Revelation Chapter 5 tells the story of the seven-sealed scroll, which only Jesus could open. Once Jesus opened the seven-sealed scroll, it wasrevealed that it contained the deed to all of the land on earth.
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Looking for Someone Worthy
As Revelation Chapter 5 begins, John wrote about the seven-sealed scroll. This parchment was in essence a legal document outlining deed information on parcels of land. There were conditions related to the opening of the scroll.
First, it could only be done by a man who was a descendent of Adam. This man must also be deemed perfect and without sin. All of heaven and earth was searched and no such being could be found.
Jesus Worthy to Open the Scroll
John is saddened by this news, but an elder reminded him that Jesus, who came from Adam and is perfect, could be the one to open the scrolls. A gathering is held where Jesus is portrayed as a lamb in reference to his first coming when He was slain for mankind’s salvation.
Jesus was at the side of a throne occupied by God. Next, John wrote about the 24 elders who rejoiced at the notion that Jesus may open the scroll. All of these elders had been redeemed by God.
Revelation Chapter 5 ends with a great celebration of the elders and angels preceding the opening of the scroll. Jesus was hailed as the Lamb who was slain and the only one worthy to open the scrolls. At this, all of the creatures around the throne and in Heaven shouted “Amen!”
Revelation 5 (King James Version)
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.
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?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
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.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
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.
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;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
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;
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.
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.
14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.