The Glory of God – Revelation 4

Scripture has certain passages in it which are simply mind-blowing. The book which is perhaps the most misunderstood of all the Biblical books is Revelation, yet in this book are some of the most glorious descriptions in the whole of Scripture of God’s omnipotence and glory. As such, I am currently reading through Revelation to gain a greater knowledge of God rather than try to ascertain or surmise upon the fulfilment of the prophecies contained therein.

Early in the book there is one of those “mind-blowing” passages declaring the glory of God and the worship given to Him. In this post I am sharing with you Revelation 4. My next post will be on Revelation 5. In chapter 4 we see God’s glory and the worship given to God, whilst in chapter 5 we then see the glory and worthiness of Jesus and the worship given to Him. They are two gloriously inspiring chapters.

The Glory of God

Revelation 4 – (NKJV)

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

11 “You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”

(See my post on the Glory of the Lamb – Revelation 5 here.)

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4 responses to “The Glory of God – Revelation 4

  1. I like that you are reading this to gain a greater knowledge of God. Though His greatness is beyond our comprehension, I believe that contemplation of His grandness gives me more “substance” for enriching my humble Faith. I appreciate this engagement of thought since it prepares the heart and soul for Him. Thanks for sharing.

  2. coachmbrown

    Revelation is certainly awe-inspiring. John paints a great picture of the church’s efforts gone astray. Much of what is described is cryptic, but God is a mystery for a reason. Even Jesus admitted to not knowing everything about the decisions of God the Father. My study if Revelation reveals this is man’s interpretation and has roots and connections to the Old Testament especially Isaiah. Let God work in your heart as you experience the journey of faith Revelation requires.

    • Thanks for the comment coachmbrown.

      I am assuming that you refer to Mark 13:32 when you say that Jesus admitted to not knowing everything about the decisions of the Father. We need to be careful here, though, as some old manuscripts leave out the words “or the Son”. We should not therefore be basing doctrine on this too lightly.

      I agree, however, that reading through Revelation is a journey of faith and I am finding great encouragement from it.

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