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Revelation 4,1-3Then I saw, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven, and the first voice that I had heard speaking to myself like a trumpet that said: Come up, I will show you what should happen after this. Immediately I was seized by the spirit. And behold, there was a throne in heaven, and on the throne sat one. And whoever sat there looked like the stone jasper and sarder; and there was a rainbow around the throne, looking like an emerald.
  The next row of 7 in Revelation - the seven seals - also begin with a sanctuary scene. John hears the same voice again as in Revelation 1:10. The one sitting on the throne is God the Father, since Revelation 5: 6 also mentions Jesus Christ as he stands between the throne and the elders.

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).

 Revelation 4.4And around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones sat twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads.
  While the Bible does not explain exactly who these 24 elders are, we can try to provide an interpretation.

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.

 Revelation 4,5-8And from the throne came lightnings, voices, and thunder; and seven torches with fire burned before the throne, these are the seven spirits of God. And in front of the throne it was like a sea of ​​glass, like the crystal, and in the middle of the throne and around the throne four heavenly figures, full of eyes in front and behind. And the first shape was like a lion, and the second shape was like a bull, and the third shape had a human face, and the fourth shape was like a flying eagle. And each of the four figures had six wings ...
  Lightning, voices and thunder are elements that run through the sanctuary scenes in Revelation (cf. Revelation 8: 5).

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

 Revelation 4: 8-11And each of the four figures had six wings, and they were full of eyes outside and inside, and they had no rest day and night and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and who is and who is coming. And when the figures gave praise and honor and thanks to him who sat on the throne, who lives from eternity to eternity, the twenty-four elders fell down before him who sat on the throne, and worshiped him who lives from eternity to eternity, and laid their crowns before the throne, saying, Lord our God, you are worthy to receive praise and honor and strength; for you created all things, and by your will they were and were created.

  The Bible emphasizes in several places that we humans did not come into being by chance, but that we were created by a loving God (cf. evolution vs. creation). For this reason, God commands us to keep the Sabbath day holy in the 4th commandment. It is a day of remembrance of creation and creates space for worshiping God (cf. God's day of rest). God deserves praise and honor for this work of creation (cf. Jesus as Creator). For the same reason, those in heaven also worship their Creator.

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)!

 Revelation 5: 1-6And I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a book, written inside and out, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel who called out in a big voice: Who is worthy to open the book and break its seals? And no one, whether in heaven, on earth or under the earth, could open the book and look inside. And I cried a lot because no one was found worthy to open the book and look inside. And one of the elders said to me: Don't cry! Behold, the lion of the tribe of Judah has overcome the root of David to open the book and its seven seals. And in the midst of the throne and the four figures, and in the midst of the elders, I saw a lamb standing, as if slaughtered; It had seven horns and seven eyes, these are the seven spirits of God, sent into all the earth.
  Seated on the throne, God the Father holds an extremely important book in his hands: the book with the seven seals. But only the Lamb is worthy to open the book, Why?

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).

 Revelation 5: 7-10And it came and took the book from the right hand of him who was on the throne. And when she took the book, the four figures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the lamb, each with a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, and they sang a new song: You are worthy to take the book and open its seals; for you were slain, and with your blood you bought people for God from every tribe and language and people and nations and made them kings and priests of our God, and they will rule on earth.
  As we discussed in the previous verse, all people are sinners (cf. Romans 3:10). Without Jesus we would all be lost, as we cannot contribute anything to our salvation. But through his death and with his blood he bought us. Because Jesus was sinless, we can draw closer to God again. God reconciled the world to himself through Jesus (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:19). If we now accept Jesus, we are allowed to come closer to God again and thus become priests.

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.

 Revelation 5: 11-14And I saw and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and around the figures, and around the elders, and their number was many thousands of thousands; They said with a great voice, The Lamb that is slain is worthy to receive strength and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and praise and praise. And every creature that is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea and everything that is in them I heard say: To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and praise and power of Eternity to Eternity! And the four figures said: Amen! And the elders fell down and worshiped.
  Many thousands of thousands, if you look at it mathematically, equals millions of angels. So there must be an innumerable number of angels in heaven, all of whom serve God.