Revelation 4:4 Seated Around God’s Throne

Revelation 4:4 (KJV)
And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

I have been taught that the twenty-four elders represent the churches of the Lord. I am not at all opposed to that teaching but, since the Bible doesn’t actually say, and since the number twenty-four seems significant, I think of them as the completed work of God. 

  • Twelve representing the twelve tribes of Israel 
  • Twelve representing the twelve apostles

I understand the objections to the representation of the twelve tribes as, at this moment, God’s work with them was not finished. Still God is not bound by time as we are. 

John specifically saw twenty-four seats and twenty-four elders. The seats indicate, I think, preparation. I am reminded of John 14, “I go to prepare a place for you[1] and Ephesians seated together.[2] God has prepared for all who will come to Him, whether it is Jew or Gentile, whether it is Old Testament or New, whether it is male or female, young or old, God is prepared to receive us. 

The seats are around God’s throne. They are not around some venerated saint or admired preacher. Our focus in heaven won’t be a hero of the faith. Our focus will be the Object of our faith. 

Seats are a place of rest. Our work will one day be finished. We will enjoy the presence of the Lord where we will spend eternity enjoying Him and worshiping Him.


[1] John 14:2 (KJV)
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

[2] Ephesians 2:6 (KJV)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:

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Revelation 4:4 Seated Around God’s Throne

Revelation 3:8 That Will Be Enough

Revelation 3:8 (KJV)
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Jesus credited the church in Philadelphia with three things:

  • They had a little strength 
  • They kept His Word
  • They had not denied His name

I see this in contrast with the church in Laodicea, who said of themselves: 

  • We are rich 
  • We are increased with goods and
  • We have need of nothing 

First, we ought to prefer the word of the Lord above our own. Second, we ought to accept our limitations. The only way to have the anointing and blessing of God is to admit we have none of our own. If we may but, have a little of his strength, that we keep His Word, and remain true to His name, that will be enough.

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Revelation 3:8 That Will Be Enough

Numbers 25:12 Ministers of Peace

Numbers 25:12 (KJV)
Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:

Albert Barnes says, “Phinehas became highpriest after the death of his father Eleazar, and the office, …, was perpetuated in his line; nor indeed is it known to have departed from that line again until the typical priesthood of the sons of Aaron was merged in the actual priesthood of the Saviour”

Gill adds, “the priests had a peculiar nearness to God, and enjoyed his friendship, favour, and peace with him, and because the right administration of their office was the means of peace between God and his people,”
(I note from the context that the very ministry which is able to bring peace between God and man sometimes does not appear peaceful between man and the man of God.)

In like manner we, who are saved by the blood of Christ, serve in the ministry of reconciliation as the means of peace between God and others.

Though the priesthood remained in his family until it was encompassed in the priesthood of Christ, we know that His family struggled being faithful to their promises. We too struggle with faithfulness. 

May our Lord enable us to serve Him more faithfully as ministers of the covenant of peace. 

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Numbers 25:12 Ministers of Peace

Numbers 23:11 Resisting God

Numbers 23:11 (KJV)
And Balak said unto Balaam, What hast thou done unto me? I took thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast blessed them altogether.

Balak made a number of mistakes:

  • He held ought against Israel instead of befriending them
  • He assumed God could be bought to do his bidding
  • He misapplied the power at work as belonging to Balaam and not God. 

(This is the common misunderstanding in our world today. The plain fact is, most disregard God, and only see the men who serve Him.)

It was God who blessed Israel. The very same God would have blessed Balak and his people, if only they had turned to Him. Resisting the children of God meant resisting the God of whom they were children. 

Resisting God eventually led to the utter annihilation of Balak’s people. 

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Numbers 23:11 Resisting God

Numbers 22:1 The Strongest Hostility

Numbers 22:1 (KJV)
And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan by Jericho.

The chapters previous to this describe very rapid, may I say even aggressive, movement on the part of Israel toward their goal. It comes to a crescendo here with them finally pitching their tents across Jordan from Jericho, their point of entry to God’s Promised Land. 

These chapters also describe what I think is the strongest hostility Israel had encountered to date:

  • Edom then
  • Arad then
  • Sihon then
  • Og and then
  • Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel

In the midst of these battles there was also:

  • Moses’ sin at the water of American
  • The death of Miriam and Aaron and
  • The murmuring which led to the fiery serpents

And there will be yet more trouble before Joshua led them into their Promised Land. 

It reminds me of Revelation where, when Satan realizes he has little time left and doubles down on his assault against the people of God. 

Be assured, when you start to make spiritual progress, you will in turn face your fiercest battles.
Be assured as well that God is greater than all of the enemies of this world.

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Numbers 22:1 The Strongest Hostility

3 John 1:5-8 How To Help

3 John 1:5-8 (KJV)
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

The doctrine described here is not strange to the Word of God. It is the principle upon which our missionary endeavors rest. 

There are those anointed of God and so burdened to reach out to lost souls with the Gospel. As they pioneer in “gentile” or in territory inhospitable to the Gospel, the rest of us do well to help them in: encouragement, prayer, and financial support. 

And in so doing we become partners in their work and contributors to the advancement of the truth. 

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3 John 1:5-8 How To Help

2 John 1:13 The Lady and Her Sister


2 John 1:13 (KJV)
The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

This little letter is addressed to “the elect lady and her children” and ends with a salutation from, “the children of thy elect sister.

I take it that this is a reference to a couple of churches. If that is the case:

  • They are local and separate 
  • They are alike in fellowship
  • They walk in truth
  • They abide in the doctrine of Christ 
  • They reject those that have a different doctrine
  • They are admonished to “look to yourselves” to preserve and protect a full reward[1]

Scripturally it is not enough for a church to have a reward. It is not enough to have a partial reward. We are to strive for a full reward.


[1] Barnes gives good counsel when he writes, “When error abounds in the world, our first duty is not to attack it… (but to) look to the citadel of our own souls and see that it is well guarded there.” 
Perhaps this has been the weakness of much of modern Christianity. It has been on the offense and hasn’t prepared well for the defense of those back home. Consequently, we have won the souls of strangers (a good work) at the expense of the souls of our loved ones (a tragedy.)
https://mckenzie-visit-with-god.blogspot.com/2012/08/guard-home.html

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2 John 1:13 The Lady and Her Sister

1 John 5:3 Error and Antichrist

1 John 5:3 (KJV)
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

I want to take this back to 1 John 4:4-6 and the spirit of truth versus the spirit of error. 
1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

  • It is God whom we are to love. 
  • It is God whom we are to believe. 
  • It is God whom we are to worship. 

Anything else is error and antichrist. 

But the Word of God is our connection with God. Therefore, we may recognize a good deal about our relationship with God from our attitude concerning the Bible, the Word of God. 

  • To believe it is of God
  • To accept that it is true
  • To obey those things it teaches

This is the spirit of truth and it is evidence of an honest love for God. 

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1 John 5:3 Error and Antichrist

1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

1 John 4:4-6 (KJV)
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

There are three statements of position in the early verses of this chapter:
Ye are of God 
Vs 4
They are of the world
Vs 5
We are of God 
Vs 6

All three of these statements are true. But the foundational one is verse 6. If it is not accepted that the author of these words is of God, speaking under the inspiration of God, then the reader will dismiss everything else posited in the book. 

Here is one of the great divides that occur among people, and the one that must be reckoned with before any sort of understanding among believers and unbelievers can be had. We as believers take it that the Bible is of God. It is not an opinion. It is not just another view. It is the truth upon which all that is true rests. 

To argue from the position that the Bible is true, with a person who does not see it as such is a futile exercise. We must first ask God to help them come to this conviction or else all the rest will be doubtful disputation.

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1 John 4:4-6 The Spirit of Truth and the Spirit of Error

Numbers 18:17 So We Could Be Redeemed

Numbers 18:17 (KJV)
But the firstling of a cow, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou shalt sprinkle their blood upon the altar, and shalt burn their fat for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.

God was gracious. 

He claimed the firstborn of both men and beasts to be His. They belonged to Him to be used as He saw fit. In grace, He gave parents the law of redemption. He instructed them to redeem their firstborn and keep them to be raised as their own. 

I believe that every Mosaic law, especially those having to do with sacrifices, point to Jesus. The interesting thing is that Jesus, who is the only begotten Son of God and obviously His firstborn, should have been redeemed, but was not. 

Jesus was not redeemed so that we, you and me, claimed by the Devil, could be redeemed from our slavery and set at liberty before the Lord. 

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Numbers 18:17 So We Could Be Redeemed