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The Book with Seven Seals – 5:1-14
We are dealing with the seven sealed scroll in this chapter.
The scroll/book is firmly in the hands of God.
He is the legal custodian of Creation (Psalm 24:1)
Not seven scrolls, but one sealed seven times at intervals.
Important details inside, and brief description outside.
Only the owner of the scroll could legally open it (Jesus).
We are also dealing with the one who is worthy to open it.
Mighty angel could be Gabriel (name means mighty before God).
An angel calls for a worthy one to come forward.
No angel stepped forward.
No devil could step forward.
No man could step forward.
Not even John could step forward.
See Mark 10:18.
Is this a reason for his bitter tears?
Did he realise his own unworthiness?
No, there are no little gods in Heaven or on earth.
Notice that Heaven and Hell are populated now.
No one is even worthy enough to look upon the book.
One of the elders encouraged him to look unto Jesus.
The Jesus who is:
The Lion of Judah, The Root of David, The Messiah (Genesis 49:9; Matthew 1:1; Isaiah 11:1, 10).
The perfect man and Saviour of the world.
Victorious over Satan, sin and death (Colossians 2:14-15).
Because of this, He alone is worthy to unloose the seals.
John expected to see a Lion of Judah but saw a Lamb of God.
“Lamb” is used 27 times for Jesus in the New Testament.
“Seven horns” speak of perfect power and authority.
“Seven eyes” or “Seven Spirits” express omnipotence (Psalm 139:2-9).
Those marks will be seen throughout eternity (Luke 24:40; John 20:20, 27).
The Lamb (in human form now) took the scroll.
Daniel saw a the same thing (Daniel 7:13-14).
He alone can read it.
He alone can interpret it.
He alone can broadcast it via His churches.
Immediate worship breaks out!
Notice the prayers of the saints!
“Odours” = incense.
Incense was burned twice a day in Tabernacle (Exodus 37:25-26).
Our prayers are never forgotten by God (Psalm 141:2).
The song of the redemption bought at a great price (Ephesians 1:7).
A new song is sung.
They worshipped the Worthy one.
In anticipation for the final victory over evil.
The whole of Heaven rejoiced.
Salvation is not for an elect few but for all who will believe.
See Romans 5:8; Galatians 3:13; 1 Timothy 2:6; John 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9.
Message for all humanity (Matthew 28:18-20).
True believers will reign with Christ.
“Kings and priests” or “royal priesthood” and “holy nation” (1 Peter 2:5-10).
Revelation 20:6; 1 Corinthians 6:2-3; 2 Timothy 2:12.
“Thousands” = “myriads” meaning a numberless host (Job 25:5; Daniel 7:10).
They sang of His power, riches, wisdom, might, honour, glory and blessings.
Not the seven qualities of Christ’s deity.
How could they do this if He is not God?
The whole of creation appeared to erupt in praise (Psalm 148; 150).
Four songs of praise before the Throne (4:11; 5:9, 12-13).
We’ll never tire worshipping Him!
The angelic beings offer their Amen.
The twenty-four elders worship the Lord again.