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Things which must be hereafter - Part 1

Heaven is revealed

"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. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." Revelation 4:1-2

John was in the spirit, and in heaven he saw;

1. A throne and someone sitting on it, vs 2

  • he that sat upon it (God) looked like a jasper and a sardine stone, (God's perfection and eternity) 
  • a rainbow (type of God's consolatory promises or covenant) glowing like an emerald encircled his throne, 
  • lightning and thunder (judgement) were issued from the throne, and there were voices in the thunder, vs 5

2. Twenty-four smaller thrones with twenty-four Elders sitting on them, were round about the throne, vs 4

  • the elders (well known people who are representatives of God's people) were all clothed in white, with golden crowns (of victory) upon their heads.

3. Seven lamps of fire (the seven Spirits of God) were burning before the throne, vs 5
4. A sea of glass spread out before the throne, vs 6. This corresponds to the molten sea before the sanctuary, wherein the priests washed themselves before entering on their holy service.

5. Four beasts (cherubim) full of eyes to look ahead and to look behind, vs 6

  • the first beast was like a lion,
  • the second beast was like a calf,
  • the third beast had a face as a man,
  • the fourth beast was like a flying eagle, 

"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. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 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, 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." Revelation 4:9-11

To be Continued....

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