A Glimpse of Heaven

Revelation 4:1-11
Sunday Morning Service
Speaker or Group
Pastor James Zaebst

II-Corinthians 12:1-4: Paul was transported in Spirit or bodily up to the third heaven (the abode of God). He was forbidden from trying to explain all that he saw. A clear explanation would not have been possible (the correct words for an adequate explanation was unspeakable). Our finite minds cannot fully grasp all the blessings and our mere mortal language is insufficient to put it all into words.
Acknowledging this, what can be known of Heaven?
Revelation 4:1: Christ with the voice of a trumpet (Revelation 1:10 and 11) tells John the revelator (Revelation 1:9), come on up to heaven and have a look around.

Revelation 4:2 and 3: The first thing John sees is the Throne of God. Christ in all His splendor and beauty is on the Throne (John 4:24, Colossians 2:9 and John 14:8-11). Christ will be our focal point in heaven we will finally see Him in all His glory (Isaiah 53:2).

Revelation 4:4: Surrounding the Throne are 24 Elders (Heavenly beings). They are clothed in purity and they have a high level of authority. These Elders lead a continuous (24/7) worship service (Revelation 7:9-12). 

Revelation 4:5: Though heaven is a blessed place it also serves as the headquarters and command post for the outpouring of God’s wrath.  These seven Spirits are angels (Revelation 3:1 and 1:20). They are at God’s command and await His instructions concerning His outpouring of His wrath.

Revelation 4:6-9: These four beasts are the cherubims of Ezekiel 10:15 and 20). They are omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent. Each one is patterned after a view or aspect of Christ. One appears as the lion of  Matthew. One appears as the calf (beast of burden) servant of Mark. One resembles the humanity of Luke. The last one resembles a flying eagle (the God man) of John. These cherubims serve as a continual picture of Christ in all of His glory. They lead in the continuous worship service as well.

Revelation 4:10 and 11: The 24 Elders lead the worship out of a profound appreciation for all of God’s creative work (Genesis 1:1 and Isaiah 40:26). The ungratefulness of Romans 1:18-22 will be forgotten. The Elders will cast their crowns before the Throne as a visible expression of their surrender of all authority to God.