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Questions concerning Revelation 4 June 28, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Eschatology, Holy Spirit, Praise, Rapture, Revelation of Jesus Christ, Throne of God.
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1. To what do the phrases in verse 1, “these things” and “after this”, refer (Compare with Revelation 1:19)?

2. Who is the voice speaking with John in verse 1 (Compare with 1:10-13)?

3. Is there any reason within the text to believe that verse 1 refers to the Rapture (Compare with 11:12)?

4. Everything in chapter 4 is described in relationship to the throne of God. What do we already know about this throne and what is the significance of this knowledge so far (1:4; 3:21; see also Ezekiel 1:26-28)?

5. What is the significance of the number of elders seated around the throne (Compare with 21:12-14)? What is the significance of the white robes and the crowns, i.e. victory laurels in verse 4?

6. What is the significance of the lightnings, thunderings, and voices (Compare 8:5; 11:19; 16:17-18 with Exodus 19:16)?

7. What is the significance of the seven lamps of fire representing the seven Spirits of God, the sea of glass, and the four living creatures when taken together as one picture (See Exodus 37:23; 38:8; Number 2:2ff compared with Ezekiel 1 and Isaiah 6)?

8. Is there any reason in the text to assume that the four living creatures are referring to the four gospels or the four aspects of the character of Christ?

9. What purpose do the elders and living creatures serve? 

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