Prophecy – Part 55 – God is Deserving of Praise, Revelation 4:6-11
In our last study we examined the fact that God is supreme. Today we want to examine a little further God’s Sovereignty and Omnipotence, as we examine additional Scripture that without question proves these facts.
First, we will look at the fact the world is to praise God for His sovereignty and omnipotence. The Bible reflects in several areas that this is true of God.
“I KNOW that thou canst do EVERY THING, and that no thought can be withholden (withheld) from thee” (Job 42:2, emphasis added, KJV).
Job 2-6 – Job repented before God. He made a threefold confession (see verses 1-3):
- That God’s power is unlimited (Job 42:2).
- That God’s plans are perfect (Job 42:2).
- That he had misused his tongue; He had claimed to know…
- Things he did not understand (Job 4:3).
- Things about God too wonderful to know (Job 4:3).
Job acknowledged God’s gracious invitation (see verses 4-6):
- To Listen to Him speak (Job 4:4).
- To respond to the LORD (Job 4:4).
(Job 4:5) Further, Job acknowledged that God had spoken and revealed Himself to him. Also, he confessed his unworthiness and repented of his sins (Job 4:6).
NOTE: The point is that Job acknowledged his sins and repented. Handling sins for the Christian in the Age of Grace is the same – see I John 1:5-10. Remember that you have the Holy Spirit, who is God, indwelling you in the Age of Grace and so you cannot fool God (Ephesians 1:12-14).
A. GOD IS ETERNAL AND NOTHING CAN HINDER HIM BECAUSE HE IS SOVEREIGN:
“But our God is in the heavens: he hath done WHATSOEVER he hath pleased” (Psalm 115:3, KJV).
“Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let (hinder) it?” (Isaiah 43:13, emphasis added, KJV).
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE’ ” (Matthew 19:26, emphasis added, KJV; see also Romans 16:25).
B. NOW CONSIDER THAT ALL THE WORLD IS TO PRAISE GOD FOR HIS ETERNAL EXISTENCE:
“For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever” (Deuteronomy 32:40, KJV).
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27, KJV).
“Thy name, O Lord, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O Lord, is throughout all generations…” (Psalm 135:13).
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that ONE DAY is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8, emphasis added, KJV, see also Revelation 1:8).
What an indictment against man, including many Christians. How little we praise and worship God—truly praise and worship Him.
- There are four beings that we have looked at before, that were created to worship God day and night, never to cease from worshiping Him (Revelation 4:6-11; 5:6-14).
- Four beings who cry out day and night the glorious praise: “…Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which WAS and is, and is TO COME” (Revelation 4:8, emphasis added, KJV).
Before we move into chapter five let’s think again a little more about the Elders of Revelation and their function. They have several functions and think about similar functions for the current day Christian. There are lessons to be learned as we review the Elders and their functions, so be aware and apply.
They show subjection and subservience. They fall down before the throne of God. They yield all they are and have to Him. Certainly we should follow their example. Or we might say, what a lesson for us! We must learn how GREAT our God really is. We should remember that He dwells in such glory and majesty, dominion and power that WE OWE HIM our lives and all we are. Listen again to Scripture and recognize how simple it is to carry out what God considers a reasonable exercise of praise.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY, ACCEPTABLE unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: But be ye TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind, that ye may PROVE what is that good, and ACCEPTABLE and PERFECT will of God” (Romans 12:1-2, emphasis added, KJV).
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to recognize that God is expressing the fact that Christians are to be OBEDIENT and DEVOTED to God.
- Everything THE CHRISTIAN is or hopes to be has to be dedicated to the worship and service of God.
- Anything less than total devotion is short of God’s glory; it is sin.
- Because this is true when discussing the believer’s relationship to God, Scripture is strong in its exhortation.
Without equivocation, Scripture urges total devotion. Notice that IN Romans 12:1 we have dedication, commitment and devotion strongly urged. The word “therefore” launches a new subject for discussion. It connects what is about to be said to what has been said. What has been said is this:
- The world desperately needs to get right with God (Romans 1:18-3:20).
- The way for the world to get right with God is now clearly revealed through God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The way is justification: believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and having God count one’s faith as righteousness (Romans 3:21-5:21). Challenge; have you actually accepted Christ as your personal Savior (John 3:16). If not, why not???? Don’t you want to go to heaven???
- The true believer can now be sanctified, that is, set apart to God and set free from sin to life eternal by the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-8:39).
- The believer or the church, not Israel, is now God’s choice to carry the gospel of His Son to the whole world (Romans 9:1-11:36).
NOTE: Much more could be said but we will return to Revelation and the Elders of Revelation 4.
The first thing we learn about the Elders of Revelation 4:10 is bound up in subjection and subservience. The Elders fall down before the throne of God (Revelation 4:10). They yield ALL they are and have to Him (Romans 12:1-2).
- Good Question: “Have you considered this for your own life?” If not yet, why not? If you want to show your love for the Lord Jesus Christ, see John 14:15 (commandments).
FACT: Every true Christian must learn how truly great God is — that He dwells in such glory and majesty, dominion and power that WE owe Him our lives and our all.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God): for he who COMES TO GOD must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6, emphasis added; John 3:16, NKJV).
NOTE A FEW THINGS:
- Faith is necessary to please God.
- Coming to God is necessary to please God.
- Belief is necessary to please God.
- Belief that “He is” is necessary to please God.
- Belief that He will reward one WITH ETERNAL LIFE who trusts His son is necessary to please God.
- Diligence is needed to please Him.
“What? Know ye not that your body is THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST [HOLY SPIRIT] which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are BOUGHT with a price: therefore GLORIFY God in your body, and In your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:19-20, emphasis added, KJV).
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8, KJV).
“What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” (Psalm 116:12, KJV) – Think Romans 12:1-2, etc.
The second thing we learn is that they worship God as the eternal God (Revelation 4:10-11; 5:5).
- The emphasis is on the fact that He alone is our hope for living forever.
- If we fail to worship Him and to worship Him in truth, we shall miss His FREE gift of eternal life. Let’s learn from Scripture:
“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker“ (Psalm 95:6, emphasis added, KJV).
“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth” (Psalm 96:9, emphasis added).
“Then saith Jesus unto him, ‘Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him ONLY shall thou serve’ “ Matthew 4:10, emphasis added, KJV).
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship him MUST WORSHIP HIM in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24, emphasis added, KJV).
“Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters“ (Revelation 14:7, emphasis added, KJV).
“Then saith unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren, the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: WORSHIP GOD” (Revelation 22:9).
The third thing is that they show the supreme worthiness of the Lord. They cast their crowns before the Lord (Revelation 4:11-5:5-14). The Lord has given the right to rule with him by overseeing certain domains, probably throughout the universe. But in true humility and thankfulness, the elders cast their crowns down before Him. Why? To show that He ALONE is worthy and they are acknowledging the truth forever and ever.
“I will call on the Lord, who is WORTHY TO BE PRAISED: so shall I be saved from mine enemies” (2 Samuel 22:4, emphasis added, KJV).
“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” (Revelation 4:11, emphasis added, KJV).
“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to RECEIVE POWER, AND RICHES, AND WISDOM, AND STRENGTH, AND HONOUR, AND GLORY AND BLESSING” (Revelation 5:12, emphasis added, KJV).
The fourth thing (Revelation 4:11) is to vocally declare His WORTHINESS, and they praise Him as the Lord God of the UNIVERSE AND OF CREATION. The Greek actually reads “Thou art worthy, our Lord and our God” (ho kurios kair ho Theos hemon). This means that God is SUPREME; He is the first Being of the universe. He is the glorious Creator of all things. He is the One who created ALL things for His pleasure.”
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
“Thou, even thou, art Lord ALONE; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with ALL their host, the earth, and all things that ARE THEREIN, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the hosts of heaven worshippeth thee” (Nehemiah 9:6, KJV).
“He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7).
“Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the WORK OF THY HANDS” (Psalm 102:25, emphasis added).
“And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto THE LIVING GOD, which MADE heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein” (Acts 14:15, emphasis added, KJV).
“Through FAITH we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” Hebrews 11:3, emphasis added, KJV.
APPLICATION AND CHALLENGE:
One thing that your enemy, Satan, would like to convince you about is that the world is ok, you are ok, you have nothing to be concerned about.
However, Jesus Christ gave us a different perspective of time. Jesus Christ said something that would indicate we live in the critical, crucial hour: “As long as it is day, we must do the work of Him who sent me. Night is coming, WHEN NO ONE CAN WORK” (John 9:4, NIV).
A long time ago Christ said to the church at Philadelphia, “…I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut…” (Revelation 3:8).
The open door of ministry, carrying the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the world, is still there. But do you believe that God is still on the throne, that He is truly Sovereign that He is truly omnipotent? Do you believe that the true Christian should be praising and worshiping the true God in truth?
Are you truly looking for the return of Christ? If that is true of you? Listen to Scripture:
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but WE KNOW that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we SHALL SEE HIM AS HE IS. And EVERYONE who has this hope in Him PURIFIES himself, just as He is pure” (I John 3:2-3, emphasis added, NKJV).
Does this describe you? Are you walking [living] in the Spirit or your own strength? Good questions, but ONLY you can correctly answer!!!!!!
God is holding the door open for us to base our actions on (Matthew 28:28; Acts 1:8). May we all rise to the occasion.
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