The sea of glass like a crystal is a barrier between the Christians and God on His throne. Christians walk by faith and not by site, not being allowed in the literal presence of God in His throne room. At the end time when the redeemed inherit their home in heaven, they will have to access God through the limitations of any barriers. They will be in his literal presence.
In Revelation 21 we are given a vision of Heaven and in verse one, the sea which is present in this vision is absent. The living creatures in John's vision are similar to Ezekiel's vision of the four creatures in chapter 1; " And out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance: they had the likeness of a man " Ezekiel The number four was symbolic of the world in which we live and when the first readers saw this number they would then associate it with all life on this earth.
In interpreting what these living creatures are, it is important to examine their characteristics and what they were doing. They were alive and were assembled about God's throne, in verse 9 they are worshipping God on His throne, giving thanks to Him. All mankind is commanded to give " thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ " Ephesians Examine the activities and qualities of these figurative animals and compare them with who or what we know in existence that would best match their characteristics and behavior.
The four living creatures assembled all around the throne are representative of all of mankind in God's creation who are saved. Revelation " And the first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face as of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. Looking closely at the creatures in Ezekiel's vision we see one of their characteristics that sheds tremendous light on what they represented.
The creatures in Ezekiel's vision followed wherever the Spirit led never turning from their course.
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All four creatures represented mankind as a whole, each individual creature exhibited one of man's unique qualities when taken as a whole separate mankind utterly from the rest of the animal kingdom and from the lost. The saved who were assembled about the throne were noble like a lion, domesticated and in servitude like a calf or an ox, wise like men who had ears and listened to what the Spirit said they came from the far corners of the earth, soaring high above the lost of the world, like eagles on wings.
Noble, in faithful service, wise, and soaring high above the lost on earth. Who is this a picture of?
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They are the saved of the earth that follow wherever the Spirit leads. Revelation " and the four living creatures, having each one of them six wings, are full of eyes round about and within: and they have no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
Some have suggested that the living creatures of Revelation 4 are representative of the Seraphim in Isaiah because of the similarity of the six wings. The living creatures in Ezekiel have four wings each while the Seraphim each have six which match the wing count of the four living creatures in Revelation.
It should be noted that the number of Seraphim in attendance around the throne of God is not mentioned while the living creatures of Ezekiel are and are described with the same facial features and animal likenesses. It is often the case in Revelation that John draws on the imagery of numerous accounts in order to complete the total picture of what he is seeing in his own vision. The purpose for this is to refer the reader's mind back to other Biblical imagery to help form in his mind a picture of the vision in John's mind.
It is helpful to focus more on the activities than the specifics. What's going on? Who is being worshipped and who is doing the worshipping and how are they doing it? The four figurative creatures in John's vision had more wings than an ordinary eagle. The characteristics one would associate an eagle with are amplified in this vision threefold.
These creatures never cease from worshipping and thanking and giving honor to God. This is representative of an everlasting eternity in presence with God where the saved will honor and glorify Him who existed before anything did, is living now and will come again which is representative of Jesus Christ. Revelation " And when the living creatures shall give glory and honor and thanks to him that sitteth on the throne, to him that liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders shall fall down before him that sitteth on the throne, and shall worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and shall cast their crowns before the throne, saying, " And when all of saved mankind from the earth worship God on His throne who lives forever and ever, the 24 elders fall down before the throne and worship God with them, throwing their crowns on the ground at the foot of God's throne.
The elders are not in any way the recipients of worship. The worship of the living creatures and the elders is directed wholly and solely upon God. All the figurative crowns, which came from God, are removed and thrown at His feet. When God is worshipped, all eyes, all glory, all reverence, all praise and all attention is directed solely at Him. Revelation " Worthy art thou, our Lord and our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power: for thou didst create all things, and because of thy will they were, and were created. This is in contrast to those of the first century who demanded to be worshipped as Gods on earth but were not worthy.
The word "for" introduces an explanation of what was first stated. The Roman emperors didn't create anything. It was not because of their will that anything existed. They built a lot of temples to their own glory but they didn't create anything. It was God's will that all things were created and existed. No man had anything to do with that and inspiration claims this makes God worthy of glory and honor. There were so many false pagan gods one could worship. These Gods were dreamed up in the minds of men and were a reflection of man's capricious ways.
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These Gods were often portrayed as possessing the lustful and worldly characteristics of the people that dreamed them up. The God we serve is not like those gods. The pagan gods invented and served by men were no better than they were.
The one true and living God we serve is true, just, trustworthy and pure. God is incapable of any unrighteous act and is the image of absolute holiness and perfection and is powerful beyond human comprehension.
Inspiration used the creation in this example to illustrate God's power. Consider for a moment just how vast the known universe is and what it must have entailed to bring about its creation from nothing. The Roman emperors who proclaimed themselves to be gods and required the worship of men couldn't create the dust on their sandals. They were untrustworthy, cruel and followed after the lusts of their own hearts. We serve a powerful, caring, just, honest, trustworthy, righteous and deserving God. Our God is perfect and is worthy of the honor and glory of His creation.
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But the above scene with Bronn helps give some rationale to the actions of both characters. These people — even the good ones — they use us as they please. Look at me, you ever seen an old sellsword? No such thing.
These kids coming up, they do all manner of madness with their blades, moves I never dreamt of. Learn some new tricks. Shae goes to Tywin because he has the power and Tyrion will be sentenced to death. Friendship is good for these two, but adapting and surviving is more important. And to have one character tell this to the other gives insight into both.