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  • An open door to heaven. The use of the word "heaven" is much more than the place where God resides. The omnipresent can't be limited to one geographical place. He is always in every place. Heaven is more of a state of being than a place. We can think of it as the spiritual region. Ephesians 2 says that Christians are seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Philippians 3:20 says, "our citizenship is in heaven," Because of Christ, today we have the privilege of entering into the presence of God who is in heaven. An open door gives the ideas of free access to the presence of God.

  • Throne signifies dominion, power, authority, rule and reign. It is much more than just a piece of furniture. We will read about "throne" 38 times. The message is clear: God is in control of everything.

  • Precious stones: The one seated on the throne is glorious, magnificent, and brilliant. God is majestically impressive.

  • Rainbow is the symbol of a covenant of mercy. See Genesis 9 and Ezekiel 1. This vision will tell of God's terrible judgments but His people need to know of His mercy too!

  • Twenty-four elders symbolize the church. In the Old Testament sacerdotal system of the Levitical priesthood, 24 was the number of shifts among the priests. (1 Chronicles 24:1-19). Their crowns are "stephanos," the victor's crown, rather than a crown of royalty. Seated on thrones, they are reigning (Revelation 1:5, 6). White clothes represent purity and good works of the saints (Revelation 19:8). Seated on thrones, they are reigning (Revelation 1:5, 6). So, who are the purified, victorious, reining people who are priests of God full of good works and who live in close relationship to God? They are the Christians! This is the church! They are the royal priesthood! Read 1 Peter 2:5, 9; Revelation 1:6; 5:9, 10; 20:4, 6 and 1 Chronicles 23:4. Of these, twenty-four thousand were to look after the work of the house of the LORD, six thousand were officers and judges,

  • Lightning, voices and thunders always indicate a demonstration of the wrath and power of God as well as the time for Him to speak. See Hebrews 12. God's voice means terror to the rebellious but hope to the obedient.

  • Seven lamps of fire represent the Holy Spirit of God (Revelation 1:4). It is fire because He knows all and reveals all.

  • Sea of glass is the separation between God and all inferior beings. In the temple of Solomon, (2 Chronicles 4:2-6), the sea of bronze was placed between the priest and the Holy Place where God made His appearance. God is Holy (separate).

  • Four living creatures are cherubim, the defenders of God's justice and holiness. They are God's war wagon (Ezekiel 1 and 10). They see all. They are like beasts to destroy, strength to serve, intelligence to act and swiftness to execute God's will. The message is that God is well equipped to handle any enemy.

  • Casting crowns before the throne symbolizes unending worship (submission).

  • Revelation teaches the victory of the church, Christians, over the Roman persecutors. The battle will be fierce and many will lose their lives. The battle scenes might frighten the reader so, before seeing such tribulation, it was needful to give God's people hope and confidence. So we see the power and dominion of God. It does not matter what seems to be in life. Each Christian needs to know with certainty that God is in control of the universe. All things will cooperate for the good of those who love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose. The church is always before God's throne. Don't be afraid!

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