Monday, April 11, 2011

Chapter 5

Revelation 5:1 "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. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon."

The unopened, unknown book.

5:1-4 - This book is unknown, but some think that it may be the Bible or Book of Revelation. Old King James Bibles use to have seven seals down the spine and some still do. It could be the book of Revelation with seven seals every three chapters and chapter 22 on the back. No man can understand the Bible without the help of God (Luke 24:45).

Revelation 5:5 "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. 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. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 8 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."

Jesus Christ, who is worthy opens the book.

5:5 - This verse is talking about Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:1, Romans 1:3). Jesus prevailed over the Devil in Luke 4, over the sins of the world at Calvary in Matthew 27 and at Gethsemane by getting back what Adam lost at the garden of Eden.

5:6-8 - Here Jesus is pictured as a literal lamb in heaven (John 1:29). Remember that God can manifest himself into anything. This verse shows us that Jesus Christ will bear the scars of the crucifixion in heaven. All will fall before the Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 5:9 "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; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 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; 12 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. 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, 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. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever."

All in heaven and earth give praise to the Lamb.

5:9 - "They" are the saints in verse 8. Notice they sing about the Blood and nothing else.

5:10 - This verse is a reference to the Second Advent, where the saints will reign with Jesus Christ on the earth.

5:11- One hundred million in number.

5:12 - Remember that the number seven is used over and over in the book of Revelation. Here you see a seven fold doxology.

5:13-14 - Even the animals give praise to God (Psalms 148:7,10). Remember that God used a donkey to speak in Numbers 22:27-30. A cross reference for the last part of the verse 13 would be Luke 19:38-40.