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 Revelation Chapter 5 (Part 41) (Verses 11 – 14)

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PostSubject: Revelation Chapter 5 (Part 41) (Verses 11 – 14)   Sat Nov 07, 2015 5:50 pm

Revelation Chapter 5 (Part 41) (Verses 11 – 14)

Revelation 5:11 reads, “Then I [John] looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures.” You recall that the believers are with the living creatures near the throne. Encircling us all are these plethora of angels. “Ten thousand” is a translation of the Greek word “murias,” which basically means myriad or an innumerable number. The ESV reads, “…the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands.” I am sure that together they create a loud, booming sound. The previous verse says that all of the believers were singing the same song in unison and that too must have been loud as well. Just how many angels are there? The bible doesn’t give a number, but it does give an approximation: too many to count. There is at least one angel assigned to each believer. Jesus says in Matthew 18:10, “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” There is currently about 7.3 billion people in the world. Of course, they are not all Christians. Wikipedia says that there are about 2.4 billion Christians. There is at least 1 angel per Christian, not including other types of angels such as cherubim and seraphs. I’m sure that even if everyone were to get saved (which isn’t going to happen) that God would still have an angel available for each person. There are billions upon billions of angels. Let’s observe this throughout Scripture.

Hebrew 12:22 says, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly…” This here is not a census of angels. It is just a way of saying that there are many angels. But in the Old Testament, we do get more of a census. For example, in Daniel 7:10, it reads, “A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him [God]. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. While this may also be a euphemism for “many,” if we compute the math that Daniel provided just for the fun of it, a thousand thousand equals one million (1,000 x 1,000 = 1,000,000). We have a million, but we are not done. Multiplying the 10,000 times 10,000 equates to 100,000,000. Now multiplying the two together: 1,000,000 x 100,000,000 = 100,000,000,000,000. I have no idea what number that is. Is it trillions? This was just a fun exercise. I am not advocating that this verse is meant to be taken literally, but who knows? Maybe it is. My point is that there are enough angels to supply each person in the world with one even if everyone in the world suddenly got saved. And if the number is literal, these would just be the number of good angels. Remember, the bible says that one third of the angels fell and became demons. Good angels make up two thirds. So there are enough demons in the world to harass each of us as well. One third of that number is still more than all of the world’s population of people. Interestingly, Psalm 68:17 says something similar. It reads, “The chariots of God [angels] are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands…” Job 25:3 says, “Can his forces be numbered?” This is a rhetorical question whose answer is “nope.”

This is certainly an interesting scene. Revelation 5:11 says that the living creatures and the believers were around the throne, and the myriads of angels encircled us all. Verse 12 reads, “In a loud voice they sang: ‘Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.’” Just as an aside, and not important, this verse apparently is saying that angels do sing. I quoted the New International Version. The Greek word translated “sing” here is actually the word for “said”. It says that their voices resonated, giving glory to Jesus Christ. Jesus is the kinsman redeemer who is worthy to take the scroll because He fulfilled all of the required attributes including being a man so that He could be slain as our substitute. In doing so, He received power, wealth, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise. A peculiar attribute on the list is wisdom. Is it saying that Jesus upon His resurrection received wisdom not fully realized while He was in the form of a man? I don’t think so. I believe this verse is simply saying that the resurrected Jesus reclaimed what He had before He came down off His throne to come to Earth to die on the cross. Perhaps equally peculiar is the word wealth. Jesus was God before and after the cross. He is the Creator who owns the cattle on a thousand hills. By volition He subjected Himself to poverty yet everything is His. He was born in an animal’s trough, though He is King of the universe. Jesus is worthy to receive all great attributes known to man including our praise, honor, and glory. Note there are 7 things on this list. That is God’s number for completeness.

Nowhere else in the bible are these 7 attributes found together. But within 3 verses spaced out, we find these same attributes. Verse 13, which we will soon get to, has 4 of these attributes, namely, praise, honor, glory and power. Revelation 7:12 says, “[The angels said] ‘Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” That was almost the same, except it substituted “thanks” for “wealth.” It also explicitly attributes these attributes to God, though it should be Jehovah’s Witnesses, not Christians who need to become cognizant of the Trinity. I believe that the Holy Spirit sometimes throws in hidden messages to us. It is possible that the Holy Spirit is covertly saying here that He wants us to have a heart that substitutes thanks for wealth. Not to have our hearts on mammon that rusts and wears out. Revelation 4:11 is the other verse. It reads, “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” This has 3 of the attributes of our original list of 7. Sevens and threes are God’s favorite numbers. Note that this verse with 3 plus the batch of 4 in verse 13 makes 7. The other two verses were 7. All together there are 3 sevens.

If we are to explore the Trinity idea some more, we saw that the same 7 attributes attributed to Jesus is also explicitly attributed to “God” and also to “our Lord and God.” Isaiah 42:8 makes an interesting statement. It reads, “I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.” Again in Isaiah 48:11, it says, “For my own sake, for my own sake I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.” The obvious question that comes out of those verses is, “If God declared that He will not yield His glory to another, then what is He doing giving His glory to Jesus Christ?” The only way to reconcile that conundrum is to understand that God did not give His glory to another. Jesus even declared, “I and my Father are one.” Jesus says in John 5:23, “…that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father…” That is a profound declaration of Deity of the Son.

Something strange happens in the next verse, Revelation 5:13 which reads, “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” God is consistent throughout the entire bible in giving a warning before executing His judgement. Even in His final wrath, which has been pent-up until this last day, God lets the animals, insects, bugs, everything that has breath give Him verbal praise, including the angels, believers and cherubim in Heaven, and those in Hades. The phrase “under the Earth” always refers to Hades in the bible. It is not referring to where the worms and moles dwell. Worms and moles dwell in the Earth, not under. We will later see that the bible clearly states that the location of Hades today is at the core of the Earth. One may protest, “How can God make animals, bugs, and insects sing?” Did He not open the mouth of a donkey in Numbers chapter 5? Did not a serpent talk in Genesis chapter 3? One day, this day, even the fish of the sea will surface to the top and chime in. Just before God unleashes His wrath upon man, His entire creation cries out in giving Him praise. Wait, correction…the only ones not giving Him praise here are the people living on the Earth. If I was taking a stroll in the park on this particular day, and I look and see the ducks, birds, and squirrels and grasshoppers burst out in song, saying, “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” I think that I would have enough sense to look up and say, “Glory be to God! I repent in the name of the Lamb!” But these people will see this, for this is a literal scene and Scripture does not lie, and they will show that they are so cold hearted and rebellious that they will still shake their fists at God even after witnessing God’s Nature cry out giving glory to their Maker. This is the one time in history that a pigeon will be smarter than a man.

Another aside: no one in Hades will not know why they are there. Those in Hades will sing this song too. Everyone in Hades will know Jesus, the One they rejected while alive in the flesh. Also, there will always be worship services in Hades. Not only will those in Hades have join in to the song of praise of Revelation 5:13. but Philippians 2:10 says, “…at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Note that the nature song, that is, the song that God’s creatures will sing to Him even includes a statement of the Deity of Jesus. They said, “To Him who sits on the throne AND to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” Verse 14 says, “The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshipped.” This last verse supports the previous that every creature joined in this song, including those in Heaven, which includes the four living creatures who ended the song with an Amen.
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