Chapters 4 and 5, Vision of God and the Lamb
apocalyptic, indicates a particular style or genre or writing
there are shared images from the Old Testament, such as from Daniel, and several new images presented in Revelation
Throne room of God-crystal and precious stone to refract light-create a rainbow, Old Testament imagery of God’s promise
24 smaller thrones for the 24 elders 2*12, 12 from the Old Testament, 12 from the New-representative of all the faithful of God’s people
Sea of glass-many throne rooms of time period had thrones on raised platform, with are in front of the throne of reflective material to add splendor
4 living creatures+all of created order:
Scroll with seven seals
meaning of the scroll has been debated, but likely to be the unfolding of God’s judgement on those who were persecuting God’s people
only one worthy to open the scroll is slaughtered lamb (sacrificed) and which has over come death.
7 horns-complete power
7 eyes complete wisdom
7 spirits Holy Spirit
Main theme, unceasing praise to the Lord of all creation, 7 types of praise assigned to Messiah that emphasizes the Messiah’s sacrifice.