Today, we are powering through Revelation – our last book! Today, please read chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6. Again, nearly impossible to comment on much of anything in a short blog post – we could spend a year in any one book of the Bible all by itself, let alone the entire work in one year! I’ll point out a few things, and you find a few things too. We’ll get through it! Come on back and let’s visit!
“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which 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.’ ” Revelation 4:1
“After” is referring to the previous vision (“these things” that he saw in a vision). John is “looking” in a vision, and sees a door. It’s interesting that he goes straight from one vision into another. As soon as one closes, he looks for the next one immediately. There doesn’t have to be a delay – God is always speaking to us.
“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.” Revelation 4:11
The Phillips translation describes this passage as “the ceaseless worship of Heaven”. I love that. I relate this verse to so many others: Psalm 19:1, Psalm 115:1, Isaiah 6:3, 1 Corinthians 10:31 – the Word is consistent throughout.
“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood, Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation’ ” Revelation 5:8-9
So much symbolism in Revelation – it can be hard to keep up. The bowls represent prayers, harps represent worship.
In chapter 6, the 7 seals represent a series of judgements that will be part of a period called the Great Tribulation. I’m not going to enter the pre-tribulation/post-tribulation debate – I’ll just going to do my best to be ready! (Someone once said to me, “I’m gonna keep my nose clean if it takes both sleeves! 😉 Amen!). Stay close and trust the Lord!