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Poole on Revelation 7:11, 12: Angelic Praise

Verse 11:[1] (Rev. 4:6) And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God…



[The Angels (namely, of inferior order: for the four living creatures are archangels, as we said [Piscator]: Now, the Apostles, who were in Jerusalem, and the Presbyters had gone out together: See the same words of the Angels in Revelation 5:11 [Grotius]) were standing (which denotes both reverence and dependence upon God and His will, and promptness in the execution of God’s commandments [Durham]) in the circuit of the throne and of the elders, etc.] That is, around the throne, and around the Church, which they were surrounding lest either its members go out, or anything of evil enter in; and by consequence they are around that multitude which was before the throne, verse 9, that is, in the same place where the Elders and Living Creatures are said, both here and previously, to stand, and to be defended by the same escort; so that hence it is able to be gathered that this multitude is comprehended under the Elders or Living Creatures, with this distinction only, that the Elders denote the entire Catholic Church, but the multitude denotes the part of it at this time coming out of tribulation, etc. Otherwise the Elders would not have been passed over here, if they were different from the Church; neither is any other reason able to be assigned why those Elders would be silent in praise so solemn, and not have their own parts, than that their praise was previously expressed by the multitude, etc., verse 9. Moreover, this placement of the Angels shows their function, namely, that they watch over and serve the Church, Hebrews 1:14 (Durham).


And all the angels stood round about the throne; the good angels, who always in heaven behold the face of their and our heavenly Father. And about the elders; and about the twenty-four elders, mentioned Revelation 4:4. And the four beasts; and the living creatures, mentioned Revelation 4:6.


[And they fell…upon their faces] For they were seen in human form (Cotterius, similarly Cluverus). Others: This is to be understood spiritually (Durham). Yet the Angels do have gestures conformed to their substance, by which they demonstrate reverence. This is a gesture of humility and veneration (Cluverus), by which they acknowledge both the infinite distance between themselves and God, and the greatness of this work (Durham). Just as the Apostles and Presbyters endorse the song of the Angels, Revelation 5:11-14, so also the Angels sing with the Confessors here, as the members of one Kingdom (Grotius), applauding the salvation of their clients, and praising God together for that (Menochius out of Lapide).


And fell before the throne on their faces; the angels, elders, and living creatures, all fall down on their faces, in a reverential sense of the infinite distance between them and their Creator. And worshipped God; thus paying an homage to God fitted to their glorified state, in consideration of his excellency.


Verse 12:[2] (Rev. 5:13, 14) Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.


[Saying, Amen] That is, Let it be done, let it be done, let it be so (Menochius). They applaud the preceding hymn (Pareus).


[Blessing, etc.] These are also the words of the Angels explaining the Amen which preceded. The same words which are in Revelation 5:12, except that here εὐχαριστί/thanksgiving is in the place of what is there πλοῦτος/ riches, but in the same sense. For εὐχαριστία/thanksgiving is recognition of liberality, which is called πλοῦτος/riches by our men (Grotius). Thus wisdom, power, etc., in the place of the praise of wisdom, etc. (Piscator).


Amen: Blessing, and glory, etc.: These words only signify the union and harmony of the angels and saints in praising God: see the notes on Revelation 5:12.

[1] Greek: καὶ πάντες οἱ ἄγγελοι ἑστήκεσαν κύκλῳ τοῦ θρόνου καὶ τῶν πρεσβυτέρων καὶ τῶν τεσσάρων ζώων, καὶ ἔπεσον ἐνώπιον τοῦ θρόνου ἐπὶ πρόσωπον αὐτῶν, καὶ προσεκύνησαν τῷ Θεῷ. [2] Greek: λέγοντες, Ἀμήν· ἡ εὐλογία καὶ ἡ δόξα καὶ ἡ σοφία καὶ ἡ εὐχαριστία καὶ ἡ τιμὴ καὶ ἡ δύναμις καὶ ἡ ἰσχὺς τῷ Θεῷ ἡμῶν εἰς τοὺς αἰῶνας τῶν αἰώνων. ἀμήν.

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Dr. Dilday
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George Swinnock's "The Incomparableness of God": 'He is so incomparably excellent that he is above the highest adoration and worship of his creatures. Worship is the most high and honourable of all our works. Blessing and praising God is the most high and honourable act of worship; therefore this is that part of worship which suits the highest and honourablest state of the creature in heaven, and must continue for ever. As all our graces, of faith, and hope, and patience, etc., shall ere long be melted into love, and joy, and delight, so all our duties, of confession, petition, hearing and reading the word, receiving the sacraments, shall all be melted into praise and thanksgiving: Revelation 7:11-12, "And th…

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
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Jonathan Edwards' Miscellany 1246: 'The saints higher in glory than the angels. It is evident that the four and twenty elders in the Revelation do represent the church or company of glorified saints by their song. Revelation 5:9-10, "Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." But these are represented from time to time as sitting in a state of honour, with white raiment and crowns of gold, and in seats of dignity, in throne…

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
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William Tong (for Matthew Henry): 'Here is the song of the angels (Revelation 7:11-12), where observe, (1.) Their station—before the throne of God, attending on him, and about the saints, ready to serve them. (2.) Their posture, which is very humble, and expressive of the greatest reverence: They fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God. Behold the most excellent of all the creatures, who never sinned, who are before him continually, not only covering their faces, but falling down on their faces before the Lord! What humility then, and what profound reverence, become us vile frail creatures, when we come into the presence of God! We should fall down before him; there should be both a reverentia…

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
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Dr. Dilday's Sermon: "Angelic Praise"

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=5613813539


1) Introduction

2) Analysis

a) Context

b) Verse 11

c) Verse 12

3) Doctrine: God is worthy of our zealous worship.

4) Use: Let us stir ourselves up to ardor and zeal in worship.


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