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Revelation 5 The Lamb of God

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Revelation 5 The Lamb of God

Are you planning on going to heaven? You might want to know something about it. You will find the Lamb there.

This chapter tells us about what is happening and going to happen in heaven.

The church will be in heaven with Jesus and not go through the Great Tribulation.

Open your Bible to Revelation 5.

I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book

John is telling us what he saw.

The person (God) sitting on the throne is holding a book in His right hand.

There are eight times that the word “book” appears in verses 1 through 9.

The book he is holding is a scroll.

Written inside and on the back

There is writing on both sides of the paper.

Exodus 32:15-16 tells us that the Ten Commandants were written on both sides of the tablets.

This is an important document.

This scroll is “rolled tightly and sealed closely with seven seals.” (McGee, Thru the Bible: Volume V. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 932)

Sealed up with seven seals.

Jeremiah had a document sealed this way. (Jeremiah 32:9-15)

“Roman law required that a will be sealed seven times.” (McGee, 933)

“In handing the scroll to the Lamb, God shows that he has transferred his power and authority to the Lamb. (Easley, 90)

2. I saw a strong angel

The name of the strong angel is not given.

He proclaimed with a loud voice

His voice had to reach everywhere in the universe.

Someone had to be found “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?”

3. And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.

“No created being was worthy (morally deserving”) to open the book. (Easley, Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. [Nashville: B&H, 1998], 91)

No one is answering!

Everyone was quiet.

4. Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;

In Luke 19:41 Jesus wept over Jerusalem.

John wanted to be able to see what was in the book.

5. One of the elders said to me

One of the elders spoke up telling John to Stop weeping.

Look! The Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,

This person is Jesus.

Genesis 49:8-10 predicts that a Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah.

Jesus “offered a spiritual kingdom”. (MacArthur,  New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1-11. [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999], 167)

Jesus comes from the Root of David.

His lineage is recorded in Matthew 1 and Luke 3 back to David from both of His parents.

He has overcome

“At the cross He defeated sin, and all the forces of hell.

Believers are overcomers through His overcoming.” (MacArthur, 167)

6. And I saw [a]between the throne

a. Literally in the middle of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the middle of the elders

Three descriptions showing us this is Jesus:

  1. I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain (NIV)
  2. The Lamb had seven horns  (NIV) 
    1. A seven-horned Lamb had never been seen.
    2. Horns symbolized power
      1. Suggesting diving power
  3. . Seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God (NIV)
    1. Seven spirits of God
      1. Holy Spirit
      2. Sent out into all the earth. (NIV)

These three descriptions can be found in Easley’s book. (93)

Lamb standing

“This speaks of His resurrection.” (McGee, 936)

He is standing ready for judgment.

“The judgment of the Tribulation is about to strike the earth.” (McGee, 936)

As if slain

“Indicates the redemptive and vicarious, substitutionary dead of Christ.” (McGee, 936)

The Lamb means a little lamb. This shows its gentleness and its willingness to be sacrificed.

“Christ was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and He did not open His mouth at all [see Isaiah 53:7].” (McGee, 935)

7. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

“He judges the world in righteousness before He reigns in righteousness.

“He is beginning to act as Judge. The movement here is important.” (McGee, 935)

8a. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb

They offered the same worship to Jesus as they did to God.

“This offers convincing proof of Christ’s deity, since only God is to be worshiped.” (MacArthur, 170)

Ephesians 1:20-22       Psalm 2:6-12

8b. Each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Each one This refers to the twenty-four elders

“The harps held by the elders probably symbolize all of prophecy.” (MacArthur, 171)

1 Samuel 10:5          2 Kings 3:15       1 Chronicles 25:1

Golden bowls full of incense

Used in worship at the temple.

Read more about the incense in Exodus 30:1-10

David “compared his prayers rising to God to the smoke of incense.” (Easley, 94)

May my prayer be counted as incense before You;
The lifting up of my hands as the evening offering. Psalm 141:2
God hears our prayers.

9a. And they sang a new song, saying,

Sing to Him a new song. Psalm 33:3

“The new song is a song of redemption.” (MacArthur, 171)

9b. Speaking to the Lamb [Jesus] Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals

Jesus is Worthy       Why?

Because He was slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

By His crucifixion Jesus bought our salvation by shedding His blood for you and me.

People from every tribe and tongue and people and nation are included.

You have been forgiven of your sins.

10. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.

“The present priesthood of believers (1 Peter 2:5,9) foreshadows that future day when we will have total access to and perfect communion with God.” (MacArthur, 172)

“During the millennial kingdom, believers will reign upon the earth with Christ.” (MacArthur, 172)

Revelation 20:6       2 Timothy 2:12

11. Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders;

John is looking into heaven and heard many worshipping the Lord.

Daniel 7:10

Not only are the living creatures and the elders singing but also many angels.

The number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands

The number could not be counted.

12. saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”

Probably louder than a room full of children!

“The emphasis is on Christ’s death providing a perfect redemption, because of which He must be given worship, praise, and adoration.” (MacArthur, 173)

Jesus is Worthyto receive:


13. And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6

Not only in heaven but the earth, under the earth, too, on the sea, and all things in them were singing:

“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”

To God sitting on the throne and to Jesus

Be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever

“Endless blessing, endless honor, endless praise, endless glory, and endless worship belong to God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”(MacArthur, 173)

14. And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.


“Let it be,” “make it happen.” (MacArthur, 173)

And the elders fell down and worshiped

“If you are not in the habit of praising and worshiping Him, why don’t you start right now?”(MacArthur, 173)

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB1995. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation.

Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. Nashville: B&H, 1998
MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1-11. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983

Throne in Heaven                                                              The First Four Seals

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