Summary: This sermon reveals what John saw at the Throne in Heaven.
A Vision Of God’s Throne
2. Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.
3And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. 4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.
5And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.
7The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
8The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying: "Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!"
9Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who
sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
10the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and
worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the
11"You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created."
Our sermon series on the Book of Revelation continues today.
Last week, we concentrated on Verse 1 of chapter 4.
I am convinced that this represents the rapture of the church
and begins the 7 year period known as The Tribulation.
If you missed that sermon, I urge you to listen to it.
So let’s get right into today’s passage from chapter 4.
Verse 2. Immediately I was in the Spirit;
In spite of what Verse 1 seems to indicate,
John does not go bodily to heaven.
Verse 2 makes it clear that John is translated in his spirit.
In 2 Corinthians chapter 12
the apostle Paul says he had an experience like John’s.
It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago--whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows--such a one was caught up to the third heaven. 3 And I know such a man--whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows—4 how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. 5 Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.
Paul didn’t know if he was in the body or out of the body.
My guess is that he was NOT taken bodily to heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:50 says,
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
The Bible says that Elijah and Enoch were taken to heaven,
but they did not soon returned to earth.
John remains on the earth receiving more revelations from Jesus.
Verse 2 continues: and behold, a throne set in heaven,
John sees the same throne in heaven that Paul saw.
John makes it very clear he sees a vision of heaven.
These are wonderful verses
because they give us a glimpse of what lies ahead for us.
What we will be told about heaven will seem strange to us.
It is much different from what we see here on earth.
Nevertheless, that is where we are going.
In chapter 4 we discover 8 clear places of heaven,
and all 8 of them center on God’s throne.
#1. The Throne
The centerpiece of heaven is God’s throne.
The throne is referred to 9 times in the first 6 verses of chapter 4
and 17 times in chapters 4 and 5.
It is the focal point of heaven.
Everything revolves around the throne.
This divine seat of power and control is firmly set in place.
Psalm 45:6 says,
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Verse concludes: and One sat on the throne.
Now we begin to get a better picture of the throne
and what goes on around about it.