the harp and golden bowls

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp and golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.

The most effective way to interpret unexplained symbols is match those symbols with other scriptural references. Because the scriptures are pretty good at explaining themselves. In Revelation 5:8, it’s said that each of four living creatures and twenty four elders each had a harp and a golden bowl filled with incense.

Turning to the Psalms this is recorded. “Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful. Praise the LORD with the harp. Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings. Sing a new song to Him; play skillfully with a shout of joy.” See Psalms 33:1-3.

The golden bowls filled with incense representing the prayers of the saints is a direct allusion to another Psalm. Which reads, “Let my prayer be set before You as incense.” See Psalms 141:2a.

The obvious conclusion is that those symbols represent praise and worship through song and action.

And embodied, in such prayers that we might offer could include these thoughts. “Set guard over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing. To practice wicked works with men who work iniquity; and do not let me eat of their delicacies.” See Psalms 141:3-4.

Concerning the four living creatures and the twenty four elders see the discussions, “Freakish Things About A Place Called Heaven,” 20 June 2019. And, “Strangers In Our Midst,” 21 June 2019.

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