Revelation 4

After This

After writing the Letters to the Seven Churches, John was taken up to Heaven in order to shown him what would take place after this, meaning after the events that were described in the in the Letters to the Seven Churches. These are the events that make up the Third Section of the Revelation and that come under the heading of what will take place later.

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Rev. 4:1

When John was caught up to heaven, he was taken in the spirit to the Throne of God where he saw God the Father surrounded by the Twenty-Four Elders and the Four Living Creatures.   

At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their head. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.  Rev. 4:2-6

According to John, when he was caught up in the spirit, he saw the Father seated on the Throne and the Spirit of God in front of the Throne. Surrounding the Throne were the Four Living Creatures and the Twenty-Four Elders. Not mentioned in this scene is the Lamb of God, which tells us that John was being shown events prior to the Ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven. In this way, John was being given a reference point for when the the things that would take place after this would start. This will become more evident in the next chapter when John continues his description of who he saw at the Throne of God.

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