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‘And they do not rest day or night, saying: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”’ (Revelation 4:8 NKJV).

From: December 13, 2020


The apostle John saw and heard the worship of heaven in God’s throne room. His report was very similar to the prophet Isaiah’s, who had also been given a vision of the same scene (See Isa. 6). They both reported the sight and sound of the six-winged creatures there. Yet, only John reported seeing their faces, for they used two of their wings to cover them in Isaiah’s record.
Both reported hearing the living creatures continuously worshiping the Lord. Both heard the three times repetition of “Holy,” followed by the Lord’s name. Yet, a different phrase following that was heard by each. Perhaps Isaiah heard the first verse and John, the last.
Isaiah heard them crying out to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy
Is the LORD of Hosts
The whole earth is full of His glory!” (Isa.6:3).
John heard:
“Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!” (Rev. 4:8).
Focusing on John’s record, we notice a triad of triads. There are three lines with three aspects in each. Three repetitions of “holy” in the first line. Three titles for God in the second. And three phases of time in the third. While clearly a worship of the Triune God, it also praises His eternal holiness. For God “was” holy in the past, “is” holy in the present, and will be holy when He comes again.
The true worship of God involves both “spirit and truth” (John 4:24). True worship comes from a new and spiritual heart and a enlightened mind, praising the everlasting attributes of the Triune God.
PRAYER: Dear Father, we want to be like the seraphim who worship You continuously. Make our lives a living testimony and praise of Your holiness and glory. Fill us with Your Spirit afresh. Enlighten our minds with Your wisdom. Strengthen us to declare it with our mouths. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.” (Revelation 4:6-7 NLT).

From: December 13, 2018

John saw four “living beings” continually praising the One seated on a heavenly throne. These four beings have been variously interpreted to represent the four evangelists: Matthew (Lion), Mark (Ox), Luke (Man), and John (Eagle). These four images also align with the emphases of each gospel. For Matthew emphasized Christ as King (Lion), Mark emphasized Christ as Servant (Ox), Luke as Son of Man (Man) and John emphasized Christ as God (Eagle).
It is also interesting to note that these four images were on the banners of the tribes of Israel’s wilderness encampment that camped according to the four points of the compass. The tribe of Judah camped to the East with the banner of a lion, Ephraim to the West with an ox, Reuben to the South with a man, and Dan to the North with the image of an eagle on their banner.
John does not comment on their identity. He only records what they continually repeated–– that God is three times holy, omnipotent and eternal. One Day, we shall join in their worship, casting our crowns before Christ’s royal throne.

‘After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”’ (Revelation 4:1 NKJV).

From: December 13, 2017

The book of Revelation can be understood as having three divisions. Jesus instructed the apostle John to “write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this” (Rev. 1:19). Revelation 4:1 begins the “things which must take place after” section, which is the third and future section. Beginning in chapter four, John writes from a heavenly perspective having been called up to heaven by the “first voice,” which belonged to Jesus, whose voice sounded “like a trumpet” (see Rev. 1:10-11).
Jesus drew back the curtain, unveiling the last days to John from heaven’s viewpoint. He did this to encourage believers to be faithful, watchful and confident that the Lord is sovereign and coming again.

“The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe (Proverbs 29:25 ESV)

From: December 13, 2016

Don’t be a people pleaser! The one who tries to please everyone, lays a trap for himself. For he can never make everyone happy. What is the alternative? Live to please God. Do not fear man, but trust in God. Live for the applause of the One. And the Lord will keep you in His care.

“The pride of your heart has deceived you, You who dwell in the clefts of the rock, Whose habitation is high; You who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’” (Obadiah 1:3 NKJV)

From: December 13, 2015

The prophet Obadiah, whose Hebrew name means “Servant of the LORD,” delivered a prophecy against Edom for gloating over Israel’s fall. The land of Edom was founded by Jacob’s (“Israel’s”) twin brother, Esau (Also known as “Edom”). Edom was situated south of Judah and difficult to overthrow in its mountain strongholds. However, God warned that His wrath was against Edom. Her pride and pleasure in Israel’s destruction would lead to her own demise. And unlike Israel, whom God would one day deliver and reestablish, Edom would be no more. As the Word has said, “pride goeth before a fall” (Prov. 16:18).

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty— the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come” (Revelation 4:8 NLT)

From: December 13, 2014

This is what John heard the four beings continually saying of the One seated on the heavenly throne. These four beings (other translations: “beasts, living creatures”) have been variously interpreted to represent the four evangelists, or four gospels of Matthew (Lion), Mark (Ox), Luke (Man), and John (Eagle). Or they are seen to represent all of creation. It is also interesting to note that these four images were on the banners of the tribes of Israel’s wilderness encampment that camped according to the four points of the compass (Judah/East/Lion, Ephraim/West/Ox, Reuben/South/Man, Dan/North/Eagle). John does not comment on their identity. He only records what they continually repeated– that God is three times holy, omnipotent and eternal. And surely the phrase “still to come” points to Christ’s soon return.

“The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: ‘One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne'” (Psalm 132:11)

From: December 13, 2013

This psalm of ascent calls the Lord to remember His promise to David, that the Messiah would be born in his line. The psalmist wrote this for worshipers to sing as they climbed Zion’s hill, urging God to keep His promise to send the Anointed One. “Of your body” is an unusual phrase in the Hebrew, literally, “of the fruit of your womb.” Of course, David had no womb. But Mary did.

“You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” (Revelation 4:11)

From: December 13, 2012

What John the Revelator heard the 24 elders saying to the Lord as they lay down their crowns at His feet in worship. The elders represent the 12 tribes + the 12 disciples. Together, they represent the church complete, for Jesus has made both Jew and Gentile one in Him. They acknowledge the Lord as both Creator and Architect. For God not only created, He designed what He created. And it pleased Him, for He saw that “it was good” (Gen. 1:31). He made you because He wanted you. You are wanted.

“Day and night they never stop saying: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come’” (Revelation 4:8)

From: December 13, 2011

John witnesses the worship of Heaven. I wonder if he realized that one of the 24 thrones surrounding the throne of the Lord was his? Twelve for the tribes of Israel and twelve for the Lord’s disciples. Our worship now is rehearsal for this.