Revelation 5
·        1-2  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.  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy
to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

This is one of the greatest chapters in the Bible, because the sole message here is the preeminence of
Jesus.  The question is set up in the first verse – “Who is worthy…?”  It is Jesus alone who can save, and it
is He alone who will judge.  When all is said and done, all crea-tion will answer to Jesus.

Background information concerning the scroll:

Jeremiah 32 explains the law for redemption of land.  Its purpose was to give those who lost their land an
opportunity to buy it back in the fu-ture.  When someone lost their land, two scrolls containing terms for
redeeming the land were drafted.  One scroll became public record and was displayed unsealed for all to
read.  The other was rolled up and sealed with seven seals and placed in storage in the Temple.  It was
brought out only when someone showed proof of their right to re-deem the land.  The scroll would then be
unsealed and read.  If every-thing was in order, the land would be redeemed.  

Let us remember that Adam lost the earth to Satan, but Jesus is our kinsman redeemer and we are joint
heirs with him.  He can unseal the scroll and redeem all that is ours.

Sealing a scroll was common practice legal documents.  The scribe would use a long roll of parchment and
begin to write.  After a period of writing he would stop, roll the parchment enough to cover the words, and
seal the scroll at that point with wax.  Then he would resume writing, stop again, roll and seal again.  By the
time he was finished, he would have sealed the scroll seven times.  The scroll would be read a section at a
time, after each seal was opened.  (like chapters)

Who is worthy?

·        3-5  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 wor-thy to open and to read the book,
neither to look thereon.  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of
Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.


Judah was one of the 12 sons of Jacob (Israel).  The tribes of Israel are the descendants of the sons of
Israel.  
(Name and explain from the slide.)
God promised that the Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah, whose symbol was a lion.  

Matthew 1:1-16 The lineage of Christ – “The book of the genera-tions…”  (Note the names of Judah and
Jesus.)

Ge 49:9  Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched
as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?  
Ge 49:10  The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh
come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

·        The Scepter is an emblem of rulership.
·        Shiloh means 'he whose it is'.

Jesus was a descendant of the tribe of Judah.  He is the Messiah, the Lion of Judah.  He will return
someday, at the end of the Tribulation, with the strength of a lion.

Jesus is also the Root of David.  God promised David that one of his descendants would be the Messiah.

Matthew 1:1-16  (Note David)

Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his
roots:  

·        Jesse was the father of David

Matthew 1:1-16  (Note Jesse)
Zec 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose
name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:  

Re 22:16  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and
the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Jesus is the fulfillment of these prophecies. Both Mary and Joseph were descendants of David (through
different sons of David).

The lineage is thus – David – 2 of his sons were Solomon and Nathan – through Solomon came Joseph –
through Nathan came Mary – through Joseph and Mary came Jesus.

·        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.

And who is the Lamb?  
Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  
Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to
the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which
taketh away the sin of the world.

Again we see that Jesus is the one worthy to open the seals.  Why?  Because He defeated the devil.
Because He lived without sin.
Because He did the Father’s will.
Because He sacrificed Himself for us.

Remember, He is the only way.  (John 14:6)  “No one cometh unto the Father but by me.”

Seven horns - Seven is the number of perfection in the Bible, and horns are symbols of power.  Seven
horns means that Jesus has om-nipotent, perfect power.  

Seven eyes - He is all seeing - omniscient.

Seven spirits of God - the virtues of the Holy Spirit as we saw previ-ously in Isaiah 11.

Isa 11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and under-standing, the spirit
of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;

1.        The spirit of the Lord - the nature of Jesus
2.        The spirit of wisdom - the ability to make right decisions
3.        The spirit of understanding - the ability to understand everything
4.        The spirit of counsel - the ability to give sound advice
5.        The spirit of might - the power to do what God wants done
6.        The spirit of knowledge - the ability to know beyond human comprehension
7.        The spirit of the fear of the Lord - the ability to respect God's will

·        7-8  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  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.

After the Rapture, Jesus changes the way he deals with mankind.  He was like a lamb, but then he will be
like a lion.

Here is where we get the idea of angels having harps.  Actually, it is the beasts and the elders who have
harps.

Isn't it sobering to think that God is storing our prayers in golden bowls - golden because of their value.  I
wonder!  How full is your bowl?

Ps 141:2  Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening
sacrifice.  

Re 8:3  And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto
him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was
before the throne.   "#Re 5:8"

The comforting thought is that these prayers are not lost, but are pre-sented at the throne of God and
before the Lamb.

·        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;  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the
earth.

A new song – “Thou art worthy”.  

·        Jesus is worthy because He paid the price for the salvation and re-demption of all creation at Calvary
when He shed His blood and died for our sins.

Isa 53:6  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD
hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,
from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

·        He is worthy because He is no respecter of persons.  He died for every tribe and nation.
·        He is worthy because he made us a royal priesthood to reign with Him.

The old song was the song of Creation – the Old Testament; the new song is the song of Redemption.

He made us kings and priests. – 1 Peter 2:9
A new song in heaven. – We shall reign on the earth – 2 Tim 2:12;  Rev 20:6

·        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;  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.

Da 7:9  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white
as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as
burning fire.  

Da 7:10  A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands min-istered unto him,
and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were
opened.  
Da 7:11  I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spake: I beheld even till the
beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.  
Da 7:12  As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were
prolonged for a season and time.  
Da 7:14  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and
languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his
kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Worthy to receive power (authority), wealth (the riches of God), wisdom (the wisdom of the ages), strength
(might), honor (reward and preemi-nence), glory (the image of God), praise.

In a day when humanistic men are unwilling to acknowledge Jesus Christ as anything more than a ‘good
man’ and ‘model teacher’, we should pay attention to what the angels of heaven say of him.  They proclaim
him as worthy of all honor.

·        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 hon-our, and glory, and power, be
unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.  And the four beasts said,
Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

All of creation will praise Him.  Every knee shall bow.  Every tongue shall confess.  Even the demons of hell
must proclaim him Lore.  Sa-tan himself will be forced to bow the knee to Jesus.  What a day that will be.

When we look at this scene in heaven, it is not hard to determine what our priorities here on earth should
be.  The most glorious activity in all of creation takes place around the throne in heaven – Praise to the
Lamb of God, Jesus.  We can start right now enjoying this wonderful activity.  If you don’t like praise, you
won’t like heaven.
Ec 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his com-mandments: for
this is the whole duty of man.  

Mic 6:8  He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do
justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Psalms 150
1.  Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
2  Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
3  Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
4  Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and or-gans.
5  Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
6  Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.


Now, let us look at two more Old Testament prophecies concerning the endtime.
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