Chapter 4 is where the real vision of Revelation gets underway. John is invited to look into heaven and see “things which must take place after this”. In times of crises we want to know what the future holds!
Before getting to “things which must take place” which really starts up in chapter 6, John gets a glimpse into heaven. He sees God on His throne. It is an awe inspiring scene.
God is surrounded by 24 elders on 24 thrones and 4 living creatures.
- What are all these in heaven doing?
- Why does verse 11 say God is worthy to be worshiped?
- What else catches your attention about John’s vision of God on His throne?
In verse 8, the 4 living creatures are saying “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”. Note that this is the source of great song, “Holy Holy Holy”. The 3rd verse of that song says “Holy Holy Holy, though the darkness hide Thee”. I am sure for these 7 churches the darkness of their circumstances was making it difficult to see God. There are times when darkness seems to hide God from our eyes as well. John got to see into heaven and wrote it down for us: God is there reigning on His throne!
This scene will continue tomorrow in chapter 5.