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REVELATION - THE END OF THE AGE OF MAN
(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)

CHAPTER FOUR

The Third Revelation of Jesus Christ The Lord God Almighty
A Door Opened in Heaven – The Throne Room

What must take place after this
After the "church age" of chapter 1 is completed (see below). After this the church is no longer referred to in the book of Revelation as being on earth.

Revelation 4:1-11

(1)  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."

(2)  Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.  (3)  And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald.  (4)  Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads.  (5)  And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

(6)  Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.  (7)  The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.  (8)  The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

"Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!"

(9)  Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,  (10)  the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

(11)  "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."
(NKJV)


"A throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne." There is no name mentioned; but we can be at no loss to distinguish whom is meant. John was manifestly filled with mysterious awe and his words sufficiently intimate that he was looking upon “the unnamable, indescribable Word” in, which Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are consubstantial. And yet there was visible a single manifestation.

The Second Vision – through the open door into heaven

1. From here on it speaks of ‘things, which must be hereafter.’
2. John sees  a throne and One sat on it.
3. John describes this person as a jasper stone and a sardine stone, with a rainbow like an emerald round the throne.

Revelation 4:2-3
A throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne! And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of] emerald.    (AMP)

Ezekiel 1:25-28
And there was a voice above the firmament that was over their heads; when they stood, they let down their wings. And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne in appearance like a sapphire stone, and seated above the likeness of a throne was a likeness with the appearance of a Man. ... and there was brightness [of a halo] round about Him. Like the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud on the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD [Yahweh - Jehovah].    (AMP)

4. Twenty-four thrones with twenty-four elders sitting on thrones around the Throne (4:4)
4:10 Praise to Jesus as the Eternal One

The twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever.

4:11 Praise to Jesus as Creator

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.

5:9, 10 Praise to Jesus as Redeemer

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.

5:13, 14 Worship to Jesus as the Lamb

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever.

11:16-18 Praise to Jesus as Lord God Almighty

We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign. The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those who reverence your name, both small and great — and for destroying those who destroy the earth.

19:1-4 Confirmation of Praise to Jesus as the Avenger of the blood of His servants
(Amen! So let it be! and Alleluia! Praise to Yahweh - Jehovah)

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.

5. The Seven Spirits of God (4:5)
1:4 Grace and peace to you from
Him who is, and who was, and who is to come,
and from the seven spirits before his throne,
and from Jesus Christ
1:18 Reveals Jesus as Conqueror over and Deliverer from death and hell
3:1 Reveals Jesus as All Knowing Judge
4:5 Reveals Jesus as the Light of the World
This is speaking of the Light itself and is different from the seven candlesticks which are the seven churches spoken of in 1:20-3:22
Lamp = lampades (NT:2985) - flame, light
Lampstands (candlesticks) = luchnias (NT:3087) - a portable lamp
5:6 Reveals Jesus as the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world
seven eyes which are the seven Spirits of God.  
Zechariah 3:8-9
Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it, says the Lord Almighty, "and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day."    (NIV)
 
6. Four living creatures in the center between the Throne and the 24 Elders (4:6)
One was like a Lion represents Jesus as the King of Kings
One was like an Ox represents Jesus as our Burden Bearer
One had the Face of a Man represents Jesus as Son of Man, our Redeemer
One was like a Flying Eagle represents Jesus as Messiah, as Yahweh (Jehovah) Himself
 
4:8 Praise to Jesus as Lord God Almighty

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come

4:9 Praise to Jesus as the Eternal One

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

5:14 Confirmation of Worship to Jesus as the Lamb (Amen! So let it be!)

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever.

19:1-4 Confirmation of Praise to Jesus as the Avenger of the blood of His servants
(Amen! - So let it be! and Alleluia! Praise to Yahweh - Jehovah)

Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.


Question: "After this" — When does all this (The remainder of the revelation, after chapters 1-3) happen?

Answer: It takes place after the "Church Age"
1. It is that which lies between
a. The assumption of the resurrected and raptured saints of the first class and
b. The full installment of the millennial order, when Satan is bound, the first resurrection is completed, and the blessed and holy that have part in it will reign with Jesus Christ as his kings and priests (Revelation 5:8-10)

Revelation 5:8-10
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, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth."   (NKJV)

2. The exact number of years that is covered by what is described under these seals is not specifically given; unless, this should be the mystic seventieth week of Daniel, as was believed by the early Church fathers, and many well-deserving modern interpreters.
3. The term of ‘forty and two months’ — ‘a thousand two hundred and threescore days’ or 3 ½ years. (Reference — Revelation 11:3; 12:6). It is also called ‘a time, times, and a half a time,’ it is spoken of as:
a. First — in reference to the treading down of the city of the Gentiles; [Rev. 11:2]
b. Second — in reference to the time of the prophesying of the two witnesses; [Rev. 11:3]
c. Third — in reference to the flight of the women into the wilderness; [Rev. 12:14]
d. Fourth  — in reference to the beasts persecuting power; [Rev. 13:5]
All these appear to be synchronous, and to fall very much, if not entirely, within the same period of time.
Now we have heard about a time period called the Seventh week [7 years] so let’s see what happens:

The Seventh Week — Daniel 9:24
1. Finish the transgression.
2. Make an end of sins.
3. Make reconciliation for iniquity.
4. Bring in everlasting righteousness.
5. To anoint the Most Holy.

The time period of "a week" — is generally accepted because in Genesis 29:27 Laban call’s seven years a week.

Daniel 9:25-27
Know and understand this:
From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One [Messiah, Christ]
There will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks [69 weeks]
And after the sixty-two weeks
Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself;
The people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary.
The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.
Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; [the 70th week (69 above + 1 = 70 weeks)]
BUT in the middle of the week [3 1/2 years]
He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering
And upon the wing or pinnacle of abominations [shall come] one who makes desolate, until the full determined end is poured out on the desolator.

The middle of the week — this was fulfilled when Titus of Rome destroyed Jerusalem in 70 A.D. and slaughtered the priests while they were in the process of the daily sacrifices. Since that day there have been no further sacrifices offered.

According to the Jewish calendar:
1. First period — 49 years [454 B.C. to 405 B.C.] = Artaxerxes issued the decree in 454 B.C.
2. Second period — 434 years [not told when it started but when it was finished] it ends with the Messiah being cut off [14th of March 445 B.C. to the year 6th of April A.D. 32].
This is a period of 173,880 days or 434 years. 
(On the 6th of April A.D. 32 Jesus made this statement in Luke 19:41, 42

And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, 'If you had known, even you at least in this your day, the things which belong unto your peace! But now they are hid from your eyes.’

This day the 69 weeks of Daniel were up. The next thing was His (Jesus) death on the cross.
3. Third period — 7 years, this last seventieth seven. This period is divided into two parts:
The first part (3 1/2 years) ended Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the temple in 70 A.D.

The second part (3 1/2 years) is after the "Church Age," or the "Grace Period" which we are toward the end of now. After the "Church Age" the last 3 1/2 years will be fulfilled with God's judgment poured out on the earth as described in the 7 seals.


Josephus (the Jewish historian of that time) wrote:
Josephus Ch. 2, Pg. 731
‘While he himself had Josephus [Jewish historian] brought to him [Titus] (for he had been informed that on that very day, which was the seventeenth day of Panemus [Tamuz], the sacrifice called ‘the Daily Sacrifice’ had failed, [because the soldiers killed the priests as they were performing this sacrifice] and had not been offered to God for want of men to offer it).
Josephus The War of the Jews Chapter 2 Page 73
This was a very remarkable day indeed, the seventeenth of Panemus [Tamuz] 70 A.D. when according to Daniel’s prediction, 606 years before the Romans “in half a week it would cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease,” Daniel 9:27, for from the month of February, A.D. 66, about, which time Vespasian entered on this war, to this very time, was just three years and a half.

Therefore, because of all of this taken together, I believe that the period of time dealing with the 7 seals of Revelation (the last 3 1/2 years) takes place after the resurrection of the church of Jesus Christ.



 

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