Revelation–More Than the Future (Revelation 4)

heavenWe often open the book of Revelation to find clues about the future. Will Christians be on earth during the tribulation? Where does America fit in the end times? Who can even understand this?

It’s certainly tempting to spend our time in this particular book like detectives, analyzing data and searching for clues. But if we stop there, we will miss the most important feature of the book. Revelation gives us an unprecedented glimpse at the magnificent glory of God on His heavenly throne. It was enough to make the author, John, fall flat on his face like a dead man and it might just make us do the same.

John describes God having the appearance of jasper carnelian with a rainbow encircling Him as He sits on His throne. He is so powerful that from His throne come flashes of lighting and peals of thunder. Day and night four creatures never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come (Revelation 4:8).”

If we could internalize the description that John gave us, it would revolutionize the way that we think about God and the way that we approach Him in prayer. We might just start beginning our prayers with “every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: ‘To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!’ (Rev. 5:13).”

With that perspective, how could we ever pray half-hearted or distracted prayers?

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Week Fifty

Day 1: Revelation 2 (Everyone)
Day 2: Revelation 3 (Everyone)
Day 3: Revelation 4 (Everyone)
Day 4: Revelation 6 (Everyone)
Day 5: Revelation 7 (Everyone)