Now that we're in Revelation chapter four, thing begin to get a little more exciting. For the first three chapters, Christ Jesus talks about the church. The focus of this chapter is going to be about the goings on in Heaven. The scene involves 24 elders, who this writer believes are representative of the church. The living creatures are representative of the gospels, but are most likely real live beings in Heaven right this minute. They could also represent the power, strength, vision and wisdom of the Lord. This is my interpretation and should not be taken as gospel truth, pun intended.
What I do see as gospel truth is 4:1 where the angel tells John to "come up here." This is one and only one of many indicators of the rapture that's going to happen to Christians before the seven year period called the Tribulation starts. If there wasn't going to be a rapture, there would be no need to talk about the judgement from this perspective and no need to call John up there to see. I know there are a lot of those who would disagree with me, vehemently, but I'm not backing down on it. Neither will I cow to remarks of heresy or other questioning of my faith. The devil has been working overtime to divide the church, and I'm stating my stand. I will be more than happy to explain this on the way up, but I respect your viewpoint. Please respect mine and don't flame this or any other post or I will block you.
1After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
4And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
5And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
6And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
7And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
8And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
10The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.