Summary: Study of Revelation, using "the Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible" as a guide. Includes work sheet for participants. boxes & underlined blanks may be missing
STUDY IN REVELATION 12
The Picture of Things to Come
Revelation 4: 1-11
In Rev. 1: 19 Jesus told John to “write what you’ve seen, about the things that are, and what is to come.:
So far we have looked at what he has seen (the vision of the glorified Christ). We have looked at that which is, (the churches, their condition and the Lord’s personal message to them).
Now we will begin our journey through the things that are yet to come.
In v. 1-2 Five things happen quickly to John in these two verses.
1. John saw an open door in Heaven. What John was about to see was coming directly from heaven. This means that it was coming from God Himself and not some messenger.
According to this scripture this is not John imagination running wild. He is not some mad man on some remote island suffering from hallucinations. You can trust that these things will happen BECAUSE GOD SAID SO!!
There are 3 doors mentioned in Revelation.
a. The open door. This is the door of evangelism. This door is opened by God to the churches for witnessing and sharing the gospel of Christ. See Rev. 3:8 * acts 1: 8.
b. The door of the human heart. When a person hears the gospel it is up to that individual to open their heart to receive Jesus. Every person has a door that must be opened before Jesus can/will enter. see Rev. 3: 20
c. The door of revelation. Once a person has opened his/her heart to Christ, Christ begins to reveal wonderful things about Himself, God, Heaven and of this world. He even shares a few things about what is to come. In other words things that have to happen before He returns. See 1Cor. 2: 12-14
2. John heard a commanding voice. This was the same voice that heard in the first vision.
3. John was called to come up here. where is here? Heaven.
John was called up to heaven so he could clearly see what was to take place.
The word must in verse one is a very important word. We understand from this that the events that have taken place in history and what will take place are not by chance. God is in control and He will work things out as He sees fit.
4. John was immediately in the spirit. John was experiencing something that few will ever experience.
5. John saw the most wonderful sight any one could see. He saw God sitting on His throne.
In verse 3 John tries his best to describe God. He uses two particular gems to describe the brilliance of God’s appearance. Jasper and sardine.
The jasper stone was different from what we may think of today. It was translucent and when light shined through it the light was absolutely brilliant. This represent the penetrating perfection and purity of Go. In the KJV the other stone is called sardine. Red Carnelian
Carnelian is a precious stone of blood-red color that during Bible History was sometimes called "Sardine stone," or "sardius" because in ancient times it was obtained from Sardis in Asia Minor.This stone represents the justice of God
John used what was considered the most beautiful and valued stone of his day to describe the brilliance of God. God is described in terms of light throughout the Bible. see Ps.104: 2 * 1Tim 6: 16 * Jn 12: 35-36