Spiritual Meaning of REVELATION 4:9
AR 249. Verse 9. And when these animals gave glory, and honor, and thanks to Him that sat upon the throne, signifies that the Word ascribes all truth, and all good, and all worship to the Lord, who is to judge. "The animals" are the Word, as has been shown; "glory and honor," when ascribed to the Lord, mean, that all truth and all good are His and from Him; "thanks" signify the all of worship; "He that sat on the throne" signifies the Lord as to judgment, as above. Hence it is evident, that by "when the animals gave glory, and honor, and thanks to Him that sat on the throne," is signified that the Word ascribes all truth, and all good, and all worship, to the Lord who is to judge. By "giving the Lord glory and honor," nothing else is meant in the Word than to acknowledge and confess that all truth and all good is from Him, thus that He alone is God, for He has glory from the Divine truth, and honor from the Divine good. This is signified by "glory and honor" in the following passages:--
Jehovah made the heavens, glory and honor are before Him (Ps. 96:5, 6).
O Jehovah, O God, Thou art very great, Thou art clothed with glory and honor (Ps. 104:1).
The works of Jehovah are great, glory and honor are His work (Ps. 111:2, 3).
Glory and honor Thou layest upon Him, blessings forever (Ps. 21:5, 6).
Concerning the Lord:--
Gird Thy sword upon the thigh, O mighty, in glory and honor; in Thy honor mount up, ride upon the Word of truth (Ps. 45:3, 4).
Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor (Ps. 8:5).
The glory of Lebanon is given unto it, the honor of Carmel and Sharon; they shall see the glory of Jehovah and the honor of our God (Isa. 35:2).
These things refer to the Lord (Psalms 145:4, 5, 12; Apocalypse 21:24, 26). Moreover, when the Divine truth is treated of in the Word, it is called " glory" (n. 629); and when the Divine good is treated of it is called "honor."
AR 250. Who liveth for ages of ages, signifies the Lord that He alone is life, and from Him alone is life eternal, as seen in (n. 58, 60). REVELATION 4:9 previous - next - text - summary - Revelation - Full Page
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