Revelation: Worship in Heaven

How does God know what hasn’t happened yet?

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Revelation 4:1 Then I looked up and saw a door open in the heavens. “Come up here,” a voice said, sounding like a trumpet. “I will show you what must happen over time.”
King James
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

What does the throne in Heaven signify? Who was sitting there?

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Revelation 4:2–3 Immediately I was lifted up in the spirit and stood before the throne in Heaven and the One seated there, whose appearance was brilliant like diamonds and rubies. His throne was encircled with the radiance of an emerald.
King James
Revelation 4:2–3 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

Who were the twenty-four elders sitting around the throne ? Why did they have crowns?

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Revelation 4:4 Dressed in white, with gold crowns, twenty-four elders sat around the throne.
King James
Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

What significance does the lightning, thunder, and flaming torches have?

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Revelation 4:5 Amid lightning and thunder above, seven flaming torches were before the throne, which is the sevenfold Spirit of God.
King James
Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

How would you describe your mental picture of the crystal sea and the four creatures around the throne?

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Revelation 4:6–8 The sea before the throne was smooth like glass and sparkled like crystal. Four creatures around the throne had eyes to see in all directions. The first creature resembled a lion and the second, a bull. The third had a human face, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each creature has six wings and eyes that could see everywhere. Night and day, they never slept but kept saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is to come.”
King James
Revelation 4:6–8 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, 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. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Why did the twenty-four elders remove their crowns?

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Revelation 4:9–11 Whenever the creatures gave honor and praise to the One on the throne, who lives forever, the twenty-four elders bowed to the One who lives forever and threw their crowns before the throne, saying, “O Lord, creator of all things, you are worthy of all honor, power, and glory, because everything that exists was created for your good purpose.”
King James
Revelation 4:9–11 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.