Chapter 4 Verse 6 (NIV)
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6Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back.
The "sea" was located between the altar and the tent of meeting. The priests were required to cleanse themselves prior to entering the tent of meeting. The consequence if not bathed was death. See Exodus 30:17-21 .
Symbolically, today we, the true believers, are the royal priesthood: 1 Peter 2:9-10, Revelation 1:6, and Revelation 5:8-10. Like the priests in the Old Testament, we, too, must be clean, 2 Timothy 2:21. Furthermore, since Christ's blood "cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:5-10), He is our sea. This is confirmed by 1 John 5:6-12, Ephesians 5:25-27, and Hebrews 10:19-22; but this is another whole study in itself.
From Revelation 7:1,
four is associated
with the "four corners of the earth". They have eyes all around (verse 8) meaning full wisdom
-- they know the entire
history of the earth. They see/have seen the evil, and understand why
they "guard" the THRONE (the seat of complete and perfect judgment).
from the The Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright ) 1973,
1978, 1984 by International
Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing
House. All rights reserved.
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