Rev 5:11-14 "And I beheld,
and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and
the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and
thousands of thousands; 12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb
that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and
honour, and glory, and blessing. 13 And every creature which is in
heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and
all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and
power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and
ever. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders
fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."
The theme of the above four
verses is praise and worship towards God. We read in John 4:23 "But the hour
cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit
and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a
Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
Many who attempt to worship today do so in vain: Mark 7:7 "Howbeit in vain do
they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." True
worship gives all the praise, honor, and glory to God. Any praise unto man is
contrary to the true worship of God which the psalmist affirmed in Ps. 115:1
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy,
and for thy truth's sake." The kingdom of heaven is described by the Lord
here in time as being a little flock: Lk. 12:32 "Fear not, little flock; for
it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Yet in the
morning of the resurrection that kingdom will be delivered up and expanded to
include all the redeemed family of God: 1 Cor. 15:24 "Then cometh the end,
when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he
shall have put down all rule and all authority and power." All of the elect
in the delivered up kingdom shall praise and glorify the name of God for his
power, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. That will
include a great host of angels and a multitude that no man can number of every
nation, and kindred, and people, and tongue. This includes "every creature
which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in
the sea, and all that are in them." I do not believe this to be anything other
than the elect redeemed children of God. They are the creatures under
1. Mk. 16:15 "And
he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
2. 2 Cor. 5:17 "Therefore
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new."
3. Gal. 6:15 "For
in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but
a new creature."
4. Eph. 2:10 "For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath
before ordained that we should walk in them."
5. Eph. 4:24 "And
that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true
6. Col. 3:10
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of
him that created him:"
7. James 1:18 "Of
his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of
firstfruits of his creatures."