Worthy is the Lamb who was Slain!
“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.”
A miniscule missive; in length but not in content. In content it is a massive missive, yet it will be short.
Myriad, means a countless number. Another Myriad would mean, another countless number. A thousand, in the Bible, usually refers to a lot. Another thousand would be another, a lot. Therefore, we’re seeing imagery of an astronomical number. I believe the intent is clearly presented. A more than astronomical Lamb, who created all galaxies, solar systems, particles, atoms and electrons–the furthest reaches of outer space where no one has seen to the tiniest of molecules where the strongest of microscopes cannot detect, is worshipped by his creation. It’s just that simple.
Even “all things in them,” speak to his glory. Literally, no, but figuratively and in reality, and totally. We may live in a fallen, sinful, depraved and depressed world, but it was created to and for his glory. In Colossians Paul emphatically exclaimed; “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him.” And in Revelation 4, we read, “Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for you did create all things, and because of your will they existed, and were created.”
While it may seem to us that this fallen world, and all that is in it, curses God, remember–Revelation reveals to us that which we cannot see. Jesus is peeling back the layer of our understanding to enlighten us to that which is unseen. There is no reason to think this scene in heaven is in the future because all seems perfect. Sin, shame, suffering and Satan himself, are all under control of the Lamb. We simply don’t see it–so God shows us in Revelation that we may know. It reminds me of what happened in Luke: “And as He was now approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, saying, “BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” And He answered and said, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!”
May I translate this a bit further? The religious leaders told the Creator and Redeemer of all things to tell his chosen, student-followers to shut up. Jesus replies, I tell you that if they shut up, the stones will take their place. Do we or will we see stones literally cry out? No, but in actuality, they are; as is every created thing.
Perhaps you think I am reaching a bit, or big time. Perhaps I am abusing the CAGED method and taking this verse out of context. Let’s take a look at the context. Let’s see what happens directly after Jesus saying that the stones will cry out in Luke 19. “And when He approached, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known in this day, even you, the things which make for peace! But now they have been hidden from your eyes. “For the days shall come upon you when your enemies will throw up a bank before you, and surround you, and hem you in on every side, and will level you to the ground and your children within you, and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.”
This happens in Revelation 18, literally. But, we’ll get to that. In the meantime, we continue to roll through Revelation. Coming up soon: we’ll see the first appearance of the Antichrist next time, or will we? Stay tuned and God bless!