And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen;

The elders are often found in an attitude of prostration and praise. It is before these heavenly beings that the 144,000 sing a new song (14:3). As witnesses to God’s works in favor of the redeemed, they adore the Creator (4:10-11) and Saviour (5:8-10) and give their approval (‘amen’) to the invitation to praise God for His judgment on the great prostitute (19:4).

Fell Down and Worshiped Yah.—

“Considering the meaning that we attributed to the word ‘amen,’ it can be understood that the elders
not only join the first narrator’s voice, but also commit themselves to the realization of the invitation to praise by assuming the appropriate attitude—they bow down and worship.

O come, let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
Psalm 95:6.

In these perilous times, those who profess to be God’s commandment-keeping people should guard against the tendency to lose the spirit of reverence and godly fear. The Scriptures teach men how to approach their Maker—with humility and awe, through faith in a divine Mediator. Let man come on bended knee, as a subject of grace, a suppliant at the footstool of mercy. Thus he is to testify that the whole soul, body, and spirit are in subjection to his Creator.

Both in public and in private worship, it is our duty to bow upon our knees before God when we offer our petitions to Him.

  • Yahushua, our example, ‘kneeled down, and prayed.’
  • And of His disciples it is recorded that they, too, ‘kneeled down, and prayed.’
  • Stephen ‘kneeled.’
  • Paul declared: ‘I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Yahushua’ (Eph. 3:14).
  • In confessing before God the sins of Israel, Ezra knelt.
  • Daniel ‘kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God’ (Dan 6:10).
  • And the invitation of the psalmist is: ‘O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our Maker’ (Ps. 95:6).

Both in public and private worship it is our duty to bow down upon our knees before God when we offer our petitions to Him. This act shows our dependence upon God…. [2 Chron. 6:1-13].

“Is it possible that with all the light that God has given to His people on the subject of reverence, that ministers, principals, and teachers in our schools, by precept and example teach young men to stand erect in devotion as did the Pharisees? Shall we look upon this as significant of their self-sufficiency and self-importance? Are these traits to become conspicuous?

“We hope that our brethren will not manifest less reverence and awe as they approach the only true and living God than the heathen manifest for their idol deities, or these people will be our judges in the day of final decision. I would speak to all who occupy the place of teachers in our schools. Men and women, do not dishonor God by your irreverence and pomposity.

Do not stand up in your Phariseeism and offer your prayers to God. Mistrust your own strength. Depend not in it; but often bow down on your knees before God, and worship Him. “And when you assemble to worship God, be sure and bow your knees before Him. Let this act testify that the whole soul, body, and spirit are in subjection to the Spirit of truth. Who have searched the Word closely for examples and direction in this respect?…

“Man must come on bended knee, as a subject of grace, a suppliant at the footstool of mercy. And as he receives daily mercies at the hand of God, he is ever to cherish gratitude in his heart, and give expression to it in the words of thanksgiving and praise for these unmerited favors.

“The prayer offered by Solomon during the dedication of the temple, was not made while he stood upon his feet. The king knelt in the humble position of a petitioner.

“Herein is a lesson for God’s people today. Our spiritual strength and our influence are not increased
by conformity to a worldly attitude during prayer. If any human being knew whom he was addressing—the great and holy God, who dwelleth in light inapproachable, before whom angels veil their faces and cry, ‘Holy, holy, holy’— he would not stand erect before his students and present his petitions to God.”
Manuscript 174, 1897.

Amen:
“The ‘Amen’ of the twenty-four elders indicates that the reign of sin is over and their mediatorial
mission as assistant priests is finished.” Bunch, TR, 260.