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Who and what are being referenced as "every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth" in John's vision in Revelation 5:13?

Who and "what" is being talked about here?

Revelation 5:13

ESV - 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, what John is describing here is the ultimate and final fulfillment at the close of the age of the same thought expressed by Paul in Philippians 2:9-11 ("Therefore God has highly exalted Him [Jesus], and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.").

Jesus is worthy of such praise because (again, as expressed by Paul), "although He was God, He did not demand and cling to His rights as God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant,...and humbled Himself and became obedient unto death -- even death on a cross." (Philippians 2:6-8)

It is not just the redeemed who will acknowledge Him in this manner, but everyone (including those who opposed and persecuted Him and His followers) will bow to Him and acknowledge Him as Lord. 

And He is worthy of such reverence not only from human beings, but (as seen by John) from every creature, from every being (both material and spiritual), and even from every aspect (such as the seas and the hills, as noted in Psalm 98:8) in all of creation.

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