Study Guide: Revelation 4:1-11 - The Throne
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."
Main Idea: God alone is worthy of all worship, honor, and praise.
Summary: In the first three chapters of Revelation, we saw Jesus’ word to the seven churches. In chapter 4, the scene shifts to heaven and the throne room of God the Father. In this throne room, we see God enthroned as King, worshipped because of his holiness and his role as Creator. God has no rival. He alone is worthy of all worship, honor, and praise.
- How are God and the throne room described in this passage? Write out a list of your observations and what you think each description means.
- Put yourself in John’s shoes. What type of emotions do you think he is experiencing as he sees this vision? How do you think you would respond if you had this experience?
- Look at Revelation 4:8. What truths about God do you observe from this verse. What specific attribute of God does John want you to see and why?
- How do the living creatures respond to God in Revelation 4:9-11? Why do they respond in this way and why is it significant?
What aspects of God’s character draw you to praise and worship him?
This passage invites us to worship God. The elders do so by bowing and casting their crowns before the throne. How might you express your worship to the King of kings this week?
What is competing with God for your worship and devotion? How might you stir up your affections for God and loosen your heart’s grip to the things that came to mind?
Prayer: Give thanks to God for who he is and what he has done.
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