Revelation 5 in Bible Prophecy

Revelation 5 in Bible Prophecy “The Lamb is worthy to open the Book”

Revelation 5:1-14

5:1 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.
5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
Revelation 55:5 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.
5:6 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.
5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 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.
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;
5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
5:11 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;
5:12 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.
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.
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.

Who is able to open the book?

This fifth chapter of Revelation is about “The Book.”  God the Father holds “The Book” sealed with seven seals. An angel asks, “Who is worthy to open the book and loose the seals?” John then weeps when no one is found to open the book and look inside. One of the elders tells John not to weep because Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah is able to open the book and break its seals.

God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in the Throne Room

God the Father sits on the throne with a book in his right hand. Jesus also is in the midst of the throne room.  Jesus stands as the slain Lamb of God with seven horns and seven eyes. The seven eyes are the seven Spirits of God. All three persons of the Godhead are present in the throne room.

In this majestic throne room are four living creatures called cherubim surrounding the throne. Ezekiel describes the angels and the throne of God in Ezekiel 1:4-28.  Read this passage in Ezekiel and wonder at the glory and the power of God.

Jesus is Worshipped – For only He is able to open the book

Jesus takes the book from the Father’s hand. At which time, the four beasts and 24 elders fall down and sing “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, and hast made us unto our God kings and priests and we shall reign on the earth.”

Then millions of angels voices are heard saying “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. 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.”

Then the four beasts said, “Amen.”

Then the 24 elders fell down and worshiped God who lives for ever.

What is the Book?

What is “The Book” Jesus takes from the Father’s right hand? Is it the Book of Life referred to Revelation 20:12? Probably not. This book likely has the judgments which take place during the end times. “The Book” may be the one referred to in Daniel 12:4. Daniel is told to seal up the book until the end of time. But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. Then I Daniel looked, and, behold, there stood other two, the one on this side of the bank of the river, and the other on that side of the bank of the river. And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished (Daniel 12:4-7).

Once the book is sealed the question is then raised in verse 6, “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” An angel responds “three and one-half years and as soon as the people have been scattered throughout the world then these things will be complete.”  Daniel tells us in Daniel 12:4-7 that 3 1/2 years follow the unsealing of “the book.”  In Revelation 6 Jesus begins to break the seals of the book. Does this mean the breaking of the seven seals of “the book” in chapters 6 and 8 begin the start of the great tribulation?

Written by Tim Brown

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