The Throne Room of God (Pt. 2 – Worshipping the Redeemer) – Revelation 5:1-14
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The focus of worship now shifts from the Creator to the Redeemer, Christ Jesus, Who is also the Creator!
Here we have the great mystery of Christianity - the Trinity.
God the Father
God the Son
God the Holy Spirit
One God, three entities, all co-equal.
In this passage, we see all three together in the throne room of God.
"And I saw in the right hand of Him Who sat on the throne a scroll..."
"Him" - God the Father
"And I looked, and behold in the midst of the throne...stood a lamb, as though it had been slain...and the seven spirits of God..."
"Lamb" - God the Son
"Seven Spirits" - The sevenfold Spirits of God. (Isa. 11:2)
This is not the first time in Scripture the Trinity has been seen together in one place:
It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Why was John, and us through him, given this vision of the Trinity at the beginning and at the end of Christ's ministry?
Because this is the back story of ours and the creations redemption.
This was God's plan from the beginning because of His great love and forgiveness. (Gen. 2:15-18, 3:1-24, Jn. 17:1-4, 19:30)
So, let us look into the very throne room of God and understand "what the Spirit says to the churches."
"And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals."
"And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne."
* "I saw" - This speaks of John's prophetic vision.
* "The right hand" - Always the position of power. (Mk. 16:19)
* "Him" - God the Father.
* "On the throne" – This denotes God’s power, wisdom and authority over all things.
"A scroll written inside and on the back..."
* Which means nothing more could be added. What was/is written was/is completed and final.
* A scroll of this type speaks of, "...lamentations, and mourning, and woe." (Eze. 2:9-10)
* And God's unchangeable law and will for His creation as written on the tablets of the Ten Commandments. (Ex. 32:15)
"...sealed with seven seals..."
* "Seven" - Always defines completeness in the Bible.
* A Roman will was sealed seven times.
* More importantly, a Hebrew title deed was sealed seven times.
This scroll represents the title deed to all of God's creation, and the fulfillment of God's plan of redemption because of Christ's work on the cross. (Jn. 17:1-4, 19:30)
Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds...
When we sinned in the garden, dominion over God's creation (Gen. 1:26-28) was lost, and the creation was "delivered" to Satan, "the ruler of this world." (Jn. 12:31, 2 Cor. 4:4, Eph. 2:2)
Even Christ did not deny this:
Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"
So, who is the appointed heir ("worthy") who can open the will or deed?
Christ is our "Kinsman-Redeemer" or "Goel" (Hb.) as was Boaz in the book of Ruth.
And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
"...no one...was able to open the scroll..."
* "No one" - Not even Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Elisha or any prophet; nor Michael, Gabriel or any angel; nor King David, Solomon, etc.
So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.
"So I wept much..."
* "And I wept audibly and bitterly..." (The Amplified N. T. trans.)
John wept because he knew God's fallen creation could not be redeemed unless the seals were broken and the scroll opened.
He knew what sin had done, and he longed for that redemption and reconciliation that could only come from the fulfillment of God's plan:
Romans 5:12, 15, 8:19-23
But one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals."
"...do not weep."
* Rather rejoice, there is a "Kinsman-Redeemer."
"...the Lion of the tribe of Judah..."
* "Lion" - Speaks of dignity, sovereignty, courage and victory.
Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, 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.
"...the Root (source) of David..."
* Christ was "the Son of David."
* Christ's lineage through King David's line. (2 Sam. 7:12, 16)
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
“The scepter” and “a rod” are the same; a symbol of a king’s absolute sovereign authority.
"...He has prevailed to open the scroll..."
* On the cross He "prevailed" and it was finished. (Tetelestai - Aramaic)
So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.
The Redeemer had to be related, willing and able to pay the price. (Lev. 25:23-27)
Christ met all the requirements by His death on the cross.
He became flesh, so He is related. (Jn. 1:14)
He was able, He was without sin, a perfect sacrifice. (Matt. 5:17)
And He was willing. (Mk. 10:45)
And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
"...a Lamb as though it had been slain..."
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
I wonder, if the only thing seen in heaven caused by mankind will be scars Jesus bears from the cross?
The Greatest picture of love and grace!
* Jesus is called "the Lamb" 28 times in Revelation:
- "The wrath of the Lamb." (Rev. 6:16)
- "The blood of the Lamb." (Rev. 7:14)
- "The bride of the Lamb." (Rev. 19:7)
- Et cetera
"...having seven horns and seven eyes..."
* "Seven horns" - The symbol of all power and authority
* "Seven eyes" - The symbol of all wisdom and knowledge
"...the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth."
* The Holy Spirit fills all the earth
Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.
"...golden bowls of incense, which are the prayers of the saints."
Have you ever wondered where your prayers go ultimately?
They are offered up to God on the altar of incense in heaven as pictured in the earthly tabernacle and temple. (Ex. 40:5, Lk. 1:8-10)
Incense was burned daily on the altar; at the morning and evening sacrifices in Jerusalem.
The burning of incense then on earth, and now in heaven, is symbolic of the “prayers of the saints” rising up to God.
Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand.
And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
"...a new song..."
* The new song reiterates and worships "the Lamb" for what He will do, because of what He has done.
And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."
"...kings and priests to our God..."
* "...you shall be named the priests of the LORD; they shall call you the servants of God..." (Isa. 61:6)
"...and we shall reign on the earth."
* At the end of the age, when Christ returns and judges. (Dan. 7:22, 27, Rev. 20:4, 6)
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands...
"...ten thousand times ten thousand..."
* In Greek, at the time this was written, 10,000 was the largest known number, or number commonly used. Therefore, John is writing of a number too big to be counted.
...saying with a loud voice: "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!"
"Worthy is the Lamb who was slain..."
He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth.
HE PAID IT ALL, AND IS THEREFORE
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, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"
* God the Father
"...to the Lamb..."
* God the Son
Then the four living creatures said, "Amen!" And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
So, in fulfillment of God's plans, when He who is worthy breaks the seals on the scroll (Vs. 9), what happens?
As Christ breaks the seals, dramatic and horrible events take place on earth.
The seventh seal introduces the "seven trumpet" judgments. (Rev. 8:1-2)
Then when the seventh trumpet has blown, the great and terrible days of God's wrath is announced, bringing the bowl judgments that complete God's wrath poured out on an unrepentant world. (Rev. 11:15, 15:1)
So, why did John see all of the heavens, earth and under the earth praising God for what seems like the greatest tragedy on earth?
Because when the Lamb takes the scroll from the Father's hand, the will and title deed of earth could now be redeemed!
God's eternal plan will now be fulfilled and creation set free from sin and death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So, have you received this gift, and do you joyously wait for the redeemers return?
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