Revelation 4. Forum Discussion

John shares with us a vision of what heaven will be like

If you were given the opportunity to get a sneak peek behind an open door into heaven, would you take it?

That is exactly what is happening in chapter 4 to John. He has just completed delivering the messages to the 7 churches of Asia as Jesus instructed His angel to have John do.

Now, John can see a door standing open in heaven and hears a voice that tells him, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.”

What kind of emotions would be going through you at this point? Remember all the things that John has experienced with respect to Jesus, His life, His death, His burial, and His resurrection. Now an angel of the Lord has appeared, and John hears a voice inviting him to see what is behind the door to heaven. It’s safe to assume that he got a rush of adrenalin and knew that this was an unbelievable opportunity. What other emotions must John have been feeling? Was he afraid at this point? He does write in verse 2 that, “Immediately I was in the Spirit.” Perhaps being in the spirit took away any fear that he might have felt and allowed him to feel only God’s love, mercy and kindness?

So what did John see when he approached the door? Here is what the text says he saw:

  • A throne.
  • One sitting on the throne.
  • A rainbow around the throne
  • Twenty-four thrones surrounding the main throne.
  • Twenty-four elders sitting on the thrones dressed in white garments with gold crowns upon their heads.
  • Flashes of lightning and sounds of thunder coming from the throne.
  • Seven lamps of burning fire before the throne which are the seven Spirits of God. What are the seven Spirits of God? At this point we do not know.
  • Something like a sea of glass before the throne.
  • Four living creatures in and around the throne with eyes in front and behind. Perhaps these are symbolic of God’s ability to see everything?
  • The four creatures were praising God constantly. 

The four creatures say in Revelation 4:11, “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

In this chapter, and all others in the book of Revelation, you may find yourself asking, “Are these things recorded by John meant to be taken literally, or are they symbols for perhaps something else?”

As we continue our study on the fascinating book of Revelation, many of these questions will be answered. As you continue your study, remember that God has given His followers the gift of the Holy Spirit to help them.



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A beautiful depiction of John's vision. What a sight that must be!