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Revelation 4:5-7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

And pulsing from the throne were blinding flashes of lightning,[a] crashes of thunder, and voices.[b] And burning before the throne are seven blazing torches, which represent the seven Spirits of God.[c] And in front of the throne there was pavement[d] like a crystal sea of glass.[e]

Worship around the Throne

Around the throne and on each side[f] stood four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind.[g] The first living creature resembled a lion, the second an ox, the third had a human face, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.


  1. Revelation 4:5 Lightning is often an emblem of the revelation-word of God breaking forth on the earth (Ps. 97:4), which dismantles the works of Satan (Luke 10:18). As God’s Word goes forth, there will always be voices to carry the fresh revelation of heaven.
  2. Revelation 4:5 Or “sounds.” See also Ex. 19:16; Ps. 77:18.
  3. Revelation 4:5 Or “the seven-fold Spirit of God.”
  4. Revelation 4:6 See Ex. 24:10; Ezek. 1:22, 26.
  5. Revelation 4:6 The blazing torches reflected off the glassy crystal sea would appear to be heaven’s analogue to the Red Sea. See also 15:2–4. One of the miracles of the Red Sea crossing was that the waters congealed and became like glass (Ex. 15:8). John is seeing a hint of the chaotic “sea of humanity” (Dan. 7:2; Ezek. 32:2) being calmed before God’s sovereign throne.
  6. Revelation 4:6 A possible inference in the Greek is that the four living creatures are supporting the throne; that is, the throne (chariot of God) rested upon them. See Ezek. 1:15-26. The number four points to the four winds and the four seasons (the whole created order).
  7. Revelation 4:6 They had eyes to see into different realms and into times past and future (in front and behind).
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