It feels like the troubles and trials and pains of life will never stop. Time for me to crawl back before the throne of God, and to His word- the Source of Truth and Life and encouragement and strength and grace and mercy and forgiveness. Help me, Jesus, to make it through another day. My God is so almighty, why do I worry when I know that no one can stand against Him, against me, when I walk with Him?
“And from the throne proceed flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; and before the throne there was, as it were, a sea of glass like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. And the first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, ‘HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, is THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, who was and who is and who is to come.'” ~Revelation 4:5-8
Coming from the throne is thunder and lightning. A storm is coming upon the world, such as the world has never before seen. The seven lamps of fire burning, which are the seven Spirits of God- again, representative of the seven-fold ministry of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2). Also, remember, the number seven is the number of wholeness, perfection, completeness, in the Bible. There is a sea of glass like crystal before the throne, signifying holiness, righteousness, and the cleansing power of God’s word itself, like the bronze laver in the courtyard of the Temple and Tabernacle.
Now, about the four living creatures… remember the word like is used, so they weren’t actually lions, eagles, calves, etc. These are most likely angelic creatures, such as the seraphim in Isaiah 6, or cherubim described by Ezekiel in chapters 1 and 10. And by the way, Satan was a cherub- makes you think a bit differently about those cute little chubby babies with wings that we call cherubs, doesn’t it? He was in charge of guarding the throne of God, where these creatures are located in Revelation 4.
The faces can also be looked at as representative of Jesus as shown in the four Gospels: Matthew portrays Him as the Lion of Judah, the King; Mark shows Him as the Servant who became our sacrifice, the calf; Luke emphasized Him as the Son of Man, fully human; and in John’s Gospel, Jesus is the Word made flesh, fully God, an eagle flying from and back to heaven.
Look at what these angels are saying, “day and night they do not cease”- “‘HOLY, HOLY, HOLY'”. Three times they proclaim “‘THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY'” to be HOLY. One God, three persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- the Trinity.
Here is where we, the Church, get to cast our crowns before God, and join the angels- “And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, ‘Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.'” ~Revelation 4:9-11
We will worship the Creator, the One who lives forever and ever, He who is worthy to receive glory and honor and power. 🙂