Revelation Chapter 4


Revelation Chapter 4


4:1 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 show thee things which must be hereafter.

4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and [one] sat on the throne.

4:3 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.

4:4 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.

4:5 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.

4:6 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.

4:7 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.

4:8 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.

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

4:10 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,

4:11 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.

T he whole theme of the book of Revelation is the judgment of God. The main focus of Revelation is on the investigative judgment phase of the judgment. The world has been in the investigative judgment since October 22, 1844. Revelation 1 gave us a view of the risen and glorified Jesus. Chapters 2 and 3 recorded His messages to His people that are applicable to all time and in all places. Next we see the open door into the Most Holy Place in the sanctuary in heaven that was referred to in Revelation 3:8 in the message to the church in Philadelphia. We are now shown what is beyond this open door in heaven. How do we know that this is the door into the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary in heaven? We might have thought it was the Holy Place because of the candlesticks seen, were it not that God has told us so by His messenger.

"Men sought to close the door which God had opened, and to open the door which He had closed. But "He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth," had declared: "Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it." Revelation 3:7, 8. Christ had opened the door, or ministration, of the most holy place, light was shining from that open door of the sanctuary in heaven, and the fourth commandment was shown to be included in the law which is there enshrined; what God had established, no man could overthrow." {GC 435.1}

So we see what God has permitted us to see inside the Most Holy Place in the sanctuary in heaven. This view tells us that this is the antitypical Day of Atonement, because that was the only day that the most holy was opened in the ritual symbolism of the everlasting gospel that is seen in the model of the heavenly temple on earth. A glorious view is given of God upon His throne, surrounded by four cherubims (Eze. 1:5; 10:20) and before which are the seven Spirits of God (Rev. 1:4; Is. 11:1-3). Around the throne are 24 seats on which the 24 elders sit. All give glory to God.