REVELATION - THE END
OF THE AGE OF MAN
(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
The Book of the 7 Seals – Opened by
This is a continuation of the 2nd vision of chapter 4. John is still in
the Throne Room.
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
||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
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
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
||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
||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 -
to come forward to take back the book of inheritance from Satan.
Only one qualifies, and that is Jesus.
||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, 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
|The Root of David
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]
(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
||Was now standing
The Lamb - arnion (NT:721)
a little lamb
Stood - waiting to be slaughtered because
he was a sacrificial offering.
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals, because you were slain.
||Looked as if it had been slaughtered,
or was in the act of being slaughtered
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)
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,
"Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the
||Seven is the number of
completeness; spiritual perfection
||Horns symbolize power
"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
(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!"
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
"Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!"
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:
At the end of this new song,
||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
(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).
||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
power; self generating; this is the source of our
words "dynamo," and "dynamic" ) — The meek little Lamb
becomes the omnipotent Lion.
abundance of possessions) — He who (as a man) had
nothing, not even a pillow on which to lay his head, now
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.
(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.
pre-eminence) — He was made, as a man, a little lower
than angels, but now all things are in subjection
||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..
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.
||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.
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
[Honor and Glory are the same as Honor and Praise in
|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
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 1:20 it plainly states the mystery of
the seven stars and the seven lampstands.
|The seven stars
||are the angels of the seven
|The seven lampstands
||are the seven churches