1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Remember: John was taken to the Lord’s day which is the thousand years that will begin when the TRUE Christ returns at the 7th trumpet.
2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.
3 And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
You can also read of this see this same rainbow round about the throne in the last verse of the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel: the same chapter where you can read of the vehicle that appeared to be polished spectrum metal as you can see when you look up that word translated as ‘amber’ in the book of Ezekiel using the Strong’s Concordance.
When you compare Revelation chapters four and five to verses 9 through 14 of Daniel chapter seven it becomes obvious that Revelation chapter 4 looks forward to when the TRUE Christ returns (along with the armies which were in heaven) at the 7th trumpet.
John being evidently taken aboard the vehicle while it was on its way to earth.
The One seen here sitting on the throne is the Lord Jesus Christ: the Ancient of Days written of in the 9th verse of Daniel chapter seven where you can also read of His wheels of burning fire: those same four living creatures we will also see in this fourth chapter of the book of Revelation: four smaller vehicles aboard a ‘flagship’ en route to earth at the 7th trumpet.
In Revelation chapter five we will see a vision of the past looking back to when Christ ascended to the Father, Who is the Ancient of Days written of in the 13th verse of Daniel chapter seven.
4 And round about the throne (meaning the throne of the Lord Jesus Christ upon His return at the 7th trumpet) were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
This is another way to understand the point in time this looks forward to because these crowns signify the first resurrection that will happen at the 7th trumpet.
Christ also told the apostles in verse 28 of the nineteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew that “in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
The other twelve elders are most likely the twelve patriarchs of the twelve tribes of Israel.
For every positive there is a negative and the ten fallen angel kings symbolized by the ten horns written of in chapters thirteen and seventeen of this book of Revelation as well as Daniel chapter seven are the negative counterfeit of these twenty-four elders because (as you can see pointed out in the Companion Bible) the twenty-four elders are “a pattern” after which David arranged his twenty-four courses of the sons of Aaron.
Each of the courses occurred twice a year each lasting seven days so that makes fourteen days and when multiplied by the ten fallen angel kings that makes 140 which is five months and notice lunar time (as opposed to solar time) is given with the negative and (as we will see in Revelation chapter seventeen verse 12) the ten fallen angel kings will reign one hour with Satan meaning for the entire five month long hour of temptation that will begin at the woe of the 5th trumpet when Satan and his angels get cast to earth.
5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Most of the 7,000 Zadok having lived and died throughout the centuries are those who make up the armies which were in heaven, called here the seven Spirits of God because with free will being absent from them the Holy Spirit was then able to use those of the Zadok more than any other group.
Again: for every positive there is a negative and there are 7,000 fallen angels as we will see in verse 13 of Revelation chapter eleven.
This candlestick seen here is one of the ten candlesticks that we will read of throughout this book of Revelation: the other candlesticks being the seven churches with the other two being the two witnesses, who are most likely Moses and Elijah.
6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
This are the same four living creatures written of in the first chapter of the book of Ezekiel and the negative counterfeit of these four living creatures would then be the four angels that will be loosed from the great river Euphrates when Satan appears as the antichrist at the woe of the 6th trumpet that we will read of in the ninth chapter of this book of Revelation.
7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Which was, and is, and is to come.
As you can see pointed out in the Companion Bible on page 181: the lion, calf, man and flying eagle correspond to east, west, south and north because they were the standards of Judah, Ephraim, Reuben and Dan having to do with how the twelve tribes of Israel (according to the flesh) were situated during the forty years in the wilderness but, as we will see in verse 1 of Revelation twelve, in the first world age all of God’s children are symbolized by the woman having a crown of twelve stars, so then (evidently) all of God’s children were ‘Israel’ so to speak and also divided into twelve groups in the world that then was.
9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
The Lord Jesus Christ, Who does not return (at all) until the woe of the 7th trumpet.
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sat on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.