Tag: created all things
Scripture reading for December 25th: Revelation 4-5
Chapter 4 begins a vision that occurred when John saw a door open in heaven and heard the voice of Jesus say: “Come up here and I will show you what must take place after this.” (Revelation 4:1b) John was immediately in the Spirit and found himself standing before a glorious throne in heaven, beholding the One that was seated there!
This throne was surrounded by twenty-four other thrones, on which were seated twenty-four elders dressed in white and crowned with golden crowns. (Revelation 4:4-11) Before the throne were seven lamps that were blazing and a sea of glass like crystal. These seven lamps are the seven spirits of God. John also saw four living creatures around the throne. These creatures were covered with eyes and had the appearance of various animals: lion, ox, eagle, and one had the face of a man. These creatures had a mission of worship. “Day and night they never stopped saying: “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” As they gave thanks, the twenty-four elders would fall on their faces and lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Worship and thanksgiving were and are ongoing around the throne in heaven. The elders worshiped God as Creator of all things!
John next noticed a scroll in the right hand of the One seated on the throne. An angel asked a question, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” (Revelation 5:2) A search was made and no one was found who was worthy and John began to weep. “Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” John then saw a Lamb, standing in the center of the throne and He took the scroll from the One (God). This brought a new song of worship from the elders, angels, and every creature in heaven and earth! “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever.” (Revelation 5:13)