Exploring the Majesty and Worship in Revelation 4

Steve Behlke   -  

In Revelation 4, we are taken on a breathtaking journey to the very throne room of God. This captivating scene evokes awe, praise, and profound worship as we witness the beauty of God’s holiness and the preeminence of His authority.

We also encounter utterly strange and mysterious beings around God’s throne. This is our future, church, and it is all quite fantastical!

The first thing in Heaven that catches our attention is the throne, symbolizing royalty, authority, and judgment. Once the authority of the throne is established, we are shown God the Father, the Almighty, who sits on the throne. 

As the apostle John surveys the throne room, he is captivated by the vivid colors and breathtaking splendor surrounding the Lord.

Around the throne were twenty-four thrones. I imagine them facing God’s throne, enhancing His preeminence, beauty, and authority. Twenty-four elders sat on these thrones, clothed in white garments and with golden crowns on their heads. (Revelation 4:4)

These twenty-four elders most likely represent the church, the redeemed of God who will reign with Christ in His kingdom. They are a testament to the future rewards and authority promised to faithful believers.

Throughout Jesus’ letters to the seven churches (Revelation 2-3), He promised faithful believers future rewards, crowns, white robes, and thrones. The only other mention of thrones in Revelation refers to the saints who will reign with Christ in the coming Kingdom and beyond (20:4).

Adding to the splendor of the throne room, seven lamps of fire burn before the throne, representing the sevenfold ministry of the Holy Spirit. In the center, like a sea of crystal and four living creatures, full of eyes, worship God continuously, declaring, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.”

The worship that takes place in this heavenly scene is not a one-time event but a continuous, eternal praise. The flashes of lightning and peals of thunder echo the power and majesty of our God, instilling a profound sense of awe and reverence.

As we gaze into this vision, we are reminded that we will one day participate in this heavenly worship. The crowns worn by the elders represent the authority, intimacy, and rewards that will be bestowed upon the faithful followers of Christ. These crowns will be cast before the throne as we join the chorus of worship, proclaiming the worthiness of our God to receive glory, honor, and power.

Revelation 4:9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders [in the future—we] will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

The throne room scene in Revelation 4 is a breathtaking display of God’s majesty, power, and holiness. As we gaze upon this heavenly vision, we are reminded that we are created for the pleasure of God’s will. Even knowing the cost, He has willed us, made us, and redeemed us. Such a holy, powerful, and loving God is worthy of our continuous worship and praise.