Jun. 28. Various Visions and Symbols Revealed to John

Rev. 4:1-19:21

I do not profess to know the meanings of the various visions and symbols related by John as he viewed and heard the scenes following the letters to the seven churches. What follows is a brief description and summary of those events.

After concluding the letter to the Laodiceans, John saw a door open in heaven. He heard a messenger with a voice like a trumpet instructing him to, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Immediately, John being in the Spirit saw a magnificent scene of the throne of God in heaven. God is depicted as being all powerful and all glorious with the heavenly beings worshipping Him.

What followed was a series of scenes and voices proclaiming the prophecies of Christ. Those images were highly figurative, but had a special application to events that were occurring during that time. The moral principles continue to apply to people of all ages.

A fierce conflict raged between the forces of good and evil within the various scenes that John described. Even as those battles raged, Christians were protected amid their sufferings and God’s enemies were punished.

Satan, however, was relentless in the face of God’s punishment. He continued to seek to deceive man and in the face of punishment, evil men still refused to repent. As John’s vision was ending, it was clear that evil had been defeated and the righteous were victorious. Christ was victoriously proclaimed, “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”