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The Book of Revelation

Chapter 5

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 the world.
  • (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 through sin.

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; [10] 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; [12] 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. [14] 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: [10] That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; [11] And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. [KJV]

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