The Tribulation Throne

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Revelation 4:1-11

Courtrooms are a very sobering place to me. The wood panelled walls, the banister separating spectators from litigants, jurors, lawyers and judge, the armed bailiff – all these impress upon me the seriousness of the courtroom. I have witnessed, firsthand, the power and authority of a judge, robed and seated above all delivering life changing judgments. Revelation chapters 4 and 5 usher us into God’s courtroom from which the most severe, earth shattering judgments will be delivered. Please turn in your Bibles and read along with me as I read Revelation 4:1-11.

Revelation chapters 4 and 5 usher us into God’s courtroom which, I believe, is specifically setup to render divine judgment upon the earth during the Tribulation (Rev. 6-19). Revelation chapters 2 and 3 deal with the Church Age, that period of human history from Pentecost 33 A.D. to the Rapture of the Church (2014 + x years). Following the book’s outline, Revelation chapters 2 and 3 constitute the second division of the book, the things… that are (1:19). Presently, we are living in this period of time; we are living in the Church Age prior to the Rapture (1 Thess. 4:13-18). Chapters 4-5 transition us into the third division of the book of Revelation, the things… that are to take place after this. (1:19).

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