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We know from the previous chapter that the man was God and the scroll in his hand represents his plan for mankind. The four living creatures were introduced in the previous chapter and included a lion, ox, human, and eagle-like creature. A similar vision was seen by Ezekiel he deduced the creatures were cherubim.

The Scroll and the Lamb - Revelation 5 - NKJV

Some believe the creatures represent all living creatures on earth. In any case, the four living creatures seem to be angels of some sort, as confirmed by parallel descriptions given in the Old Testament books of Ezekiel and Isaiah. Others believe the elders represent twenty-four different entities, possibly higher-level angels which have never been mentioned in the Bible before.

Still others propose the twenty-four elders could be a metaphor for all those who have passed through death on earth. Approaching the throne was a lamb that looked to be slain with seven horns and seven eyes. This of course, was Jesus. Some believe the word is erroneously included in the text many translations will put the word in braces indicating doubt.

Regardless, horns likely represent power while eyes represent all-seeing wisdom.

Seven seals

John notes that the scroll had writing on both sides. This implies completeness, a state where nothing more could be added. In fact, in Revelation , John will be specifically instructed to add nothing to the message read from the scroll.

John saw that the scroll bound books did not exist in those days was sealed with seven seals. The arrangement of the seals is not specified nor integral to the story and several possibilities exist. There could have been seven seals sealing the outside of the scroll or single seals that sealed the scroll at different points as it was unwound.

Later we will see that the seals were broken one at a time as a section is read. Regardless of how the scroll was sealed, the number seven represents completeness to the ancients and thus, we can presume the scroll was completely sealed and its contents inaccessible to anyone incapable of breaking the seals.

In various verses through the Bible, incense is used to symbolize prayers. The sacrificial-like burning of incense, smoke rising toward the heavens, and beautiful aroma all lend substance to the metaphor. John says he wept because no one could open the scroll. Knowing the revelation was coming, he would have been crushed to see the opportunity slip away when nobody was found capable of opening the scroll. John notes that first the four living creatures, then the angels, and finally every living creature in existence joined in the praise of the Lamb through thunderous song.

Sealed Scroll of Revelation Opened by Jesus the Lamb

Three sets of songs, or praises to God, are sang in this chapter. Jesus is about to reveal the contents of the scroll — and he has the support of every living entity in existence.

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The earliest known seals date from the fourth millennium BC. Pressed hot wax or damp clay was used to mark documents with indicators of identity and approval. The stamp often took the form of rings or necklaces with embedded images that were unique to the owner. Of course, given their importance, they were closely guarded by the owner.

Harps in the New Testament are unlike harps we would envision today. They are more akin to a lute or guitar. Harps in ancient times were triangular-shaped with a minimum of seven strings. The historian Josephus says they commonly had ten strings that were plucked with a small piece of ivory. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.

He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits z of God sent out into all the earth. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. It was written on both sides, fastened with seven seals. He can open the scroll, can rip through the seven seals. Seven horns he had, and seven eyes, the Seven Spirits of God sent into all the earth. He came to the One Seated on the Throne and took the scroll from his right hand.

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The moment he took the scroll, the Four Animals and Twenty-four Elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb. And they sang a new song:. Ezekiel 2: the only other place where there is writing on the front and back of a scroll. The number seven appears fifty-five times in Revelation. The scroll is perfectly sealed. Our prayers are in heaven—the incense of the saints. Revelation 5: 8. Revelation 5: When Jesus opens the scroll, they are praising God in the midst of Jesus bringing judgment to the earth.

Jesus is the perfect Lamb. An actual transaction happened at the cross where He paid the full price for everyone He already knew his elect - those throughout all history who would believe. Are you going to be a Revelation 5 Christian or are you going to be a Revelation 6 person where there will be nothing but terror.

We are not Universalists. Not everyone is saved just because Jesus has died.

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You must apply that salvation to yourself. He died as a propitiation for our sins. He took the wrath we deserve. We have freedom from sin, we have adoption as sons and daughters, eternal life, co-heirs with Christ. We are going to see Him face to face. Revalation He restores what Adam originally was supposed to be—the ruler of the earth.

He was a King and he fell and the kingdom went to Satan. This gospel has gone out to all Jews and Gentiles. To the four corners of the world. We are the ends of the world. Content: No one in heaven is found worthy to open the scroll - neither in heaven nor on earth nor under the earth. Revelation - John wept because no one is found worthy to take the scroll out of the hand of God and break the seals. What is this mysterious book? He bears the marks of his death wounds-this is why He is worthy. Blessed are those who believe but who have not seen. The imagery-He has seven horns and seven eyes.

The number seven represents perfection.