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    “After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood opened!”

    Revelation 4:1

    When we read Revelation responsibly (and I would urge you to neither be afraid of it nor read it with the lenses of the dispensationalist Left Behind series), we need to understand that things are not as they seem.  There is more to this world than meets the eye.  The ruling powers of that time (Rome) might have brutally persecuted the Church, but the Throne was/is occupied by God.  It is through this apocalypse (unveiling) that we are given new glasses to view the broken world.

    This is the prevailing undercurrent that theologian Darrell Johnson’s puts it in Discipleship on the Edge.  According to Johnson, the pivotal scene in the vision of Revelation 4 and 5 is:

    …the Lamb on the throne, and the ‘new song’ sung to him.  That scene is the single-most important scene in the whole of The Book of Revelation.  Everything else must be understood in its light.

    The entire narrative of the book of Revelation will simply not make sense if we don’t grasp the vision of the Throne Room found in Revelation 4 and 5.

    Eugene Peterson points out that we are not “being taught any new truth beyond what we are given in the other sixty-five books of the Bible.  We being taught the truth in a new way, in a way that stays with us, and transforms us.  Revelation 4 is a powerful summary of the message of the Old Testament.  Revelation 5 is powerful summary of the message of the New Testament.”

    Friend, can I remind us both to “look?”  Look, the door is open!  Look, there is a throne!  And the Lamb that was slain has power over the chaos, evil, and death ensnaring the cosmos.  Look!

    What keeps you from looking? 

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