORD WHO CREATED ALL THINGS (11)
    • JOHN IS IN THE SPIRIT (2)
      • THIS IS NOT BEING FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT NOR IS JUST A SPIRITUAL VISION. THIS IS A TRANSFERENCE INTO THE SPIRIT WORLD AS OPPOSED TO THE WORLD OF THE FLESH. IT IS LIKE PAUL’S EXPERIENCE IN 2COR 12:1-4.
          • IT IS A CHANGE OF TIME, LOCATION, AND REALM.
    • THE VISION OF THE LORD:
      • WHAT DO WE LEARN ABOUT THE LORD?
        • INDESCRIBABLE–WE BEGIN TO SEE CHRIST AS JUDGE THE CLOSER WE GET TO THE END OF THE AGE.
      • THE DESCRIPTION OF THE LORD SHOWS US A BALANCE IN CHARACTER:
        • JASPER = PURE WHITE AND IT MEANS = RIGHTEOUSNESS
        • SARDIUS = BLOOD RED AND IT MEANS = JUDGMENT
        • EMERALD = GREEN AND IT MEANS = MERCY
    • WHAT WAS AROUND THE THRONE?
      • AROUND THE THRONE WAS A RAINBOW, 24 ELDERS, AND 4 LIVING CREATURES.
        • THE RAINBOW MEANS = GRACE.
          • A SIGN THAT GOD REMEMBERS HIS COVENANT PROMISES. (GEN 9:13)
            • THE ETERNAL PROMISE OF LIFE IN CHRIST.
        • 24 ELDERS
          • WHY ARE THERE 24 AND WHAT DO THEY REPRESENT?
            • 12 REPRESENT GOD’S PEOPLE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT = 12 TRIBES OF ISRAEL.
            • 12 REPRESENT GOD’S PEOPLE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT = 12 DISCIPLES.
            • THE COMPLETED UNITY OF THE CHURCH IN JESUS CHRIST CONSISTING OF JEW AND GENTILE. (GAL 3:26-29)
        • WITH GOLD CROWNS
          • THESE GOLD CROWNS ARE THE REWARDS AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. THE WORD USED IS “stephanos” NOT “diadems”, WHICH ARE KINGLY CROWNS.
            • BECAUSE OF THE USE OF THE WORD “stephanos”, IT TELLS US THEY ARE REWARDED HUMANS.
          • THE CROWNS ARE CAST AT THE FEET OF THE LORD. WHY?
            • THE REWARDS PALE IN INSIGNIFICANCE BY COMPARISON TO JUST BEING THERE WITH JESUS CHRIST.
        • THE 4 LIVING CREATURES:
          • WHO ARE THEY AND WHAT DO THEY REPRESENT?
            • EZE 1:4-28 REFERS TO THEM AS CHERUBIM. (EZE 10:1)
            • ISA 6:1-4 REFERS TO THEM AS SERAPHIM.
            • THEREFORE, THESE 4 REPRESENT ALL ANGELS FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF HEAVEN WHO WORSHIP AND PRAISE GOD.
              • THEY PRAISE GOD CONTINUALLY FOR 3 THINGS:
                • FOR HIS HOLINESS.
                • FOR HIS POWER.
                • FOR HIS ETERNAL NATURE AND PLAN.
              • NOTICE THE WORD, HOLY, IS REPEATED 3 TIMES. THIS MAY BE FOR EMPHASIS OR IT MAY BE PRAISE FOR EACH MEMBER OF THE TRINITY. (GOD, THE FATHER; JESUS, THE SON, AND GOD, THE HOLY SPIRIT).
          • READ EXO 24:9-11
          • READ ISA 6:1-4
          • READ EZE 1:4-28
          • READ DAN 10:5-6

A COMPARATIVE VIEW OF THE VISIONS OF THE LORD IN HEAVEN

EXO 24:9-11

ISA 6:1-4

EZE 1:4-38

DAN 10:5-6

REV 4:1-11

 

SMOKE

LAMPS OF BURNING COALS OF FIRE

EYES LIKE LAMPS OF FIRE

7 LAMPS OF FIRE

UNDER HIS FEET A PAVED SAPPHIRE STONE

 

A FIRMAMENT OF CRYSTAL

 

A SEA OF GLASS CRYSTAL

 

A THRONE WITH ONE ON IT

A THRONE WITH ONE ON IT

 

A THRONE WITH ONE ON IT

 

DRESSED IN A ROBED TRAIN

 

CLOTHED IN LINEN GIRDED WITH GOLD

 
 

VOICE OF POWER

VOICES

VOICE LIKE A MULTITUDE

VOICES

   

WHIRLWIND

FACE LIKE LIGHTNING

LIGHTNING, A RAINBOW, AND THUNDER

   

AMBER (YELLOW) SAPPHIRE
(ALL COLORS) BERYL (GREEN)

BODY LIKE BERYL

JASPER (WHITE) SARDIS (RED) EMERALD (GREEN)

       

24 THRONES

24 ELDERS IN WHITE WITH GOLD CROWNS

 

SERAPHIM

4 LIVING CREATURES CALLED CHERUBIM (FACES OF LION, OX, MAN, EAGLE)

 

4 LIVING CREATURES WITH EYES. FACE OF LION, CALF, MAN, EAGLE

 

EACH WITH 6 WINGS

EACH WITH 4 WINGS

 

EACH WITH 6 WINGS

   

BRONZE COLOR CALVES FEET AND WHEELS

ARMS AND FEET LIKE BRONZE

 

THE FOUR ASPECTS OF JESUS CHRIST

THE PROPHET’S FOUR FACES

 

THE LAW’S FOUR TABERNACLE COLORS

EZE 1:5-10

THE FOUR GOSPELS

EXO 26:31

THE LION = THE KING

MATTHEW
Presents CHRIST THE KING
Written to the Jews

PURPLE (ROYALTY)

OX (CALF) = A SERVANT UNTO DEATH

MARK
Presents CHRIST THE SERVANT
Written to the Romans

RED (BLOOD)

MAN = SON OF MAN
Righteous Humanity

LUKE
Presents CHRIST the SON OF MAN
Written to the Greeks

WHITE (PURITY)

EAGLE = SON OF GOD
Deity

JOHN
Presents CHRIST the SON OF GOD
Written to all men

BLUE (HEAVENLY)

    • WHAT COMES FROM THE THRONE?
      • LIGHTNING, THUNDER, VOICES
        • THESE ANNOUNCE A STORM OF JUDGMENT TO BE POURED OUT ON THE EARTH IN THE TRIBULATION PERIOD.
          • THERE IS A MIGHTY DISPLAY OF GOD’S PRESENCE, POWER, AND WRATH (PSA 18:13-15, JOB 37:2-5 REV 8:5 REV 11:19 REV 16:18)
    • WHAT IS BEFORE THE THRONE?
      • LAMPS, SEA OF GLASS
        • 7 LAMPS OF FIRE BURNING WHICH ARE THE 7 SPIRITS.
          • THEY REPRESENT THE 7-FOLD MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. (SEE LESSON #04)
      • THE SEA OF GLASS (EXO 24:10)
        • GLASS REPRESENTS HOLINESS AND PURITY, TRANSPARENT MOTIVES, TRUTH, AND WHERE NOTHING IS HIDDEN.
        • BELIEVERS ARE AT REST BEFORE THE THRONE:
          • IT IS AN INDICATION OF PEACE FOR THE CHURCH.
            • LATER IN REV 15:2 JOHN SEES THE SEA MIXED WITH FIRE IN RELATION TO THE TRIBULATION MARTYRS.

HOMEWORK
REVELATION 4 – CONTINUED
THIS IS A SELF-STUDY. PLEASE DO NOT SEND HOMEWORK ANSWERS TO THE TEACHER FORCORRECTION.

  • APPLICATION OF REV 4
    • WHEN YOU READ THE SCRIPTURES ABOUT GOD’S HEAVENLY THRONE, HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL? HOW SHOULD THESE REVELATIONS OF HEAVEN AFFECT THE WAY YOU LIVE?
  • PREPARATION FOR REV 4 – CONTINUED
    • READ THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES:
      • PSA 11:4
      • ISA 66:1
      • EZE 28:14
      • ISA 14:13-14
      • PSA 48:1-2
    • WHAT DO THESE VERSES TELL US ABOUT THE LOCATION OF GOD’S HEAVENLY THRONE?
  • MEMORY VERSE: PSA 11:4

 

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I came to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1963 giving my heart to Jesus in a Billy Graham crusade in Los Angeles, CA. I have been teaching the Word of God since 1964, Usually two to three adult classes a week.

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