One of the central themes of the book of Revelation is ‘the throne of God’. It appears more in this book than any other New Testament literature.
The throne in 1st century culture depicted the highest place of honor, greatness and power, and those who sat on the throne were viewed as possessing all authority. In chapter four, John is allowed to see who really occupies the the Ultimate Throne. It’s no surprise to discover that neither Caesar nor the Antichrist are adequate rivals. In this vision, John is overwhelmed by a myriad of sights + sounds as he sees things that he never dreamed of even existing.
In the presence of the manifold beauties of God, worship and song appear to be as commonplace as taking a breath. Not only do these four glorious and peculiar creatures worship, so do these twenty-four elders/rulers, who do so by casting down their very crowns (which may represent their reward or honor).
The connection between “throne” and “worship” cannot be missed. Those who recognize, and are moved by the supremacy and beauty of:
the greatness of God,
the mystery of the seven fold Spirit,
and the love displayed by the Lamb of God,
will naturally in response, cast down their crowns and worship.
This chapter sets in motion a theme that recurs through out the remainder of this book, namely, God sits on the Throne and rules over all, be it natural disaster, economic collapse or Babylon the great. Amen + amen!