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(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)


The Fourth Revelation of Jesus Christ - the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, The Root of David
The Fifth Revelation of Jesus Christ - the Lamb that was slain

The Book of the 7 Seals – Opened by Jesus Christ

This is a continuation of the 2nd vision of chapter 4. John is still in the Throne Room.

Revelation 5:1-5

(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.

(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."

Then I saw - the scroll
1. Written on both sides
It was very unusual for a document to be written on both sides except when writing a contract. Under the "Judicial Law of Moses" (chapter 30 by Weemse) it takes two things:
a. For the manner of writing the contract, he who was to buy the ground wrote two instruments; the one to be sealed with his own signet,
b. The other he showed enclosed to the witnesses that they might subscribe and bear witness of what was written. This the witness did subscribe upon the back of the enclosed instrument
2. It was sealed with 7 seals
This speaks of the completeness of those bonds of forfeit, which have all this while debarred Adam’s seed from their proper inheritance.
3. No one in heaven or in earth was worthy to remove the seals and open the scroll or look inside it.
It will take a redeemer [Ga'al - Kinsman Redeemer] to come forward to take back the book of inheritance from Satan. Only one qualifies, and that is Jesus.
4. Only the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David is able to open the scroll and the 7 seals
The Lion of the tribe of Judah
Genesis 49:8-10
Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father's children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion's whelp ... The scepter [leadership] shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.    (NIV)
The Root of David
Isaiah 11:1-11
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit ... In that day the Root of Jesse [David's father] will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. In that day the Lord (Adonai) will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people.   (NIV)  [also quoted in Romans 15:12]

Revelation 5:6-7

(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.

Then I saw - the Lamb
1. Was now standing

The Lamb - arnion (NT:721)  a little lamb

Stood - waiting to be slaughtered because he was a sacrificial offering.

Revelation 5:12
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Revelation 5:9
You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain.    (NIV)
2. Looked as if it had been slaughtered, or was in the act of being slaughtered

Isaiah 53:7-8
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. By oppression and judgment He was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.    (NIV)

John 1:29-30
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!     (NKJV)

3. Seven Horns
a. Seven is the number of completeness; spiritual perfection
b. Horns symbolize power
4. Seven Eyes
These are the seven Spirits of God (see also Revelation 4:5).

Zechariah 4:2-10
"I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it, with seven channels to the lights. ... (These seven are the eyes of the Lord, which range throughout the earth.)"

Revelation 5:8-14

(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."

(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!"

(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.

The New Song
There was a new song of praise to the Lamb sung in three stanzas:
1. The 1st stanza was sung by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders
You are worthy to take the scroll and open the seals
because you were slain sphazo  (to butcher)
because you have redeemed us — agorazo (to purchase) and your blood was the price of it you paid.
This is the fulfillment of the promise given in chapter 3:10 (Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth).
2. In the 2nd stanza a massive choir of angels joined the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, who deserves to receive
Power dunamis (inherent power; self generating;  this is the source of our words "dynamo," and "dynamic" ) — The meek little Lamb becomes the omnipotent Lion.
Wealth ploútos (absolute abundance of possessions) — He who (as a man) had nothing, not even a pillow on which to lay his head, now owns everything.
Wisdom sophia (wisdom, broad and full intelligence and understanding) — Men laughed at Him and called Him a fool; yet He has and is the very wisdom and omniscience of God.
Strength  ischus (forcefulness; ability; might) — Born in weakness as a man, He burst through triumphantly with the keys of death and hell, and now all might belongs to Him.
Honor time (esteem; pre-eminence) — He was made, as a man, a little lower than angels, but now all things are in subjection under him.
Glory doxa (reputation; to magnify; hold in honor; clothe with splendor) — As a man he had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, but now he is not only glorious, but he is the Lord of Glory in all the majesty of the Devine Shekinah..
Praise eulogia (adoration; blessing; devotion) — Men ridiculed him and, under oath, told lies about him. Now all creatures in all of creation worships him in adoration and  continually sings praises of his worthiness.
2. In the 3rd stanza all of creation joins the angelic choir, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders to bring the new song to a final magnificent crescendo of Honor, Praise and Glory.
Power kratos (control; dominion; a powerful ruler) — He came as a lamb and subjected himself to the natural laws of the universe. Now he rules supreme over all laws, both spiritual and natural.
[Honor and Glory are the same as Honor and Praise in verse 12.]
At the end of this new song,
The four living creatures began to say, and continued to say "Amen!"
The twenty-four elders were so overcome by the glory of it all that they immediately fell down (prostrated themselves) and worshiped in adoration the Lamb of God who redeemed us with His own blood. He both takes us out of sin, and sin out of us!

The book of Revelation has many symbols. Sometimes the Scriptures provide the answer to the mystery of the symbol, and sometimes it doesn't. As much as possible, we attempt to point out the Scriptural interpretation of the symbols. For example,
There are several references beginning with Revelation 1:of "Him Who is, and Who was, and Who is to come." God Himself gives us the interpretation of this.
Revelation 1:8 The Lord God says this refers to Himself - the Almighty.
Revelation 4:8 "Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come"
Revelation 11:17 "O Lord God Almighty, Who is and Who was and who is to come"
Revelation 1:20 it plainly states the mystery of the seven stars and the seven lampstands.
The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches
The seven lampstands are the seven churches




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