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The Praise of the Redeemed

27 Jun
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When the Lamb (Jesus) had taken the book to himself to reveal its contents, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before his feet and worshiped him (Revelation 5:8). The text says that every one of them had harps and golden censors in their hands, however, I don’t believe this means the four beasts and the twenty-four elders had both a censor and a harp in his hands. If that were true, it would be difficult to use either, because both require two hands to use.

Probably, the four beasts had the harps for praising the Lamb, because praising the One on the throne seems to be their main function (Revelation 4:8), while the twenty-four elders’ main function would be to exercise their duties as priests, because they are the captains of the twenty-four courses of priests. They would each have a golden censor in their hands, which were full of the prayers of the saints. One of a priest’s functions was to offer prayers to the Lord before the Altar of Incense (cf. Revelation 8:3-4).

Does anyone sing praises to God without feeling, without understanding, or without truth? Would God receive such praise? If one sings a song praise, it should be for that which he is thankful to God for, i.e. what the Lord has done for the one praising him, or for what God has given that one. Since the book that the Lamb (Jesus) chose to disclose concerns what he has done for mankind, it seems logical that the praise that the Lord would accept could only come from mankind. While a heavenly being might look on in awe at what Jesus had done for men, how could he praise God in truth, understanding and with great emotion, if it were not done for himself.

No doubt any heavenly being could recognize in Jesus’ offices, as Priest, Prophet and King, the great character of God, and, in that context, they could praise him for who he is. However, how could any heavenly being praise God in truth, understanding and with feeling over redemption, since he has no idea what it means to be so destitute and without God, as the sinner is able to do, and, then, without just cause, experience the grace of God, when he receives that one back into his Kingdom? To praise God without having the need for God to redeem such a one, would be like trying to understand the scroll in the hand of the Lamb, before Jesus revealed its contents. Therefore, the Song of Redemption couldn’t have been sung by the four beasts. Rather, it was sung by the twenty-four elders, priests and representatives of the those who were redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

“And they sung a new song, saying, ‘You are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And have made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10 – emphasis mine)

Christ was crucified to redeem mankind, not heavenly beings, to God. Jesus’ blood was shed for sinners, not righteous heavenly beings who never sinned. Moreover, it is those who have been redeemed out of mankind who have been made a kingdom of priests to God (or kings and priests), and only men will reign on earth. Such a thing was never promised to any heavenly being. Therefore, except for John who witnessed this scene, the twenty-four elders are the only ones in heaven who could possibly have sung this song.

 

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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5 responses to “The Praise of the Redeemed

  1. Alive And Well

    September 16, 2019 at 17:52

    Thank you for explaining that! Yep, we disagree. I’m still going to read your blog.

     
  2. Eddie

    September 16, 2019 at 17:06

    Greetings, Alive and Well. We are in total agreement that Revelation was written for the purpose of hope. That said, preterism is the understanding that Jesus returned as he promised in 70 AD and judged Jerusalem, vindicating his elect. At that time the Old Covenant officially ended and the New Covenant was established with the disciples of Jesus being the only representatives of the Lord. There is no promise of a **physical** return of Jesus to sit on a **physical** throne in **physical** Jerusalem. This idea is addressed in the tab at the top of my web page labeled “AD 70 Eschatology.”

    Lord bless you, my friend, and may your studies in this book fill you with joy and hope.

     
  3. Alive And Well

    September 16, 2019 at 15:17

    Wow! Thank you for the reply. So far, I’m unsure what preterism is. That’s a big, “so what” today, maybe not tomorrow. I know that I believe Revelation was written for the purpose of hope. The book is now making so much more sense than it used to.

     
  4. Eddie

    September 15, 2019 at 16:15

    Greetings “Alive and Well” and welcome to my blog studies. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Lord bless you.

    About two decades ago I became disenchanted with the Apocalypse, due to all the shallow interpretations I was getting, both from evangelists and newspaper eschatology. I stopped reading and studying it, because I knew it had to be understood differently from what I was hearing, but in reading it, all I could see was what I was told. About two years ago that changed, and the book just opened up to me. With each new chapter to study, I feared I would be drawn back into the old way of thinking, but that didn’t happen. I’m glad to say that I’ve finished my study (at least for this round), but everything isn’t published yet.

    Did I believe it was the Holy Spirit that prompted me? All I am sure of is the Lord was with me during my studies. I’ve seen things I never saw before, and no one ever told me what I saw in the Apocalypse. I didn’t hear an audible voice or anything like that, but if I didn’t thank the Lord after each day’s study, I was being ignorant. He led me into many points of view I didn’t have. That’s all I can tell you that I’m certain of as it pertains to how I got into this study.

    A word of warning, I hold to an eschatology that is not accepted by most Christian circles. I don’t mean to push you away, but you need to understand that I am not a futurist, so I won’t be predicting anything, just explaining what I see. My eschatological worldview embraces Covenant Eschatology–preterism to most folks. So, if you are a futurist, your worldview may be challenged (or not) by reading what I have to say. You are welcome to stay and comment on what you read, but I just don’t want you to think I’m seeking to change you or disrupt your walk with the Lord.

    Once again, thank you for reading and may the Lord bless your studies in this wonderful book.

     
  5. Alive And Well

    September 15, 2019 at 14:25

    I like what you have written here! I am going through Revelations in my blog as well, so I try to listen to what the Spirit tells me before I read other reactions to the scripture.
    Thanks for sharing this. Were you also prompted by the Holy Spirit to do this study? Just curious.

     
 
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