From my study last week on Revelation 5, much is revealed from what the “mighty angel” and one from the “Elder” (presbuteros) rank of angels told John in turn when John “in the Spirit” visited upon a scene in the throne room of the Almighty. The Word of יהוה is in His majesty, glory and power as received by John. After all, the Book Of Revelation is about the revelation of Jesus Christ. So let us unpack chapter 5 and receive a revelation of Y’shua our Messiah.
I saw, in the right hand of him who sat on the throne, a scroll written inside and outside, sealed shut with seven seals. 2 I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to break its seals?” 3 No one in heaven above, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book, or to look in it.
That means that no one (not “man”, KJV committed the Greek word oudeis to a mortal, but it includes also the immortal) in heaven, on earth or under the earth including the Prince Of The Air, satan the former cherub, now fallen. Oudeis covers way more scope than all humans in the history of time since Adam. It also covers entities and creatures before Adam. Another thing is, book binding was not invented till much later. King James preferred the translation choice in the “book”. The Greek word used in the manuscript is actually, ho Biblion (G975). and it means a “roll”.
Though he, ha’shatain, held it for so long, as the title deed “bearer”, by snatching the Scroll from Adam, with deception and by means of guile upon Chava (Eve), even the cherub was not allowed to open the Scroll while he had it. He was not worthy to break the seals (ho Sphragis).
No exception. Believe it.
There are universal laws that even fallen angels must stick to. Only One who is worthy may unseal the Scroll. At the top, we learn that John saw, in the right hand of him who sat on the throne, a book written inside and outside. Father has the sealed Scroll in His custody.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the scroll, neither to look thereon.
Many people fail at their attempts to interpret what the Scroll is. Most of these are non-readers of the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible. In fact, much of the origins of the Scroll is found in Beresheet (Genesis). The lead pastor of the mega church that I visited on Saturn’s day messed up for saying that in it is the blessings, redemption and judgments of God. He did not even care for the Laws of God to include them in his erred interpretation of what the scroll is.
The clue is given in why it was sealed. The Greek word in the manuscript is ho Sphragis (4973), and it means a signet. A signet is a royal seal. King Akhab gave his signet to Jezebel and she forged edicts by misusing it.
The idea of the signet is one related to authority. The Greek occurrence is used in four books in the New Testament. Speaking of Avraham, the imputation of righteousness. Faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness in a “seal” of righteousness. It comes from the Majesty, that is God.
Romans 4:11 *And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed nto them also:
Paul himself also gave testimony of himself that his role as an apostle was granted authority in a seal from God.
Therefore, we understand the Sphragis is a royal signet that only qualified Individuals may “break”.
Why was John (a person like you and me) distraught at the thought that it might not be opened? What would be the supposed consequence of that alternative? Doom.
The question is “Worthiness”. It alone is the qualification for a list of three things below.
– looking at the Scroll
– looking open it (first the seals must be broken)
– to read the content of, including the exposed side of the scroll and the concealed part of the scroll (had writings on both sides)
Only One is worthy and that is our risen Lord and Ha Ga’al Y’shua, Jesus the Redeemer.
We are not worthy to look at, to look in and to read it either. Don’t we make that mistake here. People may speculate what is inside but I won’t believe them.
We may gain an understanding of “what” the scroll is. But forget about “reading the content”.
It was sealed before Adam was created, for what it is worth. It contains knowledge of the foundation of the earth. And therefore, in the subsequent chapters, we learn that the opening of the seals caused and will cause massive changes to the foundation of the earth.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
Only Y’shua, who did complete His mission in the role as the Messiah as prophesied in Deuteronomy 18, according to all the hundreds of prophecies that were prophesied in the Old Testament, is worthy. No one else was found to be “worthy”. That is the magnanimous accomplishments of the “son of man” Kinsman Redeemer. All praise Lord Y’shua.
To the presbuteros “elder”, the Figure standing in the middle of the throne “is” the Lion of the tribe of Yehudah. That is the truth note this point.
However, in the optics of John, in relating to us this sight of absolute, out-of-this-world wonderment, knowing that the Figure was the Lion, yet what he “saw” was an image of a Lamb.
This is speaking of John’s relationship and redemptive status toward Y’shua. It goes for the same with those of us who are in a relationship with the Almighty through the Way, the Redeemer.
The same Lion will be sighted by me as the Lamb because I have been redeemed by the blood of the lamb in my confession of Him as Lord and Savior and my Spirit baptism.
But to one who is not in a relationship by blood with the Messiah, he or she will see Him for who He really is – the Lion.
In short, though Y’shua “is” the Lion, we the kedoshim shall behold Him as the Lamb. But to the profane, the disbelievers, they will see the same Figure as the Lion and they shall be prey.
Therefore, the real test for an individual for whether they are saved or not is in the optics of Y’shua,
Slain Lamb Who Rose To Life – Saved
Lion of Judah – Not Saved
The soul of the individual will bear witness to salvation. It is only faith, emunah, that a sinner may receive salvation from God by the completed works of the Redeemer Ha Gaal.
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.
Now the description of the Lamb. He “has”
– seven horns, the perfection of power and authority
– seven eyes, the perfection of all wisdom, knowledge in time and space
In other words, Y’shua has Omnipotence, Omniscience and Omnipresence.
And He is Elohiym in the Word. He is covered by the perfection (“7” as a symbol) of the Spirit Of The Set Apart – Ruwach haQodesh.
9 They sang a new song, saying,
“You are worthy to take the book,
and to open its seals:
for you were killed,
and bought us for God with your blood,
out of every tribe, language, people, and nation,
10 and made us kings and priests to our God,
and we will reign on earth.”