Prophecy – 58 – The Book of Destiny is Opened, Revelation 5:5-14
As we begin today, we are continuing with the throne room scene in heaven. Further, we will concern ourselves with the Book [scroll] seen in the hand of God. The search of heaven, in fact all of the universe, is to find someone who can open the book. Today, we will discover that there is only One person that is capable of opening the book and oversee all of the end time events.
FACT: That person is the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.
As we review Revelation 5:5-14 we are involved in a most dramatic moment. Remember, John is having a vision, and his mind or spirit has been transported above the earth and into heaven. Put yourself in John’s shoes and you will find yourself experiencing a very dramatic set of circumstances.
How exciting is this! John is about to get his first glimpse of the Lord Jesus Christ alive and in Heaven. He is about to see his [and ours] exalted Lord.
BACKGROUND: God is holding the book of destiny in His right hand. A search has been conducted throughout the whole universe for someone worthy enough to open the book. But at first, NO ONE is worthy; there is no one good enough to open it. John is brokenhearted and he is weeping bitterly, for God is ready to reveal the secrets of the end time to man. At first, no person can be found to open the book and to oversee the climactic events of the end time. The situation looks hopeless (V5). BUT then all of a sudden one of the heavenly ELDERS steps forth and announces that someone has been found to open the book of destiny. There is ONE person who is worthy (V7). This is the subject of this wonderful passage: the BOOK OF DESTINY IS OPENED- the LAMB ALONE IS WORTHY! Let’s get facts from Revelation 5:5-14 firmly fixed in our minds.
- The glorious announcement: God has intervened and sent One worthy to open the book (v. 5).
- The supreme moment: the first sight of Christ in heaven (vv. 6-7).
- The majestic worship of the four living creatures and the elders (vv. 8-10).
- The majestic worship of the angels (vv. 11-12).
- The majestic worship of the whole universe (vv. 13-14).
THE GLORIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT (5:5) – God has intervened. He Himself has sent One worthy to open the book of destiny, His Son Jesus Christ. (The following adapted from the Preachers Outline & Sermon Bible).
- He is the “Lion of Judah.” This is one of the titles of the Messiah. The symbol of the Lion shows that He is the strongest and most powerful member of the tribe of Israel. God had prophesied through Jacob that his own son Judah would be a “lion’s whelp” (young cub). If Judah himself was only a young cub, then the Messiah must be like the King of beasts, the lion. Very simply, the prophecy predicted that the coming Messiah would possess the strength and power of a lion, the king of beasts. Who then is worthy to open the book? Jesus Christ, the lion of Judah, the Messiah and King. He and He alone is worthy enough to take the book and carry out the events of the end time.
“Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh [Messiah] come;…” (Genesis 49:9-10 KJV).
- He is the “Root of David.” The Messiah was to be of the household of David, of the root and seed of Jesse, of his family tree, of his blood, of his stem. Who then is worthy to open the book? The prophesied Son of David, the Messiah and King of the world. He and He alone is worthy to take the book and carry out the events of the end time.
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:” (Isaiah 11:1).
- He is the One who has prevailed and won the victory. Therefore, He is ABLE to open the book of destiny. Ask yourself a question: “Over what has He prevailed?” Also, think about what is it that He has conquered? As we review the following don’t forget that all of this was done for you. So, make sure that you praise our awesome God for what He has done.
“…the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof” (Revelation 5:5).
*He has conquered sin.
“In whom we have redemption through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7, emphasis added, KJV).
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding ALL THINGS by the word of his power, when he had by himself PURGED OUR SINS, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high,” (Hebrews 1:3, Colossians 1:16-17, emphasis added, KJV).
“Who his own self BARE OUR SINS IN HIS OWN BODY ON THE TREE, that we, being dead to sins, should LIVE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS: by whose STRIPES ye WERE HEALED” (I Peter 2:24, EMPHASIS ADDED, KJV).
“For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that HE MIGHT BRING US TO GOD, being put to death in the flesh, but QUICKENED BY THE SPIRIT:” (I Peter 3:18, emphasis added, KJV).
*He has conquered death.
“For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” (I Corinthians 15:25-26, emphasis added, KJV).
“But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who HATH ABOLISHED DEATH, and hath brought life and IMMORALITY to light through the gospel:” (2 Timothy 1:10, emphasis added, KJV).
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:14-15, emphasis added, KJV).
*He has conquered this evil world.
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33, emphasis added, KJV).
“Who gave HIMSELF FOR OUR SINS, THAT HE MIGHT DELIVER US FROM THIS PRESENT EVIL WORLD, according to the WILL OF GOD AND OUR FATHER:” (Galatians 1:4, emphasis added, KJV).
*He has conquered Satan and all other evil forces.
“Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he FIRST bind the strong man? And then he will spoil his house” (Matthew 12:29, emphasis added, KJV).
“And he said unto them, ‘I beheld Satan as lightning falling from heaven’ ” (Luke 10:18, KJV).
“Now is the JUDGMENT OF THIS WORLD: now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (John 12:31, emphasis added, KJV).
“Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me ” (John 14:30, emphasis added, KJV).
“Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged” (John 16:11, emphasis added, KJV).
“For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, ‘Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foe thy footstool’ ” (Acts 2:34-35, emphasis added, KJV).
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-15, emphasis added, KJV).
*He has conquered ALL rule and authority and power.
“Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power” (I Corinthians 15:24, KJV).
*He has conquered hell.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24, KJV).
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18, KJV). – See also Romans 8:34-39.
(Revelation 5:6-7). A number of important things are now seen and we should pay close attention to what God is explaining to us.
- We have the first sight of Jesus Christ in heaven. John had seen Christ in his first vision, but Christ was standing in the midst of the churches (See Revelation 1:12-13; 2:1).
- Now we are seeing the glorified Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God in heaven (V6). One has said that this was bound to be the most spectacular sight ever seen in human history, for God was letting a man see His Son at the throne of God. He was showing why His Son is worthy to rule and reign over the universe. Notice the five things John noticed:
1. Jesus Christ is the center of the heavenly scene (V6).
- He was right before the throne of God, joining God at the very throne of God itself (V7).
- Then the four living beings surround Him.
- Then come the circle of elders.
- Jesus Christ is the very center and focus of attention: every eye and every thought is upon Him (V8).
- Jesus is the centerpiece of God’s throne room, the central figure on the stage of universal history, the history of both heaven and earth.
- Jesus Christ is the SACRIFICIAL LAMB OF GOD who died for our sins (V6).
- The picture of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God is seen throughout Scripture.
NOTE: Scripture declares that Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who died for our sins (V6).
- The Lamb of God was symbolized in the Passover. The lamb was sacrificed so that the judgment of God could pass over the people of Israel. (Exodus 12:3).
- Isaiah had said that the Messiah was to bear our sins by being brought as a lamb to the slaughter – (Isaiah 53:6-7).
- John the Baptist declared Jesus to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world – (John 1:29; John 1:36).
- Peter had said that persons are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without spot and without blemish – (I Peter 1:18-19).
NOTE: A. T. Robertson, the Greek scholar, points out the word for LAMB throughout the New testament is ‘HO AMNOS.”
But throughout Revelation John uses another word “ARNION,” and He uses it twenty-nine times for the CRUCIFIED CHRIST.
The difference is this: the word chosen by John stresses the slaughter, suffering, pain, agony, and humiliation of Christ. And all the suffering is still seen in heaven. Robertson says: “the Lamb is NOW ALIVE, …BUT WITH THE MARKS OF THE SACRIFICE” (Word picture in the New Testament, Vol. 6, p. 334).
NOTE: The point is this: Jesus Christ is the perfect sacrifice for our sins. He lived a sinless life when He was upon the earth. He was the Ideal and Perfect Man. Therefore, whatever Jesus Christ did as the Perfect and Ideal Man, it could stand for and cover us.
When He died for our sins, He died as the ideal and perfect sacrifice. His sacrifice for our sins was perfectly acceptable to God. Therefore, His sacrifice for sins stands for and covers the one who believes in His Son for salvation (John 3:16).
What happens is this:
- When we believe in Jesus for salvation, God takes OUR FAITH and counts it as the sacrifice of Christ.
- This means that we are free from sin.
- We stand sinless before God.
- We are acceptable to God because Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, removed our sins from us.
- The true believer is cleansed from sin by the sacrifice of Christ.
- The true believer is made perfectly righteous by the sacrifice of Christ.
- Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who has taken away our sin and clothed us in the white robes of righteousness before God.
- This is the reason Jesus Christ stands in the center stage of heaven. But even in heaven He stands as the One who has loved and given Himself for us; He stands as the Lamb who was slain as the PERFECT SACRIFICE for our sins. (Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 10:11-13; I Peter 2:24; I Peter 3:18).
NOTE: As we continue our study and we see that Jesus has stepped forward as the Only One who could take the book and oversee, breaking the seals and the end time events, we have great reason to praise God.
APPLICATION and CHALLENGE:
- Notice the throne scene in Chapter five. God is sitting on His Throne, holding the book out for someone to take the book.
- The strong angel states for the One who can take the book out of God’s hand and open the seven seals to step forward.
- At first no one in heaven or anywhere else in the universe steps forward.
- John weeps for he had been promised to see the end time events. But if no one can take the book and open it he will not see the end time events as promised.
- But then one of the elders tells him that One, the Lamb of God, is in the center of the heavenly scene. He is able to take the book and oversee the events of the last time.
- So we now see the book in the hand of Christ, God’s Son, for He is the only One who can take the book out of God’s hand and oversee the end times.
- Does the picture thus far excite you? If saved, it certainly should. Why? Because you, along with John, will see eternity unfold before you as you continue with us in the study of the book of Revelation.
- If you are unsaved, that is have not accepted Christ as your Savior, please read John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9-13).
- Are you ready to continue the study of Revelation? If you have not prayed for the Holy Spirit’s teaching, Christian, you are not ready. Please read I Corinthians 2:6-16 before you start and pray for God’s wisdom.
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