The Lamb and the Scroll
Book of Revelation Chapter 5 Verses 1 through 14
As we continue in our study, let us review.
We have seen it is Jesus Christ who holds the candlesticks that represent all those seven Churches.
We have seen it is the Lord Jesus who holds the Pastors or, (whatever he is called by denominations), in His hand and they are responsible to Him for every message and for how they lead the church, and how they live their own lives.
We have seen the seven types of churches and somewhat how they also represent the seven Church Ages.
We are in the last of the Church Ages today!
We have seen that immediately after the last Church Age, that the Church has been called into Heaven, so most of the remaining Chapters in this great and final Book of the Bible happen after the Church has been called out of this world.
Chapter five introduces us to “the Lion of the Tribe of Juda”.
*Rev 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.
We should understand that the “Rapture” of the Church will have taken place.
The “Bema Seat” judgment (the Judgment Seat of Christ) has taken place and rewards for the work each Christian has done after salvation, have been issued. The question of salvation had already been answered and the Bema Seat judgment was only about rewards.
Those rewards have been tossed at the feet of our Savior as each Christian felt unworthy of any reward, but only shame for not doing more when they had the opportunity. We will all feel this way when we look upon the Lamb of God!
Then there is this book.
We should be clear that John is continuing to tell us about the scene in the throne room of God.
It is some man who divided chapter 4 from chapter 5 and added the verse numbers, which are a blessing in most cases.
As God sits upon His throne, He thrust this book outward, to see if any of the saints now fill worthy to open the book He has in His right hand.
None were! None of us are worthy even to be in Heaven!
What do we know?
The right hand is the symbol of “wisdom”.
Pro 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
The right hand is the symbol of “power”.
Job 36:5 Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.
The right hand is the symbol of Divine operation. Our Holy God is Supreme in all His decisions!
Psa 118:16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
When Jehovah God thrust out His right hand that holds a book that He has written, then who does have the power and the knowledge to read this book.
The Bible is one of those amazing books that He has given to us and would have every Christian to have a copy of that book.
This book in His right hand is another book, a book in which we will find all the things that will happen after the Church is in Heaven and have missed out on the wrath of God.
We have heard a lot about executive orders, especially during the last two administrations and we could say maybe these things are executive orders from a Holy God who is not pleased with the actions of His own creation to rebel against Him.
Remember when the Church entered Heaven, the Antichrist was standing upon the earth with the answers to all the problems that were facing the earth in that day. A day maybe not so different as the day we have now as the world is facing a killer virus. Which by the way has many question marks!
The Angels knew that they were not worthy!
*Rev 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
Rev 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
John realized that this Angel that stepped forward had a voice that could be heard throughout all of Heaven and if need be throughout all God’s creation.
This Angel could not have been Jesus Christ, Angels are created beings and the Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator.
Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
All the Angels in Heaven are mighty Angels. This Angel could be the Angel Gabriel who is known in the Scriptures as an Archangel who stands in the presence of God or some other Angel whose name we do not know.
Luk 1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
Some believe that Gabriel is the Trump of God, as do I!
What did this Strong Angel proclaim? It was a simple question but a question that only One person could answer.
” Who is worthy to open the Book that was projecting from the throne of God, which also had been sealed by our Heavenly Father”?
What did John realize?
There was no one in Heaven and no one upon this earth that is worthy to break the seals God had placed upon this book!
Sealing a document was equivalent to the signature of the Owner of that seal.
There were certainly one upon this earth worthy!
Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Not one of the “Redeemed” would claim to be worthy.
Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Our worthiness comes only by Jesus Christ!
No Angel would even attempt to reach for this Book without the express permission of our Heavenly Father!
It did not take long to search in Heaven because all the Saints were still at the foot of the throne on their faces before God.
It did not take long to search on earth because all the Saints of God were in Heaven and no one left behind were worthy.
All these things caused the Apostle John to weep because he knew he was certainly unworthy to open this Book nor was he worthy to look upon this Book.
John knew what was happening to the Church that was still physically upon this earth and he knew they needed to understand what was written in this Book.
John understood he was having a vision of the future of the Church.
With all the persecution of the Church, John was craving for answers that he felt he could only get from this book.
John knew his days were short and the Holy Scriptures for the Church was not yet complete.
Remember Daniel was not allowed to write about these things.
Dan 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
This time of increased knowledge would be also the time of the last Church Age or what we know is the Laodicean Church Age, which we are in today.
*Rev 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Not one of God’s Created beings was worthy enough to open the Book that was in God’s right hand.
One look at the throne and John saw just how much superior Our Heavenly Father is to all creation.
There was no one anywhere worthy to reveal what God had written in that book that He was offering.
Our heavenly Father wanted the things in this book to be revealed!
John was to write down everything he saw.
We could say that none of the Word of God was written without tears.
We already know that without tears not much of the Word of God can even be understood!
If this book could not be opened, then it would prove God to be false!
Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, “and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter”.
You see, if this book that contained all the things that we now know was written in the Book of Revelation, (the revealing of the Lord Jesus Christ), that would happen after the Church was in Heaven, then God would have told John a lie.
John wept because of this!
Remember no one could approach God if they had sin, so no one on earth could be worthy. What did Jesus say?
Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, “that ye may be accounted worthy” to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
God has no secrets about His plan of salvation!
God will never hide the truth from us!
Are there things about God’s creation that we know nothing about? Sure, but these things do not affect our relationship with our father in Heaven.
Those elders (the church) already knew the truth and as we all should do, one of those elders came to John with the truth.
You see the Book that God held was a book of destiny.
It is a book of God’s wrath.
The book is in God’s hands because it is He, who is in charge of human history and human future!
Our Heavenly Father has a plan and He will not be denied!
Many people do not like the Book of Revelation, but it will pay for all of us to study this great Book of the Bible and believe what the Word of God says!
This Book is the revealing of the Lord Jesus Christ and it is only He who sacrificed Himself to pay for our sins and who will also save the true Israel, and only He is worthy to open this Book in the hand of our Father in Heaven!
*Rev 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.
When John heard these things he knew he would then see his Savior.
What do we know?
We know that Jehovah God is holding a book in His right hand.
We know that a search has been conducted all over the earth for someone worthy to open this book.
We know that a search has been conducted all over Heaven for someone worthy to open this book.
We know it was the Lord Jesus Christ who was the speaker all through the first three Chapter of this Book we now have.
We know that Chapter 4 and much of Chapter 5 describe the Throne Room of God in Heaven.
We now know that it is the Lord Jesus Christ who will explain the remainder of the Book of Revelation.
How do we know this person is Jesus Christ?
1) He is the same One spoken by Jacob:
Gen 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
This Shiloh is the Messiah.
This Shiloh is the “Lion of the tribe of Judah”.
This Shiloh will be King of the Jews.
2) He is the same One spoken by Isaiah:
Isa 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
Isa 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
Isa 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears:
Isa 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Isa 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.
3) He is the same One spoken by Jeremiah:
Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
Jer 23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Jer 23:7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
Jer 23:8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.
To this day, the Jews who have the Book of Jeremiah, do not realize it is the Lord Jesus Christ who brought them back out of captivity to the rebirth of the nation of Israel, but they will soon.
Jesus has conquered everything that has been placed in His path, by being the humble Savior and Redeemer that He is, but this book that He takes out of the hands of His Father will show the world another side of our Lord, the side of “judgment”!
It is the Lord Jesus Christ who is worthy to take this book and open the seven seals of God because He is God!
So let us meet Him.
*Rev 5:6 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.
Notice He is in the midst of the throne.
Notice He is in the midst of the four beasts.
Notice this is the same exact same place as our Heavenly Father.
Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the very center of everything in Heaven!
The Lord Jesus Christ is the center of everything in this world!
The Lord Jesus Christ is in the exact place to execute the offices of Prophet, Priest, and King!
He wore on His person, all the wounds which He received to take away my sin, and your sin, and all the sin of the world.
He had he appearance of a lamb that had been slain!
Because He had been sacrificed.
Because He had been buried.
Because He had raised from the dead.
He was the only One who was worthy to open up the book that had been in His Father’s Right Hand!
Opening this book would bring great joy to His own people but it would bring great terror to His enemies!
He had seven horns and seven pairs of eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the Earth.
Zec 3:6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,
Zec 3:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by.
Zec 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.
Zec 3:9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
Zec 3:10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, shall ye call every man his neighbour under the vine and under the fig tree.
Zec 4:8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Zec 4:9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
Zec 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
The Lord Jesus Christ was the perfect sacrifice for our sins, but He was also the only Sacrifice for our sin, making Him the only way to get into God’s New Heaven!
God’s Holy Spirit is the only Spirit that can run to and fro throughout the whole earth to provide regeneration to the believers and hold Satan to limited power as he to, goes to and fro through this earth.
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
2Th_2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Satan is that mystery of iniquity who remains hidden, but who is the cause of all lies and the cause of all sin in our world, but he is also under the control of the Holy Spirit and cannot do anything without the express permission of our Savior.
So the Lord Jesus who is the absolute Power of God, takes the Book.
*Rev 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
Rev 5:8 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 the sovereign power of all Creation, bled and died that the entire world could be saved, but sadly there are people who just do not want to be saved because they have made themselves to be little gods who think they have some power, which they do not.
There are not really any true atheists!
A true atheist would not be concerned with those who have placed their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!
There are only Christians and antichrists! These are the only two groups of people upon this planet!
Jesus Christ is the “Supreme Intelligence” in this entire universe or a better word is cosmos.
Col 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Col 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Because Jesus is sovereign, He only can take the Book in the right hand of God the Father, because He is the right hand of God the Father!
What happens when He takes the Book?
Heaven falls down on their faces in worship of Heavens Savior and Redeemer, the Almighty Living God!
The four beast whose only job is to worship God.
All those elders, the Church who are the redeemed and who know their Redeemer.
All Heaven and Earth broke loose in a song of praise.
Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Rev 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
You see once the Church is in Heaven, then will begin the wrath of God upon this earth of unbelievers.
All the prayers of the persecuted that have been saved in Heaven will be answered!
Every prayer contained in those vials are from God’s children and are like a sweet-smelling aroma in His presence.
He does not forget, not a single one!
You know what? I cannot play a single musical instrument, but on that day, I will be a “harp player” and a good one and I definitely want to sing in Heavens Choir. Not because I can sing because I cannot. I just want to praise my Lord and my God.
Then, they all began to sing a new song in Heaven.
*Rev 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;
Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
First the song:
It would be a song that neither they nor any other had sung before.
It could be sung at this time because the redeeming work of the Lord is complete! (thou hast redeemed) We cannot sing this song until we get to God’s “New Heaven”. We know we are redeemed! We are redeemed! The Lord has just not delivered us unto His Father, which is what the “Rapture” is all about!
Presenting the Church (the Bride) to the Heavenly Father.
It would begin the unceasing worship of the redeemed for the Redeemer.
All the Old Testament prophesies of the Church are fulfilled.
All the New Testament teachings about the Church are fulfilled except the Book of Revelation!
Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
It would be the first moment of a never-ending life!
Second the singers:
The four beasts. They are alive and they sang.
The twenty-four elders. They are alive and they sang.
The Angels. They are alive. They cannot sing the song of the Redeemed, but they can sing praises to the Lamb of God!
The Angels finally understood the work of the Master. These Angels now know more about God than they ever had before!
There is not one dead person in Heaven and there never will be!
They praise the Lamb of God because He is worthy.
They praise the Lamb of God because He was our sacrifice.
They praise the lamb of God because He has redeemed to God the Father.
They praise the Lamb of God because he used His Own Blood.
Heb 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Heb 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
They praise the Lamb of God because He accepted any who called upon His name.
Rom 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
They praised the Lamb of God because of His amazing gifts. Remember the Bema Seat is now in the past, yet the Adopted Children of God are given great gifts and a great work.
The Lord had to die, but He could not stay dead!
After the seven years of tribulation, especially the three and a half years of the Great Tribulation, those on earth who the Lord has allowed to survive along with that remnant of the Jews will see some new rulers under the King of the Jews.
King Jesus will rule the world.
King Jesus will be King of the Jews.
King Jesus will appoint the Redeemed to be Kings and Priest as His helpers, over the nations that remain and just whatever He so chooses.
Mat 25:23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Again worthy is the Lamb. Heaven has never been a lonely place!
Heaven will never be a crowded place!
*Rev 5:11 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;
Rev 5:12 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.
We could take that number of Angels just as it is written and it be 100 million and millions and millions more or we can accept the meaning to be an innumerable amount of Angels just as the 24 elders mean a number of Saints that are not given as it will be perfect number.
These Angels surround all the Saints of God, the Beast, and the lamb of God in the midst. They have been our protectors since we accepted the Lord as our Savior and they will continue to be our protectors throughout eternity.
They now stand equally with all the throng of Heaven.
They are not distressed or broken.
They are not divided nor do they feel betrayed.
Just like the Church they are just there to worship their God, the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ!
They have been our unseen guardians only occasionally taking on the form of a human for a reason that only the Lord knows.
They have served just because of the love for their Creator.
Notice those beasts are singing. Remember they had only one job!
Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
The whole time they were doing these things for a God who left Heaven in all His glory to come to this earth to die and then reclaim His life and return to Heaven.
They were now singing to the Lamb of God, who was standing in the midst of the throne of God. Still proof that God exist in three persons!
The Church has always known the Lord Jesus is the Almighty Living God.
And what where they all singing?
Worthy is the Lamb of God that had been slain to “redeem” His greatest creation!
Worthy is the Lamb of God who has the “power of God”.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Worthy is the Lamb of God who possesses all the riches of Heaven.
Eph 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Worthy is the Lamb of God who has all the wisdom and strength and honor!
Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
Rom 11:34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
Rom 11:35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Worthy is the Lamb of God who possesses all the glory and blessings.
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Oh, what a Savior.
*Rev 5:13 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.
Rev 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
All things were made by our Savior and for our Savior. All His creation knows Him, who He is and what He stands for!
It is only the puny humans who defy Him who in reality only have the power of grass in the field!
Isa 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Isa 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
Isa 40:5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
Isa 40:6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
Isa 40:7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
Isa 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
All of Heaven is concerned about the opening to the seven seals.
The Church is in Heaven.
All the Angels are in Heaven at this moment.
The beasts are still around the throne of the Lord.
At this same time, Satan is placing his false trinity in place upon this earth and the seven-year tribulation period has begun along with death and destruction and the greatest deception known to mankind.
Let us Pray!