Vs. 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.” We now move into a section of Revelation that will speak to the things that will happen in the future. It’s a pretty humbling and awesome glimpse into the events that will happen in heaven. Reminiscent of the prophets before (Isaiah, Ezekiel and Daniel) John language and vision is similar. John is transported immediately to the throne in heaven (vs. 2). Contrary to great detail of other prophetic pictures of a God in His throne room, John actually doesn’t elaborate too much. This actually adds to the mystery and reminder that God is not impressed by earthly grandeur. Question: Who are the twenty-four elders? We are not given specific detail, but their purpose is clear; worshipping God. Some say angels, some say a mixture of Old & New Testament believers, others think it could be the twenty-four priests over the course of time (I Chronicles 24:4). These elders represent us, much like congress represents their people in their state. Question: What about the four living creatures? Ezekiel (Ezekiel 1) also gives us his version of what these creatures looked like. They are beyond human description, yet John does his best to explain them. The fact they have eyes all over their body denotes that nothing is hidden from them. Their purpose we see here is to proclaim the holiness of God. The twenty-four elders response of falling down before the Lord reminds all of us that He alone is worthy of praise (vs. 10-11).
Regarding application…How Great is Our God. Vs. 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.” God deserves our worship and praise. Notice, how the twenty-four elders lay their crowns at His feet. All that we have and all that we are must be laid down before the Lord. God isn’t just great because He is the creator of the universe. God is worthy of our worship because of the lamb that was slain for us. God created us in His image with mind, will and emotion. We have the ability to grasp the great love and sacrifice He Himself gave for us. Now the onus is upon each of us to respond to our great God. How will you respond? Will you lay down your crowns?