Text: Revelation 4 – 8:6
Highlights: John sees a door open in heaven and what he sees is truly awe inspiring. Chapters 4 and 5 focus on God on His Throne and Jesus, the Lamb and all the creatures of heaven worshiping them.
There was a scroll with 7 seals next the throne and the story unfolds with the opening of the 7 seals. The opening of the seals (chapter 6) clearly pictures a time of tribulation. Death and bloodshed and famine are coming. The 5th seal reveals the souls of martyrs – those who had been slain – “How long O God…” – crying out to God for vengeance – which God says is coming. A horrible earthquake and other apocalyptic phenomenon come with the 6th seal. In chapter 7 we see that 144,ooo of God’s people are sealed – protected from coming tribulation, and after that we read of an innumerable number from every nation who came out of the great tribulation around the throne worshiping God. In chapter 8 there is a period of silence after which prayers are offered and then fire is poured out on the earth. This leads to the opening of the 7th seal which contains 7 trumpets.
What does the worship in heaven, described especially in chapter 4 and 5 teach you about the praise God truly deserves? How can we praise Him like that today? What else impresses you about today’s reading?