In Revelation 5, John is still up in Heaven, where God the Father sits on the throne, and Jesus Christ sits at His right hand.
But now, Jesus is getting up, ready to take the scroll to fulfil God’s plan and purposes.
Ezekiel 2:9-10 “And when I looked, behold, a hand was put forth unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein. And he spread it before me: and it was written within and without; and there were written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.”
Scholars discuss the actual content, but many believe it is the title deed to planet Earth because Jesus, our Kinsman-Redeemer, is about to take the Earth back from the usurper. The coming tribulation will end with Jesus ruling on Earth.
Also, there is a connection with the title deed Jeremiah received when God told him to buy land right before they were taken into captivity. As if to say, you will be back here because I am faithful. See Jermeiah 32:6-15.
Revelation 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?”
A problem arises. Who is worthy to pen this scroll?
Adam, the first man, forfeited the title deed to the Earth in the Garden of Eden when Satan deceived Adam and Eve. The one able to take it back has to be one of us.
Revelation 5:3-4: “And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
The Greek wording implies that John sobbed convulsively. It is a tragedy! No man was worthy to take back what Adam forfeited to Satan. John knows what is at stake for humanity here and becomes very upset.
Revelation 5:5: “And one of the elder 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.”
One of the elders is comforting John, telling him not to despair, for there is hope. Jesus Christ has prevailed. He is the one that is 100% man and 100% God. He is “the Man” worthy to open the scroll with the seven seals.
The title “the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David” refers to the Davidic covenant. God had promised David that one day, One will come from his tribe, Judah, to rule over the Earth.
Revelation 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.”
Jesus came to Earth to do the work of redemption as the Lamb of God. Since then, He was sitting at the right hand of God the Father. But now, He is standing up. He is getting ready for the “second coming.” This time, Jesus will come to Earth to judge.
Revelation 5:7-8: “And he came and took 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. 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.”
Jesus Christ is the only one in Heaven and on Earth worthy to break the seals and open the scroll. He is worthy of worship.
Revelation 5:9: “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 hindered, and tongue, and people, and nation.”
The only ones redeemed by the blood of Christ is the Church. Jesus did the work of redemption at the cross, and the only ones “redeemed” are those who put their trust in Him, the Church.
Revelation 5:10: “And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
Only three beings in the Bible are called “king and priest”: Melchizedek, Jesus Christ, and the Church. Further confirmation that the Church is in Heaven at this stage.
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I’m Louise Krüger, an introvert who enjoys getting lost in deep things, and my go-to place for this is the Word of God. Am I a theologian? By no means, but I love to study and unearth truths with the help of the Holy Spirit and scholars who know more than me. And then to serve them in bite-size pieces for those who cannot study for hours. Faith in God is not blind; it is evidence-based. Dear online friend, I would love to inspire, encourage, and walk with you on this journey.