4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up here, and I will show you things which must be hereafter.
In Revelation 1:19, John was told to write the things which had already happened, the things which were, and the things thereafter. The SAVIOR revealed to John the past and present spiritual condition of the Church in chapters two and three, but he had not yet revealed himself. The following chapters will reveal the SAVIOR’s relationship with the Church by revealing himself in connection with them.
John was aware of the condition of the Church; otherwise, he would not have felt the need to go to the isle of Patmos for the Word of Yahweh. At the very onset of John’s vision, he stated he was in the Spirit, which did not mean that he was invisible but that he was receiving information beyond the natural realm of understanding.
The “door opening in heaven” symbolizes an opening into a greater revelation than what was known by the Church at that time. The book of Revelation is introduced as the revealing of the Anointed SAVIOR. The “door opening in heaven” signified that the SAVIOR was going to reveal (open) himself to John.
The first time a trumpet was used in the Old Testament was at the foot of Mount Sinai. At the sound of the trumpet, the people could come up the mount (Ex. 19:13). By being obedient to the trumpet sound, the people could come into the presence of Yahweh and communicate with him, but they were too frightened. John was, also, given an invitation into Yahweh’s heavenly realm. The Holy Spirit opened his spiritual eyes so he could understand the mystery of the Kingdom of Yahweh, which is the Anointing in man (Col. 1:26). Unlike the Israelites, John obeyed the voice of the trumpet even in his fear, and his obedience brought him into the realm with the FATHER (Rev. 1:17). Great things happened when Yahweh sounded his trumpet.
4:2 And immediately I [John] was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
The number “one” is the symbol of unity; it excludes all differences. There was only one that set on the throne. To become one with the FATHER is to harmonize with him in Spirit and Word.
John’s mind had entered a spiritual realm where he could understand what he was seeing, and he heard from the One on the throne of righteousness.
1 Cor. 2:12-16, Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of Yahweh; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of Yahweh. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual [discerns]
judges all things, yet he himself is [discerned] judged of no man. For who has known the mind of Yahweh, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of the Anointed.
John understood the Power of all powers; he saw the King of kings as he looked into the realm of the FATHER and the Son. The SAVIOR was the one in the midst of the seven churches
4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Here we see Yahweh in his glory (beauty). He is introduced as being like a jasper and a sardine stone so the churches could understand his value and beauty in their lives.
- Jasper is an opaque, usually red, yellow, or brown in color. This mineral breaks with a smooth surface, and is used for ornamentation or as a gemstone (precious stone).
- Sardine stone is a gem (precious stone) of a blood-red color. It was called “sardius” because it was obtained from Sardis in Lydia.
- Emeralds come in many shades of green and bluish green. There is a wide spectrum of clarity, dependent on the inclusions and fractures in the crystal.
Yahweh used a rainbow as a sign of his covenant with man. When we understand the spiritual significance of the rainbow, we will have a better understanding of man’s relationship with the FATHER. The revelation of the rainbow covenant reveals Yahweh’s character and his relationship with man. Noah and his family only saw a rainbow, but Yahweh was giving mankind an insight into himself.
- Red represents Yahweh’s judgment upon sin and his love for humanity.
- Orange represents Yahweh’s perception, creativity, strength and determination.
- Yellow represents Yahweh’s honor and his loyalty to his creation.
- Green represents Yahweh’s perseverance, patience, and his life-force.
- Blue represents Yahweh’s divinity, wisdom, intelligence, and his integrity.
- Indigo represents Yahweh’s magnitude, eternalness, and spirituality.
- Purple represents his royalty, supreme power, nobility, and majesty.
The rainbow around the throne symbolizes Yahweh’s character, power, and abilities—his very essence of who and what he is.
4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty [seats, power]
thrones, and upon the [seats] thrones I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads [laurels] crowns of gold.
The twenty-four elders represent the 12 tribes that Yahweh used to introduce the Old Testament administration and the 12 disciples that introduced the New Testament administration. He brought the Old Testament the New Testament into one spiritual government, which is the Kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Heb. 11:40, Yahweh having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
The word “elders” means “seniors.” Yahweh gave mankind dominion over the earth and crowned him with glory and honor.
Ps. 8:4-6, What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visited him? For you have made him a little lower than the [Elohiym]
angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor. You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet. (Also see Heb. 2:6-10.)
Surrounding the throne were twenty-four elders sitting on twenty-four thrones. A throne indicates control and influence. The twenty-four elders around about the throne signify that they were under subjection to the One on the throne. In Revelation 5:9, the elders were said to be redeemed out of every kindred, tongue, people and nation. They were redeemed by the blood [life] of the lamb and made a kingdom of priests to reign on the earth. The twenty-four elders represent the government of Yahweh in his believers—the royal priesthood.
1 Peter 2:7-9-10, Unto you therefore which believe he is precious… You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of Yahweh: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
In the KJV of the Bible, these twenty-four elders are seen sitting before the SAVIOR’s throne wearing laurels, translated as *crowns. These crowns were not diadems (a king’s crown); they were laurels that were worn to symbolize a victor’s glory and honor that was bestowed upon them by the King of kings.
*Crown # 4735 stephanos (stef’-an-os); – from an apparently primary stepho (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, 1238), literally or figuratively:
The use of laurels (wreathes) go back to ancient cultures such as Persia, Rome and Greece. Originally, the laurel was a fabric headband which was sometimes adorned with jewels. A laurel was called a diadem, from the Greek word “diadema” which means “a thing bound around.” The laurel was a symbol of victory.
Wreaths: quoted from Askabout.com:
“Around 776 B.C., wreaths made of laurel or olive leaves were used to crown winners of Olympic games as prizes. The olive branch became the symbol for peace because the games were not held during war periods. Later when the games moved to different cities, each host city would award head garlands made of branches from local trees.”
Paul must have been accustomed to the use of laurels for he said he was to receive a crown of righteousness for winning the race against sin and death.
2 Tim. 4:7-8, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Peter called the laurel a crown of glory.
1 Pet. 5:1-4, The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of the Anointed, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of Yahweh which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over Yahweh’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown of glory that fades not away.
In the book of James, we find the laurel referred to as the crown of Life.
James 1:12, Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of Life, which the Lord has promised to them that love him.
In the first book of Thessalonians the laurel is called the crown of rejoicing.
1Thes. 2:19, For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord the Anointed SAVIOR at his coming?
In the scriptures above, all the “crowns” mentioned were originally “laurels.” The elders’ crowns were not crowns for a king. Laurels were given to show honor for one’s achievement and to make the wearer shine for others to see and share in his victory. The 24 elders had run the race; they had been faithful. They received honor and glory for being faithful.
4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of Yahweh.
Thunders and lightnings proceeding from the throne of Yahweh is an excellent representation of Yahweh’s voice and his enlightenment.
2 Sam. 22:14, Yahweh thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
Ps. 43:3, O send out your light and your truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto your holy hill, and to your tabernacles.
Ps. 77:18, The voice of your thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened (enlightened) the world: the earth trembled and shook.
When Yahweh spoke to the people on Mt. Sinai, he used lightnings and thunderings to get their attention (Ex. 19:16). Flashes of light represent truth coming forth from the throne of Yahweh. The thunder represents the voice of Yahweh. The thunder and lightning always brought the Israelites’ attention. It meant that Yahweh was going to give instructions, directions, or a reprimand; therefore, they needed to stop and listen.
The seven Spirits of Yahweh that were lamps of fire burning before the throne were: (1) power (2) riches (3) wisdom (4) strength (5) honor (6) glory (7) blessing. These seven Spirits are found in Revelation 5:12 and 7:12 and will be explained in chapter five of Revelation. Our God is a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29).
4:6 And before the throne [the SAVIOR with power] there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four Living Creatures full of eyes before and behind [all seeing capabilities].
How to make glass: quoted from The Household Cyclopedia of General Information.
“The earths are silica (the basis of flints), lime, and sometimes a little alumina (the basis of clay). Silica constitutes the basis of glass. It is employed in the state of fine sand or flints; and sometimes for making very fine glass, rock crystal is employed. When sand is used, it ought, if possible, to be perfectly white, for when it is colored with metallic oxides the transparency of the glass is injured. Such sand can only be employed for very coarse glasses. It is necessary to free the sand from all the loose earthy particles with which it may be mixed, which is done by washing it well with water. Lime renders glass less brittle, and enables it to withstand better the action of the atmosphere.”
“The heat in the furnace must be kept up until the glass is brought to a state of perfect fusion; and during this process any scum which arises must be removed by ladles. When the glass is perfectly melted, the glass-blowers commence their operations.”
The word “sea” comes from the word “salt;” it is a body of water that has salt in it. All that is required to make glass is a little sand, a little salt, a little lime, and a lot of heat.
Let’s consider the elements that make a sea of glass:
Water, the first ingredient that makes up a sea, is the symbol of Yahweh’s Word, the SAVIOR manifested in flesh. Just as water washes away dirt, so does the Word wash away our sins as it reveals our lack, our unrighteousness.
The white sand symbolizes the Church, the believers who had been washed in the Word. As they became one with the Word, it purified them and cleaned their minds from corruption. Sin was condemned in flesh. The Church was cleansed by the blood of the SAVIOR, and they were brought into Life by the Anointed Word.
Eph. 5:25-27, Husbands, love your wives, even as the Anointed also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
White sand represents the unlimited measure of Yahweh’s people—the restitution of all people:
Gen. 22:15-18, And the angel of Yahweh called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said,…I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore.
Hosea 1:10, Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered.
Gal. 3:7, Know you therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
Salt represents a good attitude:
Lev. 2:13, And every oblation of your meat offering shall you season with salt; neither shall you suffer the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your meat offering: with all your offerings you shall offer salt.
Matt. 5:13, You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mark 9:49-50, For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt. Salt is good: but if the salt has lost his saltiness, wherewith will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Col. 4:6, Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.
Lime represents Yahweh’s grace. It softens the glass so it will not be easily broken. Grace keeps us going. Grace is the extended time we have to come into righteousness.
John 1:14, And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the FATHER,) full of grace and truth.
Eph. 2:5-10, Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with the Anointed, (by grace you are saved;) And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in the Anointed
SAVIOR: That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through the Anointed SAVIOR. For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of Yahweh: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in the Anointed SAVIOR unto good works, which Yahweh has before ordained that we should walk in them.
Fire or heat, represents correction, judgment; it is used for the cleansing process of one’s mind:
1 Cor. 3:13-15, Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1 Pet. 1:7, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of the Anointed SAVIOR.
Heb. 1:7, And of the angels he said, Who makes his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Isa. 4:4-6, When Yahweh shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. And Yahweh will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
All the ingredients that created this sea of glass before the throne were symbolic to the churches’ spiritual walk with the FATHER. They had to be washed by the water of the Word of truth. Their false doctrines had to be exposed and cast out of their minds. This cleansing was not going to be easy; they were going to go through the fiery trials and tribulations. By grace those who endured the cleansing would be a sweet savor unto Yahweh; they would be the salt of the earth, they would be those who would shine light into our generation. If they walked in righteousness before Yahweh, by their fruit, their lives would be clear as crystal to those whom they came in contact with. They would be reflections of their FATHER in earthen vessels.
The Greek word for “beast” means “Living Creature.” In the scriptures below, I replaced the word “creature” with “Living Creature.” A Living Creature is different than a beast. A beast has animal characteristics, but these Living Creatures have the characteristics of Life.
4:7 And the first Living Creature was like a lion, and the second Living Creature like a calf, and the third Living Creature had a face as a man, and the fourth Living Creature was like a flying eagle.
These four Living Creatures represent the SAVIOR and his anointed Body:
- The first Living Creature is the Lion – the mightiest among the wild beast; he represents the SAVIOR’s natural linage.
- The second Living Creature is the Calf (Bullock) – the mightiest among the domestic animals; he represents the SAVIOR’s freewill offering. From the age of twelve to his crucifixion he went about his FATHER’s business; he freely gave his entire life as a freewill offering.
- The third Living Creature is the Man – the mightiest of all flesh; he represents our SAVIOR’s ministry on earth.
- The forth Living Creature is the Eagle – the mightiest among the birds; he represents our SAVIOR in his Body, the Church (Christians) as they sore above adversity.
First the SAVIOR is called the Lion of the natural linage of Judah (Rev. 5:5). He ruled over sin in the flesh-realm with the strength of a lion.
Rom. 1:3, Concerning his Son the Anointed SAVIOR our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh.
Gen. 49:8-12, Judah, you are he whom your brethren shall praise: your hand shall be in the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Messiah (Shiloh) come. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine (Holy Spirit), and his clothes in the blood of grapes: his eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.
Second, the SAVIOR is called the calf, the volunteer offering. A bullock is a male calf and is known for his strength. Here we see the SAVIOR as a calf giving himself, the Anointed Word in flesh, freely to expose sin. He knew that the Word as well as his flesh would be crucified by the beastly nature in men, the very nature he was exposing (see Lev. 1:2-3).
John 10:17-18, Therefore does my FATHER love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man takes it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my FATHER.
John 1:29, The next day John sees the SAVIOR coming unto him, and said, Behold the Lamb of Yahweh, which takes away the sin of the world.
John 3:17, For Yahweh sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The SAVIOR brought salvation to the Church through the Word. For the lack of knowledge the people were perishing (Hos. 4:6).
Heb. 10:15-16, Whereof the Holy Spirit also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, said Yahweh, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them.
The new covenant focused on a “heart and mind change” that would be permanent and very effective. The mind and the heart had to become one with the Holy Spirit.
These messengers would not have caused their followers to rebel against the Anointed Word if they had understood the above scriptures. The Word had to be understood, and their emotions and desires had to become one with the Holy Spirit of Righteousness. Change could only take place when the mind, body, and soul became one with the SAVIOR—fulfilling the scripture:
John 17:21, That they all may be one; as you, FATHER, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me.
Third, the SAVIOR is the son of humankind (John 5:26, 27). Yahweh gave the human race dominion over the works of his hands (Gen. 1:26). The SAVIOR, as human, had dominion over the works of his FATHER and he disallowed sin in his temple—the strength and ability of the flesh man was fulfilled in him.
Gen. 1:26, Elohiym said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over… all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
John 14:17-20, Even the Spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also. At that day you shall know that I am in my FATHER, and you in me, and I in you.
As a man, the SAVIOR came to the lost house of Israel (Matt. 15:24), but as a Life-giving Spirit, he came to all races, nationalities, and to both genders. As a man, his ministry was limited to a small group of people. But as a quickening spirit, he is unlimited and available to whosoever desires truth and righteousness.
Acts 2:17a-21, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will show wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Isaiah 11:1-2 explains the SAVIOR’s ministry and his words were repeated in Luke 4:18-19. Notice, the word “vengeance” in Isaiah was changed to “acceptable” in Luke.
The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me; because Yahweh has anointed me to:
· preach good tidings unto the meek;
· bind up the brokenhearted,
· proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
· proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh, and the day of vengeance of our God; comfort all that mourn; (Vengeance – punishment that is inflected in return for a wrong.)
· appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
· give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he might be glorified. [Beauty – embellishment that is a fancy head-dress.)]
Fourth, as the Eagle, the SAVIOR in his anointed Body has the authority to bring judgment. (Jer. 48:40; 49:22; Deut. 28:49). An eagle’s advantage is his ability to sore above all others, making him able to see the whole picture, therefore, able to make good judgment.
Hosea 8:1, Set the trumpet to your mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the House of Yahweh, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law.
Isa. 9:6-7, For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting FATHER, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of Yahweh of hosts will perform this.
John 5:26-27, For as the FATHER has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself; And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
4:8 And the four Living Creatures had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of [vision]
eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
You will see as you read the scriptures below that the number six represents labor. The six wings on each of the Living Creatures represent the works that the SAVIOR did—the work he was doing at that present time, and the work that he was going to do in the future in relation to man. In each stage, there was work to be done.
- The SAVIOR as the Lion ruled over sin;
- The SAVIOR as the Bullock offered himself freely;
- The SAVIOR as the Man ministered the Anointed Word;
- The SAVIOR as the Eagle joined himself to his Body to manifest the FATHER.
Six symbolizes the number of man and beast. It embodies the lust of his flesh, the lust of his eyes, and his pride of life (1 John 2:16). Man is incomplete without Yahweh. The four Living Creatures each had six wings which represent the work of the SAVIOR for man ( 1) the SAVIOR dethroned the son of perdition (man of sin) (2) He freely offered himself as a sacrifice for man (3) He manifested the Word and Spirit of Yahweh to man (4) he joined himself, as the Spirit of Truth, to man on the day of Pentecost.
Exod. 20:9, Six days shall you labor, and do all your work:
Exod. 31:17, It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days Yahweh made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.
Lev. 25:3-4, Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof; But in the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of rest unto the land, a Sabbath for Yahweh: you shall neither sow your field, nor prune your vineyard.
Deut. 15:12, If your kindred (brother), an Hebrew man, or an Hebrew woman, be sold unto you, and serve you six years; then in the seventh year you shall let him go free from you.
The Living Creatures were not “full of eyes,” they had full vision. All things were visible unto them; in other words, they were full of knowledge and nothing was hidden from them. The SAVIOR was the Truth, the Way, and the Life and nothing was hidden from him.
John 14:6, The SAVIOR said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the FATHER, but through [by] me.
John 16:13, Howbeit when he, the Spirit of Truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.
Prov. 15:3, The eyes of Yahweh are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.
Mark 4:22, For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was anything kept secret, but that it should come abroad. (See also Isa. 52:6-9.)
The SAVIOR is about his FATHER’s business as he is represented by each creature. He will not rest until his work is complete.
Luke 2:49, The SAVIOR said unto his parents, “How is it that you sought me? wist you not that I must be about my FATHER’s business?”
John 4:34, The SAVIOR said unto them, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.”
John 19:30, After the SAVIOR had received the vinegar, he said, “It is finished:” and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost—he ended the Levitical order.
The Living Creatures said, “Holy, holy, holy.” The word “holy” is to be physically pure and morally blameless. As the SAVIOR is represented as each Living Creature, he reveals the nature of his FATHER, his will, and authority (John 5:43; John 1:1-14). In each creature, his life was a praise unto his FATHER. He said, “I do nothing of myself; but as my FATHER has taught me, I speak these things” (John 8:28). The SAVIOR was devoted to Yahweh in all his thirty-three and half years on the earth; he was a manifestation of Yahweh’s holiness.
Peter testified of the SAVIOR, saying, Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth (1 Pet. 2:21). He manifested holiness. I found it interesting that the word “guile” means the same thing as “subtil” in Genesis 3:1: “The serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field….”
During adversity, the Spirit of Righteousness and Love shined through the SAVIOR. When he was being crucified, he said, “FATHER, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:33-34). In the SAVIOR’s time of suffering he remained holy.
2 Cor. 4:6-7, Yahweh, who commanded the Light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of Yahweh in the [presence]
face of the Anointed SAVIOR. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of Yahweh, and not of us. He is holy.
John 8:26-28, I have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him.
They understood not that he spoke to them of the FATHER. Then said the SAVIOR unto them, When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my FATHER has taught me, I speak these things.
Rom. 14:17, For the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Our SAVIOR’s very nature revealed Love to the Church. The world could not see Yahweh nor understand him, but the SAVIOR in each form of the Living Creatures proclaimed his FATHER’s holiness to the Church.
The twenty-four elders give honor to Yahweh:
4:9 And when those give glory and honor and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that lives forever and ever, and cast their [laurels]
crowns before the throne, saying,
11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created.
Here we see the twenty-four elders casting down their laurels of honor to honor Yahweh; thereby, symbolizing their total submission to Yahweh. They gave up their position of honor and authority in their humanity and gave recognition to a greater honor and authority by casting their laurels before the throne. The SAVIOR had already won this race. The government of man lost its glory in light of the glory of the SAVIOR. Mankind was governed by the desires of his flesh until the Kingdom of Yahweh was set up on earth. On the day of Pentecost, the Kingdom of Yahweh was in earth—in man (John 14:23).
1 Cor.3:16, Know you not that you are the temple of Yahweh, and that the Spirit of Yahweh dwells in you?
1 Tim. 1:17, Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
At this time, the Levitical Priesthood was being replaced by the Melchisedec Priesthood. The SAVIOR set up his FATHER’s Kingdom on earth; therefore, the elders casting their laurels before the throne and giving honor and glory unto Yahweh was a way of showing their acceptance of his Kingdom of Righteousness and his authority.
Heb. 5:10, Being made perfect, he (the SAVIOR) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of Yahweh an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
Heb. 7:1-3, This Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God….first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem (peace), which is, King of peace; without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of Yahweh; abides a priest continually.