2699.) Revelation 4

"The Emerald Throne Scene in Heaven," by Pat Marvenko Smith

“The Emerald Throne Scene in Heaven,” by Pat Marvenko Smith  (Click on the picture and you will see it in larger form — it is beautiful!)

Revelation 4  (NRSV)

Throne-Vision and Seven Seals:

At this point, we enter a new phase in the unfolding drama, as John is caught up to heaven and granted privileged access to the heavenly throne-room. This vision (which continues into chapter 5) inaugurates the opening of the seven seals (6:1-8:1), just as the vision of the exalted Christ in chapter 1 introduced the seven messages. Thus 4:1-8:1 forms the second great cycle of sevens in Revelation. But it is no less crucial for understanding the remaining visions of the book, acting as the orienting vision for the whole of chapters 4-22. In these remaining chapters, a kaleidoscope of images and symbols will flash before the mind’s eye, presenting from different perspectives the character of the battle described in the preceding seven messages. Revelation 4-5 provides as it were the appropriate perspective from which to view and make sense of what is happening on earth. Here is a drawing back of the curtain which normally restricts humanity’s view of the heavenly realm. John, and those privileged to hear his Apocalypse, are enabled to see the world in a radically new light.

–Ian Boxall

The Heavenly Worship

“Surely that which occupies the total time and energies of heaven must be a fitting pattern for earth.”
–Paul E. Billheimer

After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! And the one seated there looks like jasper and carnelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal.

“A door stood open.” Heaven is where God is acknowledged as King, and where true worship occurs. But far from being separated from this world, it is intimately connected to it, for what is seen in heaven either has been or will be played out on earth. Doors into heaven can be opened wherever God’s people are, though particularly when they are gathered for the eucharistic liturgy (3:20). Heaven is never far away, for those with the eyes to see.

–Ian Boxall

Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing,

“Holy, holy, holy,
the Lord God the Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come.”

“In Hebrew, the double repetition of a word adds emphasis, while the rare threefold repetition designates the superlative and calls attention to the infinite holiness of God.”

–Alan F. Johnson

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing,

11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they existed and were created.”

Rev4 worship

Thoughts about WORSHIP

“Worship is our response to the overtures of love from the heart of the Father.”
–Richard J. Foster

“When I worship, I would rather my heart be without words than my words be without heart.”
–Lamar Boschman

“Worship changes the worshiper into the image of the One worshiped”
–Jack Hayford

“When we worship together as a community of living Christians, we do not worship alone, we worship ‘with all the company of heaven.'”
–Marianne H. Micks



HERE  is “Revelation Song” performed by Phillips, Craig and Dean.  Let’s worship “with all the company of heaven” as we listen.


New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)   New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Images courtesy of:
Smith.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/rev4-thrones.jpg

One Response to 2699.) Revelation 4

  1. littleflaim says:

    Good word! to understand revelations you have to understand rev,jumps in and out of time warps-back and forth thru the future and the past.Satan is trying to speed time up and did so when there was a polar shift from the north pole to syberia-it changed time!Angels and demons are fighting over time itself-a half an hour in Gods time is 35 years,if you want to align rev.line up the half hour segments-4 angels over the 4 hemispheres are now preparing mankind for war but the super powers they control have been told to wait 35 years.they are in the process now of locating and marking every christian around.not an easy task to do when more of us are being made every hour of every day-and will continue as long as pursecution of the church continues!-watch for a 7 year peace treaty to end pursecution of the church.Thats a word!!!

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