Sunday, November 4, 2018
 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had 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 behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.  And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald.  Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads.  From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,  and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind:  the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight.  And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,
“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever,  the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (ESV)
J. I. Packer, in his very important book, Knowing God, says, “The study of God, who He is, what He’s like, is the most practical project anyone can engage in.” The study of God is the most sensible thing a person can do. “Knowing about God is critically important for the living of our lives,” he says, “as it would be cruel to an Amazonian tribesman to fly him to London, to put him down without explanation in Trafalgar Square (a plaza in the City of Westminster, London), and leave him as one who knew nothing of England or English to fend for himself. Packer continues, “So we are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing the God whose world it is and who runs it.
The world in which we live is a strange, angry, painful, disappointing place if we do not know about God. Ignore the study of God and you allow yourself to stumble through life with no sense of direction and no understanding of the world around you. Doing so, Packer says, “You can waste your life and lose your soul.” We desperately need to know God, the Christian needs to know Him better. The world becomes a strange, angry, painful, disappointing place for those who do not know Him.
Revelation chapters 4 and 5 (Chapter 4 this Sunday) were written at a time when the church was suffering for its faith in Jesus and more suffering was on the way. Chapters 4 and 5 are intended to help hurting Christians look beyond the strange, angry, painful, disappointing life to see God’s greatness and glory and majesty and grace, and seeing that, will enable the church to press on toward the prize.
How Great Is Our God – Chris Tomlin
Christ The Sure and Steady Anchor –Matt Boswell
Holy, Holy, Holy – Hillsong
O Praise the Name
I Stand Amazed – Norton Hall Band