Prophecy – Part 60 – The Seven-Sealed Book, Opened cont’d, Revelation 5:6-14
(Revelation 5:8-12) – In our study thus far we have seen some exciting and encouraging things about our Savior which should encourage us to consider our worship of Him. Today we want to continue looking at those in the throne room and their worship of Christ as He takes the sealed book out of the Father’s hands.
“And WHEN He had taken the book, the FOUR BEASTS, and FOUR AND TWENTY ELDERS fell down BEFORE THE LAMB having everyone 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 God BY THY BLOOD out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and hast made us unto our God 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.” (Revelation 5:8-12, emphasis added, KJV).
- There is the majestic worship by the four living creatures and the elders.
- As soon as Jesus Christ takes the book out of the hand of God, ALL of heaven and earth break loose in a song of praise (Revelation 5:6-10).
- Wait, there is more, there are the three waves of praise sung to Christ, that we should note in order:
a. There is the praise of the four living creatures and of the elders who surround the throne of God.
b. Then there is the wave of praise from the numberless host of angels, ten thousands time then thousands and thousands of thousands of them. The idea is that the number is so large that man and his computers could not count the number.
c. Then there is the majestic worship of ALL creatures in both heaven and earth, and under the earth in the graves and in the seas. All of creation, every being ever created – breaks loose in a chorus of praise to the Lord and the Lamb of God who sits upon the throne (Jesus Christ).
NOTE: Don’t lose sight of the fact that you will also be part of this great chorus! How wonderful is that? Another reason to praise God.
Take note of the actions and their worship of those who surround the throne.
- They fall down before Christ, the Lamb of God, and play harps. Remember: the harp was the usual instrument used to sing the Psalms of praise to our Lord (Psalms 33:2; 98:5; 147:7).
- They offer up golden bowls of incense which is the symbol of the prayers of believers [saints, those who are truly saved] (Revelation 5:8).
How interesting is this. The very beings who are closest to God are offering up our prayers to Christ for us. The heavenly host is concerned over our welfare even as the Lord is. They long for us to be helped through the trials and temptations of life. What a wonderful truth, what an encouragement for the true saints of God.
- In Revelation 5:9 they sang a new song focused upon the worthiness of Christ. Remember, God had just held out the book of destiny and the shattering call for someone worthy to step forth and to take the book. Someone was needed to open the book and carry out the end time events on earth. At first no one was found found worthy, not even those who surround the throne in heaven.
As we have seen, there was ONLY ONE PERSON who could step forward into a holy God’s presence and take the book.
Only Jesus Christ, God’s Son, could break the seals and oversee the destiny of the universe. Only God’s Son, the Lamb of God, slain before the foundation of the world, the Lord Jesus Christ, could open the seven-sealed book which held the destiny of the world and all in it. Only He could oversee and carry out the events of the end time.
SET THE SCENE IN YOUR MIND. It is wonderful. When the living creatures and elders see the Lamb of God step forward and take the Book of destiny from God, they fall down in WORSHIP and ADORATION and sing a song to Him, a song that has NEVER BEEN SUNG BEFORE (Revelation 5:9-10).
In song, they praise Him because He was slain for man and has redeemed man (Revelation 5:9). They praise Christ because He died for the sins of man and has set man free from sin and death and the punishment to come.
(Revelation 1:5-6) – Jesus Christ is the great Savior, the great redeemer. Several things are declared about Jesus Christ in these two verses. Even though we have reviewed this area before, it fits with the new song sung in Revelation 5:8-9.
- Jesus is the faithful witness. He is the ONE Person we can depend upon. We can trust what Jesus Christ tells us. Jesus Christ came from God, out of heaven itself, to reveal the truth to us – the truth about God and man and man’s world. What Jesus Christ has revealed can be trusted. He is THE FAITHFUL WITNESS (John 3:11; John 8:14; John 18:37).
- Jesus Christ is the first to arise from the dead.
- That is, He is the first to arise who never again had to die.
- The word “first begotten” or “first born” means to be the first in rank; to be supreme and preeminent in the resurrection.
- Of all the people who will have arisen from the dead, Jesus Christ is SUPREME.
- It is He who is the Son of God; therefore, it is His resurrection that is the supreme and preeminent resurrection.
- ALL OTHER PEOPLE ARISE BECAUSE HE AROSE AND CONQUERED DEATH FOR US.
- Because He arose, ALL WHO TRULY BELIEVE THAT HE DIED AND AROSE FOR THEM WILL ALSO BE RESURRECTED.
- Jesus Christ is the prince of the kings of the earth.
- Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead and exalted to the right hand of God’s throne (Colossians 1:16-17; 3:1-4).
- He and He alone has been given the seat of SOVEREIGN RULE over the earth (Matthew 28:18).
- The world may seem chaotic and the problems too enormous to be handled. But Jesus Christ is in control. He is able to handle the world’s problems and give us strength. He will supply all our needs to serve Him – Philippians 4:13,19).
- The people of the world may legitimately ask: “Why does God not go ahead and come and straighten out the chaotic mess and evil of the world, if He is real?” Hebrews 11:6 – “He Is.”
FACT: The people of the world will not believe or accept it, but God has plainly answered the why question:
“The LORD is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is LONGSUFFERING TO US-WARD, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, emphasis added, KJV).
NOTE: Jesus is delaying His return so that more people can be saved and live eternally with God (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; Romans 5:6-11).
- But some day, and the weight of evidence indicates that the day will soon come when Christ returns to call His church, His bride (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
- Jesus Christ is returning to earth and He will not delay the Father’s timing. He will first return to call the church, His Bride to Heaven (I Thessalonians 4:13-18. Then in God’s timing He will return to set up His kingdom for 1,000 years (Revelation 20:1-6).
- He is returning to take over and rule over the universe. He and He alone is going to rule and bring the reign of righteousness to earth. He alone is the prince and King of Kings of the earth.
(Psalm 24:1; 24:7; I Timothy 1:17; I Timothy 6:15; Revelation 11:15; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:16).
4. Jesus has redeemed the true believer. He loves us and has WASHED US FROM OUR SINS IN HIS OWN BLOOD (Revelation 3:5).
- The word LOVE is in the present tense in the Greek. This means that Jesus Christ ALWAYS LOVES US. He loves us today, He loved us in the past, and He will love us throughout eternity!
- The word “washed” (lusanti) means to be loosed, set free, and released from sin.
One might ask, “How did the blood of Christ set us free from sin?” The answer is clear, Jesus took our sins and died for them.
- He had lived a sinless and perfect life as a Man upon earth.
- Therefore, He was able to present Himself as the Ideal and Perfect Man before God.
- Therefore, He was able to die as the ideal and perfect sacrifice.
- He was able to take our sins — the guilt and judgment of our sins — upon Himself and bear the punishment for them.
- The point is this: Jesus Christ took our sins and died for our sins. He removed them and died for them.
- Therefore, we are free and loosed from sin. Sin has been removed from the true believer.
- The true believer stands before God free of sin and acceptable to Him.
- It is important to remember the how: It is by the shed blood of Jesus Christ upon the cross that our sins are removed. It is His dying for our sins that frees us from sin and allows us into the presence of a Holy God. Note the following portions of Scripture:
(Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; I Peter 1:18-19; Revelation 5:9).
It is also important for the true believer to remember that He has actually made us kings and priests. By KINGS is meant a kingdom, a rule, some authority and responsibility that involves over-seeing and administering of the affairs of the universe for Christ throughout eternity. True believers shall rule and reign with Christ. Consider the following Scriptural truths:
(Matthew 20:23; Romans 8:16-17; I Corinthians 6:2; Ephesians 2:6-7; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:26-27; Revelation 20:4).
By PRIESTS means that we have open access into God’s presence at any time. Believers no longer need human priests or mediators. Believers are themselves made priests before God, all by Christ. Believers are to offer their own prayers, praises, worship, thanksgiving and offerings to God. Note the following:
(Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:15; I Peter 2:5).
“…Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast REDEEMED us [man] to God by thy BLOOD out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; and has MADE US unto our God KINGS AND PRIESTS: and we SHALL REIGN ON EARTH” (Revelation 5:9-10).
Again note the praise in heaven for Christ as He accepts the book from God’s hand; they praise Him because He was slain for man and has redeemed man (v. 9). They praise Christ because He died for the sins of man and has set man free from sin and death and the punishment to come. Note the following:
(Romans 5:9; Galatians 3:13; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 9:12; I Peter 1:18-19).
We are glad that you joined us for this study and look forward to you joining with us next week at the same time and place to continue our exciting study in Revelation 6.
The challenge this week is to re-examine this message and select one thing to mediate on this week, asking God to strengthen you.
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