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Summary: We should praise God not only for His wonderful works but for the way He sustains everything He made. He is to be praised for the marvelous world He created and for the wonderful life He gives us- especially a new life through faith in Jesus.

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Teacher: Elder Clarence E. Weaver, Sr.

Key Verse: 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 – Revelation 4:11

DECLARATION

I am a child of God, born of the Spirit of God, filled with the Spirit of God, and led by the Spirit of God. I listen to my heart as I look to my spirit inside me. I will educate, train, and develop my human spirit to the Word of God.

LESSON AIM

Encourage people to praise God as the Creator and Sustainer

INTRODUCTION

In today’s lesson John’s description of heaven reminds us that we serve a God of order and harmony, not of chaos or anarchy. John paints a portrait of form, structure, harmony, precision, and dignity. God never result in disarray “God is not the author of confusion but of peace 1 Corinthians 14:33”.

There is a great lesson to be learned from the dictionary.

• When things start going bad, we often fear they will only get worse.

• It seems that "worse" will take us to the "worst".

• Our nation seems to be moving from “worse” to “worst” – at least that is what many of us are saying regarding the war situation and the economy and the direction our political leaders are taking this country.

• To prevent the "worse" from turning in to the "worst" look at the unique set up God has provided in the English language.

• Any standard dictionary will separate the words "worse" (and its derivatives) and "worst" with one special word – "worship."

• When circumstances seem to be slipping in the wrong direction, remember that worship is the buffer between "worse" and "worst".

Remember that when the praises goes up the blessing comes down.

I. In Heaven’s Throne Room Revelation 4:1-5 KJV

A. The Command to Come: verse 1

1. A door standing open in heaven.

Doors play a prominent role in the final two messages to the churches. While Jesus himself provides the open door for the church in Philadelphia (3:8), the Laodiceans are required to open the door to fellowship with Jesus in (3:20). In verse (4:1) John hear a familiar voice that early instruct him to write to the seven churches now invites him to leave earth and enter into the heaven realm. What John sees next is “what to take place later.

B. The Glory of the Lord: verse 2-3

1a. So, Jesus tells John he’s about to see "what must take place after this…"

BUT, instead of the horrendous pictures of War and Famine and Pestilence that people often associate with Revelation… instead, we find ourselves in God’s throne room witnessing an awesome worship service - filled with strange sights and sounds

• lightning and thunder and rumblings in the distance

• beautiful colors

• unusual creatures

• And an inspiring example of how to praise God

2. Out -of – Spirit Experience

When you come into the presence of the Lord you will immediately be filled with the Holy Spirit. When God Show you things in the spirit, stay in the spirit. Make sure you write the vision and make it plain so that you may fulfill your destination. John saw Jesus on the Throne in heaven surrounded by something like a laser light show without all the loud music.

3. Symbols in the Throne Room

a. Jasper and Carnelian are the first and last stones in the breastplate of Israelite high priest see (Exodus 28:15-20). Jasper, which flashes a white light, is similar to a diamond and stands for purity and holiness of Jesus. Carnelian, which flashes fiery red, symbolizes the blood that Jesus shed on the cross. These stones remind us of Jesus majesty and splendor and that we have access to God through Jesus, our forever high priest.

b. The rainbow and emerald, the rainbow was first given to Noah as a sign that God was never again destroy the earth in a flood. John saw a rainbow surrounding God’s throne, showing that God won’t destroy the earth during the Tribulation. The rainbow is a reminder that God keeps his promises. The emerald mentioned here symbolizes eternal life that comes only from God.

C. The 24 Elders: verse 4

1. Their white garments, crowns, and thrones are eschatological rewards already promised to the victors (2:10; 3:5, 21) and they are clearly distinguished from the angels. These Elders with their golden incense bowl later serve as representative priest of the old and New Testament saints.

2. Their white robe represents the righteousness of God.

D. The Sevenfold Spirit: verses 5-6

1. The storm John describes foresees God judgment. God’s patience with those on earth is just about through.

2. The sevenfold spirit of God is referring to the totality and purity of the Holy Spirit and His ministry that is stated in Isaiah 11:2 which is the Spirit of rest, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of understanding, the Spirit of counsel, the Spirit of power, the Spirit of knowledge, and the Spirit of the fear of the LORD.

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