Revelation 4

 

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.

     Door opened: A rent veil (also called a hanging). Hanging speaks that there is a death. The door is Jesus.  You must behold His death, before you can see Him risen!

And before you can see your future.

John 10:1-7  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Trumpet signifies a clear sounding word, one which is given in understanding. In the Old Testament a trumpet usually was a ram's horn (shofar). To have a ram's horn, you had to have a death. The were used to proclaim a death and for anointing.  They were also on the four corners of the brazen altar. 

     Joshua 6:4-6 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the seventh day ye shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.  And it shall come to pass, that when they make a long blast with the ram's horn, and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, all the people shall shout with a great shout; and the wall of the city shall fall down flat, and the people shall ascend up every man straight before him.And Joshua the son of Nun called the priests, and said unto them, Take up the ark of the covenant, and let seven priests bear seven trumpets of rams' horns before the ark of the LORD.

     1Samuel 16:1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.

     Sometimes trumpets were made of silver which represents redemption speaking of a death.

     Come up hither: Out of the earth realm of understanding, of existence to the place where He is.  Be willing to ascend to new heights of understanding.  Come out of the law.

     Romans 8:3-6 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace

 

Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

     When you hear His voice, there is an immediate change in your atmosphere.  You will see Him as He is, at rest and enthroned above the heavens.

      2Corinthians 12:2-4 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

     The jasper stone is the last stone in the breastplate of the high priest.  It means transparent.  It signifies water and fullness of glory.  The sardine stone was the first in the breastplate.  It signifies blood & man.  Jesus said that He was the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending of all things.  Here we see the typology of ending and beginning.

     Rainbow is the sign of covenant. Gen. 9:13  and it is around the throne.  In a circle.

     Emerald: Green (Resurrection, restoration, reconciliation)  It is the healing stone.

Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

     24 is the number of priesthood.  Elders: mature priests

     White: Righteousness holiness and purity

      Raiment: covering

      Head is the area of the mind and Gold is the nature or divinity of God, i.e. to be crowned with the mind of God or with the mind of Christ.

Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

         Throne: a place of divine administration, high exaltation, rulership and governorship.

     Lightning: movement

     Thunder: a message

     Voices: many waters

     7 Lamps of fire: the seven spirits of God

"There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, And a Branch shall grow out of his roots. The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD ". Isaiah 11:1-2

As Christians, we have received the Holy Spirit of God whose mission it is to bring forth the nature of Him who has tabernacled Himself within us. He leads us, guides us, and enables us to become The sevenfold Spirit of God are sometimes referred to in the Word as "the eyes of the Lord", "the Lamps of fire", and "the candle of the Lord." Seven is God's number which represents perfection and reflects to us several things.

1. The very essence, being, and ministry of the Holy Spirit is that of perfection. One who will lead and guide us into all truth, show us all things, and cause truth to spring forth within our hearts thereby bringing into action the completion of all things concerning us through the power of the cross.

2. To create within us Godly thoughts which will produce Godly actions.

3. To develop His nature in us for we have been born of His nature through the power of the cross.

The person of the Holy Spirit is all that God is and He has been given to us not just to facilitate change, but to enabler and bring to perfection and manifestation the expression and image of His Son Jesus in us.

THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD is the (Ruwah-Pneuma) energizing source of life and the power of God. He is one with the children of God, working in us and through us. He is both the anointing and the source of the anointing. It is through this power source that God's life begins working is us but actually creates the very life of God Himself within us. Through this life giving force, our will becomes crucified as we take upon His will for our lives. He gives to us His power to become all that He desires for us to be and to do the work of the ministry.

THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM (Chokmah-Sophia) is the supernatural intelligence of God which consists of true and right discernment between good and evil and releases direction and a course of action dictated by that discernment (1Kings 3:9,28). The Spirit of Wisdom is the essence of all of God's thoughts. It has been given us to know the wisdom of God (1Cor. 2:7-9) but it remains hidden from the world. James told us in James 1:5-6 that if we would ask, God's wisdom would be given us. A child of God who leans upon the Holy Spirit in their walk, will not have to question if something is good or evil for He will impart wisdom to us in all situations if we simply ask.

THE SPIRIT OF UNDERSTANDING (Binah-Sunesis) is a perception, comprehension, and knowing released through revelation. He is God's illuminations and insights released through the revelation of His word. Wisdom and understanding brings life to our soul (Proverbs 3:21-22) and helps to keep us from falling (Proverbs 2:1-5 & Jeremiah 25:10-11). It is when we do not have understanding, that we begin to question the truth of God's Word and its application in our lives. We cannot relate to the ways of the Lord, nor the ways of others without understanding. It is in understanding that compassion is flow forth out of us. It works hand in hand with wisdom.

THE SPIRIT OF COUNSEL (Esa-Boulomai) is God's advocacy, direction, and instruction concerning life and daily living. He is our advocate for He points the way in which we are to go and instructs us in how to arrive there. "My ways are not your ways, and your thoughts are not my thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9). We can freely seek His counsel with the confidence that He will not withhold from us. It is only when we seek our own way or make decisions concerning our lives without consulting Him, that we find situations in our lives goes wrong way. We are assured of His answering us (Hebrews 10:35-36 & Matt. 7:7-8). Our choice to follow His direction is the deciding power in our lives concerning the results that we will receive. Our choice is the determining factors as to whose life shall be lived within our soul. Gods or Ours! (Ephesians 1:16-19; Deut. 30:19-20; & Psalm 119:109).

As a child of God, we have been given the power (Exousia) of choice in our lives to either yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit or not to yield (Rom. 6:16-18 & 1Cor. 7:37) Non-believers do not have the power of free choice (Eph. 2:2-3 & 4:17-19) because they are still enemies in their own minds (Col. 1:21) and locked into following their own thoughts, desires and emotions. They are totally led by the passions of their flesh.

THE SPIRIT OF MIGHT (Gibbor-Kratos) is God's supernatural ability and power to achieve the thoughts and intents of His will. This ability has been given the church to enable them to OVERCOME. Overcoming is the freedom from self (John 8:31-32,34-36). It is this power and ability in us that enables us to 'put off' the habits of our flesh and crucify it with its passions and to put on Christ (1Cor. 7:37 & Gal. 5:13,16). God's might is the activation process which gives us the power to carry out His will (Isa. 46:10-11 & Psalm 18:32). We have been made more than conquerors (Rom. 8:37) through Him that loved us and victory by which we overcome is our faith (1John 5:4). It is through faith that we choose to have the performance of His will in our lives and the confidence that He will perform it.

THE SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE (Daath-Oida) is God's intuitive, cognitive power which possesses everything that God knows. The Spirit of Knowledge brings us His ability to perceive and know truth. Israel knew the acts of God, but Moses knew His ways. Worldly knowledge (Ginosko) causes us to know something by what we have learned, experienced, seen or come to know through our own efforts (John 17:3), but this is only beginning knowledge. But Godly knowledge (Oida) comes through revelation and gives us the ability to know without effort. This is fullness of knowledge (John 5:20) that the Father gave to Jesus. And we too are His sons and He will show us all things also. It is important that we remain not in the beginnings that God has brought us to, but rather we are to go on into 'intimate' knowledge of Him. He doesn't want us to just know about Him, He wants us to KNOW Him. (2Peter 1:10-11). We have been called to be 'conformed to His image'. (Phil. 1:21) With this knowledge, we can see from God's perspective and truly know that "all things work together for the good for those who love God and called according to His purpose" (Rom. 8:28)

To KNOW is to SEE (John 12:21; Matt. 13:14; & 1John 2:11)

Steps to knowing (Oida) God

.Because we love Him, we make faith choices (1John 5:3)

.Because we make faith choices, we will 'see' Him in everything (Rom 8:28; John 8:56)

.Because we see Him in everything, we will come to 'know' His character (Heb. 13:5)

.Because we know His character, we can entrust ourselves to Him (Phil. 3:8)

.Because we can entrust ourselves to Him totally, we are going to 'know' His life through us ((2Cor. 4:10)

.Because we have His life as our own others will see Jesus in us (3John 3)

THE SPIRIT OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD is the Spirit of holy reverence and respect to the awesomeness and majesty of God. The fear of the Lord will cause us to hate sin but love the sinner and to understand that it is by the grace of God that we have entered the kingdom. It will cause us to walk in love and truth (2Cor. 10:11; 3John 3). We are to glorify God in our living. Oftentimes we look for anointing, but God is looking for anointed lives. It is through the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the drawing upon Him, that our lives will become anointed and we will glorify God. When we are walking in the Spirit, and leaning upon Him, we will manifest His fruit. (Gal. 5:24-25)

Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

     Sea of glass/crystal: to be transparent or clear    

     Eyes to see ahead and behind.  Enlightened to truth.

Revelation 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.

     Lion: (Judah Praise) Kingship and dominion.  One who has strength against hostile oppression or opposition.  Fearless and bold.

     Calf/Ox: (Ephraim doubly fruitful) Burden bearer.  One with enduring patience and strength in weariness.  Able to carry the burden.

     Man:  (Rueben See a Son) human compassion and understanding

     Eagle:  (Dan Judgment) High spiritual plane.  Winds that make birds seek shelter, the eagle uses to to lift himself up.

Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

     The beasts (the four mentioned above are Christ and the characteristics of the ministry.  Six is the number of man and reminds us once again that God became flesh and dwelt among us.  John 1:14 (And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth).

     He not only came among us in flesh, but condemned sin in the flesh. (Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:)

     Eyes within/without: ability to see or perceive both spirit and flesh

 

Revelation 4:9-10 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

     6 x 4 = 24 (Priesthood)

     He has preeminence in all things

     Colossians 1:12-21 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

     All glory we have really belongs to Him.

     John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

     John 17:22-23 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.   

 

Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.