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Heaven is Closer Than You Think and Better Than You Imagine

Discussion Questions:

Where is it written?

Read Revelation 4

  • What do you notice first about the scene being described?
  • What attributes is God worshipped for? (Make a list.)
  • What are the people and creatures around the throne doing?
  • If you were to describe this scene in your own words - how would you?

How goes your walk?

  • How does this revelation of heaven expand or challenge what people often imagine about heaven?
  • What excites you or scares you in this revelation of heaven?
  • How does the reality of heaven change your life now?

Biblical Symbols in This Passage:

  • 7 = Completion/ Perfection (7 days in a week)
  • 12 = Authority / Perfection (12 Tribes, 12 Apostles, 12 loaves etc.)
  • See Isaiah 6 and Ezekial 1 for previous throneroom visions.

Some commentators believe the three non-human-faced creatures symbolize the leaders within the animal world. The lion (king of wild animals). The ox (king of domesticated animals). The eagle (king of the birds).  


  • Values Throughout Our Study of Revelation:
  • Expect literal future fulfillment. But be careful about predictions!
  • Look for past fulfillment.
  • Look for timeless biblical symbols, truths, and principles.
  • Be teachable.

Series Challenges:

  • Read Revelation (Bonus - Read Daniel 7-12)
  • Develop and Deepen a Christian Worldview
  • Focus on the Finish Line (Memorize Revelation 21:1-4, 22:1-5)