The prior chapters of Revelation showed the churches upon the Earth and what they needed to do to be in right alignment with God. In this chapter, we now see what is happening in Heaven.
...These things said He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the key of David, He that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens (Revelation 3:7 AKJV)
We have previously stated that Jesus has the key of David and is holding open a door which leads to Heaven and the Secret Place. How do we know this is the door the Lord opens? It is best to let the Bible provide the interpretation when possible.
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 here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter. (Revelation 4:1 AKJV)
The very next chapter begins with a door being opened. This is a very good indication that the door being held open for the Philadelphia church is a door to heavenly visits. John is called into Heaven by the Lord to give witness to what will happen in the spiritual realm.
At once I came under the [Holy] Spirit’s power, and behold, a throne stood in Heaven, with One seated on the throne! And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of] emerald. (Revelation 4:2-3 AMPC)
It takes the power of the Holy Spirit to bring us into a Heavenly visit. The open door leads to the Throne Room of God where people and items look much different than they do here on Earth. It is said that the Earth is a mere shadow of Heaven. This can be seen in John’s description: everything sparkles with brilliance in the Throne Room of God.
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and on the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightning and thunder and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. (Revelation 4:4-5 AKJV)
John speaks about this group of elders throughout the Book of Revelation. There were twelve disciples with Jesus as there are twelve tribes of Israel. Half of this group could consist of elders from each of the twelve tribes.
The Book of Revelation makes it clear that there are three people groups: Christians, Jews, and the World. God is Just, so then the other twelve could be Christian elders. Together they comprise a heavenly Sanhedrin, a governing body like the Supreme Court judges.
White clothing speaks of righteousness before God through the removal of sin. The golden crowns show that this group has achieved something when on the Earth, so in Heaven they have a place of authority and close proximity to God. There is a great display of power from the throne and the seven-fold aspect of the Holy Spirit can also be seen by all present.
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like to crystal: and in the middle of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:6-8 AKJV)
Eyes represent the ability to see; before and behind represent the past and future. The beasts are part of the hosts of Heaven and each represents an aspect of God.
- Lion: strength to rule and conquer
- Calf or bull: represent sturdiness for righteous walk
- Man: ability to create
- Eagle: movement through the spirit realm and time
Six wings mean that they were created in the image of God’s ability for operation in the spirit. Each one sees an aspect of what God has done and all the connections to the future. They are seeing the fullness of God who is so great that they continually see something new, crying “holy, holy, holy.”
And when those beasts give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that lives for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation 4:9-11 AKJV)
Those in Heaven worship the Lord for all that He has done. All that we have, all that we accomplish is because of the grace and mercy provided through His sacrifice on the cross when His precious blood was shed. Crowns are symbolic of glory, power, and honor given to us. These we place at the feet of Jesus.
And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. (Revelation 5:1 AKJV)
This is the first glimpse of the “seals of Revelation.” These seals are keeping a book or scroll from being opened.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in Heaven, nor in Earth, neither under the Earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. (Revelation 5:2-4 AKJV)
A being must have a certain status to break the seven seals and open the book. At first it seems that none are worthy, which brings John great sadness.
And one of the elders said to me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, see, in the middle of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the middle of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the Earth. (Revelation 5:5-6 AKJV)
Jesus is both the Lion of Judah and the Lamb of God who was slain for our sins. In Heaven, what we are or what we have done often has a physical representation. When we are in sin, we are seen as dirty. Jesus is seen with two attributes composed of three items:
- Seven: the number of physical perfection and completion
- Horn: symbolic of power
- Eyes: the ability to see and operate in the spirit through the Holy Spirit
Jesus lived and walked upon the earth with perfection. He completed the destiny God had created Him for and operated in power and in the spirit with perfection. This qualifies Jesus to open the seals upon the book or scroll.
And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat on the throne. And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints. (Revelation 5:7-8 AKJV)
God holds the sealed book. According to this prophecy, at the perfect time, Jesus will receive this book from His Father. When this happens, the prayers of the saints are offered to God before His throne.
And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And have made us to our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:9-10 AKJV)
The song they sing shows us when that time will be. Because of the sacrifice of our Lord we are redeemed to God. When our Lord left, He told us to preach the Gospel to every nation upon this earth. This is what is required for the seals to be broken. Through Him, we are made “kings and priests” and one day we shall reign upon the earth.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands... (Revelation 5:11 AKJV)
Those gathered before the throne of God are only hosts of Heaven (angels) and the elders at this time. There are innumerable beings which God has created.
Saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” And every creature which is in Heaven, and on the Earth, and under the Earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, “Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be to Him that sits on the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever.” And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that lives for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:12-14 AKJV)
All of Heaven and Earth worship the Lamb of God, recognizing that He is worthy. This is why Jesus had to come to the Earth and be sacrificed. It was only through His perfect life and the sacrifice of His blood that He is worthy and God’s will can be fulfilled for the Earth.
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