Rev. 4:1 After this [Gr. meta tauta, after these things] [Rev. 1:19—after writing the things which thou hast seen (Chapter 1); and the things which are (in John’s day: Chapters 2 and 3); Jesus next shows John the things which shall be hereafter (Chapters 4 through 22)—none of which have transpired as of May, 2009] I looked, and, behold,
 a door [was] opened in heaven [a picture of the Rapture of the Church, but not the Rapture of the Church (c/p. Rev. 3:8)]: and
 the first voice [the voice of Jesus]
[a.] which I heard [was]
[11.] as it were of a trumpet (Rev. 1:10) talking with me;
[b.] Come up hither [to the throne room in heaven as did the Apostle Paul (2 Cor. 12:4), Isaiah (Isa. 6:1) and Ezekiel (Eze. 1:4; 8:2; 10:1-5); c/p. Hab. 3:3-4; (c/p. also Rev. 11:12], and come hither, Rev. 17:1)], and
[c.] I will show thee things
[11.] which must be hereafter [Gr. meta tauta, after these things; this verse does not prove the Rapture of the Church after the "Church age", arguably represented by Chapters 2 and 3. The Rapture of the Church is not covered as a subject in the book of Revelation, but must be discerned from a disciplined reading of the text (see notes on Chapters 6 and 7)].
4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit [(Rev. 1:10); c/p. Paul’s visit to heaven (2 Cor. 12:2); c/p. Eze. 2:12; 43:5]; and, behold,
 a throne was set in heaven, and
 [one] sat on the throne.
4:3 And he that sat was to look upon
 like a jasper and
 [like]a sardine stone: and
[there was] a rainbow
[a.] round about the throne, in sight
[b.] like unto an emerald.
 round about the throne [were]
[a.] four and twenty seats [thrones]: and
 upon the seats [thrones] I saw
[a.] four and twenty elders
[11.] sitting [in a place of honor and authority (c/p. Rev. 3:21)],
[12.] clothed in white raiment [made righteous (Rev. 19:8)]; and
[13.] they had on their heads crowns of gold..
 lightnings and
 thunderings and
and [there were] seven lamps of fire burning
[a.] before the throne,
[a.] like unto crystal: and
 in the midst [middle] of the throne, and
 round about [around] the throne,
[a.] [were] four beasts [zoe, angelic living creatures; these are in the middle of the Father's throne, surrounding it [c/p. seraphim (Isa. 6:2)]
[11.] full of eyes before and behind.
 the first beast [was] like a lion (c/p. Eze. 1:10, 10:14), 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.
4:8 And the four beasts
 had each of them six wings (c/p. Isa. 6:2) about [him]; and
 [they were] full of eyes within: and
 they rest not day and night, saying,
[a.] Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty (c/p. Isa. 6:3),
[11.] which was,
[12.] and is,
[13.] and is to come.
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