Chapter 4 isn’t corrective, as were ch. 2-3, but is revelatory, as if to say, “He who has eyes to see, let him see what the Spirit is revealing to the churches.”
Ch. 1:9-16. In his trial, John turned to see the Lord. This is what the Spirit is saying: Turn from everything else to see the One who is speaking to you.
Ch. 4:1-11. How to obey? “Come up here.” Acquire His perspective. You must rise above your problems, above having only an earthly perspective of your problems. You do that by entering through the door He has opened in heaven for you.
2 Kings 6:15-17. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
1. The Sovereign Throne, Rev. 4:1-11
John must resort to similes to describe what he sees, the summary of which is that God is unrivaled.
“Holy”, in v.8, could be said of the angels — but God is beyond that, being uniquely Other, existing from eternity past, and almighty.
We need a vision of this more than anything. The living creatures never tire of this.
2. The Scroll of Consummation, Rev. 5:1-4
The specific judgment of God against the enemies of the Church are revealed when the scrolls are opened. There is so much more to weep over than to rejoice — or so it seems.
3. The Slain Lamb, Rev. 5:5-7; the pinnacle of the vision
Here is why you can, and have been commanded to, week no more: You have a champion! He alone can bring both judgment and redemption — the lion [of judgment] is also a lamb [of redemption].
The One who was slain is standing, and is standing in the center of the throne.
Can anything give more perspective on our lives and trials, and more motivate our sanctification?