Today will be the final segment of this short series in Revelation. Allow me to explain. From this point in John’s revelation all the way to the end it gets extremely difficult to write about. And, as I have pointed out – I am not seminary-trained nor an expert on this final book of the New Testament. But, please do not let that deter you from reading it in its entirety. Remember, just reading it brings blessing!
The fifth chapter opens with a “strong angel” looking for someone to open the scroll, sealed with seven seals.
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. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” Revelation 5.1-2
In the margin of my Bible, I have written: “Containing title deed to planet earth.” (Marvin Rosenthal)
John the Revelator is distraught at this point – and he writes, I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. And then one of the elders spoke up and said, “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.” Verse 5
We know who the Lion of the Tribe of Judah is – Jesus Christ Himself!
Let’s Look at the Symbolism
In Chapter 5.
The right hand is the symbol of power and authority. (v.1)
The scroll is the redemptive plan of God. (v.1)
“Written inside and on the back & sealed with seven seals indicates that nothing can be added to God’s Last Will and Testament! (v.1)
No creature, celestial or earthly is worthy to reveal or execute God’s plan. (v. 2-4)
Jesus Christ is the greatest member of the Tribe of Judah. (Genesis 49.9-10)
Seven horns denote complete and perfect power. (v.6)
Seven eyes represent complete and perfect knowledge and insight. (v.6)
Seven Spirits represent Holy Spirit at work. (v.6) *see Seven Lamps of Fire
Worthy is The Lamb
Incense represents and purifies the prayers of the saints. (Psalm 141.2)
The 24 elders present the redeemed sinners, now called saints. (v.8)
A new song is sung!
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, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth. v.9
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing! v.12
Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to The Lamb, forever and ever! v.13
In the final verse of chapter 5, we hear the four living creatures say, “AMEN!” Which means, “YES IT IS TRUE!”
And, this is where I will end the series. Yes, it is true! I believe every word in this great book, The Bible. Some believe at this point in Revelation, the Church has been called up or raptured. Some believe that doesn’t happen until we see in chapter 8, “There was silence in heaven for about half an hour,” and right before God’s wrath is poured out with the opening of the seventh seal and the Trumpet judgments.
Whichever interpretation you ascribe to, the main thing is the main thing. Are we ready to meet the Lord? Whether it happens before the Tribulation period or in the middle of it – be sure you know that you know your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. It is the most important decision you will ever make.
For reading along – I do hope you’re not disappointed I didn’t go further than chapter 5 – but I believe there is great wisdom in ending the series here. By all means, read the rest of the story and remember! We win in the end! (kh)