Lesson No. 454
Book of Revelation, Chapter 4
"...Behold, A Door Was Opened in Heaven"

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The glorious throne

1 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 shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2 And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. 4 And round 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 crowns of gold. 5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. 7 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. 8 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. 9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10 the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 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.

Lesson No. 454 "...Behold, A Door Was Opened in Heaven"

Book of Revelation, Chapter 4


1) Why do you suppose that heaven has a door? Who in
heaven has a voice that might sound like a trumpet?

2) Verse 1 states what the rest of the book is about, what is it?
3) Where was John taken in the spirit and what does he see?
(Hint- verses 2 and 3) Who was on the throne? What about the rainbow?

4) The 24 elders clothed in white on their thrones with gold crowns, who do you suppose they are?

5) This is no ordinary throne- what does it look like? (Hint- verse 5)

6) What do the seven lamps burning before the throne represent?

7) Sea of glass before the throne- what does that represent? (Hint- verse 6)

8) The four creatures round about the throne- full of eyes all around, what do they represent? (Hint- verses 6 through 8)

9) The beasts had "like' the head of a lion (King), head of a calf (Servant), head of a man (Son of Man), and head of a flying eagle (Son of God). What could they represent and what do they do? (Hint- verse 8) Note the four gospels. (Lion- Matthew-King; Calf-Mark-Servant; Man-Luke-Son of Man; Eagle-John-Son of God)

10) One of the jobs of the four flying beasts is to give glory and honor and thanks to God; when they do this, what do the 24 elders do? (Hint- verse 10)

11) After the elders bow down, praise God, and cast their crowns before the throne, what do they say? (Hint- verse 11) Sound familiar?

12) It seems that the elders answer two of the questions that mankind has been asking since the dawn of time- how did we get here and why are we here?!

13) God appears to us as God Almighty, Ruler of heaven and earth, worthy of glory and honor forever and ever!

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