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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 242/260: Read Revelation 4

We are told at the very beginning of the book of Revelation that the language is symbolic. “And he sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John” (Revelation 1:1). It is important to remember this important fact as we read the book.

This is the great throne scene depicting God on the throne, the Almighty being worshiped by His creation. The twenty-four elders around the throne represent the twelve tribes of the old covenant and the twelve apostles of the new covenant.

The text says in verse 4 that the elders “had crowns of gold on their heads,” and in verse 10 that they “cast their crowns before the throne.” This act of casting their crowns shows humility, a recognition of the fact that any power they may claim to comes from God.

Their words of praise in verse 11 should forever be on the lips of God’s people:

“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.”

May we never forget that God alone is worthy of our worship!

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

Revelation 4:11. “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.”


Pray a prayer of praise for God, the Almighty Creator!

A Study of Revelation: Revelation 4-5 (The Throne Scene)

Revelation chapters 4-5 (The Throne Scene)

The One on the throne was (and still is) God
Jasper and sardius stone – righteousness and mercy
Rainbow – brings to mind God’s covenant after the flood (Genesis 9:12-17)

24 elders represent 12 tribes and 12 apostles
“Lightnings, thunderings, and voices” – Jehovah’s omnipotent nature (cf. Exodus 19:16)

Sea represents society
Lion = ferocious strength
Calf (ox) = great endurance under burden
Man = intelligence, reason, and wisdom
Eagle = penetrating vision and swiftly executed judgment
Living creatures similar to seraphim (Isaiah 6:1-3)

Casting crowns shows humility, knowledge that power comes from God

Seals restricted unauthorized people from opening it to reveal its contents
“The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David” – refers to blessing Jacob gave to Judah (Genesis 49:8-10) and the royal relation to David
The paradox of “the Root of David” – Christ sprang from David, but was the Lord of David (Isaiah 11:1,10; Romans 15:12; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12)

The sacrificial Lamb without blemish (Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29,36; 1 Peter 1:18-21)
Seven horns – symbolize full and complete authority

The harps are symbolic of joy and praise
This does not give us any more authority to use literal instruments in praise than it gives us the authority to use literal incense in prayers!

It is no accident that He is declared worthy to receive seven things, as seven is the symbolic number of completeness

1. What was the covenant God made with man which is represented by the rainbow?

2. What do the twenty-four elders represent?

3. What are the four living creatures, and what do they symbolize?

4. Who was worthy to open the scroll and loose its seals? In what three ways is He depicted?