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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Revelation 5

 

 

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Verses 1-14

The Revelation of the Lamb that was Slain - Revelation 5:1-14 reveals Jesus Christ as the Lamb that was slain. He alone is worthy to open the book with seven seals. This passage in Revelation also reveals that the throne of God is a place of continual worship. Every event is accompanied by celestial worship.

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.

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" - Comments- The words of this book probably contain the prophetic judgments that will be released upon the world during the Tribulation Period when these seals are opened in order to vindicate God's wrath upon mankind for persecuting His Son and His people.

Revelation 5:1 — "sealed with seven seals" - Comments- In ancient times before the invention of the book as we know it today, men wrote on a paper and rolled it into a scroll. Because rubber bands were not invented yet to hold these rolls together, people would melt wax onto the edge of the paper and press it to the scroll, thus binding it together so that it did not unroll. Official documents would include the seal of the king or officer who wrote the document, which seal would be embedded into the wax while it was soft. Thus, the seal served to authenticate the document.

Now, when we look at the scroll in the right hand of the one who sat upon the throne the author notes that it was sealed with seven seal. This tells us God's signature is seven seals. This symbolizes the fact that God does things in sevens as a way to tell mankind of His divine intervention. For example, the Old Testament is full of seven-fold events. There were seven years of famine as a way of telling mankind that God was judging the people of the land. Under the Law there were seven days of separation. The seventh year was the Sabbath year, and the seventh Sabbath year was followed by the year of Jubilee, in which God supernaturally provided for His people. We will also see within the book of Revelation the use of seven. There will be seven seals, seven plagues, seven trumpets, etc, as a way of telling mankind that this judgment is from God.

Revelation 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?

Revelation 5:2 — "Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof" - Comments- The statement by the angel in Revelation 5:2 is a clear example of Hebrew parallelism.

Revelation 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

Revelation 5:3 — "neither to look thereon" - Comments- That Isaiah , to see what was written within the book.

Revelation 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

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.

Revelation 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.

Revelation 5:6Comments- In the previous section Jesus was revealed as the Head of the Church, which He was judging in preparation for His Second Coming. In Revelation 4:1 to Revelation 19:10 Jesus will now be revealed as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. It is God's presentation to the world that His Beloved Son was slain as a lamb because of the depravity of mankind that will solicit God's divine wrath. The opening of the book's seven seals reveals this story as a series of events that are coming upon the earth to judge mankind for its depravity, which depravity was most clearly revealed by the crucifixion of the Son of God, who is thus described here as the Lamb that was slain. In other words, God will use these events to judge the earth, which events are consummated by the Second Coming of Christ described in the opening of the sixth seal. Therefore, the opening of the first seal ushers in these judgments

Revelation 5:5-6Comments- "the Lion...a lamb" - Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb. The Lion of the tribe of Judah represents the kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ. The lamb slain from the foundation of the world represents the priestly office of the Lord Jesus Christ, who became the sacrifice for our sins to bring peace. As the Lamb of God that takes away our sins, we adore and worship him. As the Lion of the tribe of Judah, we worship Him in fear and trembling.

He is both the Lord of Hosts and the Prince of Peace, the Lion and the Lamb. He is a God of war and a God of peace. He is a God of judgment and a God of righteousness.

The analogy of a lion not only represents kingship, but also judgment. Note:

1 Kings 13:26, "And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him."

1 Kings 20:36, "Then said he unto him, Because thou hast not obeyed the voice of the LORD, behold, as soon as thou art departed from me, a lion shall slay thee. And as soon as he was departed from him, a lion found him, and slew him."

Proverbs 19:12, "The king"s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass."

Proverbs 20:2, "The fear of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provoketh him to anger sinneth against his own soul."

Jeremiah 2:30, "In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion."

Hosea 5:14, "For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah: I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him."

Hosea 13:7, "Therefore I will be unto them as a lion: as a leopard by the way will I observe them:"

As believers, we will one day face the judgment seat of Christ, where we will give account of our lives as Christians in the service of our King. This will be a day of fear and trembling. Even now, we are being judged and chastened by our Lord.

In his book The Final Quest Rick Joyner is told by Wisdom that Jesus is the Lamb slain for our sins to the young believers. But to the maturing Christians, Jesus becomes the Lion who is judging our sins, so that we may live a holy life here on earth. To the fully mature believer, Jesus is both the Lion and the Lamb, as we have learned to worship Him in fear as our Lord and in adoration as our Savior. 64]

64] Rick Joyner, The Final Quest (Charlotte, North Carolina: Morning Star Publications, 1977), 46-7.

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

Revelation 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.

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new Song of Solomon , 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;

Revelation 5:9 — "and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation" - Comments- This list of descriptions reveals how groups of people are broken down. Within a nation may dwell a number of different ethnic peoples, such as in India. Within these ethnic groups are various languages. Within these groups of languages are found numerous clans and tribes (kindred) who tend to intermarry.

Revelation 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 5:10Comments- The promise that God's children will reign on earth serves to fulfill God's original commandment in the Garden of Eden "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it" ( Genesis 1:28)

Revelation 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;

Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and Wisdom of Solomon , and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Revelation 5:12 Comments- There are seven aspects of worship that Jesus is worthy to receive.

Revelation 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.

Revelation 5:13Illustration- The Holy Bible tells us that there will be worship in heaven. All of heaven will be filled with praise and glory and honour to the Lord and King. In 1983, I was in my room meditating on my bed. All of a sudden, I began to hear the most beautiful choir of angels singing a worship song. Yet, it was not an audible sound that anyone could hear. It was audible only in the spirit realm. I could hear the most beautifully, anointed words of worship to the Lord that I have ever heart. The closest that I have come to hearing this type of worship on earth has been the worship songs of Hosanna Integrity Music. It was not fast, upbeat praise, but a level of deep worship.

In early 2000, in a dream this time, again I was caught up in the most heavenly worship song. This song continued to repeat "Alleluia", as I was a part of the worship this time. When I awoke, I felt my spirit so deeply refreshed and renewed. The Lord began to teach me at that time how to find strength in my spirit during times of adversity. We can be strengthened when we enter into worship.

Ephesians 5:18, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual Song of Solomon , singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;"

Scripture Reference- Note a similar verse:

Psalm 150:6, "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD."

Revelation 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.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Revelation 5:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/revelation-5.html. 2013.

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