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The Elders Fell Down and Worshiped

“And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”

(Revelation 5:14 ESVi)

The four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever; either God the Father, who sat upon the throne, and is so described, Revelation 4:9; or else the Lamb who had been slain, and was now alive, and lives for evermore; or both of them.

The Syriac and Arabic versions, omit the words "him that liveth for ever and ever"; and leave it to be understood of either of them, or both; and the Ethiopic version reads, "and the elders worshipped him"; as the four living creatures and four and twenty elders led the chorus, and begun the song, so they close it, as being the persons more immediately concerned in the death and sufferings of the Lamb, and redemption by him, and in the sealed book, and in the things contained in it; the seals of which are next opened, and an account is given of them in some following chapters. - Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible (Public Domain)

Heaven is now ready by worship for the events of the Tribulation (chapters 6-19). Romans 15:5-6.


The purpose of creation is to glorify God’s attributes and actions in time and space.


This scene in heaven is a striking contrast to the scene that follows in chapters 6 to 19. In heaven, there is worship, contentment, and bliss. On earth, there is terrible tribulation.

Paul said to go to heaven and be with Christ is “far better” (Philippians 1:23). Not just better–far better. We do not believe that now. We do not appreciate the eternal until we lose someone we love. The most important thing about heaven is that we will meet the Lamb, who is “worthy.” The object of praise in heaven is the death of Christ for our sins. That is what summons these songs of praise in this chapter.

All hail the pow’r of Jesus’ Name! Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all!

Ye chosen seed of Israel’s race, Ye ransomed from the fall, Hail Him Who saves you by His grace, And crown Him Lord of all!

Let every kindred, every tribe, On this terrestrial ball, To Him all majesty ascribe, And crown Him Lord of all!

Oh, that with yonder sacred throng We at His feet may fall! We’ll join the everlasting song, And crown Him Lord of all!

All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name!

Edward Perronet, pub.1780 alt. by John Rippon

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