Revelation, Day 9

Day 9

Revelation 5: 1-14, Lamb of God.

VV 1-3, 1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

John saw God the Father sitting on His throne holding a scroll with His right hand. The scroll was written on both sides and sealed with 7 seals. In first-century Israel, documents were written on scrolls. As in any legal document, only an authorized person could break the seal and open the scroll. A strong angel with a loud voice shouted for anyone who was worthy to come forth and open the seal but no one was worthy to do it.

VV 4-5, 4 So I wept much because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

When John wept, one of the elders pacified him saying, the Lion of Judah, a descendant of David was worthy to open the scroll.

VV 6-7, 6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

John turned around and saw a Lamb as though it had just been slain, having 7 horns, 7 eyes, and 7 Spirits of God. 7 Horns speaks of perfect power, 7 eyes speak of perfect knowledge, 7 Spirits speak of omnipresence. Christ, the perfect Lamb of God, is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. The Lamb took the scroll from the right hand of God the Father. John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

VV 8-10, 8 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. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: ‘’You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood, Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”

The 4 living creatures and the 24 elders bowed and worship God with harps, songs, and prayers. They sang a new song, praying, and praising God. Christ had redeemed us to God by His blood from every family, race, and nation. Christ will make us kings and priests to God on earth in the millennium kingdom, Rev 20:6, “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years”.

VV 11-12, 11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, 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 who was slain, To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

John turned around and saw an uncountable number of angels, the 4 living creatures, and the 24 elders declaring the glory of the Lamb, who will receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, and glory from God, the Father.

VV 13-14, 13 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, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” 14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.

Every creature in the whole universe, whether visible or invisible, whether on earth, in heaven, or under the earth, bowed and worship the eternal Lamb of God. The 4 living creatures said “Amen” and the 24 elders bowed and worshiped the Lamb.