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A Book Holier Than The Bible (14 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
This lesson is "A Book Holier Than the Bible." What book could be holier than the Holy Bible? God has placed the Bible in our hands; He has made the Word available to us. But there is a book in heaven that no man can open. It is so holy and so sacred that no man is worthy to open the book. And we are going to read about this book. Now you remember in Revelation 4 we were introduced to the scene at the throne of God after we are raptured from the earth and we stand before the throne of God in heaven. If you will, look back at Revelation 4:6. There he says, "before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts, (or four living creatures) full of eyes before and behind." Now because these living creatures are mentioned again in this lesson, and they are mentioned throughout the book of Revelation, and they are at the throne of God, we might want to think about these beasts and what they represent.
The eyes that they have, of course, represent their knowledge of God, their knowledge of their creator. The Bible says these "four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come" (Revelation 4:8). These living creatures at the throne of God who praise God continually have no rest, that is they never cease in their praising God. God desires praise from His creation, and these beasts represent all the creation of God.
And we learn here in Revelation 4:7, "the first beast was like a lion," and so the lion represents animal life that is wild, undomesticated animal life. And then he says, "the second beast (was) like a calf," and the calf represents domesticated life. And he is describing here all the creation. Now in Revel ...
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