The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                                  CHAPTER 4

After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first
heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place
after this.”  At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone
sitting on it.  And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone
like an emerald encircled the throne.  Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and
seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their
heads.  From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the
throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God.  Also in front of the throne there
was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

Some say that the voice that says “Come up here…” represents the rapture of the church.  They say
that this is because the church is not mentioned after this so it must have been raptured.   
Throughout the Book of Revelation the church, Israel, Jews, Gentiles, countries, or cities are not
mentioned except for Mystery Babylon.   The Book of Revelation only refers to nations, tribes,
languages, and people, not to any specific nationality, country, or group.  So the argument that just
because the church is not mentioned after this it must have been raptured is a very weak one.  And
we will see later exactly where the rapture does take place, but it’s not here.  The words that were
spoken were to John and not to the church and they specifically told him to come up and see what
would take place soon.

John saw a throne and 24 other thrones around it with 24 elders on those thrones.  This is the only
mention of any “elders” being in heaven.  They must be under Jesus but above the angels in
ranking but where they came from we are not told.  However they are mentioned a few times in
Revelations and they seem to have authority.   They cannot be the disciples because no one has
been resurrected or raptured yet.  The only ones in heaven at this point is God, Jesus, the elders,
the 4 living creatures, and the angels.

Again, there is an explanation as to what the 7 blazing lamps are: the seven spirits of God.

In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front
and in back.  The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like
a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was
covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:  “‘Holy,
holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

The first thing everyone must answer to themselves is this:  Do these 4 living creatures really look
like that?  This is the first test.  Do you believe the Bible as it is written or are you going to assume
that these creatures don’t really look like that but represent something else?  And if so, what?   Are
you going to guess or believe what is written?   This brings us back to the initial question:   Do you
believe that this is exactly what John saw, or do you not believe that?  I believe this is exactly what
they look like.

Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who
lives for ever and ever,  the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship
him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:  “You are worthy, our
Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they
were created and have their being.”

We can see here that the 24 elders are in complete agreement and submission to God.
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