Questions for Wed, Dec 23rd  (Rev 4-6)

Rev 4-6

1.) What did John first see in heaven?

A door staning open in heaven.

2.) When did the Voice say that the events of John's vision would begin?

I will show you what must take place after this.

3.) What did John see next?

A great throne scene. Vs. 2-3.

4.) How many other thrones did John see and who sat on them?

24 thrones with 24 elders.

5.) Who might these elders be a representation of?

12 tribes and 12 apostles?

6.) How were they dressed?

Dressed in white with crowns of gold on their heads.

7.) What issued from the throne? Find an OT passage that this reminds you of:

Flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Reminds us of the holy mountain, Mt. Sinai.

8.) What was before the throne?

Seven lamps were blazing which represent the seven spirits of God. Also a crystal clear sea.

9.) What were the four creatures that surrounded the throne and what do they represent?

A lion, ox, man and eagle. Probably representing all creation. Wild and domesticated animals, man and animals of the air.

10.) What strange attributes did all four creatures share?

They all had 6 wings and eyes all over them.

11.) What was the purpose of the creatures?

To praise God at all times.

12.) What was in the right hand of the one on the throne?

A scroll with seven seals.

13.) What question did the angel ask?

Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?

14.) Why did John cry?

Because no one was found worthy to open the scroll and look inside.

15.) Who was found that could open the scroll?

Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

16.) What had He triumphed over which made Him worthy?

He had triumphed over sin and death.

17.) What were the three names that were used to describe Jesus and how are they applicable?

Lion of the tribe of Judah (He was of this tribe and was a king), Root of David (Also in the kingly lineage of David but also before David), Lamb that was slain (sacrificial lamb for our sins).

18.) Describe how the Lamb looked?

It looked as if it had been slain. He had 7 horns and 7 eyes

19.) What two things did the elders have and what did they represent?

A harp and golden bowl of incense. These represent methods of praise. bowls of incense=prayers (vs. 8) and harps=singing (vs. 9).

20.) How many angels were present?

Thousands upon thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand. In otherwords a lot!

21.) What song did they sing?

Worthy is the Lamb.

22.) What did the first four seals have in common?

They each were represented by a different colored horse.

23.) Describe what John saw in the first seal?

A white horse with a rider that had a crown and a bow that rode out in conquest.

24.) What does the color of the horse represent?

White is victory, triumph, conquest.

25.) This represents a time period of rulers starting in 95 A.D. The bow was a symbol of the country that most of them came from. What country was that?

There are many interpretations of the prophecies contained in this book. One interpretation of this book is that it was prophecy to John but mostly history to us now. If this is the case the white horse could be represented by a 90 year period starting right after John's banishment during a period of the Antonines. This period of conquest began with Nerva, a cretian by birth. The symbol of the Cretans was the bow.

26.) Can you name any of the rulers represented by the first horse?

Nerva, Trajan, Adrian, Antoniones Pius, Marcus Aurelius.

27.) Describe the second seal.

Fiery red horse with a rider carrying a large sword.

28.) What would be the description of the time period represented by this seal?

A time period of terrible civil war.

29.) Describe the third seal.

A black horse with a rider holding scales.

30.) What would be the description of the time period represented by this seal?

A period of famine.

31.) Is a penny a lot of money?

It would represent an entire day's wages.

32.) What does, "Do not damage the oil and wine mean?"

This period is of famine and scarcity of food.

33.) Describe the fourth seal.

A pale horse whose rider is Death.

34.) What would be the description of the time period represented by this seal?

Due to the civil wars, famine and pestilence there would be a lot of death.

35.) What was the name of the rider and his follower?

The name of the rider was Death and the follower was Hades. (the place of the dead).

36.) This seal is probably a reference to the Great Persecution of what emporer around 284-300 A.D.

Diocletian or maybe his son-in-law Gallerius.

37.) What was seen when the fifth seal was opened?

The souls of those who had been slain because of the Word of God.

38.) What were the souls asking?

How long until they will be avenged.

39.) What happens in the sixth seal?

An earthquake, sun turned black, moon turned red, stars fell, mountains and islands removed. This is always symbolic of a great upheaval or the end of a time, not always necessarily THE end of ALL time.

40.) In history what is this great upheaval that is about to take place and who might it be referring to when it says "him who sits on the throne" in verse 16?

If this is not in reference to the actual end of time and we are still in a historical perspective it could easily represent Constantine rising to power and Christianity becoming the prominent religion in the Roman Empire.