Here is an important statement to consider: Bible chapters and verses came into existence 500 years ago.
They are not inspired, but greatly assist one in finding texts. Sometimes, however, they break the continuity of a study.
Such is the case at this point.
Because John continues describing the heavenly scene, there should not have been a break between chapters 4 and 5.
In the right hand of the Lord Jesus Christ is actually a scroll of either sheepskin, papyrus, or vellum.
Its subject is redemption, and its contents unlock the remainder of this chapter. The message is contained on the inside and outside, and is enclosed by seven seals.
The search for a member of the human race, past or present, or any rank of angel to open the book proves fruitless.
John's weeping ends at the place where all tears are dried.
He is pointed to Christ where tears are turned to joy. Christ is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David.
Since Judah is the leading tribe of Israel and a lion is the king of the beasts, Christ is thus pictured when He comes as Israel's King (see chapter 19, verse 16).1)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A16&version=KJV
It is at this same moment that the
Lord God gives unto him the throne of his father David (Luke 1:32).
Let's go further in proving that our Saviour is the One John sees.
As mentioned previously, the seven-sealed scroll is the title deed to the earth and its subject is redemption. The Lamb of God (John 1:29), who earned the right by redemption to the title deed of the earth, is the only One worthy to open the seals. This is the Lamb who died for you and for me. Yes, Christ died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3).
He shed His precious blood to purchase our redemption, for the blood of Jesus Christ [God's] son cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
John, who recorded the fact that Jesus was the Lamb of God when He walked upon the earth, now says that no one can overcome but by the blood of the Lamb (chapter 12, verse 11).2)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+12%3A11&version=KJV
Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power? Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?
There is no other way! Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission for sins (see Hebrews 9:22).
This Lamb is worthy because of the sacrifice He paid for your sin and mine. Yes, worthy is the Lamb to be praised for time and eternity.
The Lamb's seven horns picture strength.
All [authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18).
The seven eyes picture the fact that He sees everything each of us does:
All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4:13).
Since "seven" means perfection.
There will be no mistakes made as the judgment is meted out, because the seven spirits of God-a picture of the Holy Spirit in all of His fullness-rest upon Christ without measure.
Coupling His power (seven horns), His all-seeing vision (seven eyes), along with His filling of the Spirit of God in a sevenfold way (see Isaiah 11:1, 2), not one mistake will be made during the Tribulation hour.
The One found worthy now acts.
The song is in appreciation of the fact that Christ was slain on Calvary's cross, that His precious blood was shed (see 1 Peter 1:19), and that it was shed for the entire world. This includes Presbyterians, Lutherans, Methodists, Catholics, and Baptists. Some Christians think they are going to have their own little corner, all alone, in heaven.
Not so! Christ's sacrifice was for all kindreds, all tongues, and all people, all nations. God loves the world! The choir also sings about their soon return with Him when He comes as King of kings (chapter 19, verse 11).3)http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+19%3A11&version=KJV At that time they-the armies of heaven-will follow Him upon white horses. At this point the angels also join in praising the Lamb...
Notice that this passage is not a song.
Nowhere does the Bible teach that angels sing. They recite their praise, whereas the Church Triumphant sings her glorious message.
The angels, associated with the Lord since their creation, know Him as few know Him-for they have lived with Him for thousands of years.
They praise the Lamb for seven reasons:
(1) His power.
(2) His spiritual riches.
(3) His wisdom.
(4) His might.
(5) His honor.
(6) His glory.
(7) His blessing.
Carnal Christians who will not bow in worship to Christ here on earth, soon will!
At this point Philippians 2:9-11 will be fulfilled:
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What is the response as the heavenly hosts envision this future hour?
A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE
First Published: Feb 19, 2014 | Re Published: February 8, 2016
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