A study through The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Part 3

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Surveying Chapters 4 & 5, Pastor Mitch takes a look at the symbolism and writing style and explains the significance of several things John writes. All pointing to the fact that Jesus alone is worthy of all our praise.

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A study through The Revelation of Jesus Christ: Part 3

  1. 1. The Revelation of Jesus Christ A study through the book of Revelation
  2. 2. A little bit of Background Focus: Second coming of Jesus Christ and the establishment of God’s Kingdom at the end of time Outline: Chapter 1- The things you have seen Chapters 2-3 – The Things which are Chapters 4-22 – The Things to come
  3. 3. The seven churches of Revelation 2-3 Ephesus Smyrna Pergamum (os) Thyatira Sardis Philadelphia Laodicea
  4. 4. What is the purpose of tonight’s study? To recognize how symbolism helps us grasp abstract concepts, such as heaven. Consider the role of Christ in God’s eternal plan for humans who seek to be faithful and obedient to their Lord.
  5. 5. Revelation 4:1-2 1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
  6. 6. A shifting in Focus Chapters 2-3 focus on earth and the 7 churches. Chapter 4 begins a shift in focus to heaven. “come up here” is transitional. It is a change of location. “a door was opened” is an invitation for John to see the splendor of heaven
  7. 7. What John sees We must understand that our finite language and minds cannot accurately define infinite reality of heaven. John describes what he sees (like God on the throne) in terms that he and the reader can understand. We also need to understand that the Jewish writers were reluctant to picture God.
  8. 8. Revelation 4:3-11 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
  9. 9. Revelation 4:3-11 7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
  10. 10. Revelation 4:3-11 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
  11. 11. What John sees v. 3 God is described as 2 semiprecious stones. Jasper and Sardius (carnelian)
  12. 12. Jasper
  13. 13. Sardius (Carnelian)
  14. 14. What John sees v. 3 God is described as 2 semiprecious stones. Jasper and Sardius (carnelian) v.3 A rainbow surrounding the throne that looks like emerald The Rainbow was a symbol of God’s covenant of mercy Genesis 9:11,13 After the flood, God promised mercy
  15. 15. Who surrounds the throne? v. 4 John says 24 elders surround God’s throne Who are they? 12 Patriarchs of the Old Testament? 12 Apostles of the New Testament? Representation of God’s people together
  16. 16. What John sees v. 5 In Hebrew poetry, thunderstorms project God’s majesty Exodus 19:16 v.6 Sea of glass, crystal, pavement, symbolic of God’s magnificence The Rainbow was a symbol of God’s covenant of mercy Genesis 9:11,13 After the flood, God promised mercy
  17. 17. What John sees v. 7 John sees 4 creatures around the throne Lion Calf Face of a Man Flying Eagle These beings are angels (seraphim) v. 8-9 They are the worship leaders around the throne
  18. 18. Seraphim around the throne
  19. 19. What John sees v. 8-10 The 4 angels are lifting up the name of God When they do this the 24 elders fall on their faces before God v.11 All proclaim God’s glory
  20. 20. Revelation 5:1-14 5 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
  21. 21. Revelation 5:1-14 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
  22. 22. Revelation 5:1-14 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
  23. 23. Revelation 5:1-14 13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
  24. 24. What John sees v. 5:1 The scroll mentioned is the book of Gods eternal decrees. v. 2 Who is worthy to open (execute) the scroll v.3 No one in heaven or earth that John can see can open the scroll v.4-5 John weeps, but an elder consoles him
  25. 25. What John sees v. 6 Jesus is Worthy!!! Why? A lamb that was slain He has 7 eyes and 7 horns A lamb slain for the sins of the world 7 eyes Means He sees and knows all 7 horns Means He is all powerful
  26. 26. What John sees v. 7 Jesus takes the scroll This means that He will execute what is written inside v.8-14 Praise for Christ and His worthiness
  27. 27. What does our life and our Church say about Christ’s Worthiness? Do we lift Him up with our lives like He deserves to be praised? Or do we ignore He exists by the way we live? Or do we bring shame to His name?

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