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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
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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