SERMON CRUMBS “A door open in heaven” It’s from this first verse of chapter 4 that we got the idea for our bulletin covers for 2016. “I was in the Spirit” Four times John says this – in Revelation 1:10, 4:2, 17:3, and 21:10 – each time indicating the start of another vision. These four references are as useful as any other clues for outlining the book. “Thunder and lightning” These phenomena in verse 5 of today’s text reoccur at the end of the three series of judgments in Revelation: the seals (8:5), the trumpets (11:19), and the bowls (16:18). This repetition not only helps tie together John’s vision, but assures us that all the events in this long vision are under the control of him who sits on the throne.