Verse By Verse Through Revelation (5:11-14)

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11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and also of the living creatures and of the elders. Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands.

The angels are always attentive to God’s command as seen in Matthew 18:10 which says, “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.” 

The phrase “Their number was countless thousands, plus thousands of thousands.” refers to an ocean of angels that’s innumerable.


12 They said with a loud voice:
The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing!

All the hosts of heaven give glory and praises to Jesus Christ.


13 I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, on the sea, and everything in them say:
Blessing and honor and glory and dominion
to the One seated on the throne,
and to the Lamb, forever and ever!

Not only did the angels give glory to Christ as well as the Father but every creature created by God gave them glory because He alone created all things and redeemed men for Himself.


14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

The elders worshiped the Living God, the Father, and the Son. Both are the One God who created the universe.

If you look at the Book of Deuteronomy you will find the Trinity in the most unlikely way that one would have missed.

Deuteronomy 6:4

4 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One (Echad).

The Hebrew word for “One” is a unified One. In Hebrew, there are two different words to say one in English.

1. Echad which means for an example: There’s “one” team out in the field or as “one” men together. A group which is considered as one is the idea of the word “Echad”

2. Yachid which means a numeric “one”, a literal one, for an example: I have one pencil left or there’s only one person in the house.

Deuteronomy 6:4 uses the word Echad to say the Lord is One.


“The Lord is One” is a picture of what you see in Revelation and at the same time how the Son can be worshiped just like the Father. That’s because God who is One exists as three persons but at the same time, all three are Yahweh which means I Am who I Am, who never had a beginning and always existed.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (5:6-10)

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6 Then I saw One like a slaughtered lamb standing between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent into all the earth.

“slaughtered lamb” is in reference to Jesus’ death on the cross for the sins of the world.

“Seven horns” and “seven eyes” all mean the same thing, the Holy Spirit. Horns in scripture refer to strength and the seven eyes are in reference to His omnipresence.


7 He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne.

Jesus walked towards the Father and took the scroll which the Father has given the Son all authority.


8 When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

After Jesus took the scroll, all those in God’s throne fell down and worshiped the Lamb Jesus Christ who is worthy of praises because He is God.

In verses 10-11 of chapter 4 in the Book of Revelation you see the living creatures (Seraphim) and the 24 elders worshipping the One seated on the throne which is God the Father. Now, in turn, they worship Jesus revealing that Jesus is God, the second person of the Godhead.

The prayers of all Christians are referred to as incense showing that God takes pleasure when we pray and seek His face. Just like incense permeates the dwelling where it’s lit so also our prayers reach the very throne of the Living God.


9 And they sang a new song:
You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because You were slaughtered,
and You redeemed people
for God by Your blood
from every tribe and language
and people and nation.

Those in God’s throne sang a new song to Jesus Christ praising Him for what He did for humanity on the cross. The cross was a big deal in heaven because it shows not only to us here on earth but also to the angels in heaven that God is love. Those who love Him He will never abandon just like the angels who didn’t rebel against God in heaven with Satan. (He has kept safe in heaven.?)


10 You made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they will reign on the earth.

“You made them a kingdom and priests to our God” mean that all Christians are ordained to bring offerings to the Lord that are acceptable to Him because we have the Spirit of the Living God living inside of us who teaches us how to please God.

How Do We Harmonize God’s Election And Men’s Choice (Free Will) To Believe In Jesus?

 

How does election and free will work? How do these two verses below harmonize together?

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2 Thessalonians 2:13

13 But we must always thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God has chosen you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

Matthew 23:37

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem! She who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, yet you were not willing!


Let’s dig deeper into scripture and see what it reveals.

1 Chronicles 17:11-15

11 When your time comes to be with your fathers, I will raise up after you your descendant, who is one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12 He will build a house for Me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be a father to him, and he will be a son to Me. I will not take away My faithful love from him as I took it from the one who was before you. 14 I will appoint him over My house and My kingdom forever, and his throne will be established forever.’” 15 Nathan reported all these words and this entire vision to David.

David wanted to build the temple for the Lord but he shed too much blood (that is in war) so that task was given to his future son Solomon who by the way didn’t exist yet.

1 Kings 5:2-5

2 Solomon sent this message to Hiram: 3 “You know my father David was not able to build a temple for the name of Yahweh his God. This was because of the warfare all around him until the Lord put his enemies under his feet. 4 The Lord my God has now given me rest all around; there is no enemy or crisis. 5 So I plan to build a temple for the name of Yahweh my God, according to what the Lord promised my father David: ‘I will put your son on your throne in your place, and he will build the temple for My name.’

In 1 Chronicles 17 God compares David’s future son (Solomon) with the deceased king Saul in election (pertaining to God’s choice/election) and their decision to believe in God (pertaining to their choice).

God knows before a person is created or born if they are going to believe in Him for salvation. He knows their heart’s decision. God creates a person knowing their decision already-elected for salvation and men’s choice to believe, working together. God didn’t create a robot but wanted the person to decide to truly love Him, real love, not one that’s manipulated. Both king Saul and Solomon before they were born God knew their decision yet the Lord still created them so their fate was already fixed or chosen by God through their choice that only God knew that they were going to make. The Lord didn’t have to look into the future but the moment that He had them in His mind to create them He knew instantaneously their choice or response to God’s Word.

1 Chronicles 10:13-14

13 Saul died for his unfaithfulness to the Lord because he did not keep the Lord’s word. He even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 but he did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.

King Saul rejected the Lord by rejecting God’s Word which showed that he never was truly saved. Here is a clear indication that because of his choice to reject the Lord’s invitation through obedience to the Word of God which is a byproduct of saving faith he couldn’t get saved.


1 King 6:11-13

11 The word of the Lord came to Solomon: 12 “As for this temple you are building—if you walk in My statutes, observe My ordinances, and keep all My commands by walking in them, I will fulfill My promise to you, which I made to your father David. 13 I will live among the Israelites and not abandon My people Israel.”

Why would God give Solomon a choice to obey Him if the Lord prior to the verses above said that He wasn’t going to abandon him? Even though we see God’s choice or election He still gives men a choice.

In 1 Chronicles 17 verse 13 you see God’s election and in the verses above you see God giving Solomon a choice which by the way God knew His choice already. We are seeing election and choice working together. We might not understand all the details how it works with salvation but it doesn’t give us the right to choose one over the other. To choose one over the other puts one in a position to disregard the rest of the scripture and will make the two seem contradictory.

We must not be biased in choosing one over the other as some theologians have done and come up with some unbiblical interpretations. We must harmonize the two concepts as both are taught in scripture.

Anything beyond the harmonizing of these two concepts is plain assertion on who’s right or wrong which stems from pride because they are relying more on their understanding instead of the Holy Spirit’s thus causing division which Paul addressed in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17; 3:1-4,21-23

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (5:1-5)

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1 Then I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll with writing on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

Here is the introduction of a series of judgments that’s coming upon the whole earth and those who dwell in it.

The phrase “Then I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll” is in reference to God the Father.

Seven seals refer to seven different judgments that are on the scroll.


2 I also saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?”

The phrase “Who is worthy to open the scroll” does not suggest that Almighty God cannot open it but it is in reference to the One who was victorious over sin and death. Sin, because He was tempted by Satan yet, did not sin (Matthew 4:1-11; Hebrews 4:15) and death because He rose from the grave (Acts 2:24). Jesus Christ is worthy to open the scroll because He alone was victorious and that victory came through His death and resurrection.


3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or even to look in it.

No one was worthy because no one in heaven could have done what Jesus did on earth, that is the cross.

All judgment and authority were given to Jesus from the Father to judge the earth for rejecting Him and for worshipping Satan and his demons through idols, witchcraft and worldly lust.


4 And I cried and cried because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or even to look in it.

John, started to weep because no one was able to open the scroll and see what the Word of God was about to reveal.

The reason could be he thought that was because he saw that God seated on the throne couldn’t open it. It still didn’t dawn on him the full scope of the power of the cross regarding the end time judgments until it was revealed to him.


5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop crying. Look! The Lion from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has been victorious so that He may open the scroll and its seven seals.”

One of the 24 elders proclaimed to John that the reason why no one could open the scroll was because it was only reserved for Jesus Christ who was slaughtered for the sins of the world and was victorious.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (4:11)

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11 Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.

The 24 elders declare that only God is worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. One of the reason is given because He created all things which would reflect their praises

This verse is doing a play on words, first, it is addressing the Father but at the same time shifts to Jesus Christ.

Verse 11 clearly identifies Jesus and the Father as being the same God.

Let’s look at a parallel with the phrase “because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created

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Colossians 1:16-17 which says, “16 For everything was created by Him, (Him refers to Jesus in this passage) in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 17 He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.

There’s only one God and one creator who revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ.