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KEY VERSE: 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 5:12)
INTRODUCTION: In Revelation Chapter 5, John's gaze returns to the throne of God and he sees a strange sight which he describes in these opening verses:
“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” (Revelation 5:1-4).
I. THE LAMB IS WORTHY. (Revelation 5:6-8)
A. The Apostle John SAW A Vision. (Revelation 5:5-6)
(Revelation 5:5-6) 5 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.) 6 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 God sent forth into all the earth.
1. The “Lion and the Lamb.” (Verse 5, “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 Lord Jesus Christ is a Lion and a Lamb. (1) The lion character refers to His second coming; (2) the lamb character refers to His first coming. The lion is symbolic of His majesty; the lamb is symbolic of His meekness. As a lion Jesus Christ is a Sovereign; as a lamb He is a Savior. As a lion Jesus Christ is a Judge; as a lamb He is judged. The lion represents the government of Jehovah God; the lamb represents the grace of Jehovah God.
2. The Lamb. (Verse 6a, “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”)
“A Lamb” -- the word there is in the diminutive; literally, it means a little lamb. This denotes its gentleness and its willingness to be sacrificed. Jesus Christ was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and He did not open His mouth at all (see Isaiah 53:7). He was the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world (see John 1:29).
3. The sacrifice. (Verse 6b, “as it had been slain”)
“As it had been slain” indicates the redemptive and vicarious, substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. The emphasis is upon the fact that He was slain with violence.
4. The resurrection. (Verse 6c, “stood a Lamb”)
“Stood” should rather be “standing.” This speaks of His resurrection. He is no longer seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus is moving now, and Jesus is moving to power. He is coming to this earth. The judgment of the Tribulation is about to strike the earth. The winds are already blowing on the earth.
5. The judge. (Verse 6d, “in the midst of the throne”)
“In the midst of the throne” is indicative of the fact that Jesus Christ is before the throne and ready to act as the righteous Judge.
6. The power. (Verse 6e, “having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”)
(1) “Seven horns” denotes complete power. A horn speaks of power (see Daniel 7-8). Jesus Christ is omnipotent. (2) “Seven eyes” denotes complete knowledge. Jesus Christ is omniscient. He is the omnipotent and omniscient God. He moves in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.
B. The Lord Jesus TOOK The Scroll. (Revelation 5:7)
(Revelation 5:7) 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
The Lord Jesus moves to the throne through the coming Tribulation Period. He judges the world in righteousness before He reigns in righteousness. In verse 7, He is no longer the intercessor of the church, for the church is now with Him. He is beginning to act as Judge.
C. The Lord Jesus TAKES OVER For God The Father. (Revelation 5:8)
(Revelation 5:8) 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.
1. The “four living creatures and the twenty-four elders” (Verse 8).
See the worship of the Lamb by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders. “Harps” denote praise. The elders do not play on the harps; they are just a token of praise to God.
2. The “twenty-four elders” (Verse 8).
The twenty-four elders act as priests. Only the church is a priesthood of believers in heaven. Dr. Carl Armerding gives the interesting thought that the prayer of Jesus Christ for believers in John 17 is answered in the elders: our Lord’s prayer that (1) they might know Him, (2) that they might be with Him, and (3) that they might behold His glory is all answered in this scene of the elders in heaven.
3. The “vials full of odours” (Verse 8).
The “vials full of odours” is more accurately “bowls full of incense.” These are identified as “the prayers of saints.” Obviously, the elders represent the body of Christ, which is called the church and they are the priesthood.
II. A NEW SONG IS SUNG. (Revelation 5:9-10)
(Revelation 5:9) 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.
A. They Sing A Song Of PRAISE (Verse 9).
“Sing” (present tense) denotes the continuation of praise. Praise is directed to the Lamb with the book. He is praised now as the Redeemer of men in all ages and races.
B. They Sing About The BLOOD Of Jesus Christ (Verse 9).
Verse 9 reads, “and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood” In heaven they sing about Christ’s shed blood.
INSIGHT: Down here many denominational churches are taking out of their hymn books all references to Christ’s blood, but in heaven they will be put back in the hymn book.
C. They Sing About REDEMPTION (Verse 10).
(Revelation 5:10) And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
1. The “old song” is the song of creation.
In the Book of Job we are told that the “sons of God” sang. They were singing because Jehovah God was the Creator. They didn’t really know anything about the love of God then. Now we can sing about our Savior who loves us and who gave Himself for us. What a picture we have here!
2. The “new song” is a song praise and worship.
“Worthy” reveals that He now fills the entire horizon of praise and worship. Actually, worship is returning to worth, that which belongs to the Lord; and He is the only One worthy of praise. Yes, we have been REDEEMED by the blood of the Lamb! (Praise the Lord!)
III. THE LAMB IS HONORED. (Revelation 5:11-14)
A. The MIGHTY ANGELS Of God Begin To Sing. (Revelation 5:11-12)
(Revelation 5:11-12) 11 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; 12 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.
1. John could NOT count the number of Angels.
In verse 11 when the Apostle John says I saw, “ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,” I think that he means they were innumerable. In effect John says, “At first I looked and I saw a company of angels around the elders, and they were singing -- and I thought that was great. Then all of a sudden I looked out yonder and, man, there was a crowd which I could not count!”
2. Nobody could have counted them.
A computer could not count them. Jehovah’s created intelligences were praising the Lord Jesus Christ.
B. All HONOR, GLORY, And POWER To The Lamb (Revelation 5:13-14)
1. John sees a universal act of worship. (Revelation 5:13)
(Revelation 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, 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.
Every living creature of God joins in this universal act of worship, both in heaven and earth. Evidently, the animals on the earth and the fish in the sea join in this volume of praise! The living creatures add their “amen” to it, and the church falls down in silent adoration and praise.
2. You and I would sing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” (Revelation 5:14)
(Revelation 5:14) And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
If I could, I would sing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” for as we come to the end of this very remarkable scene in heaven, we see that all PRAISE and HONOR and WORSHIP must go to the Lord Jesus Christ.
INSIGHT: If you are not in the habit of praising and worshiping Him, why don’t you start right now?
Jesus At The
By Dennis Fisher
[Then] they shall look upon me whom they have pierced. – Zechariah 12:10
· Have you heard of the “Christocentric Principle” of biblical understanding? Simply put, it means that everything we know about God, angels, Satan, human hopes, and the whole universe is best understood when viewed in relationship to Jesus Christ. He is at the center.
· Recently, I discovered that one of the less familiar Old Testament books, Zechariah, is one of the most Christocentric. This book is a good example because it speaks of Christ’s humanity (6:12), His humility (9:9), His betrayal (11:12), His deity (12:8), His crucifixion (12:10), His return (14:4), and His future reign (14:8-21).
· One especially meaningful passage is Zechariah 12:10, which says, “…they will look on Me whom they pierced.” The piercing refers to Israel’s historic rejection of Jesus as Messiah -- resulting in His crucifixion. But this verse also predicts a future generation of Jews who will accept Him as their Messiah. At the second coming of Jesus, a remnant of Israel will recognize the crucified One and turn to Him in faith.
· This marvelous book should encourage us to look for more Christ-centered truths -- both in other parts of the Bible and in all of life. Keep Jesus in the middle of everything. Live a Christocentric life! -- Adapted from Dennis Fisher, Our Daily Bread, December 18, 2010
Some have read
God’s holy Book
But failed to see its glory;
That’s because they didn’t know
It’s really Jesus’ story. -- Branon
CONCLUSION: What did we find as we studied Revelation chapter 5?
· We found that JESUS IS THE SLAIN LAMB who is the only one capable of opening the sacred scroll.
· We found that when Jesus took this scroll from God the Father, THE ELDERS FELL ON THEIR KNEES AND WORSHIPED the Lamb of God (i.e., Jesus Christ).
· We found something that should be OUR CONSTANT FEELING TOWARD THE LORD JESUS because He has earned our deepest respect and our highest reverence.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “Jesus Christ is the Key that unlocks the Word of God.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network ( www.ttb.org ), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: ( http://www.intouch.org/ ), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/ ), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook ( www.sermonnotebook.org ), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries ( http://rbc.org/ ), selected illustrations, and other references.
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