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Dead Praise Lamb
(Revelation 5.13-14)
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"Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying, 'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!' The four living creatures said, 'Amen,' and the elders fell down and worshipped." (Revelation 5.13-14)✞

From Below

Praise from below the earthEven the creatures which are "under the earth" and the dead add their praise to the Lamb. This could mean that the dead who are in Hades praise God, which would be something totally new. "Hades" was the ancient Greek name for the god of the underworld. "Hades" as we use it is also the name of the shadowy place considered the final destination of the souls of the dead. Hades was considered the most feared of all of the gods and described by the author Homer as "pitiless, loathsome and monstrous." Such was death and Hades. In the Old Testament, the dead were separated altogether from God and lived a shadowy existence. Psalm 6.5 explained, "Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?" Then Psalm 30.9 added, "What is gained if I am silenced, if I go down to the pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it proclaim your faithfulness?"

Hades Shadowy Existence

HadesPsalm 88.10-12 questions whether the dead have any consciousness of God in writing, "Do you show your wonders to the dead? Do their spirits rise up and praise you? Is your love declared in the grave, your faithfulness in Destruction? (in Hebrew called "Abaddon".) Are your wonders known in the place of darkness, or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?" The prophet Isaiah 38.18 added, "For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness."

"Dead Praise Lamb"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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