Revelation 5 "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. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 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. 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 G-d sent forth into all the earth. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 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. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to G-d by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our G-d kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 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; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 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. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever." (KJV)
Here we see G-d the Father seated on the throne. In his right hand he has a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with 7 seals. (Another Menorah) This is the "Title deed of the earth"
Note: Roman law required a will to be sealed 7 times.
The strong angel who is selected to make the pronouncement is probably Gabriel although we cannot be sure of that.
Remember what Daniel was told:
Dan 12:9 "And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." (KJV)
Now we are about to unseal the book and learn the future. (Prophecy)
John cried because no one was worthy "morally fit".
He is told that "the Lion of the tribe of Judah" is worthy. This is the only time Y'shua is referred to this way in this book. He is referred to as a lamb 28 times.
Genesis 49:10 "The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be." (KJV)
The word "Shiloh" means in "the one to whom it belongs". The scepter belongs to Y'shua.
In the midst of the 24 elders "stood a lamb as it had been slain". This is Y'shua and it is referring to his death for our sins.
The 7 horns (Another of our many "Menorahs") represents His complete omnipotent power. The horns also represent a King.
The 7 eyes represents His complete omniscience power. This is also compared to "the 7 spirits of G-d" Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).
Y'shua receives the deed to the earth and prepares to open it up. Only He is "worthy". Chapters 4 and 5 give the basis for Divine Judgment on earth by Y'shua that begins in detail in Ch. 6.
Two Reasons why He is worthy and able to Judge
Rev 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, 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!" (NKJV)
One reason He is the slain lamb. He has redemptive authority
(Sovereign ownership of creation: He purchased it!) (All creation Col 1:20, Rom 8:19-22) Blood Bought Creation
Second reason - His linage is in the root of David. (5:5) (Lion of Judah)
Kingly Authority (Sovereign right to Rule the Earth)- Davidic Covenant
When Y'shua started his ministry He quoted Isaiah 61:1,2 "The Spirit of the L-rd G-d is upon me, because the L-rd hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
He stopped reading there because the rest of the verse was a future prophecy for when he returns. This states: "to proclaim the acceptable year of the L-rd, and the day of vengeance of our G-d; to comfort all that mourn" (Isaiah 61:2)
The lamb will become a lion. That is why he is called the lion from the tribe of Judah. (Rev 5:5)
Ezekiel 39:17 "Son of man, this is what the Sovereign L-rd says: Call out to every kind of bird and all the wild animals: Assemble and come together from all around to the sacrifice I am preparing for you, the great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel. There you (Y'shua) will eat flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth as if they were rams and lambs, goats and bulls- all of them fattened animals from Bashan." (KJV)
If one has not, accepted him as their savior then He will judge that one at the White Throne Judgment also. This will be further explained in Ch. 19.
In taking the Scroll from the Father, it is Evident that Y'shua alone will execute the judgments. Everyone bows in worship of Y'shua.
The 24 elders have golden bowls with the prayers of the saints. The importance of the prayers of those on earth is inferred.
The only two instruments mentioned in heavenly worship are the trumpet and the harp.
The 24 elders sing and praise G-d.
John uses the expression "I beheld" (saw) 44 times in the book of Revelation.
He uses the express "I heard" 27 times in the book of Revelation.
Rev 5:11-14 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; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing. 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 honor, and glory, and power, be to Him that sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped Him that lives forever and ever.
The Hebrew language did not have a way of saying huge numbers. So they would say 10000 x 10000 to represent an uncountable number.
We see Y'shua receives the same worship, honor and Glory as the Father because he is equal with the Father.
The scene around the throne and the book (4:1 5:14)
Arthur Bloomfield (1959) expresses the wonder, "that someone has not written a great oratorio on Revelation, " at this point ( Walvoord, Revelation, p. 116)
The plain sense- of the language structure depicts a glorious musical crescendo of praise. It is a Celestial Symphony. Note: the Crescendo means "increase of intensity".
|4 creatures >||(24 elders) >||24 elders(harps)|
|4 creatures||> >||24 elders|
|24elders(harps)||> >||many angels|
|many angels||> >||every created thing|