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.
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.”
2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. 3 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. 4 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. 5 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.
6 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. 7 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. 8 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!”
9 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.”