2018-07-12 / Worship

John makes visit into heaven

(Revelation 4:6-8)

John continues to tell us about his visit to Heaven in the Spirit by the power of God’s Holy Spirit. We pick up where we left off last week, in the middle of verse six, where God’s Earth life is being preserved in Heav- en through God’s spiritual picture that John gives to us.

In the middle of verse six, John says, “And round about the throne were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.” Emphasis is placed on seeing, with the words “before” and “behind,” because God wants us to understand that seeing brings forth believing in God’s creation, which is so important for all of us as human beings.

In verse seven, John says that he saw four beasts: a lion, a calf, a beast with a man’s face, and a fourth beast like a flying eagle. What do these four beasts represent? This is a question for us to seek an answer to that will help us understand what God is saying to us.

We can come to understand by spiritual observation through the Holy Spirit of God, and not by man’s learning. The Revelation is all about the spiritual side of mankind given to us by God through John under the direction of God’s Holy Spirit.

The beast liken unto a lion represents the wild kingdom, the calf represents the domestic kingdom, the face of a man represents the human kingdom, and the eagle represents the bird kingdom. All of these are a part of God’s judgement on Earth.

The life in the water on Earth was spared God’s judgement, because all of life has its beginning with the power of God and His water. Water is the foundation of life, spoken as Water of Life.

The four beasts all have six wings and are full of eyes. God’s creation took six days, and on the seventh day God rested. Each of the four beasts had six wings for activity under God’s leadership. The seventh day is for rest. Mankind’s disobedience to God without rest is mankind’s downfall called sin. God seeks to save mankind by giving to him a life full of eyes, which gives to us spiritually for day and night, through words of praise: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” (verse 8)

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