"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four
beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain,
having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth
into all the earth."
In this verse the Lord is said to be in the midst of three things. He is said
to be in the midst of the throne, and in the midst of the four beasts and in the
midst of the elders. While there are a lot of other things the Lord is said to
be in the midst of we will confine our current remarks to these three things.
First, he is said to be in the midst of the throne. Since this is God's throne,
we see the Lord in the midst as 1 John 5:7 shows us: "For there are three
that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these
three are one." Also, water baptism shows the Lord in the midst: Matt. 28:18
"And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." While the above
does not teach us that there are three Gods, for there is but one, it does teach
us that the Lord is in the midst of the Godhead and therefore in the midst of
the throne of God.
Second, the Lord is in the midst of the four beasts as we have previously shown
are the four gospels. The theme of all four gospels centers on the Lord. He is
the one about which the gospels were written. It is also true that he is the
center of all the scriptures as He told some unbelieving Jews: John 5:39
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are
they which testify of me."
Third, he is in the midst of the four and twenty elders as we have previously
shown represent the elect family of God. He is in the midst of true worship as
we read in Matt. 18:20 "For where two or three are gathered together in my
name, there am I in the midst of them." Furthermore we see him in the midst
of the disciples: Lk. 24:36 "And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in
the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 37 But they
were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit."
"Stood a Lamb as it had been
slain." Rev. 13:8 speaks of the Lord as a lamb slain from the foundation of the
world. This language indicates that the slaying of the Lamb was based on a
covenant arrangement. This was consistent with what the angel said unto Joseph
concerning Mary's conception of Jesus: "Joseph, thou son of David, fear not
to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the
Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS:
for he shall save his people from their sins." In covenant before the
foundation of the world a people was given unto Jesus for him to come at the
appointed time and to be the Lamb of God to save from their sins. John the
Baptist said, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the
world." Jesus is not only the Lamb of God who was to come, but he was the
Lamb slain according to God's eternal purpose of saving his people from their
sins. The covenant of redemption shows the elect justified: Rom. 8:29 "For
whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of
his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover
whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also
justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."
The Lord is depicted many
times as a lamb in the types and shadows of the Old Testament, but also he is
described as a lamb in the prophesies of the Old Testament:
1. Is. 16:1 "Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela
to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of
2. Is. 53:7 "He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened
not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before
her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."
The fact that the Lord stood as a lamb "slain" indicates that God's
justice has been satisfied. This is a part of his worthiness to open the book
and to loose the seven seals thereof. If salvation from sin weren't
accomplished, then the book of salvation couldn't be opened and revealed (loose
the seven seals).
"Having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the
seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth."
Horns are used in the scriptures as a sign of authority or power:
1. 1 Sam. 2:1 "And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in
the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine
enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation."
2. 1 Sam. 2:10 "The adversaries of the
LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the
LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his
king, and exalt the horn of his anointed."
3. 2 Sam. 22:3 "The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my
shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour;
thou savest me from violence."
4. 1 Kings 22:11 "And Zedekiah the son of
Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus saith the LORD, With these
shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have consumed them."
5. Jer. 48:25 "The horn of
Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, saith the
The eyes are for sight. The Lord seeth all things: Heb.
4:13 "Neither is there any
creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened
unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do."
The Lord has all authority as he said in Matt. 28:18 "All power is given unto
me in heaven and in earth." The Lord also is omniscient or has all
knowledge. Thus the seven Spirits of God are spoken of as the complete
manifestation of the Spirit of the Lord in his power or strength and His
knowledge of all things. This authority and knowledge is sent forth into all
the world. Thus when the gospel is proclaimed in power and demonstration of
Spirit, the power is of the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, it is directed by the
eyes of the Holy Spirit to those to whom the Lord intends to hear it. Thus the
Lord gives the authority and he gives the direction for the preaching of the
gospel and for the work of the church.
Rev 5:7-10 "And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat
upon the throne. 8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and
four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them
harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open
the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood
out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10 And hast
made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth."
The Lamb of God (Jesus
Christ) came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the
throne. The worthy One, the one who had wrought salvation for his people, came
to take the book of salvation and to loose the seven seals thereof and thus make
known the eternal salvation and the timely salvation of God's elect.
"And when he had taken the
book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb."
Worship should be given to Him that is worthy of worship. Some religious groups
proclaim that Jesus is not God, but this certainly proves that he is. The
commandments tell us that we are to worship no other gods besides God. If Jesus
were not God then it would be wrong to worship him. The truth is that he is God
and worthy of all our worship. The four beasts and the four and twenty elders
fell down before the Lamb, thus indicating their belief that He is God and
worthy of all their worship. To worship God we must humble ourselves and
recognize that we are but sinful creatures saved by the blood of the Lamb.
"Having every one of them
harps…" The harp is an instrument of ten strings and is associated with praise
in the scriptures:
1. Ps. 33:2 "Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the
psaltery and an instrument of ten strings."
2. Ps. 43:4 "Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my
exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God."
3. Ps. 71:22 "I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy
truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of
4. Ps. 92:3 "Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the
psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound."
5. Ps. 147:7 "Sing unto the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise
upon the harp unto our God:"
A part of worship is singing
praise unto the Holy name of our God. The "harp" we praise him with is our
heart. When we were born of the Spirit according to the scriptures God wrote
his laws in our heart and mind: Heb. 8:10 "For this is the covenant that I
will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put
my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a
God, and they shall be to me a people." The bible number 10 is associated
with the bible subject of law or commandment. Thus when God wrote his laws in
our heart, we were endowed with a harp, i.e., an instrument of ten strings
(God's laws). We are told in Eph. 5:19 "Speaking to yourselves in psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."
Thus true praise comes from the hearts of God's born again children who have a
harp ((instrument of ten strings (law) written in their heart)) to praise God
"And golden vials full of odours, which are the
prayers of saints…" In the Old
Testament the priests, the sons of the High Priest, had censers in which they
offered sweet incense. This was in contrast to the censer of the High Priest by
which he offered incense upon the golden altar. The golden vials seem to
indicate a vessel similar to the censers of the priests by which incense (odours)
were offered. This is consistent with what we read in Rev. Chapter 8. We are
not left to guess what the odours represented but are told that they are the
prayers of the saints. The golden vials are the hearts of the saints as
1. Gen. 24:45 "And before I had done speaking in mine heart,
behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down
unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee."
2. 1 Sam. 1:13 "Now Hannah, she spake in
her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli
thought she had been drunken."
3. 2 Sam. 7:27 "For thou, O LORD of
hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed
to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant
found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee."
4. 1 Chr. 17:25 "For thou, O my God,
hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant
hath found in his heart to pray before thee."
5. Lam. 3:41 "Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in
6. 2 Tim. 2:22 "Flee also youthful
lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on
the Lord out of a pure heart."
7. Heb. 10:22 "Let us
draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water."
"And they sung a new
song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:
for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every
kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation."
Nine times in the scriptures there is mention made of a "new song." In each
instance praise unto God is associated with the new song:
1. Ps. 33:3
"Sing unto him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise."
2. Ps. 40:3 "And
he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it,
and fear, and shall trust in the LORD."
3. Ps. 96:1 "O
sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth."
4. Ps. 98:1 "A
Psalm. O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his
right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory."
5. Ps. 144:9 "I
will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten
strings will I sing praises unto thee."
6. Ps. 149:1
"Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the
congregation of saints."
7. Is. 42:10 "Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from
the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the
isles, and the inhabitants thereof."
8. Rev. 14:3 "And they sung as it were a new song before the
throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that
song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the
The words of the new song
are recorded for us in the subject verse: "Thou art worthy to take the book,
and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God
by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the
earth." The "new song" is the "song of redemption." They were praising God
for their redemption from sin. The four and twenty elders were praising the
Lamb for his sacrificial atonement through his shed blood and death and their
redemption from their sins.
That the four and twenty
elders represent the whole elect redeemed family of God is apparent with the
phrase "out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation." Thus the
twenty four is representative and according to Rev. 7:9 is described as a great
multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,
and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white
robes, and palms in their hands."
Furthermore the elect's
praise to the Lamb isn't just for their eternal redemption but also for what God
has made them as they live on earth: "and hast made us unto our God kings and
priests: and we shall reign on the earth." This is an extension of what we read
in Rev. 1:5, 6, "Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his
own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father."
This dual theme that as the elect children of God we have eternal redemption
through the blood of the Lamb and that we have the kingdom of
God in which we can live and
reign here in time is present throughout the scriptures.