Friday, February 5, 2010

#Revelation 5> Things Which Shall Be Hereafter> #Judgment ( #Prophecy )

3. The things which shall be hereafter (4-22) 
     A. Judgment on the inhabitants of the earth (4- 
          19) 
          2. The book of judgment (5:1-4) 

In chapter five, the focus changes, from the glorious throne of judgment to the book and agent of wrath. 

The book, or scroll was sealed with seven seals. Seven often refers to completeness, and may note that the scroll was completely sealed. That it was written "within and on the backside" may mean that it was full, or complete in its contents. 

Next, a strong angel asks who is worthy to open the book. No man is found in "heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth", who is able to open or look in the book. This causes John to keep on weeping. 

3. The agent of judgment (5:5-14) 

One of the elders tells John not to weep, because someone has prevailed to open the book. Christ, here, is described as "the Lion of the tribe of Judah". This pictures Christ as a king (cf. Genesis 49:8ff, where Judah is shown to be the tribe from which the king would come), and, perhaps, as an agent of wrath. 

"The Root of David" speaks of Christ's deity (cf. Psalm 110:1, where David refers to Christ as his "Lord") and humanity (cf. Matthew 22:42-45). As David's root, He is before David, and thus God. 

Next, however, the Lord is pictured as a "lamb". The word for lamb, here, is the one for a little pet lamb. The fact that it stood, may refer to Christ's resurrection from the dead. That it had been slain certainly speaks of Christ's crucifixion. 

The seven horns of the lamb may refer to His perfection of power to rule (cf. 1 Kings 22:11; Daniel 7:24; Revelation 13:1). Seven eyes may refer to His knowing everything, and "seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth" may refer to His omnipresence. All of these add up to God. 

Christ takes the book from the hand of "him that sat upon the throne", thus beginning the sound of praise from all creation. The elders praise Christ's worthiness to open the book, because He was slain, and had redeemed them to God by His blood from every kindred, tongue, people, and nation. Romans eight shows that Christ's death redeemed the entire creation. 

Further, Christ had made of these redeemed kings and priests who shall reign on earth. This seems to further prove the elders are believers who have been saved. 

Next, the thousands and thousands of angels begin to endorse Christ as the one who is worthy to receive "power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing". Finally, every creature everywhere praise Christ for the same reasons, and the beasts and elders said "amen" ("so be it"). 

As the redeemer of all creation, Christ is worthy to open the book of judgment, and become the agent of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth.

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