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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Revelation 4

 

 

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Introduction
1John sees the throne of God in heaven.
4The four and twenty elders.
6The four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
10The elders lay down their crowns, and worship him that sat on the throne.

Verse 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.
After
1:1-3
a door
Exodus 1:1; Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Luke 3:21; Acts 7:56; 10:11
the first
1:10; 16:17
Come
11:12; Exodus 19:24; 24:12; 34:2,3
and I
1:19; 22:6; John 16:13

Verse 2
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
I was
1:10; 17:3; 21:10; Ezekiel 3:12-14
a throne
5; 20:11; Isaiah 6:1; Jeremiah 17:12; Ezekiel 1:26,28; 10:1
and one
9; 3:21; 5:1,6,7,13; 6:16; 7:9-17; 12:5; 19:4; 21:5; 22:1-3; Isaiah 6:1; Daniel 7:9; Hebrews 8:1

Verse 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.
like a
21:11,19,20; Exodus 24:10; Ezekiel 1:26; 28:13
a rainbow
10:1; Genesis 9:13-16; Isaiah 54:9,10; Ezekiel 1:28
like unto
21:19; Exodus 28:18; 39:11; Ezekiel 28:13

Verse 4
And round about the throne 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.
were four
11:16; 20:4; Matthew 19:28; Luke 22:30
four and twenty
10; 5:8,14; 7:11; 19:4
clothed
3:4,5; 6:11; 7:9,13,14; 19:14
crowns
2:10; 9:7; Esther 8:15; Psalms 21:3; 2 Timothy 4:8

Verse 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.
proceeded
8:5; 11:19; 16:17,18; Exodus 19:16; 20:18; Psalms 18:13,14; 68:35; Joel 3:16; Hebrews 12:18-29
seven
Genesis 15:7; Exodus 37:23; 2 Chronicles 4:20; Ezekiel 1:13; Zechariah 4:2,11-14
the seven
1:4; 3:1; 5:6; Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:3; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11

Verse 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.
a sea
15:2; Exodus 38:8; 1 Kings 7:23
crystal
21:11; 22:1; Job 28:17; Ezekiel 1:22
the midst
5:6; 7:17; Ezekiel 1:4,5
four beasts
8,9; 5:6,14; 6:1; 7:11; 14:3; 15:7; 19:4; Ezekiel 1:5-28; 10:14
full
8; Ezekiel 1:18; 10:12

Verse 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.
the first beast
6; Genesis 49:9; Numbers 2:2-34; 23:24; 24:9; Proverbs 28:2; Ezekiel 1:10; 10:14,21
like a calf
Ezekiel 1:10; 1 Corinthians 9:9,10
as
1 Corinthians 14:20
a flying
Deuteronomy 28:49; 2 Samuel 1:23; Isaiah 40:31; Ezekiel 1:8,10; 10:14; Daniel 7:4; Obadiah 1:4

Verse 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.
six
Isaiah 6:2-13; Ezekiel 1:6; 10:21,22; 2 Timothy 4:2
full
6; 1 Timothy 4:16
and they
7:15; Isaiah 62:1,6,7; Acts 20:31; 1 Thessalonians 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 3:8,9
rest not
Gr. have no rest. Holy.
3:7; Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3
Lord God Almighty
1:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7,14; 19:15; 21:22; Genesis 17:1; Psalms 91:1; Isaiah 13:6; Joel 1:15; 2 Corinthians 6:18
which
4; Hebrews 13:8

Verse 9
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
when
5:13,14; 7:11,12
who
1:18; 5:14; 10:6; 15:7; Exodus 15:18; Psalms 48:14; Hebrews 7:8,25

Verse 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,
fall
5:8,14; 19:4; Job 1:20; Psalms 72:11; Matthew 2:11
worship
9; 7:11; 15:4; 22:8,9; 1 Chronicles 29:20; 2 Chronicles 7:3; Psalms 95:6; Matthew 4:9,10; Luke 24:52
cast
4; 1 Chronicles 29:11-16; Psalms 115:1; 1 Corinthians 15:10

Verse 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.
art
5:2,9,12; 2 Samuel 22:4; Psalms 18:3
to receive
14:7; Deuteronomy 32:4; 1 Chronicles 16:28,29; Nehemiah 9:5; Job 36:3; Psalms 29:1,2; 68:34; Psalms 96:7,8
for thou
10:6; Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Isaiah 40:26,28; Jeremiah 10:11; 32:17; John 1:1-3; Acts 17:24; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16,17; Hebrews 1:2,10
and for
Proverbs 16:4; Romans 11:36

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 4:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-4.html.

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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