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Summary: As we read the book of Revelation, sometimes we wonder if God is just talking over our heads. Some of the symbolism is difficult to understand, but if we study carefully it is amazing what we can learn. What we will learn today should transform your praye

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Magnifying God’s Majesty

Revelation 4:5b-8

Part II

Purpose: To extol God’s glory.

Aim: I want the listener to gain a deeper sense of reverence for God.

INTRODUCTION: The Reader’s Digest told the story of young Matthew, age 4, who was eating an apple in the back seat of the family car. “Daddy,” said Matthew, “why is my apple turning brown?” His father gave this explanation: “Because once you eat the skin off of an apple, the meat of the apple comes in contact with oxygen molecules in the air. The oxygen causes oxidation, which thus changes the molecular structure on the surface of the apple so that light is reflected off of the apple differently so that it appears to have darker color.” There was a long silence from the back seat, and then Matthew said softly, “Daddy, are you talking to me?”

As we read the book of Revelation, sometimes we wonder if God is just talking over our heads. Some of the symbolism is difficult to understand, but if we study carefully it is amazing what we can learn.

What we will learn today should transform your prayer life. I’ll explain why in a few minutes.

When John was taken into heaven his attention was captivated by FIVE different things. Last week we saw:

REVIEW:

1:1-20 I. John’s Vision of the Past “the things which you have seen”

2:1-5:14 II. Christ’s Vision of the Present “the things which are”

2:1-3:22 A. The testimony of the church on earth

4:1-5:14 B. The throne of God in heaven

4:1-11 1. God’s unchallenged authority

Vs.1-3,5a a. The sovereign One

Vs.1 (1) God’s will is inevitable “what must take place”

Vs.2a (2) God’s rule is fixed “a throne was standing”

Vs.2b (3) God’s work is finished “One sitting on the throne”

Vs.3a (4) God’s nature is holy “like a jasper stone”

Vs.3b (5) God’s judgment is right “sardius in appearance”

Vs.3c (6) God’s promises are certain “a rainbow around the throne”

Vs.5a (7) God’s presence is powerful “flashes of lightening … thunder”

LESSON:

➽Vs.5b b. The Holy Spirit “seven lamps of fire”

This refers to the “the seven Spirits who are before His throne” in chapter one verse four. The key to understanding that this refers to the Holy Spirit is in Isaiah 11:2 The Spirit of the Lord will [1] rest on Him, The spirit of [2] wisdom and [3] understanding, The spirit of [4] counsel and [5[ strength, The spirit of [6] knowledge and the[7] fear of the Lord. (NAU)

This is very similar to a vision that Ezekiel had in Ezekiel 1:13 In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. (NAU)

Notice that the Holy Spirit is between us and the throne. The Holy Spirit is a magnifying glass that allows us to see God in His fullness.

The primary responsibility of the Holy Spirit is to magnify God. 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 10 For to us God revealed them [i.e. the gospel] through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, (NAU) Be careful of churches that put more emphasis on the Holy Spirit than they do Jesus Christ.


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