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Sunday, April 22, 2018: “The Lord God Almighty” Practical Points for Discussion

                                       Sunday, April 22, 2018

Lesson Text: Revelation 4:1-6, 8-11

King James Version (KJV)

I. JOHN IS CAUGHT UP TO GOD’S THRONE (Revelation 4:1-2)

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 shew thee things which must be hereafter.

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

 

II. JOHN WITNESSES THE SCENE AROUND GOD’S THRONE (Revelation 4:3-6)

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

III. JOHN WITNESSES THE WORSHIP AROUND GOD’S THRONE (Revelation 4:8-11)

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.

9. And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

10. 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,

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.

 

New International Version (NIV)

I. JOHN IS CAUGHT UP TO GOD’S THRONE (Revelation 4:1-2)

1. After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

2. At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.

 

II. JOHN WITNESSES THE SCENE AROUND GOD’S THRONE (Revelation 4:3-6)

3. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne.

4. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.

5. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.

6. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

 

III. JOHN WITNESSES THE WORSHIP AROUND GOD’S THRONE (Revelation 4:8-11)

8. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”

9. Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,

10. the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

11. “You are worthy, our Lord and God,to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,and by your will they were created and have their being.”

 

 

PRACTICAL POINTS FOR DISCUSSION:

1. No matter what happens on earth, the Lord is reigning in heaven and is in control of everything (Revelation 4:1-3).

2. Church saints will have seats of honor in heaven (Revelation 4: 4).

3. We should never lose sight of God’s majesty and glory because nothing can compare to it (Revelation 4:5-6).

4. Worship is the occupation of the inhabitants of heaven and should be prominent in our lives here on earth as well (Revelation 4:8-9).

5. No created being is worthy to receive the glory and praise that belongs to the Creator alone (Revelation 4:10-11).

 

 

***The Bible Expositor and Illuminator, Union Gospel Press***

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