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Revelation – Week Two

Chapters 4-6

“The Throne, scroll and Lamb, Seals 1-6″

Revelation Week 2 PDF

  • Chapter Four – Vision of the Throne
    • John is taken to heaven and is told “what must take place after this.” (Revelation 4:1b)
    • The Throne
      • Notice that the only description of God is that He had the appearance of jasper and ruby. (Revelation 4:3)
      • Rainbow like an emerald circled the throne.
      • 24 thrones with 24 elders: 12 apostles and 12 tribes of Israel?
      • Lightning and thunder, sea of glass clear as crystal.
      • Seven blazing lamps- seven-fold Spirit of God.
      • Four creatures
        • Each a different face: Lion, Ox, Man, Eagle
        • Each had six wings, with eyes all around.
        • These four creatures play a big role in Revelation.
        • Old Testament cherubim?
        • Notice similarities to four creatures in Ezekiel 1:4-25, Ezekiel 10:15.
      • These 28 beings never stop praising God.
  • Chapter Five – The Scroll and the Lamb
    • Could not find anyone worthy to open the scroll with seven seals.
      • At that time, scrolls were sealed with wax or clay to keep the contents secret.
    • A Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, took the scroll.
      • Seven horns and seven eyes represent His perfect power and wisdom.
      • Note that John gives detailed description of Jesus.
    • Thousands upon thousands angels surrounded the throne and elders and four creatures and praised God.
  • Chapter Six – The First Six Scrolls
    • Contents are revealed through the seals, trumpets and bowls.
    • Beginning of tribulation period. First six seals are first half of tribulation.
    • Rapture- pre, mid, pre-wrath, post…
    • Scroll One
      • White horse, crown and bow. Rider went as a conqueror bent on conquest. This is the first of the four horsemen.
      • Note the white horse, imitating Jesus and His white horse.
      • The anti-Christ, giving the semblance of peace and getting the world to follow? See Daniel 9:26-27 and Revelation 13.
      • Upon opening the first seal, the anti-Christ will sign the seven-year covenant with Israel? He has a bow but no arrows. Peace won without war here?
      • Crown refers to laurel wreath given to winning athletes. Note that he is given the crown. See Mathew 24:4.
    • Scroll Two
      • Second horseman riding a red horse. Rider to make war and was given a great sword. Start of global war and the “wars and rumors of wars” Jesus talked about in Mathew 24:6.
    • Scroll Three
      • Third horseman riding a black horse.
        • Poverty and famine, the effects of global war.
        • Measures and amounts indicate that one day’s wages will be enough to feed one person for that day.
        • Mathew 24:7
    • Scroll Four
      • Fourth horseman rides a pale horse, the color of death. 25% of the world’s population will die.
    • Scroll Five
      • Martyrs cry to God for vengeance. They are given a white robe and told to wait a little longer, until the full number of their fellow servants was also slain for God.
    • Scroll Six
      • The Day of the Lord. Up until this point, events have transpired that are (or could be) caused by humans. In fact, they could be already in place. With the sixth seal, the world is devastated by earthquakes, stars falling to earth (meteors?) and general massive destruction.
  • Discussion
    • Why does John not give a detailed description of God in chapter four?
    • What feelings does the vision of Throne invoke?
    • 24 thrones?
    • In chapter five, we see Jesus as the Lamb. We also see Jesus as a Lamb in Isaiah 53:7 and John 1:29. In John 10:11-16, Jesus refers to Himself as the good shepherd. How can He be both?

Next week:
144,000 and Trumpets 1-6
Chapters 7-9