The Revelation of Jesus Christ
Now, brothers, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and concerning our gathering together unto Him.—2 Thessalonians 2:1 MEV
The Lord is coming back for His Church, we will be gathered together before the throne of God. This is popularly known as the rapture of the church which is a mystery revealed to the Apostle Paul and explained in the book of 1 & 2 Thessalonians.
After receiving instructions for the seven churches, John then has an experience of being caught up to heaven and brought before the throne of God. The Apostle John witnesses the Church worshipping before the throne of God in Revelation 4 and 5. The vision is filled symbols that requires interpretations. The key to their interpretation is allowing scripture to interpret scripture.
- The rainbow about the throne of God represents grace, (remember God’s promise to Noah in the form of a rainbow signifying grace).—4:3
- The 24 elders represent the church of Jesus Christ who have been redeemed and rewarded. They have white robes which represents the gift righteousness and gold crowns which represents the believers’ authority in Christ.—4:4
- The seven lamps represent the Holy Spirit, the number seven in scripture always speaks of fullness and completion.—4:5
- The 4 living creatures represents a special class of angels that are directing worship.—4:6,7
- The Lamb represents the Lord Jesus Christ, the central focus of the chapter.—5:1-7
- The 24 elders again are clearly identified as believers because only believers can sing the song of the redeemed. (Notice the number 24 in how King David set up the service of the temple, where there would be continual praise and worship.)—5:8-14