Revelation Chap 4 - Hickory Hammock Baptist Church

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REVELATION – CHAPTER 4:1-11
THE THRONE ROOM of HEAVEN!
JOHN WRITES: - “AFTER THESE THINGS” …
REVELATION – CHAPTER 4:1-11
THE THRONE ROOM of HEAVEN!
Verse 3 -“And the One Who sat there had the appearance of jasper and
carnelian. A rainbow resembling an emerald, encircled the throne.”
REVELATION – CHAPTER 4:11
REVELATION – CHAPTER 4:11
I. COME UP HERE!
John “in the Spirit” – 3rd Heaven? Like Paul”
(II Corinthians 12:1-4)
Jewish Idea of 3 heavens1.
The atmosphere – birds
2.
The “heaven” of the celestial bodies – stars, moon, sun, etc.
3.
The Dwelling Place of God
Does this represent the raptured church?
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II. THE 24 THRONES and ELDERS
Mentioned here and chapters 5, 11 & 19
Who are they?
Daniel 7 mentions “thrones”
Mathew 19:27-28 – a huge clue!
Ephesians 3:1-6 - a further clue!
ELDERS=“Those who direct the affairs of the church.”
(I Timothy 5:17)
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Matt 19:27-28
27
Peter answered him, "We have left everything to
follow you! What then will there be for us?"
28
Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the
renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his
glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on
twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
(NIV)
REVELATION – CHAPTER 4:11
Eph 3:2-6
2
Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that
was given to me for you,
3
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have
already written briefly.
4
In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into
the mystery of Christ,
5
which was not made known to men in other generations as it has
now been revealed by the Spirit to God's holy apostles and prophets.
6
This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs
together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in
the promise in Christ Jesus.
(NIV)
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III. The FOUR LIVING CREATURES!
Mentioned here and in Chapters 5,6,7,14,15,19
REVELATION – CHAPTER 4:11
III. The FOUR LIVING CREATURES!
Who or What are they?
ARE THEY MERELY SYMBOLIC?
PROBABLY NOT – They are real and literal creatures of God!
Ezekiel 1:5-14 - These same 4 living creatures are described!
Ezekiel 10: 9-15 - Here they are described again and called
“CHERUBIM”
Ezekiel 28:12-19 - READ TOGETHER
Guardians of the Holiness and Worship around God’s Throne!
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IV. THE WHOLE SCENE is WORSHIP!
W.I.S.A.T. !
Isn’t amazing – everybody wants to go to heaven and everybody
ultimately believes that they will go to heaven! ( over 90% of
American population when polled) – Yet only less than 40% are
actively and consistently in Church on Sunday Mornings!
If you are not happy in church NOW…you won’t be happy in
Heaven for ETERNITY!
If you can’t bear to WORSHIP
now…how will you do it with JOY for ever and ever?
It all is about your RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS!
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