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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Almighty God

Revelation 4:1-11 NIV

The Throne in Heaven


1 After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”

2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a Throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.

3 And the One Who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the Throne.

4 Surrounding the Throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.

5 From the Throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the Throne, seven Lamps were blazing. These are the seven Spirits of God.

6 Also before the Throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

In the center, around the Throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.

7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.

8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“Holy, Holy, Holy

is the Lord God Almighty,

Who was, and is, and is to come.”

9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to Him Who sits on the Throne and Who lives for ever and ever,

10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him Who sits on the Throne, and worship Him Who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the Throne and say:
 
11 “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.”

 

Verses 4:5-8

1. Before the Throne : John’s description moves now to the scene before the throne of God.

2. Seven Spirits of God = sevenfold (=completeness) work of  the Holy Spirit

3. Like a sea of glass, like crystal = the floor of God’s Throne-room.

4. In the center and around the Throne = describes the location of the four living creatures.

 

Four living creatures = Cherubim.

These heavenly beings are described in similar language in Isaiah 6:2;

“Above Him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.”

Ezekiel 10:20 explicitly identifies “living creatures” as cherubim;

“These were the living creatures I had seen beneath the God of Israel by the Kebar River, and I realized that they were cherubim.”

 

a. Full of eyes = the ability to see in all directions is necessary when one is charged with the responsibility to protect the Holiness of God.



b. Like a lion = forthcoming
c. Like a calf = forthcoming
d. Like a man = forthcoming
e. Like a flying eagle = forthcoming
f. Six wings = forthcoming
g. Eyes around and inside = forthcoming

 
They never stop saying;

“Holy, Holy, Holy

is the Lord God Almighty,

Who was, and is, and is to come.”

 

Not only are the Cherubim everywhere watching, but they are always praising God. This is a fabulous job.

Natural human response: it must get tiresome after a while. Angelic response: it’s never tiresome when God is the object of praise. Wait until we see Him.

 

The Almighty

Greek :  παντοκράτωρ

pantokrátōr (from pás, “all” and kratéō, “prevail”) – properly, almighty; unrestricted power exercising absolute dominion.

Hebrew : אֵ֣ל שַׁדַּ֔י  El Shadday Almighty God

It is the first self-designation God used for Himself in the Bible.

Genesis 17:1 records;

“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai” - God Almighty.” Serve Me faithfully and live a blameless life.””

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