Revelation 4

Progressive Parallelism:

First Perspective on Christ's return: Chapter 1 - 3

Second Perspective: Chapters 4 - 7

The first three chapters began with John seeing Jesus returning (chapter 1:12ff) and it culminated with Christ taking the throne in victory at the end of chapter 3. But this first perspective was light on details about exactly what occurred in between those bookends, and it concentrated on Jesus' relationship with His Church.

Chapter four now starts the revelation process again, only this time John sees the return of Christ from a different perspective, and as we will see in each of the subsequent perspectives, each new perspective adds more and more detail.

The descriptive language in this new perspective starts to become more fantastic and difficult to imagine. We're introduced to creatures with multiple eyes and wings. But the key to chapter four is the one who is in charge.

It often seems like our world is a chaotic mess which is ready to fall victim at any moment to various world powers or cataclysmic events like climate change. But chapter four presents a solid vision of who and what is actually governing all things: God Himself surrounded by angelic elders, spirits and creatures. When you get tempted to take a pessimistic view of the future, re-read Rev. 4 to be reminded that God is still in control.

Rev. 4:8b is our memory verse this week:

Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.

Prayer for the Day: Holy Father God, thank you for this glimpse into your throne room. Burn this image into my mind so that I will always remember it is you who remains in charge at all times and over all things. Enable me to worship you as the creatures and spirits that surround your throne do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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