After these things (Rev. 4)
"After This I looked and, behold a door was opened in heaven and the first voice
which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me: which said, come up
hither and I will show thee THINGS WHICH MUST BE HERE AFTER"
this' - John writes. After chapter 2 and 3 - the chapters which completely
describe the church period, that is, the present dispensation, (which started on
the day of Pentecost will end at the secret coming of the Lord, which could be
at any time now because HIS COMING IS VERY NEAR and IMMINENT) John says "I
looked".Where are you looking dearly beloved? The nephew of Abraham, Lot looked
at the beautiful Sodom at went to dwell there whereas Abraham, the father of the
faithful, Was looking for a city whose builder and maker was God". Look not unto
the world or the things of the world, look unto Jesus, "the author and finisher
of our faith". The Scripture says, He comes for those who are eagerly
looking and waiting for His Coming! PRAISE THE LORD.
door was opened in heaven" - The skies are going to rend very soon, the heavenly
portals will open, a brilliant light will flash from east to west, and a trumpet
will sound, "I heard as it were of a trumpet talking with me. which said. Come
up hither", and all the dead in Christ and we who are alive in Christ will
be caught upto meet the Lord in the mid-air. (Thes 4: 16, 17)-A talking trumpet?
- It is the voice of the Lord, the same voice which cried from outside the grave
of Lazarus, "Lazarus come forth" (John 11:43), will cry out" come up hither" and
the dead in Christ (from the days of Pentecost till that beautiful day when our
Lord will shout "come up here") the dead dry bones and dust will be quickened
and taken up before the Living Savior and those who are alive in Christ will be
translated and meet the Lord in mid air.
in the book of revelation (Rev 4: 1) is the RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH. The apostle
John here in the book stands as a REPRESENTATIVE of the whole CHURCH. As Apostle
John was caught up into the presence of God very soon we also will be caught up
to be with Him forever and ever.
the word rapture comes from the Latin word "repere" which means "caught up". But
the Greek word which is used in I Thess. 4:: 17 is "harpozo" which is as "caught
up". The same word is found in Acts 8:39 where Philip was caught away by the
Holy Spirit and in II Corinthians 12:2,4 when Paul was caught up into the third
heaven. PRAISE THE LORD. Can you claim the word "harpaze" as yours? That is will
you participate in it?
writes, the first voice, which I heard the apostle is referring here to the
Glorious Vision of the Lord Jesus Christ which he saw in the Isle of Patmos on
the day of the Lord, " I was in the spirit on the Lord's day and heard behind me
a great voice, as of a trumpet" (Rev 1:19). This is the voice of our Lord and to
hear that call one must be in the spirit "Except a man be born of water and of
the spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5).
Dawson points out that from Rev. 4 onwards to the end of Rev.19, God is not once
addressed "Father" by which He is known to the church. Therefore, it is clear
that judgment is about to be melted out. Prior to that, the church will be
removed into the presence of the Lord!
the wonderful coming event - the "harpazo" (the rapture). There are 774 747
words in the King James version of the Bible, but a great word among these is
the word "Maranatha" used but once in scripture (I Corinthians 16:22). It
literally means "the Lord is coming" HALLELUJAH!
told, "I will show thee things which must be hereafter" -Whatever man plans,
whatever the evil forces may plan, the things which God has planned must come to
pass! Heaven and earth may pass away, but my word will not pass away.
Straightway John was in the spirit and he was taken up to the THRONE ROOM "and
immediately I was in the spirit; and behold a throne was set in heaven and One
sat on the throne" Rev. 4:2. - There is a throne and that throne is a set
throne! The Earthly thrones may be toppled but the heavenly throne is a fixed
throne - His kingdom endureth forever and ever! The word "throne" is used 45
times in the book of Revelation. In fact, in chapters 4 and 5, which introduce
us to the throne room, this word 'throne' is used 17 times. This is highly
significant since the word 'throne' is used only 15 times in the rest of the New
NUMBER OF TIMES USED
Revelation Chap. 4 & 5
reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of His Holiness" Psalm
47:8. Also Psalm 103:19 says "The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens;
and His kingdom ruleth over all".
".......behold a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the
throne"(Rev.4:2) Praise the Lord! There is a fixed throne in heaven and
that throne is occupied. It is not occupied by many; but by One. "The Lord your
God is one Lord". All though the scripture speaks of Trinity, it is never
three Gods, but one God. The scripture speaks of compound unity, as it is known
as 1x1x1= 1 and Not as 1+1+1= 3, wrongly understood and is interpreted. "This is
the first and great commandment" Math; 22:37, 38, Mark 12:29, 30, "Hear 0
Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord: Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all
thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy
strength". Deut. 6:4. In the Hebrew the order is, hear, O Israel, Jehovah our
Elohim, Jehovah One" The Jews repeat it today thus, "Hear, O Israel, the
LORD our God, the LORD is one" and the whole congregation repeat the word "One"
for several minutes, "SHEM A Israel, JEHOVAH, ELOHENU, JEHOVAH, ECHAD" (Deut
6:4). Here is the doctrine of Trinity, "JEHOVAH, EOLOHENU, JEHOVAH" which
means, '-LORD OUR GOD, LORD", that is, the "Father, Son and the Holy Ghost" are
one. "And there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word
and the Holy Ghost and these three are one. And there are three that bear
witness in earth, the spirit,and the water and the blood and these three
agree in one" (I John 5:7,8).
"Echad" is used for one. In the Hebrew there are two words used for the number
"One" - Yacheed and Echad. Yachedd means absolute unity (ref. Gen.22:2,12,16;
Zech. 12:10, Pro. 4:3: Judg 11:34, Psalms 22:20, 25:16, 35:17, 68:6, Jer. 6.26,
Amos 8:10). It occurs only 12 times in the Old Testament. But this is not mean
absolute unity but a compound unity. (Ref:-Gen 1:5,2:11,21,24etc.)
on the throne" - The throne is occupied by the Almighty God - It is the Father's
throne, and the son's throne and the place from which the Holy Ghost emerges!
Praise the Lord! (Ref. Rev 5:6; 6:16; 4:5)
that sat was to look upon like a Jasper and a sardine stone" (Rev 4:3). John
could only describe the person of God in the language understood by us- he
compares the one as to the two precious stones - Jasper and Sardius. Jasper is a
precious stone of many colours, the commonest being yellow. In other words it
speaks of His Divinity,Yellow being the color of Gold and Gold is a type of
Divine nature Sardius Hebrew Word 'Odem" or 'Adam' or "Edom' which means red. In
other words, the divinity took upon himself the form of a human being the Last
Adam, to die for you and for me, and that now that he is waiting to receive and
was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald" Rev4:3 -
After the great flood, God made a covenant with Noah "I will establish My
covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of
a flood - ...... And God said, This is the token of the covenant .....I do set
my bow in the cloud "Gen 9:11 - 17. The Rainbow was the sign of the Noahtic
covenant and is shows that he will not destroy all flesh of the earth by flood.
Noah and his family found favor in the eyes of the Lord. They found grace and
mercy from the Lord".
Heaven, there is a rainbow round about the throne. The earthly rainbow is only a
Semi Circle in shape but the heavenly rainbow is a complete circular one. Praise
the Lord! We experience the grace and mercy of the Lord. It is true but in
heaven we will know the full meaning of Grace and mercy "For we know in part....
But when that which is perfect is come,...Then shall I know" l Cor(13:9-12).
earthly rainbow is composed of many colors but the heavenly rainbow about the
throne of God is Emerald in Color. Emerald is a sea Green color. Glory to God!
Who can measure the depth of love, mercy and Grace of God? There is no end to
His mercy and His grace! Oh! My beloved I want to be with you. Amen.
about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and
twenty Elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads
crowned of Gold Rev: 4:14.
Twenty-four is the number associated with the heavenly government and worship.
In the old Testament the priesthood was divided into 24 orders or courses (I
Chron 24: 3- 19). There were 24 priests specially chosen out of a number of
24,000 (IChron 23:4-5). We must know that both Moses and David ordered all
things connected with the tabernacle and temple worship by direct revelation
from God, and as a copy of things in the heavens."Who serve unto the example and
shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God" Heb 8:5, "And the
pattern of all that he had by the spirit" I Chron. 28:12,19. Therefore, these 24
elders were present round about the throne even at the time the Lord gave the
pattern of the heavenly worship to Moses and David. Therefore, these 24 Elders
must be a special class of Angelic beings like the four living creatures, only
created to praise the Lord!!
regard the 24 Elders representing the redeemed children of men do so on the
authority of Rev 5:9, but it is now known that the ancient and true reading of
Rev 5:9 was different. That reading is given in the Revised Version thus:- "And
they sing a new song saying, worthy art thou to take the book and to open the
seals thereof; for Thou wast slain and didst purchase unto God men of every
tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation, and madest them to be unto our God a
kingdom and priest; and they reign upon the earth". Thus the ancient and true
reading takes away all ground for making these elders redeemed men. They are a
special class of ANGELIC LEADERS of the heavenly worship.
accept the 24 Elders as redeemed men, we should accept the four - living
creatures also as redeemed saints, refer Rev.5:8, "And when had taken the book,
the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the lamb.... And
sung a new song". How could you include the four living creatures among the
"And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thundering and voices and there
were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits
of God at the promulgation of the law at Sinai (Exod 19) lightening and thunder
from the Mount filled the people with fear. The same together with the sound of
voices now issued out of the throne.
present church period, the throne of God is one of grace (heb 4:16). But after
the rapture of the church the Throne will become a Throne of judgement. The
lightning voices and thunders are a warning to a guilty world of impending
throne, burned seven lamps of fire. Fire represents the Holy Ghost. On the day
of Pentecost fire fell upon the disciples and they were filled by the Holy
Spirit. Fire is of an illuminating and enlightening quality Eph 1:17, 18; Fire
is of warming and heating quality; Fire will burn any combustible matter. Fire
is often ascending quality; Fire is of a melting and softening quality; Fire is
of quickening quality; Fire is of a piercing and penetrating quality; Fire
transforms all materials into it's own nature or sets them on fire. These are
the characteristics of the blessed Holy Spirit who proceeds from the throne.
Hallelujah! The Father, Son and the Spirit-One God occupied on the throne!
before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal" Rev 4:6.
The sea is
usually a symbol of restlessness and unceasing motion. But no winds ruffle this
sea because this is sea of glass like unto crystal.
of God is compared to Glass. II Corinthians 3:19;James 1: 23.
Glass is a
medium that represents persons and things unto the sight of our external eyes .
The word of God is the medium which represents Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
Glass brings such things that are far, near to us. The wonderful word of God
brings things that are afar off, very near to our vision. A true Glass shows
unto a man his own natural face. So the word of God shows what man is, how
wretched blind and naked. A glass is used by some to dress themselves if
anything wanting they soon perceive it. The word of God is absolutely needful
for all of us to look into who would dress and deck themselves with the
ornaments of grace. Praise the Lord!
"A sea of
Glass like unto crystal before the throne"- This is a special place for a class
of people who will purify themselves by the word of God and die as martyrs at
the hands of Antichrist! But look now-no one is standing on the sea of
Glass. That means, the Tribulations have not started yet! It is about to start
with the Lamb of God's approval.
the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of
eyes before and behind" Rev 4:6
at the 6th verse of Revelation 4 there is a detailed description of "The
Four beasts". Literally, it should be translated as "Living creatures" rather
than "beasts" The translators called them "beasts" probably because of Ezekiel.
(Ezekiel - 1 ). The word "Cherub" is used 27 times in the Old
Testament and the word "Cherubim" (plural of "cherub") 65 times in
the Old Testament.
meaning of the word "Cherubim" is uncertain. However cherubim are a special
class of ANGELIC BEING - they have 6 wings and eyes before and behind.Their feet
are "straight feet" and the sole of their feet is like the sole of calf's foot
and they sparkle like bumished brass (Ezek 1:7). They have the hands of men
under their wings (Ezek. 1:8). Their wings are joined together (Ezek 1:9, 11).
They are like the burning coals of fire, like lamps. The light (or fire) go up
and down in them and out of fire go flashes like lighting and is likened to a
flash of lightning (Ezek 1:14). The noises of their wings are like the noise of
great waters (Ezek 1:24).
BEAST LION - (KING OF THE WILD ANIMAL)
of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah,
the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals
there of". Now let us look at the characteristics of lion, taking comparison
with our Lord Jesus, the lion, of the tribe of Judah
i) Lion is
a kingly beast. Jesus is the King of kings.
is a majestic creature. Jesus is full of majesty I Corinth 1:24, "But unto them
which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the Power of God, and the wisdom
is very strong - Jesus is mighty to save, Isa.9:6 "... .For unto us a child is
born .. -. .the mighty God".
is very fierce strong in its nature - fearless and terrible creature, especially
when provoked by enemy, our Lord Jesus is consuming fire.
voice is a terrible voice. Our Lord Jesus roars like a lion as we read Joel
3:16, "The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem,
and the heavens and earth shall shake; but the Lord will be the hope of his
people, and the strength of the children of Israel".
is very sharp-sighted creature. Nothing could be hidden from the eyes of our
can take the prey from a hungry Lion. No one can pluck us from His hands. Amen!
(or OX) FACE. (KING OF THE DOMESTIC ANIMALS)
(or ox) is a domestic animal, a symbol service. The Son of man Came not to be
ministered unto but to minister.
ox is accustomed to yoke. Jesus did the work of God willingly, with much
delight. He said, "Not my will let Thy will be done".
ox is a patient creature labors hard, and carries heavy burdens. Jesus labored
hard and never complained.
ox is a faithful animal. Jesus was faithful in all respects.
(v) The ox
is a very useful creature, especially in plowing the field. Jesus work on the
cross was the most useful finished work for the redemption of all human beings.
He shall save his people from their sins. He is doing plowing work now, plowing
the stony hearts and changing them into fleshy hearts.
Another significance of ox is recorded in Deut. 22:10, "Thou shalt not plough
with an ox and an ass together". An ox will do work willingly, subjecting to the
will of its master where as an ass is an unwilling animal, which will do in its
own way. If God has to use us, we must be like an ox but not as an ass.
flag of Ephraim had the symbol of the ox. Ephraim means 'doubly fruitful'. If we
have to bear fruits unto the Lord, we must possess the character of an ox, serve
the Lord willingly and gladly and according to his will and plan. Praise the
AS A MAN: (CROWN OF GOD'S CREATION)
is man? In Hebrews language four different words are used for 'man"
Ahadahm - man
- man having pre-eminence.
- Very weak man.
- Mighty man.
Further, songs of Solomon reveals the portrait of man. S.O.S. 5:10, Says,"My
beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand". Our Lord Jesus is
white and ruddy. His countenance was like the sun. 'Therefore will I divide him
a portion with the great and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because
He hath poured out his soul unto death, and he was numbered with the
transgressors; and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the
Songs of Solomon 5:11, "His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy
and black as raven". This verse explains, our beloved's head is like fine
gold. Jesus is the "Head of the church" Gold indicates Divinity."For in Him
dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily" (Col: 2:9). Black hair
indicates our Beloved Jesus is everlasting and eternal.
5:12, "His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with
milk and fitly set". The dove is always looking at the partner. The eyes of the
Lord are always upon us. In Psalms 34:15 we read, "The eyes of the Lord are upon
the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry". Hallelujah! Holy Spirit is
compared to a dove. When Jesus took baptism and came out of the water the heaven
and earth met together as we read in Mark 1:10, "And straightway coming up out
of water, He saw the heavens open, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon
Him"'. It was a marvelous scene.
5:13, "His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers; His lips like
Lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh". His lips are like Lilies, Lilly is a
white flower, a symbol of purity. The people marveled at His teachings while he
was on the earth as we read in Luke 4:22, "And all bare him witness, and
wondered at the gracious words which procedeth out of his mouth, and they said,
is not this Joseph's son". We also read in Psalm 45:2, "Thou art fairer than the
children of men grace is poured into thy lips, therefore God hath blessed thee
5:14, "His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl; His belly is as
bright ivory over laid with sapphires". The belly is a symbol of affection.
Ivory stands for purity. Saphire is a blue colour diamond. Blue speaks of grace
of our Lord Jesus who loved us with an everlasting love. "Unto him who loved us
and washed us from sin, unto Him be Glory for ever. Amen".
S.O.S. 5:15, His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold:
His countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars". His legs are as pillars
of marble, which speaks of power and stability.
Cedar is a
strong and mighty tree. It grows very tall - a heavenly outlook. Be ye Holy even
as I am Holy.
FOURTH BEAST WAS LIKE A FLYING EAGLE: (KING OF .THE BIRDS)
specially mentioned that the Eagle is flying but not resting. Its wings are
eagle is called the Lord of the air and it is a royal bird. Our Lord Jesus is
Lord of lords and King of kings. It is recorded in Rev. 1:5. "And from Jesus
Christ who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the
prince of the Kings of earth"....
is supernatural and super powerful. The sovereignty is revealed here. We also
read in Rev. 19:16. "And he hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written,
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS".
Eagle is a very strong bird. Hebrew name for the Eagle is NASHER, which means
tearer of the enemy. Psalms 89:19... I have laid help upon one that is
mightily: I have exalted one chosen out of the people".
familiarity of this bird is, it mounts up very high and out of the sight of man.
Job 39:27, "Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her if nothing nest
on high". Our Lord Jesus went up to heaven." He that descended is
the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all
eagle can sweep in a fraction of a moment, it is a mighty swift bird.
Jesus can solve your problems instantly.
eagle has piercing eyes. It is able to see and pick up even a very small object
from the top. We cannot hide any thing from Jesus.
eagle can fight with the serpent and overcome it. Jesus fulfilled the words
mentioned in Gen. 3:15! "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and
between thy seed and her seed, it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise
his heel". Jesus crushed all the works of the devil on the cross.
Eagle is a heavenly bird. It has long and strong wings. Malachi 4:2 indicates to
us, "But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with
healings in His wings; ..." Refer Exodus 19:4.
Eagle disturbs its nest. Sometimes God may disturb our nest to teach us some
Eagle's way in the air cannot be predicted, so also God's dealings. He works in
Eagle tenderly takes care of it's young ones. John 21:15.
told Simon Peter,"Feed my lambs". Lord takes care of the young ones. The young
lions may lack - but they that fear the Lord will lack in nothing. ) The Eagle
will give its own blood to the young ones. Jesus himself came down from heaven
to shed His precious blood for us. In John 6:55, Lord says, "For my flesh is
meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed."
Eagle can directly fly towards the sun light. In the name of Jesus,
principalities and powers of darkness will tremble. Amen! Hallelujah!
Eagle is a symbol of long life. There is no beginning and end to our Lord Jesus
four beasts indicate our Lord Jesus' unique characteristics. Every good thing
attributed is true of Him to an unlimited extent, and Human words are inadequate
to describe the greatness of our Lord!