I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. Revelation 5:1
Revelation 5 is an exciting Chapter as we will see the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all together at the throne together. Anyone who doubts they are three distinct persons needs to read this chapter. God the Father is sitting on the throne, what is in his hand? The book of Life
Notice 7 Seals, again the number 7 which is symbolic for completion. These seals are going to begin the judgement of the world
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. Revelation 5:2-3
The time has come to open the “Book of Life” is your name written in it? As we will learn more later, only those whos name has not been removed from the Book of Life will inherit eternal life. Notice nobody’s name is added to the Book of Life only removed. Meaning we are born innocent (children, mentally disabled) until we become corrupted with sin
Nobody is worthy to open this Book of Life or the Seven Seals, in Heaven and on Earth, except One (Jesus Christ)
so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth Philippians 2:10
Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:4-5
Apostle John begins to weep because Nobody is worthy to open the Book of Life or the Seven Seals, however an elder in Heaven reminds John, that Jesus Christ is worthy and able!
Notice the titles given to Jesus “Lion of Judah” and “Root of David”
The Lion of Judah was a prophecy fortold by Jacob to his Son Judah. His son Judah would have a tribe and the Scepter (King of Kings) would come from the line. Notable King David was from this line and then the King of Kings Jesus Christ
Jesus first came as the Lamb and now he is coming back as the Lion to restore Gods Kingdom!
Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him up? “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples. Genesis 49:9-10
And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. Revelation 5:6
The Lamb of God who is Jesus Christ. Notice Christ is displayed as being slayed. Jesus Christ is worthy to open the Book of Life and the Seven Seals because he defeated Sin and Death at the Cross
Notice the Holy Spirit (Seven Spirits of God) is also with the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and The Father is at the throne. An amazing scene of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all together at Once!
The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:29
And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Revelation 5:7-8
Notice in this scene “He (Jesus) came and took the book out of the right hand of Him (Yahweh) who sat on the throne
An amazing scene of all authority and power given to Jesus Christ! Notice everyone bows before The Lamb (Jesus) Anyone who tells you Jesus shouldn’t be worshipped needs to study this Chapter!
Another observation, all the prayers of Saints (Christians) are incense to God. Every time you heartfully pray, you are sending up sweet aroma (incense) to God
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Matthew 28:18
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10
The worship service for Jesus Christ continues, as all 24 elders and 4 living creatures, all bow down and worship Jesus , while singing a beautiful song! As the blood of Jesus Christ has delivered us all , allowed us to join Gods Kingdom, and become priests for God!
you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Revelation 5:11-12
The worship service just got larger, as myriads of myriads (countless) number of angels surround Jesus and worship him, and sing the beautiful song “Worthy is the Lamb”!
The Lamb of God , which was prophesied by Isaiah over 700 years before Christ was born!
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth Isaiah 53:7
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever. And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped. Revelation 5:13-14
The worship service just continues to grow and grow, as not only is all of Heaven worshipping Jesus Christ, but now everything that was created in heaven, Earth, and even under the earth!
What a powerful scene and Chapter! There are a couple things you can take way from this Chapter.
- We see the confirmation of the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) as three distinct persons all at the throne
- Jesus Christ redeemed all of humanity who accepts him at the cross and will reestablish Gods Kingdom
- Jesus is worthy and will be worshiped and praised everywhere!