Revelation 5:1-14 - The Worthy One

Revelation 5:1-5

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 Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.


The one sitting on the throne has a book containing ancient, sacred writings. According to Moses, God wrote names of humanity in His book. Moses pleaded with God to forgive the Israelites. If He does not forgive them, it is implied that their names will not be in this book. Therefore, Moses demanded that if the Israelite names are blotted out, then God should also blot out the name of Moses. God replied to Moses that only God can and will determine the names blotted out of His book.1  

Fortunately for Israel and all of humanity, God is moved by the intercession of Moses for his brethren and pardons them. In commemoration of this moment, the descendents of Jacob have for thousands of years celebrated a set of festivals during the fall season. It is believed that during the ten day Feast of Trumpets, God's Book of Life is opened because of intercession, and humans may repent of sins against God and humanity so your name will not be blotted out of God's book of the living.

The Day of Atonement is the tenth day of the Feast of Trumpets. It is also the deadline for assuring your name is in the Book of Life. This is a day in which Jacob's children will be visited by the king and they must make preparation in the form of repentence or die. The Day of Atonement is a dress rehearsal for the second coming of Jesus as King of Kings. 

If you are not prepared to meet Him now, stop the delay. Get right with God and your fellow man. Jesus said that if you are offering a gift at the altar and remember there is distance between you and another, leave your gift and reconcile then, come back to offer your gift to God. The Book of Life is so imperative to us that John weeps when no man is worthy to take the book. The Revelation of Jesus, reveals the opening of this book and the influence of the Worthy One in our lives.

Moses interceded on behalf of Israel, yet, he is not the Worthy One because no man on earth, in heaven, or under the earth is worthy to open this book including Moses and all other patriarchs and prophets. John is almost consumed with sorrow. His weeping is not pretty. John wails for the lack of a righteous man in all of humanity. Yet, God made a promise to Eve that if she and her daughters would deliver the sons of Adam, One of them will deliver her. God is not slack concerning His promises. The Worthy One is the Messiah...a descendent of David and heir to his throne because He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah thru the woman. Since no one else is worthy, God sent His only begotten son.

In the beginning and as recorded in Genesis, God gave dominion of Paradise and the planet to the man and the woman. The old deceitful serpent persuaded them to distance themselves from the One giving them dominion. In doing so, they lost dominion and the serpent usurped it becoming the prince of this world. Mankind is always asking why bad things happen to good people? It is because the evil ruler of this world was chosen by Adam and Eve when they, the rulers of the world, bowed down in submission to him. They repented of their choice, but the evil intensifies because we affirm their wrong choice with our own bad choices. There is none righteous, but one.

The only man worthy to take the throne is born of the tribe of Judah, descended from Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. Just as God gave the man and the woman dominion, it is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that gives dominion back to mankind thru the Messiah born of a woman according to the promise. The usurption of Satan will be rectified when the Worthy One reclaims Adam's dominion as the son of man. This will cause cosmic war. However, like the ten days of awe during the Feast of Trumpets, it will be a time of repentence and many from the hiways and the hedges will enter the kingdom of God.

These passages reveal who has the right to reign on earth. It is Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah who is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Born of King David and heir to the throne in Israel and to Adam's throne over the earth. He has the legal right to restore dominion to humanity from the one that usurped it. That is why it was so imperative that Joseph, his legal earthly father and Mary, his biological mother were in Bethlehem for his birth and in Jerusalem on His 8th day to record his geneology. In the annals of mankind, it is foolishness to deny Christ was born of this heritage.

 

Revelation 5:6-10

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had take it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one has a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God's people. And they sang a new song, saying:

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals,

because you were slain,

and with your blood you purchased for God

persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.

You have mede them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.

John is about to share more with us about the Worthy One, the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He sees a slain but resurrected lamb. He is the Worthy One to rule because of His intercession, slain blood, and redemption of humanity, He is worthy because His intercession surpasses that of other men including Moses.

The Lamb takes the book (scroll) from the Father's right hand. Who is the right hand of the Father? It is Jesus who ascended into the Heavens and now stands at the right hand of God in the Most Holy Place. It is Jesus, the dead and resurrected son of Adam hung on a tree, that takes the book from the Father.

The sons of God were stunned when the man Jesus walked right into Heaven's courts and boldly sat down at the right hand of the Father. Now that was shocking! What is more shocking is that He has moved from the right hand of God to the midst of the throne! The slain Lamb, son of a woman, is sitting in the midst of God's throne showing Himself to be God. It is blasphemous to even consider that any man could be God.

All of the beings created to dwell in the Heavens are sons of God. This man born of a woman being God's only begotten son was a bit of a challenge to swallow. However, for this MAN to be God, many in Heaven find it stunning, shocking, and repulsive. That makes Him creator and ruler of all...master over the universe! Jesus as God does not fit the paradigm of most men and angels. God is forever doing hard to understand things. His benevolence toward earthly creatures is almost obscene at times. Angels just don't always understand God's ways. Therefore, they long to look into the things revealed to humans and their offspring.

During the coronation of God's only begotten son all are subservient to the Father. When the Living Creatures, the elders, and all the other angels fall down and worship Him, those with concerns fall down in submission as well. They dare not, but surely someone will object! Men were taught by the man Jesus to pray God's will be done on earth as it is in Heaven where God reigns supremely. Since the usurper began to reign over the earth, things are not good as God declared in the beginning. No one wants that to happen in Heaven!

Please recall that in Revelation 4:2, 6 John saw God the Father sitting on the throne. He also saw the Spirit of God in the form of living creatures sitting in the front of AND in the center of the throne. The Holy Spirit is in front of and in the midst of the throne because God is omnipresent...always everywhere. 

In Revelation 5:6 we also see the Lamb in the midst of the throne. Observing the presence on the throne best illustrates that the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God.  Here we see the lamb also in the center of the throne and the Spirit of God leading the twenty-four elders in worship of the Lamb and the Father as if they were both God!

The angels are Sons of God. Adam was a son of God. All other men are sons of Adam because of the fall. However, we can be born again through the Messiah becoming the sons of God. At the resurrection, we will become like the angels and will ascend into the Heavens with the other Sons of God. Many angels celebrate the redemption of mankind. Many resent it like the older brother in the parable of the prodical son. Many of our elder brothers, the angels, do not believe we are redeemable and worthy of space in holy places reserved for righteousness. Yet, didn't our savior promise He was ascending into the Heavens to prepare us a place?

The saints, like the twenty-four elders, will be given thrones but only God can sit on His throne.  In this throne room scene we see the most beautiful illustration of God being one but three. We see the Father, the Spirit and the Son rightfully occupying the throne.  We know from this demonstration that the Lamb has the right to reign in Heaven, but does He have the right to take dominion of the earth back from the one that stole it?  John 12:30-32  The prince of this dark world will not forfeit his right to rule although he is an usurper.  He will fight the lamb to death.  In fact, he did fight the lamb to death.

The Lamb was slain, but the grave could not hold Him.  Christianity has been criticised for being exclusive, but this faith is exclusively the only one that will boldly proclaim the resurrection of the body.  Israel, excluding the Sadducees, proclaimed it first.  Christians serve a God that did it!  I am sure the demons led by the Devil danced around the pole at the death of Jesus.  They laughed with glee when the desciples were overcome with fear.  However, at the resurrection of Christ everything turned around.  The desciples danced with glee and the Devil and his demons quivered in fear and anger.  That moment defines the faith of many both past and present.  Satan knew he would in time forfeit those in the grave.  The ones with a legitimate claim to this world will live again and exert their right to rule.  However, he has one ace up his sleeve.  If the former owners are deserving of death, they can not live and reign.  

I think I am starting to get it.  This grand Heavenly assembly is not just about our right to live and reign on earth--it is about our right to live!  Each year the great high priest would go into the Most Holy Place and find atonement for himself, his household and Israel.   Leviticus 16, 23; Numbers 29  If he entered in and was found "unworthy" he would be slain by the presence of God demonstrating that he was not worthy to live.  There is no biblical example of this ever happening.  However, Israel believed that if atonement was not made for corporate Israel, the nation would die.  If the individual believer did not seek atonement, he would die within the year.  The fall festivals that included Elul, Feast of Trumpets and Day of Atonement all meet in the earthly tabernacle.  They represent the atonement process completed for us by Christ in the Heavenly temple.

The slain, but living lamb is the resurrected Jesus.  The great high priest had to be found worthy, but the lamb also had to be a worthy sacrifice.  It must be unblemished and without spot.  The life of Christ is without the stain of sin.  He is a worthy Great High Priest because He offered a worthy sacrifice as required by the Passover. He offered Himself.  Exodus 12; Leviticus 23  Jesus met the legality of the law by being a legal heir to the throne.  Of greater significance, He fulfilled the morality of the law with His sinless life.  He lives and has bestowed life upon all the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve choosing God's Way.

Of course, Satan will cry foul.  Therefore, before the world was formed from its very foundation God made a law that any son or daughter of Adam and Eve could partake of eternal life.  God predetermined that The Way back into the kingdom was available to all the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve before they knew a need.  However, free will demands that you have a say in this matter.  You do not have to walk in The Way.  God did not predestine who would choose life, but through His foreknowledge He knew the names of the ones that would and wrote their names in a book sealing it up until the very end of time.  Exodus 32:31-33  This book plays a very big part in the revelation of Jesus.  The letter to the church in Sardis teaches us that Jesus will preserve our names in the Book of Life if we overcome.  Revelation 3:5 

At the removal of the sixth seal, Jesus will call forth from the grave all those that have their names written in the book even though the book will not be opened until the seventh seal. At the great white throne, the last seal will be removed and the Book of Life will be opened.  Revelation 20:11-12  When the names of the ones Jesus calls forth from the grave match the names of the ones in the book, then both the Father, the Spirit, The Way and the ones that walked in The Way will be exonerated.  The twenty-four elders are in Heaven because they accepted The Way as the Worthy One.  Will Heaven also accept the Worthy One?   


Revelation 5:11-14

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 

In a loud voice they were saying:

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive POWER and WEALTH and WISDOM and STRENGTH and HONOR and GLORY and PRAISE!

Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!

The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.

The entire cosmic community accepts the Worthy One.  Heaven's slain lamb will now rise up and begin removing the seals from the book so it can be opened.  He has taken the book from the Father, and it is now the Lamb's book of life. Revelation 13:8  Heaven has put full confidence in our conqueror and has opened up the windows of Heaven to support this mission.  All power in Heaven and earth has been given to our warrior.  The coffers of the cosmos (wealth) are an open resource to Him and His.  Those that seek wisdom will not be disappointed because it is time for the wise to shine like stars forever leading many to eternal life.  The Messiah to the world is encouraged by all of Heaven to flex His muscles because His strength surpasses Satan.  Our Savior is the most honored man in the universe and He will bring honor to His own.  It is time for Him to reveal His glory to all.  Finally, it is the time for all that will praise Him to do so now because today is the day of salvation! 

The slain Lamb that is in the midst of and in the front of the throne also has seven horns and seven eyes.  Revelation 5:6  Horns represent power and when a king or a kingdom's horn is broken off, the power is gone.  Daniel 8:5-8  Jesus has seven horns because He is all powerful.  He has seven eyes because He is all knowing.  These seven eyes represent the seven fold spirit of God.  The number seven represents the completeness of Heaven.  Jesus sends the seven fold Holy Spirit out into the four corners of the earth to do the bidding of the Father and the Son.  Each time a seal is opened, the Spirit of God will deliver the will of the Son to the earth.  Revelation 6:1, 3, 5, 7   It is the work of the Spirit to reveal the work of the Son to the church.  John 14:25-26; 15:26  It is the work of the Spirit to empower the church to complete our work in the Lord.  Acts 1:6-8

Each time one of the seals is removed Jesus takes action to implement the rescue mission. Of course, the Devil will resist and try to thwart the Messiah. Jesus has conquered death and He will conquer Satan. The accuser of the brethren accuses us day and night in the temple of God, but he will be kicked out of the presence of God. He will no longer have access to Heaven and the throne of God, but cast to the earth. He will be furious because his time is short and will take his anger out on the born again sons and daughters of Adam and Eve. Revelation 12:7-12  Hell is coming to earth, but know that Heaven was here first and we are not forsaken. God's will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, and we are the beneficiaries of His will.

The following story is fascinating. It is the history of your future. It is history because the end has already been declared from the foundation of the world. Yet, it is still to be fulfilled in all its glory and you have yet to partake of the full bounty as a child of God. Time is running out for mankind to fulfill our best potential. We have great opportunities before us. You are invited to participate in the greatest covert rescue mission known to man. It is covert because God reveals His mysteries only to His own. It has been predetermined that you have the grand privilege to be God's own and have the mysteries of God revealed to you so, read on! 

References

  1. Exodus 32:32
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