The apostle John has gone from scribe of the King of kings to a witness of God’s glory. (Revelation 4). Now in chapter 5 his attention is drawn to the right hand of The One sitting on the throne. There is a scroll in The Hand, written on the inside and outside, sealed with seven seals. An angel asks a powerful question…
Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?
Where did this scroll come from?
The prophet Ezekiel was shown a similar scroll.
Ezekiel 2:9-10 Then I looked, and behold, a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it. When He spread it out before me, it was written on the front and back, and written on it were lamentations, mourning and woe.
The scroll Ezekiel saw seems to be a full list of sin committed against the Almighty. Though it was opened for Ezekiel to see, he was not worthy to open it himself.
The prophet Daniel wrote the Almighty’s words in a scroll that he was to seal. They were such intense words that he became ill.
Dan 12:4-10 “But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, … “How long will it be until the end of these wonders?” I heard the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, as he raised his right hand and his left toward heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever that it would be for a time, times, and half a time; and as soon as they finish shattering the power of the holy people, all these events will be completed. As for me, I heard but could not understand; so I said, “My lord, what will be the outcome of these events?” He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time.
Though Daniel was involved in writing the prophecy, he was not worthy to break the seals.
Isaiah the prophet also saw a sealed scroll.
Isaiah 29:11-13 The entire vision will be to you like the words of a sealed book, which when they give it to the one who is literate, saying, “Please read this,” he will say, “I cannot, for it is sealed.” Then the book will be given to the one who is illiterate, saying, “Please read this.” And he will say, “I cannot read.” Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote
What ever this scroll is, written front and back, intended for the end of days, an oracle of people who think they are all that, but they are not, no one in creation will be worthy to break the seals and open the scroll. John wept!
Behold the Lion of Judah… and I saw a lamb standing as if slain… The prophets were given a vision from heaven of things to come. They were given assignments to speak to the children of Israel, of their day, as Ezekiel was instructed and to future children of Israel, as Daniel and Isaiah, but that did not make them worthy to open the scroll. It was the Lamb who gave his life, his blood, to buy men from the just penalty of their sin that made him worthy to open the scroll. The only worthy One, was the Son of God who so deeply loved the world that he gave his life to save the world. My Hallelujah is not nearly enough to thank him for this amazing gift. There are those who, for whatever reason, have rejected this gift. They will be required to pay for their own sin, recorded in the scroll, for their own choice to not follow the Son of God Y’shua-Jesus.
Beloved, there is still time, you can still call upon the name of the LORD and be saved. What are you waiting for?
A sample of some “call upon the name of the LORD” verses: Joel 2:32, Acts 2:21, Rom 10:13, 1Cor 1:2,
The scroll, held in the right hand, the hand of mercy, (mercy because it was held sealed, waiting for you to come to Salvation) of The One seated on the throne will soon be handed to the One who so loved you that he gave his life for you. His love for you made him worthy to break the seals that release the coming judgement. It is the hand of love that gives the scroll and it is love that receives the scroll. All of heaven sings praise to him
Worthy is the Lamb! What happens next is almost written casually. John looked, and listened. Angels and the four living creatures, the twenty-four elders sang a praise song with the throngs of heaven. The heavenly host sang praise to the Lamb of God! I am so struck by this. I hear stories all the time of how a vision or appearance of an angel will cause men to bow in reverence if they are not stopped. Men will worship Satan the deceiver because of his magnificence. But their glory fades before the simple vision of the Lamb who was slain… and we use his name as something foul, a word of disgust. He who so loved us that he gave his blood to pay the the penalty of sin, like the sin of using his name in vanity or anger. Shame washes over me at the thought of the times I have snapped out his beautiful name to curse. Forgive me beloved!
Worthy is the Lamb! At some point the physical world will join the spiritual realm in praising Him
Philippians 2:7-11 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Does this mean that everyone, even those who refuse to enter covenant with Y’shua will be saved? No. Confessing his name at the end of days with all creation means all creation recognizes his right to judge. Confessing our sin and calling upon the Name of the LORD, asking him to come into your heart by faith is entering covenant with him. Faith in what our physical eyes do not see is different from the horrible recognition of the One we have denied after our eyes are opened to who he is. Every knee will bow. Bow in faith, do not wait until the sudden and horrible fear when he is revealed as worthy to break the seals and let loose the punishment that his love would have paid for you.
Debs in Everett, Washington
Praying that the eyes of your heart be opened before the blindness of your physical eyes see what you refuse to believe.
The 2nd day of Hanukkah. Dedication to prayer and the Word of God. I talked a good talk about dedication to memorization, but have not picked out a passage to commit to memory …yet. Perhaps tonight, the third night of dedication I will actually write out verses to slip into my pocket.