Revelation 5:11-14 New International Version (NIV)
11 Then I 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 and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Devotion by Laurie Spencer
This passage describes the grandest praise party to end all parties! But in general the book of Revelation is really hard for me. I apologize for those who take this chapter in the Bible literally, but I just can’t. This vision of John’s, it’s scary, it’s fanciful, it’s just more than I want to wrap my mind around. I just want to love Jesus. I don’t really want to think much about what comes next because I know that he’ll be there to show me around.
That said, I found a commentary that gave me some peace of mind about this chapter. This is from Pastor Brian Chilton of Crossexamined.org:
“Revelation was not given to scare us. Rather, it was written to encourage believers of all times that despite the troubles faced, God will win in the end. Good will triumph evil....Be encouraged by Revelation! God gave John the apostle this vision for a reason. It was to let us know that the believer should hold an eternal perspective understanding that God has won, is winning, and will win in the end.”
That, I can deal with. So, let the party begin!