Studying : The Book of Revelation from Bible Part V

                        “THE BOOK OF REVELATION”


                              Chapter Five

The scene that began in chapter four continues.  Whereas the theme of
chapter four can be stated as "God is on His throne!", the theme of
this chapter may be called "Worthy is the Lamb!"

John's attention is drawn to a scroll in the right hand of God. Written
on the inside and on the back, it is sealed with seven seals.  A strong
angel proclaims "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its
seals?"  At first there seems to be none in heaven and on earth deemed
worthy to open the scroll or look at it.  This prompted John to weep
(1-4).

But one of the twenty-four elders tells him not to weep, for One
described as "the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David" (cf.
Gen 49:9-10; Isa 11:10) has prevailed so to be able to open the scroll
and loose its seals.  In the midst of the throne and of the living
creatures and the elders, John sees a Lamb standing as though slain
(i.e., Jesus - cf. Jn 1:29), with seven horns and seven eyes.  The
seven eyes are explained as the seven Spirits of God sent out into all
the earth (cf. Zech 4:10).  As suggested before (cf. Re 1:4; 3:1; 4:9)
they represent the Holy Spirit, while the seven horns are indicative of
great strength (cf. Deu 33:17; 1Sa 2:10).  The Lamb is then seen as
taking the scroll out of God's right hand (5-7).

Taking the scroll prompts the four living creatures and twenty-four
elders to fall down before the Lamb.  Each possessing a harp (perhaps
symbolizing praise, Hailey) and golden bowls of incense which depict
the prayers of the saints, they sing a new song praising the Lamb as
worthy to take the scroll.  They proclaim His worthiness on the basis
of being slain and redeeming by His blood those from every nation who
are made kings and priests to God who shall reign on the earth (cf. Re
1:5-6; 2:26-27; 1Pe 2:9).  The voices of thousands of angels around the
throne then join in with their praise of the Lamb who was slain as
worthy to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory, and
blessing.  Finally, every creature in heaven, earth, and sea join in
with praise for both Him who sits on the throne (God) and the Lamb
(Jesus).  To which the four living creatures say "Amen!" and the
twenty-four elders fall down and worship (8-14).

This awesome scene should certainly encourage the faithful Christian. 
As stated by Ray Summers:

"Such a scene was calculated to bring new courage and new hope to the
hearts of John's first readers, the persecuted Christians of Asia; it
brings the same cheer to Christian hearts in any age.  Believing in the
power of God (Ch. 4) and the redeeming love of God (Ch. 5), there is no
enemy or force of evil which Christians need to fear.  They can enter
the conflict or endure the evil knowing that God is still on his
throne; he has not laid aside his scepter; he has not abandoned his
throne to any other."

What will the scroll reveal?  I believe it divulges God's righteous
indignation upon those who rejected His Christ and persecuted His
people.  Also, how His suffering saints would eventually overcome.  As
long as the scroll was sealed, the workings of God was still a mystery.
But as the seals are broken (Re 6:1-8:1), we have:  "the Revelation of
Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants -- things which
must shortly take place." (Re 1:1)

POINTS TO PONDER

*  What is revealed about the Lamb (Jesus), and what His death
   accomplished

*  The impact this scene would have had on the persecuted Christians in
   Asia

OUTLINE

I. THE SCROLL AND THE LAMB (1-7)

   A. THE SCROLL IN GOD'S RIGHT HAND (1-4)
      1. Written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals
      2. The proclamation by the strong angel
         a. "Who is worthy?"
         b. "To open and the scroll and to loose its seals?"
      3. The initial response
         a. No one, in heaven, on the earth, under the earth!
         b. No one, able to open the scroll, or to look at it!
      4. John's reaction:  "So I wept much, because no one was found
         worthy..."

   B. THE ONE WORTHY TO OPEN THE SCROLL (5-7)
      1. Comforting words of the elder to John
         a. "Do not weep"
         b. "Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David"
         c. He "has prevailed"
            1) "To open the scroll"
            2) "To loose its seven seals"
      2. John's description of the Lamb
         a. Standing in the midst of the throne, the four living 
            creatures, and the elders
         b. A Lamb as though it had been slain
            1) Having seven horns
            2) With seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent
               into all the earth
         c. Who takes the scroll out of God's right hand

II. THE LAMB IS PRAISED (8-14)

   A. BY THE FOUR LIVING CREATURES AND TWENTY-FOUR ELDERS (8-10)
      1. Each having:
         a. A harp
         b. Golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the 
            saints
      2. They sang a new song...
         a. The Lamb is worthy!
            1) To take the scroll
            2) To open its seals
         b. Because:
            1) He was slain
            2) He has redeemed them to God by His blood out of every
               tribe, tongue, people and nation
            3) He has made them kings and priests to God, to reign on the
               earth

   B. BY THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF ANGELS (11-12)
      1. Their voices heard around the throne, along with the living
         creatures and the elders
      2. Saying with a loud voice:
         a. Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
         b. To receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory,
            and blessing

   C. TOGETHER WITH HIM WHO SITS ON THE THRONE (13-14)
      1. John now hears those in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and 
         in the sea saying:
         a. "Blessing and honor and glory and power..."
         b. "Be to Him who sits on throne, and to the Lamb, forever and 
            ever!"
      2. Upon which:
         a. The four living creatures said "Amen!"
         b. The twenty-four elders fell down and worshipped Him who lives
            forever and ever

REVIEW QUESTIONS

1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - The scroll and the Lamb (1-7)
   - The Lamb is praised (8-14)

2) What did John see in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne? (1)
   - A scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals

3) What did a strong angel proclaim with a loud voice? (2)
   - "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?"

4) How did John react when it seemed none was worthy to open the scroll?
   (3-4)
   - He wept

5) What did one of the twenty-four elders then say to John? (5)
   - "Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of
     David, has prevailed to open the scroll and it seven seals."

6) What did John see? (6)
   - A Lamb as though it had been slain, with seven horns and seven eyes

7) Where was the Lamb?  What did He do? (6-7)
   - In the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and the
     elders
   - He took the scroll out of Him who sat on the throne

8) What happened when the Lamb had taken the scroll? (8-9a)
   - The four living creatures and twenty-four elders fell down before
     the Lamb
   - They each had a harp, and golden bowls of incense (the prayers of
     the saints)
   - They sang a new song

9) What did they proclaim in this "new song"? (9)
   - The Lamb was worthy to take the scroll and open its seals

10) Why did they deem the Lamb worthy? (9-10)
   - For He was slain and redeemed people to God by His blood
   - He has made them kings and priests to God

11) What did John then see and hear? (11)
   - The voice of thousands of angels around the throne, the living
     creatures and the elders

12) What were they saying? (12)
   - "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain"
   - To receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and
     blessing

13) What does John hear next? (13)
   - Every creature in heaven, on and under the earth, and in the sea
   - Offering blessing, honor, glory and power to both Him who sits on
     the throne, and to the Lamb

14) What happens then? (14)
   - The four living creatures said "Amen!"
   - The twenty-four elders fell down and worshipped Him who lives
     forever and ever

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2012
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