Looking Into Heaven continued – Rev. 4 & 5
Rev. 4:8, “And the four living ones had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” Their “six wings” tell us of their freedom of movement, they are not bound, but free to do what the Lord wants them to do. They never move or act independent of Him, but in harmony and agreement with Him. Ezekiel calls these living ones – cherubims. These saints execute God’s will on earth and they will continue their spiritual activities in heaven.
“Full of eyes within,” speaks of having discernment and understanding. We should all have a discernment of truth and error by knowing the Word of God. But there is a gift of discernment given by the Holy Spirit. These saints can see (view) the things of God. What is their chief activity? Worship. In Revelation, the living ones generally lead in worship, they are first to praise the Lord.
The 24 elders and the four living ones together represent the highest rank of believers, the kings and priests mentioned in Chapter 1:6 & 5:10. The elders are ruling kings on thrones and the living ones are seen in priestly activity. This company of overcoming saints are priestly kings and kingly priests. Song of Sol. 6:13, “What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company (one company) of two armies (kings and priests).” They shall reign with Christ con-jointly. As to the kingly nature, we are learning to overcome and rule now over different things. We become kings even now because we are going to judge angels one of these days. I Cor. 6:3, “Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?” Concerning the priestly nature, we worship Him now, pouring our love upon Him.
Vs. 9-10, “And when those living ones give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,” They suffered to get those crowns and they held fast to keep them, but when they come before the Lord Jesus Christ they don’t care to keep them any more. They have come before Him who is more worthy than they. No matter how much we attain from the Lord, or how much we grow, we always realize that it is His worthiness that we have anything.
V. 11, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” They worship the Creator, their Creator. He is going to take that authority as Creator of all things that belongs to Him, The authority has been given Him. He is the worthy One, all glory, honor, and power is His. The worship of Him grows greater and greater throughout this book. We learn to worship the Lord now, but we will praise Him more in heaven than we do now.
Chapter 5 next time.