What does Revelation 4 5
At this point John tries to use earthly means to describe the beauty of God. The rainbow, a sign of grace, placed in heaven by God after the flood, is a sign that God will never again judge the world by a flood (Genesis 7:13, 14).
The 24 elders wear white dresses and gold crowns. A white dress is usually a symbol that someone was washed clean of his sins through the sacrifice of Jesus by confessing his guilt (cf. Revelation 3: 5). According to Revelation 2:10, the crowns probably represent crowns of victory, i.e. they have overcome through Jesus.
It is also interesting that these 24 elders are mentioned before Jesus opens the book with the seven seals (cf. Revelation 5: 1). As we shall see in Revelation 6, the seven seals represent seven sections in the history of God's people from the time of Jesus' ascension to his second coming. Therefore, in terms of time, these 24 elders must be before the throne of God before the return of Jesus.
According to Matthew 27:52:53, some also rose from the graves at the resurrection of Jesus. Therefore, the 24 elders could be people who were resurrected with the resurrection of Jesus and have since served as priests before God.
Note: According to Hebrews 8: 5, the temple in Jerusalem was an image of the heavenly temple. In 1 Chronicles 24: 4, 5 we can read that from Aaron's descendants also 24 priests were assigned to the service of the sanctuary.
The four heavenly figures are very similar to the description of the cherobim (throne angels) in Ezekiel 1: 4-6 and Ezekiel 10. However, these cherobim (= mighty, great, strong) only have four wings, while the four figures here have six wings. In Isaiah we find another description of throne angels:
Isaiah 6: 1-3 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a high and exalted throne, and his hem filled the temple. Serafim stood over him; Each one had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts, all the earth are full of his glory.
We can therefore assume that the four figures are Serafim (= radiant, fiery, shining) who play a special role in the seals, the trumpets and the plagues.
The animal appearance of the Seraphim should certainly make their properties clear:
- Leo = dignity, power and danger
- Taurus = strength and perseverance
- Human = intelligence and wisdom
- Adler = speed, prudence and overview
Note: According to the Bible, the 7th day is not Sunday (cf. God's day of rest). Many churches keep Sunday as a day of rest and justify this with the fact that Jesus was resurrected on the 1st day of the week. But the Bible does not command us to do this, we should remember creation on the Sabbath (cf. Exodus 20: 8-11)!
The lamb is a symbol for Jesus in the Bible (cf. John 1:29). The slaughtered lamb refers to Jesus' death on the cross. This sacrifice enables Jesus, who is now in heaven as a lion expressing power and strength, to open the seals.
It is interesting that here the seven spirits of God are mentioned, which are sent into all lands. These seven spirits, obviously a symbol of the holy spirit available to the seven churches from Revelation 2/3, were poured out at Pentecost. In Acts 2:33, Peter connects the enthronement of Jesus with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. In this sanctuary scene, in which Jesus comes to the Father and is enthroned after his death on the cross and resurrection, it becomes clear that the sacrifice of Jesus with fire from heaven was accepted and confirmed by God through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through fiery tongues. From AD 31, Christ begins to open the scroll. The scroll thus describes the history of the church of Jesus. The seven seals represent seven historical periods, which are described in Revelation 6.
Note: According to Isaiah 59.2, sin is separation from God. Because everyone sins, we have all separated ourselves from God and should therefore die to eternal death. But the Son of God became man and died on the cross for our sins so that we would not have to bear the guilt of our wrongdoings. If we now confess our sins to Jesus, he forgives us. His blood, which he shed for us on the cross, cleanses us from all our guilt.
Anyone who confesses their sins and still does not feel better should be told that confession has nothing to do with feelings. If the Bible tells us that if we confess we will be freed from our sins, we can assume that it will be! Even if we don't feel it (cf. 1 John 1: 9).
Note: We do not need a priest to come closer to God, but through the death of Jesus we become priests ourselves because we are allowed to come closer to God again through Jesus.
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