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 hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
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.
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
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 God.
And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
And the four beasts 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.
And when those beasts 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,
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.
You are Worthy
Why is the message the four creatures gave different from what the twenty four elders said to Christ? Could it be that the four creatures viewed God differently than the elders? The creatures who had not experienced redemption saw the holiness of God. All creation can recognize His purity, His majesty, and His holiness. But to those of us who have been redeemed, He is far more than just holy, He is worthy. Their song does not have the joy that the song of the redeemed has. The elders had once been dead in their sins and slaves to sin. They had no ability to please God or know a way to be cleansed from sin. The provision for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ was revealed to them and they accepted God’s gift. When they stood before the throne of God, they laid down their crowns and said, “You are worthy…” How one responds to God reveals his view of God and the value he places on the gift God has given him. How do you respond to God? Why not take some time today in private to express to God how you feel about all He has done for you. Whether or not you live what you say, will reveal your heart’s condition.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?