The Sea of Glass

Can you explain the meaning of the “sea of glass” spoken of in Revelation 4:6?

The scripture reads: “And 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 full of eyes before and behind.”

Revelation 15:2 also refers to the sea of glass and paints a very similar picture. In focus, in the extended verses, is the beauty and majestic glory of God on His throne. The saints of all time are gathered around the throne worshiping and praising the Lord God Almighty. These passages are worthy of study and understanding, but I will address the specific question at hand.

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What Is the Hypostatic Union?

What is the hypostatic union?

Jesus Christ is one person with two natures—divine and human. The hypostatic union describes this union of Christ’s humanity and divinity in one hypostasis, or individual existence. Jesus is God in the flesh. “In the beginning was the Word [Jesus], and the Word [Jesus] was with God, and the Word [Jesus] was God…. and the Word [Jesus] was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (John 1:1,14). Jesus had two natures—God and man. He was not part God and part man but fully God and fully man. Jesus never lost His divinity but existed on the earth as God coupled with a human nature.Read more

Is It a Sin to Use Musical Instruments in Worship Service?

Why shouldn’t we follow the commands of David to worship God with musical instruments, especially since David was a “man after God’s own heart”?

All Scripture must be interpreted and applied according to its dispensational context. In Psalm 144:1, David says, “Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.” It is true that God blessed David in all his wars and fighting, and helped him to kill and destroy his enemies but that is foreign to the Gospel dispensation. God now requires us to cease from wars and fighting, to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us and despitefully use us, and to “resist not evil” (Matt. 5:38-45). God also allowed David to have multiple wives and blessed him and the offspring he brought forth by those wives. God condemns such a practice in the present dispensation and will never bless any man who should follow David’s example. Therefore, all Scripture must be interpreted and applied according to its dispensational context. This holds true relative to Psalm 150:3-8 and other Psalms that command the use of musical instruments or dancing in worship to God. No Old Testament text can annul any New Testament doctrine or principle. The New Testament is the “better testament,” and is the one God requires us to live by today.Read more

Is It Wrong to Work on Sunday?

Why does the scripture say that the Sabbath is to be observed for all generations?

Exodus 31:16-17 reads, “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever….”Read more

Questions and Answers on Giving

What is the acceptable manner of Christian giving?

“When thou doest thine alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” (Matthew 6:1-4). Children of God are not to give to receive recognition or praise of man, but are to give, as much as possible, anonymously and in secret with much humility and love.Read more