The Great Throne Visions ~The Cosmic Adoration ~ The Casting of Crowns

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The Great Throne Visions ~The Cosmic Adoration ~ The Casting of Crowns

“….the Twenty-four Elders fall prostrate before the One residing on the Throne; and they adore the One whose Life transcends the Ages, and throw their crowns before the Throne, chanting: You are worthy, our Lord and God, to assume the glory and the esteem and the miraculous power: Because You made all things, and by Your decree they existed, yea and were created.”

The Great Throne Visions ~The Cosmic Adoration ~ The Casting of Crowns

As the vision progresses the worshipful thanks of the Zoa is followed by the adoration of the Elders, who prostrate themselves before the Throne. After casting their crowns before the Throne, a symbolic act showing their utter dependence upon the Occupant of the Throne, the Elders chant a hymn to the Deity. This hymn of the Elders goes beyond the worshipful thanks of the Zoa and establishes the basis for such re­verence. God is worthy of the worship of the creation because He is the Creator. To put it simply He owns the manufacturing rights to the universe. [The term “all things” (Gk. ta panta) can mean nothing less than the entire universe.] It is God who holds all the patents, and his decree alone is the ultimate and final power. This fact alone establishes His right to Judge the world.

The final line of the hymn is a difficult one, and has led to several different interpretations. Some of the commentators, following the literal translation of the Authorized Version (“and for thy pleasure they are and were created”), take the phrase as a verification of the absolutes implied in Platonic Idealism. The term “they are” (Gk. asan) in this instance, being construed as an argument for the prior existence of all things as ideal forms in the Divine Mind. Other commentators, insisting that the better manuscripts read ouk hasan rather than simply hsan, translate the phrase “they were not and were created.” This is then developed into an apologetic for the ex nihilo version of crea­tion, all things being brought into existence out of non-existence.

Although these are interesting theological concepts they are extran­eous to the actual meaning of the Text. The grammatical construction here is epexegetic, the existence of all things being portrayed as an accomplished fact in response to Gods’ will. The important thing to remember here is that the words “your decree” are emphatic – Creation came into existence entirely as a result of Divine decree. This single fact establishes Gods Divine right to Judge the world that He has made. The Creation has always recognized this truth. As the final days of this Age rush upon us it will be brought home to the inhabitants of the earth in a most dramatic and terrible manner.

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