Revelation Chapter 5: 13
Revelation 5:13 – 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, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!”
John hears praises to the Lord from beyond the throne, coming from Heaven and Earth. The concluding verse of the following Psalm encapsulates this radiating praise:
Psalms 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!
Ultimately there will come a day when every created being will worship the Lord:
Philippians 2:5-11 – Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
There is disagreement among scholars whether this moment of praise fulfills the passage above in Philippians. At this time in history, most of man has not only rejected Christ, many will blaspheme Him later in the Tribulation:
Revelation 16:9, 11 – And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues; and they did not repent and give Him glory…. They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.
Revelation 16:21 – And great hail from heaven fell upon men, each hailstone about the weight of a talent. Men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.
The phrase “every creature” in the Greek can mean “all,” “the whole,” or “every kind of.” With this in mind, it may make more sense to translate verse 13 this way: “And every kind of creature,” instead of “every creature.” It seems misplaced that every creature would worship the Lord at this time.
It is generally thought that “every knee will bow” and “every tongue confess” that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11) will ultimately be fulfilled at the “Great White Throne Judgment” (Revelation 20:11-15). Those who reject Christ will have to acknowledge Him as Lord, when they bow down in worship before Him on judgment day. But because of their rejection, those “under the earth” are not included among those who the Lord will redeem and reconcile:
Colossians 1:16-20 – For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
That said, the following passage suggests that most, if not all, will acknowledge “the Lamb,” at the beginning of the Tribulation:
Revelation 6:15-16 – And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!”
I believe that the purpose for this moment of worship is for the creation to pay homage to the Creator, as it should. Praise from the saints is what He delights in most and why they are close to Him on the throne. The following Psalm captures this theme:
Psalms 148:1-7 – Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD from the heavens; praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created. He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away. Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths.
Psalms 148:8-14 – Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl; kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth; both young men and maidens; old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven. And He has exalted the horn of His people, the praise of all His saints – of the children of Israel, a people near to Him. Praise the LORD!
In our passage of discussion, we are again shown two aspects of Christ: “Him who sits on the throne,” exhibiting His sovereign power, and the sacrificial “Lamb.” Recall from Revelation 5:7, the Father is invisible and Jesus is the only visible form of God there is (Hebrews 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15 & 2:9). Therefore, the two forms seen by John are both Jesus, which demonstrates God’s omnipresence, while showing us two characteristics of Him.
Jesus created everything and everyone. This just means that trees, animals, fish, fowl, and all living beings, such as animals and people, all cried out blessings to God.
The “him that sitteth upon the throne” could be God the Father and God the Son. Probably the Elohim God, because of the separation of the blessing afterward unto the Lamb. This praise was not for a limited time, but was to reach into all of eternity. The word “sitteth” means continuous sitting.
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