Praise and Worship Service: Church age believers before the Throne of God.
In Revelation chapters 4 & 5 we get a glimpse of what we will see and experience right after the Rapture, the catching up of the followers of Jesus which will also include all those that had already died in Jesus. 1 Thes. 4: 13-18, John 14:2-3. We see us in heaven, before the Throne of God. It’s going to be one massive Praise and Worship Service.
Rev. 4 starts off with,
Rev. 4: 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.
Now what we see.
3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like 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. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. 6 Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
Check the Bible Lessons page for explanation of the 24 elders, the seven lamps, the sea of glass and comparison of Rev. 4: 1 with 1 Thes. 4: 16-17.
Here we see Jesus in all his Royalty. 3 And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. - The rainbow encircling the throne represents God the Father, Jesus and mankind in covenant together. We see the glory and power of God coming from the Throne. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. .. It’s going to be one amazing light and sound show.
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.
It’s believed the 4 living creatures represent Jesus in the 4 gospels, the fullness of Jesus in the gospel. This is Interesting.
Lion = Matthew, written to the Jews. Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
Ox = Mark, written to Romans. Jesus as a servant.
Face like a man = Luke, written to the Greeks. Jesus, son of man. Jesus in his humanity.
Eagle = John, written to the world. Jesus, God, eternal Word, Deity.
We see these four living creatures never stop praising God. They’re proclaiming the eternal gospel.
8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
Now the 24 elders.
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.”
The 24 elders are elders of the Church. They are representatives of the Church age believers. Again, for an explanation of the 24 elders check the Bible Lessons page. We see the 24 elders falling down before the Lord laying their crowns before him and give him honor and praise. I imagine every born again believer will be falling down before him laying are crowns down, worshiping and giving him glory. It’s going to be one amazing worship service. I imagine at the site of Jesus there won’t be a dry eye around the Throne.
We see in chapter 5 Jesus described as a Lamb, now in the center of the throne, standing. We see Jesus takes the scroll from God the Father. More praise, now with singing.
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God (the Holy Spirit of the New Covenant, the fullness of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) sent out into all the earth. 7 He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.
8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9 And they sang a new song, saying:
“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased for God
persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
and they will reign on the earth.”
Next we see all the angels praising him. All of heaven is praising him. Ten thousand was the largest number they had back then, so we see it multiplied by itself.
11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!”
Now every creature, all creation takes part in this worship and praise service.
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
After this worship service, for all the Church age believers, it will be as the Bride and Groom in the Bridal chamber. See the Bible Lesson, The Jewish Wedding and the Rapture.
This is only a glimpse of what we will see and experience. The Apostle Paul said,
1 Cor. 2: 9 But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
1 Cor. 13: 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.
We see all this taking place before Jesus opens the scroll, before he breaks the first seal. For more lessons check out the Bible Lessons page.
1 John 3:2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.
Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.