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Revelation 5



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Verses 1-14

John Brown

Revelation 5:1-14

The Title Deed

I don"t know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum--George Bernard Shaw

There is enough for all. The earth is a generous mother; she will provide in plentiful abundance food for all her children if they will but cultivate her soil in justice and in peace--Bourke Coekran


A. Daniel 12:8-9 Although I heard, I did not understand. (His vision of future events) Then I said, "My lord, what shall be the end of these things?"

9 And he said, "Go your way, Daniel , for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. (NKJV)

1. The meaning of the sealed scroll is in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah:

a) Jeremiah"s cousin Hanameel, decided to sell his land to Jeremiah because he figured that when Nebucadnezzar conqured them the land would be confiscated anyway.

b) While Jeremiah was in jail for giving this prophecy, the Lord told him to accept his cousin"s offer and buy the land because one day they would return and that way it would be preserved for his heirs.

(1) The court officials were called and the title deed was made out and the transaction was completed.

(2) The deed was rolled up into a scroll and sealed and could only be opened by the rightful owner!

(3) The deal was not fully consumated until the owner came forth to break the seals and claim his land.

(a) It took Jeremiah 70 years!

(i) Psalm 24:1 . .The earth is the LORD"s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. (NKJV)

(b) The church has been raptured, now it is time to redeem all that was His from the beginning.

(i) satan is called the "god of this world" in Corinthians but he is a usurper. He doesn"t hold the title deed!

(ii) This "scroll" is the title deed to the earth!!

(iii) And the rightful owner is here to break the seals and to take possession!

(iv) (back to the text vrs2)

B. Genesis 49:8-10"Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father"s children shall bow down before you. Judah is a lion"s whelp; From the prey, my Song of Solomon , you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. (NKJV)

C. Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, . . . (NKJV)

D. Luke 1:32-33 "He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David.

33 "And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." (NKJV)

1. As the "Lion of the tribe of Judah and the root of David", He arises from the throne to rule and reign over the earth!

2. Colossians 2:14-15 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphingover them in it. (NKJV)

E. John 1:29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of Godwho takes away the sin of the world! (NKJV)

1. John knew who this was!! He was at the foot of the cross and saw the wounds of the Savior of the world!!!

F. Joshua 6:4 "And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams" horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. (NKJV) (JERICHO)

G. Matthew 6:22 The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. (NKJV)

H. Leviticus 25:47-49 " Now if a sojourner or stranger close to you becomes rich, and one of your brethren who dwells by him becomes poor, and sells himself to the stranger or sojourner close to you, or to a member of the stranger"s family, "after he is sold he may be redeemed again. One of his brothers may redeem him; "or his uncle or his uncle"s son may redeem him; or anyone who is near of kin to him in his family may redeem him; or if he is able he may redeem himself. (NKJV)

I. Psalm 141:2 Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. (NKJV)


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Brown, John. "Commentary on Revelation 5:4". John Brown's Commentary on Selected Books of the Bible.

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