Revelation really confuses me sometimes. That is why I am only spending time writing about the things that make sense to me. Some of the things that don’t make sense to me in Revelation 4 are:
1. A rainbow that has only one color (“like an emerald”).
2. The twenty-four thrones and twenty-four elders. Who are these people? Does this have anything to do with the 144,000 mentioned later in Revelation?
3. The seven Spirits of God. God has seven Spirits?
4. Sea of glass. Huh?
5. A beast with many eyes. Very strange.
6. Four living creatures with six wings and many eyes. Even more strange.
Wish I could be of more help than to just make a list of things that puzzle me, however, it is better to admit I don’t know than to pretend I do, right?
This is what I do recognize, despite my amazing ignorance. The elders, whoever they are, are not moved by the “lightnings, and thunders, and voices” that come out of the throne, but when the creatures, “give glory, and honour, and thanks, to Him who is sitting upon the throne,” those elders come out of their seats. There is no terror in the worship taking place here, but spiritual intelligence about Who God is and what God does. Who God is: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is coming” and “who is living to the ages of the ages.” What God does: “…sitting upon the throne” and “create the all things, and because of Thy will are they, and they were created.” Their worship is demonstrated in that they give “glory, and honour, and thanks… fall down… bow…and they cast their crowns…” When the throne of God (the Reign of God) is in the temple (us), this is what happens in the heart of the believer – there is no longer terror of God. This is not to say that we lack a healthy fear of God, as in reverence. We understand His Sovereignty; we understand it is by His will that everything exists in the first place, and that everything continues to exist. The holiness and supremacy of God, past, present, and future, is the theme of this chapter.