Week 52   Day 1

 

Heaven's door is open 

            at the beginning of the revelation  

            and at the end 

            the door to heaven is open 

                        inviting 

                        welcoming 

                        please come.

 

  

The book of Revelation was written

            during a period of history

            when Roman authority demanded

            that everyone worship the emperor 

 

The book is a message of encouragement

            for persecuted Christians

            to remain faithful

            even unto death 

Do not deny nor compromise your faith.

 

  

The centerpiece of John's vision of heaven

            is the throne of God 

around which all the action takes place

 

The other main character is the Lamb

            symbolizing God's Son 

            Jesus who was slain on the cross

            to save mankind.

 

 

 

                  A THRONE, A SCROLL, AND A LAMB

   Someone opened heaven's door, and John looked in.

                                    Revelation 4, 5 & 6

 

    1After these things I looked and behold, a door standing

open in heaven.  The first voice I heard was like a trumpet

speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show

you things which must take place after this."

    2 Immediately I was in the Spirit and saw a throne in heaven. 

3He who sat on the throne was like a jasper and sardius stone

in appearance, with a rainbow around the throne.  4Around

the throne were twenty-four thrones, and twenty-four elders,

clothed in white robes with crowns of gold on their heads. 

5From the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. 

    6Before the throne was a sea of glass, like crystal.  In the

midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living

creatures full of eyes in front and in back.  7The first living

creature was like a lion, the second was like a calf, the third

had a face like a man, and the fourth was like a flying eagle. 

8The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full

of eyes and they do not rest day or night, saying:  "Holy, holy,

holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

    1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a

scroll sealed with seven seals.  2Then I saw a strong angel

proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the

scroll and to loose its seals?"  3No one in heaven or on earth

or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

    4So I wept much, because no one was found to open it. 

5One of the elders said, "Do not weep.  The Lion of  Judah,

the Root of David, has prevailed to loose its seven seals."

    6 I looked and in the midst of the throne stood a Lamb as

though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes. 

7Then He took the scroll from Him who sat on the throne. 

    1 I saw the Lamb open one of the seals; and I heard one

of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder,

"Come and see."   2And behold, a white horse.  He who sat

on it had a bow and a crown, and he went out to conquer.

    3When He opened the second seal, the second living creature

said, "Come and see."  4Another horse, fiery red, went out.  It

was granted to the rider to take peace from the earth, and that

people should kill one another; he was given a great sword.

    5When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living

creature say, "Come and see."  Behold, a black horse, and he

who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 
          This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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