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The Throne of God (3 of 4)
There are two major events surrounding the throne of God in the book of Revelations. Revelation 4 describes the throne of hope and chapter 20 describes the throne of judgment. I want to use this study to examine these two images of God's throne. Lets begin by looking at Revelation 4:1-5 (read passage)
When we examine the book of Revelation, we must keep in mind the purpose of the book. In review, the purpose of this book is prophecy (proclaiming God's purposes); to encourage those persecuted; to instruct the church and the believers in Christ; to point our hearts toward our eternal goal; and to warn so that we are not caught unaware. The object of these prophecies is to point to the revelation of Jesus Christ in His glory. It is an error to use prophecies that God has veiled for a reason and add to them to create a scenario that predestines God's actions in the future. What God has revealed, we are responsible to act on. What has been hidden will be hidden until afterward. Then we can look back and see clearly what God's intentions were.
Having said this, let's examine what God has revealed so that we will not be caught unaware. The foundation of our study of this book comes from Revelation 1:3 "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near." We will be counted blessed if we hear, read and study this book because we will not be caught asleep, but will be found faithful when Jesus returns or calls us home - whichever comes first. So let's dig in to chapter 4 of Revelations and examine the Throne of God.
God's throne of grace
John is caught up in the Spirit and the first thing that grasps his attention is the throne of God. Many people use this as evidence for the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. The church is the focus of Revelation until this point and is never mentioned again through ...
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