Verse 4 opens up with a question ‘who are these elders?’
John sees 24 other thrones surrounding the throne of God and 24 elders seated on them.
Some scholars say they are angelic beings.
I tend to agree with Jeff Lasseigne that these are ‘men’representing both testaments of the Scriptures.
Angels are ministering and serving beings and we never see them sitting before God.
Only that privilege is given to redeemed people of God.
I go with the understanding that these are 12 from Old Testaments and 12 from New Testament.
They are also dressed in white robes and golden crowns signify their redeemed status.
John sees the Triune God in HIS majesty and Glory and Awesome power.
The lightning and thunder reflect the awesome majesty of God and the divine authority to judge HIS creation.
Holy Spirit of God represented by 7 blazing lamps is in front of the throne but not on the throne.
Verse 6 speaks of ‘a sea of glass, clear as crystal’.
I kind of imagine this to be literal as the throne of God stands on sea of glass.
Exodus 24:9-10 shed some light on this mysterious sea of glass.
In front of the throne looks like a clear sea of glass tells us that God’s throne is separated from His creation.
I just visualize but don’t know exactly what is sea of glass really means.
Verse 6 Apostle John describes 4 angelic beings with 4 different faces, 6 wings and eyes all over their bodies.
These living creatures were mentioned in the Old Testaments.
One thing is very clear that they are very close to the throne of God than any other created beings.
They are in constant praise and worship of God and they never stop saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’ who was, and is, and is to come.”
Not only these 4 creatures worship God constantly but the 24 elders who represent all the redeemed children of God engage in the constant worship.
The created beings acknowledge that God who is sitting on the throne is the Creator God.
God of the Bible is described as the one who is sitting on throne in heaven is being worshipped forever by the redeemed and the angelic beings.
The most unique feature of the God of Bible is HE IS HLOY.
We never come across such depth in description of other gods of other religions.
The whole essence of our God is HOLY and everything revolves around this fact.
This awesome image of God compels the creature to be fearful and reverent.
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”
True worship of God begins with reverential fear of God.
Apostle John gives us a glimpse of God the Father on the Throne who demands worship from HIS creation always.
Worship is the essence of church gathering.
We gather in Church to give glory, praise, honor and submission to the ONE who sits on the throne.
As we gather every Sunday, we worship God in singing, in prayer, in giving, and in studying HIS Word.
As the Psalmist says, “Worship the Lord in the splendor of HIS HOLINESS.”
As people of God gather together, they worship God corporately in the Church.
Never take Sunday worship lightly or casually because we worship a Holy God.