Conclusion: The day is approaching when there shall be a shifting of scenes in heaven and God shall prepare to execute all His purposes toward the earth. Thundering black clouds shall gather for His last judgment upon the earth, but even in the darkness of that day a bow in the cloud will be seen reflecting the glory of God in the storm and reminding that God has not forgotten His covenants. In that day the saints in heaven will contrast the perfect rest of heaven with the troubled waters of earth and will give great glory to Him.
Key Word: Worship, Revelation 4:9-11
Strong Verses: Revelation 4:11
Striking Facts: In this scene from heaven, God accepts the worship He is due in preparation for the execution of His final purposes on earth, particularly the establishment of His Messianic Kingdom. All heaven is preparing to execute judgment prior to Yeshua’s coming with His saints to reign. The elders are seen identified with Him in the judgment about to be executed. Could they represent a united royal priesthood, redeemed and glorified? The answer as to how they got there is not given here. That will come into focus as we continue.
“Our destiny is to worship. We function best when we are worshipping the Lord. As a young believer, C.S. Lewis was bothered by the fact that God demanded worship of Himself. Lewis could get no satisfactory answer to his question of “why” until one day he realized the answer. “I did not see that it is in the process of being worshipped, that God communicates His presence to men.” For the Jewish people in the Old Testament, the essence of sacrifice was not that men gave bulls and goats to God. It was by their doing so that God gave Himself to them.” – Steve Troxel
Memory Hook: Revelation 4 – Heaven’s Open Door, 24 Elders, 4 Creatures & More
(The Memory Hooks are taken from The Revelation to Remember by Pastor Steve Troxel of Shepherds’ Support, Published by Disciple Daily.)