Revelation Chapter 5

September 25, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Revelation. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Chapters 4 and 5 record the praise and worship that are taking place around the throne of God. This is helpful in keeping perspective as we read the revelation. God is the center of the universe, we are not.

The Westminster Catechism says, “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” We have a tendency to get this backward sometimes. That the chief end of God is to glorify man.

Everything that we read in Revelation must be kept in the context that it is all about God.

Scrolls were generally sheets of papyrus or vellum up to 30 feet long, rolled up and sealed with clay or wax. In the scroll that John sees, the seals are located throughout the scroll so that as each one is broken, more of the scroll can be revealed.

Revelation 5:1-14 (NIV)
1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” 3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4 I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8 And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” 11 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. 12 In a loud voice they sang: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” 13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Verse 1:

God is holding a scroll in His right hand. This scroll has writing on both sides and has seven seals.

Verse 2:

A mighty angel proclaims “who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll”?

Verses 3-4:

John begins to weep because it seems as though no one can be found who can open the scroll and yet there is an overwhelming sense that the scroll desperately needs to be opened and read.

Verses 5-6:

An elder tells John not to weep, because Jesus is worthy to open the scroll. Jesus is the Lion and the Lamb. The elder tells John to look at the Lion of Judah but when John looks he sees the Lamb. Jesus first coming is that of the Lamb who was slain. His second coming will be that of the Lion of Judah.

The Lamb has seven horns and seven eyes. The wounds of His crucifixion are still evident. Seven denotes perfection and completion. The horns are a symbol of power. The eyes are a picture of watchfulness and omniscience.

Verses 7-8:

Jesus takes the scroll from the hand of God. The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures begin to worship the Lamb with the same worship they offered to the Father in Chapter 4. This is a clear identification of Jesus as God. To praise and worship Jesus is to praise and worship God.

John 14:9 (NIV)
9 Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

Verses 9-10:

In their worship they sing a new song, “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

God loves music.

Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

Verses 11-12:

Then a company of angels to numerous to count join in singing, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”

Verses 13-14:

Then everyone in heaven nd on earth join in singing, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!”

This scene is a reminder that Jesus is in control. Even though the evil one is busy, his time is limited and is drawing to a close.

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