Revelation 5


Revelation 5


The songs we know and have heard about heaven are legion. Most of them are scripturally based. Some of them are more based on sentimentality. Some of them … any resemblance to Scripture is purely coincidental.

In Revelation chapter five we are privileged to witness one of the greatest events in all of eternity. Someone may be inclined to think that is ministerial exaggeration but it is not. In this chapter we see the reason that the Lord Jesus Christ came to this earth. He came to fulfill the will of the Father and because He is the victor He now receives and opens the deed to all of creation. No one else comes close. All the rest of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Jesus is sinless. Jesus is perfect. Jesus is the spotless, perfect, sinless Lamb of God.


I. THE SEALED BOOK     5:1-5

     A. The Book Described  vs. 1

NOTE: Book means scroll (biblion)

          1. At the right hand of God

          2. Written within and on the backside

               a. Nothing can be added or changed

               b. All destinies are now unchangeable

          3. Sealed with seven seals

               a. A Roman will was always sealed with seven seals

               b. A will could only be opened by the heir

NOTE: Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds   Hebrew 1:2

                    1) An heir has to provide proof that he / she is the rightful recipient of the inheritance

                    2) Only then is the inheritance delivered to the heir

                    3) Only then can the heir impose his / her will on the inheritance

     B. The Search Of The Angel      vs. 2-3

          1. A strong angel

               a. Much authority

               b. High rank

NOTE: Probably Gabriel who ordered the closing and sealing of the book to Daniel, Daniel 12:4 cf. vs. 8-9

NOTE: 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.      Daniel 12:4

NOTE: And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?

And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Daniel 12:8-9

     2. With a loud voice

          a. Denotes urgency

          b. Great concern

     3. Who is worthy

          a. To open the book

          b. To break the seals

     4. No man able to open or look thereon

               a. In heaven

               b. In earth

               c. Under the earth

     C. The Tears Of John     vs. 4

          1. Because there was no man

               a. Worthy to open

               b. Worthy to read

               c. Worthy to look thereon

          2. John wept for several reasons

               a. He yearned to see creation set free from bondage

               b. He wanted the promises of 4:1 to be fulfilled

               c. He knew that the Old Testament promises to Israel would never be fulfilled unless the scroll be opened

     D. The Testimony of the Elder   vs. 5

NOTE: One of the twenty four stepped down from his throne

          1. Weep not

          2. Behold

               a. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah

               b. The Root of David

          3. He hath prevailed

              a. Greek – Form of nike

              b. The most common word used in the translation of nike is “overcome”

              c. Conquer

             d. Come off victorious

             e. To hold fast to one’s faith until death

         4. The reason for prevailing

             a. To open the book

             b. To loose the seven seals


          I. THE SEALED BOOK       5:1-5

II. THE SLAIN LAMB        5:6-10

     A. John’s View     vs. 6

          1. He looked for a Lion and saw a Lamb

NOTE: Greek – little lamb

NOTE: Out of the thirty times this is used in the New Testament, twenty eight of the times it is used in reference to Christ

          2. The lion and lamb show the two-fold emphasis of Old Testament prophecy

               a. Lamb – Christ dies for the sin of the world

               b. Lion – Christ conquers and reigns

          3. The Bible can be summarized by the Lamb

               a. Isaac – “Where is the lamb?”    Genesis 22:7

               b. John the Baptist – “Behold the Lamb of God”           John 1:29

               c. John – “Worthy is the Lamb!”   Revelation 5:9

          4. In Revelation Christ is called:

               a. The Lamb – 29 times

               b. The Lion – 1 time (5:5)

NOTE: Both Christ and Satan are referred to as a lion, indicating great strength, Satan as a “roaring lion” (I Peter 5:8) and Christ as “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5)

          5. “Slain” – cut in the throat for a sacrifice

NOTE: Slain

          a. Butcher

          b. Kill

          c. Mortally wound

         d. Put to death by violence

         e. Slaughter

     B. The Lamb’s Action     vs. 7

          1.  Christ receiving the book shows judgment and power is committed to Christ

          2. 5:7 cf. Daniel 7:13-14

NOTE: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion

Daniel 7:13-14

          3. The world is Christ’s by:

               a. Creation

               b. Calvary

               c. Conquest

     C. The Praise Of The Redeemed         vs. 8-10

          1. “Fell down” signifies exaltation of Christ

          2. Things they had.

               a. Harps

NOTE: Only the trumpet and harp are mentioned in heavenly worship

               b. Golden vials

                    1) Full of colors

                    2) Prayers of saints

          3. Their new song

NOTE: cf. Old song – Praise of God as Creator in His glory


               a. There is no recorded song in Genesis

               b. The first recorded song is in Exodus 15

NOTE: The Elders sing to Christ; Angels proclaim about Christ


          I. THE SEALED BOOK       5:1-5

         II. THE SLAIN LAMB           5:6-10


     A. The Voice Of Many Angels

NOTE: I beheld and I heard

          a. 47 times John beheld

          b. 27 times John heard

          1. Their position

          2. Their number

          3. Their testimony

               a. Worthy is the Lamb      vs. 12

               b. To receive:

                    1) Power

                    2) Riches

                    3) Wisdom

                    4) Strength

                    5) Honor

                    6) Glory

                    7) Blessing

     B. The Voice Of Every Creature

          1. Positioned:

               a. In heaven

               b. On the earth

               c. Under the earth

               d. In the sea

NOTE: Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

          2. Saying:

               a. Blessing

               b. Honor

               c. Glory

     C. Those About The Throne

          1. The four beasts said “Amen”

          2. The twenty four elders fell down and worshipped Him







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