Revelation Chapter 5
An explanation and a revealing of the apocalyptic
V 1. "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.
This chapter is a continuation of the 'vision' of chapter four! The Father on the throne.
The importance of the book. It is pictured in the right hand of GOD, denoting power and authority. It is actually a scroll 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?
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.
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 the leading tribe of Israel and the lion was its symbol. The lion denotes CHRIST in His heavenly state. His power to deal with His enemies, His power to destroy and to end the reign of Satan and all who support him.
The root of David, Jesse his father. JESUS in His earthly ministry used this to effectively silence the Pharisees who were always trying to embarrass Him with tricky questions. "What think ye of CHRIST? Whose son is He? They said to Him, the son of David. He says to them, How then doth David, in spirit [or vision] call him Lord? Saying the Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand till I make thine enemies thy footstool. If David called him Lord, how can he be his son? [Matthew 22:41-46].
The lion of Judah, so terrible to the rejectors of His grace, will be the Lamb of GOD to the obedient and faithful. Reference is made to Israel's greatest king and military hero. While Saul slew his 1000's, King David is said to have killed 10 000's.
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.
When John the Baptist introduced JESUS to the world, he declared, 'Behold the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world' [John 1:29]. Seven horns are figurative term to describe the power of omnipotence. While on earth, JESUS was not omnipotent, he had laid it aside. [Deut. 33:7].
Seven eyes. These present the fact that CHRIST is now all observant, all-watchful, ever vigilant of His church on earth. [Zech. 4:10; 2.Chron. 16:19].
Sustenance of the Church
Christ's intercession sustains the church in her mission to illuminate the world with the good news of salvation. John the Revelator saw "in the midst of the lampstand one like a Son of Man" (Rev 1:13). Since the "seven lampstands are the seven churches" (Rev 1:20), which symbolically represent the church at large, the standing of Christ in the midst of His church points to His sustenance of those who have accepted Him and who keep their light shining before the world.
As the earthly priests daily trimmed and filled the lamps to keep them burning, so Christ in the heavenly counterpart of the holy place symbolically ministers daily at the candelabra by sustaining and strengthening the church. This ministry is accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit who is also identified in Revelation 4:5 with the seven lamps: "Before the throne burn seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God." It is noteworthy that these "seven spirits" are explicitly identified with the "seven eyes" of the Lamb-Priest: "I saw a lamb standing . . . with seven eyes, which are the seven spirit of God sent out into all the earth" (Rev 5:6). Through the Holy Spirit, Christ fully sees ("seven eyes") and supplies the needs of His people.
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.
Heaven is a place of music!
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;
John, in the Revelation, looking forward to the eternal state, hears a universal anthem of praise undisturbed by one note of discord.
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
As we study the Bible, we realize that we are individually responsible for our salvation. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. He that endures to the end, the same shall be saved [Matthew 24:13] and that why we are called kings and priests [also in Revelation 1:6] and so the Protestant Reformation enforced this doctrine.
But the Church of Rome says no, we are saved collectively and only via our church. They also instituted an elevated priest- and saint hood that is unscriptural. Blasphemously, they declared the whole of the Roman Empire holy! While friendship with the world is enmity with GOD James 4:4.
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;
This huge number of angels always hover near the throne of GOD eagerly awaiting to do His will and in active communication with every part of His dominion. The 24 elders [Revelation 4:4] seem to be representative of the 12 patriarchs of the Old and 12 of the New testament. The 4 beasts seem to be representative of the 4 divisions of the camp of Israel.
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.
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 honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
Unto Him that sitteth upon the throne. Let those men and women who are satisfied with their dwarfed, crippled condition in divine things be suddenly transported to heaven and for an instant witness the high, the holy state of perfection that ever abides there. Every soul filled with love, every countenance beaming with joy; enchanting music in melodious strain rising in honor of GOD and the Lamb.
V 14. "And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."
"redemption is now guaranteed. This is the title deed to man's lost inheritance. In the eyes of heaven, this book is of primary importance!