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Book of Revelation
The Scroll and the
Lamb - Revelation 5:1-14
We continue on with the Heavenly scene. The ‘throne
of God’ was the center of attention in chapter 4. The
Lion and the Lamb (both of whom represent Christ) is the focal
point in chapter 5. Christ is the Lamb on the throne. He is both
Saviour and Sovereign. He is in complete control of ALL events
which follow. Keep you eyes on Jesus!
Rev. 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of
him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside,
sealed with seven seals. [KJV] John saw a scroll in the right
hand of the One who was sitting on the throne. There was writing
on the inside and the outside of the scroll, and it was sealed
with seven seals.
Because this verse begins with and, a connective, it indicates
something went on before hand. It connects with chapter 4. “I
saw.” John is a witness to all that happens! He sees,
and hears! God, the Father, holds a scroll in His hand, with writing
on both sides, sealed with 7 seals. Roman law required that a
‘will’ have 7 seals; also we know that 7 is not just
an accidental number in Revelation.
Some explanations of this scroll:
- (1) Book of the new covenant (Jer.31:31-37).
- (2) The revelation of God’s purpose concerning
- (3) Title deed to this world. The counsels of
the Creator are hidden from the eye and understanding of the
creature at this time, but shall be revealed.
Rev. 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming
with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose
the seals thereof? [KJV] John saw a strong angel, who shouted
with a loud voice: "Who is worthy to break the seals on this
scroll and unroll it?"
“Strong angel with a loud voice” speaks
of power. The angel shouts “Who is worthy to open this
book?” WHO has the title and right to this world? JESUS,
as we shall see!
Rev. 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth,
neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to
look thereon. [KJV] But no one in Heaven or on Earth or under
the Earth was qualified to open the scroll and read it.
NO man in Heaven, the Earth or Hell can take charge of the Earth.
Adam and all his descendants (Moses, David, etc.), lost dominion
Rev. 5:4 And I wept much, because no man
was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look
thereon. [KJV] John cried because no one could be found who
was worthy to open the scroll and read it.
There were and are some godly men, but NONE are worthy to open
this book. Some ‘know it alls’ think they can tell
you what is in this book. They think that they have all the answers.
This verse states NO ONE is able to open it, or read it, or even
look in it!
Rev. 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto
me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root
of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven
seals thereof. [KJV] But one of the twenty-four elders said
to me, "Stop weeping! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the
heir to David's throne, has conquered. He is worthy to open the
scroll and break its seven seals."
Christ is the “LION” of the tribe of Judah; the offspring
of David, and He will open the 7 seals. Only Jesus conquered sin
and death and Hell and Satan, by Himself, so only He can be trusted
with the world’s future.
Rev. 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst
of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the
elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns
and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth
into all the earth. [KJV] John looked and saw a Lamb that
had been killed but was now standing between the throne and the
four living beings and among the twenty-four elders. He had seven
horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God that
are sent out into every part of the earth.
Amidst the throne, and 4 living creatures and 24 elders (chapter
4), John witnessed (saw) a Lamb. The “Lamb”
symbolizes Jesus’ gentleness and willingness to be sacrificed.
“As it had been slain” indicates the redemptive
and substitutionary death of Christ.
“Stood” shows Christ no longer sits at God’s
right Hand (Heb.12:2), but is moving to power and judgment.
The horns symbolize strength and power. Christ is a sacrificial
lamb, but He is in no way weak. The eyes are equated with the
seven lamps and the one Spirit (Holy Spirit, Zech. 4:2-10).
Rev. 5:7 And he came and took the book out
of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. [KJV]
He (Jesus) stepped forward and took the scroll from the right
Hand of the One sitting on the throne.
The Father put the book into the Hand of Christ, and Christ readily
and gladly received it; for He delights to make known the will
of His Father.
Rev. 5:8 And when he had taken the book,
the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the
Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of
odours, which are the prayers of saints. [KJV] As He took
the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders
fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held
gold bowls filled with incense the prayers of God's people!
When Christ took the scroll, the 4 beasts and 24 elders fell
prostrate at His feet and worshiped Him. Harp symbolizes praise.
Rev. 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying,
Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:
for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood
out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall
reign on the earth. [KJV] And they all sang a new song with
these words: "You are worthy to take the scroll and break
its seals and open it. For you were killed, and Your Blood has
ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people
and nation. And you have empowered them to become kings and priests.
And they will reign on the earth."
One day, people from every nation will praise
the God of the Bible, our Creator, before His throne. God’s
message of salvation and eternal life is not limited to certain
cultures, races, or countries. Anyone (whosoever) who comes to
God in repentance and faith is accepted by Him and will be part
of His Kingdom. Don’t allow prejudice to keep you from sharing
Christ with others. The believer’s song praises Christ for
bringing them into the Kingdom and making them kings and priests
Rev. 5:11-12 And I beheld, and I heard the
voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and
the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten
thousand, and thousands of thousands;  Saying with a loud
voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and
riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. [KJV] Then I heard the singing of thousands upon thousands of
angels around the throne and the living beings and the elders.
They sang in a mighty chorus: "The Lamb is worthy; the Lamb
who was killed. He is worthy to receive power and riches and wisdom
and strength and honor and glory and blessing."
Innumerable angels, the 4 living creatures, the 24 elders representing
the redeemed, ALL singing praises to God! What words can more
fully declare that Christ is, and ought to be worshiped, equally
with the Father, by ALL creatures, to and through all eternity!
Praise be to our awesome God!
Rev. 5:13-14 And every creature which is
in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as
are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing,
and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon
the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the
four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down
and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. [KJV] And
then I heard every creature in Heaven and on Earth and under the
Earth and in the sea. They all sang: "Blessing and honor
and glory and power belong to the One sitting on the throne and
to the Lamb forever and ever." And the four living beings
said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and
worshiped God and the Lamb.
EVERY living creature of God will join in the universal act of
worship and praise; both in Heaven and on Earth and evidently
even the animal and fish world. Happy are those who adore and
praise God in Heaven, and who shall for ever bless the Lamb, who
delivered and set them apart for Himself by His Blood. Only thou
art worthy, O God; Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, of our highest
praises! ALL creatures will one day proclaim thy greatness, and
adore thy majesty.
Philip. 2:9-11 Wherefore God also hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in
heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. [KJV]
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