This article is a prequel to one posted previously -The Seven.
Again, we affirm that the Holy Bible is the inspired word of God. The scriptures under consideration are found in Revelation 5:1-7. When St. John received this vision, he was in the spirit. As he beheld, he was enabled by the Holy Spirit’s revelation to see and understand things that under normal circumstances were not viewable nor were they understandable. This does not imply that St. John was able to communicate complete understanding of everything that he saw or wrote. Even though John received The Revelation, there were things which were sealed from understanding and recording. Rev. 10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
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.
As we read the book of Revelation, we infer that this perfectly sealed book (vs. 1) is crucial to the restitution of all things. Even more important to restitution, redemption, reconciliation, restoration and righteousness was that there be an administrator or executor who was completely qualified with knowledge, wisdom, authority and power to enforce what was contained in that most important writing. For what good can come of any writing, regardless of how revered it may be, if there is no qualified executor to interpret, explain and enact its words?
In verse 2, the necessity of the executor was acknowledged by the question, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?”
Subsequent to this question, an exhaustive search was made. In verse 3 we learn that the search, for a man, began in heaven. Heaven can be understood as the place where the redeemed from every generation dwell in the presence of God. Without doubt, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are there. Sarah, Rebecca and Rachel are there. Able, Noah, Job, and Ruth are there. The apostle Paul, Peter, Andrew, James, John, Phillip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, the other James and Thaddaeus are all there. Moses is there. All the prophets, patriarchs and saints are there. King David the sweet psalmist of Israel is there. Isaiah and Jeremiah are there.
We know faithful saints and servants of God who have passed into eternity and we are confident that they are there as also. When this exhaustive search was made in heaven, all those righteous prophets, fathers, patriarchs, saints, spirits of just men made perfect and angelic beings were examined and all were passed over. Of all those dwellers of heaven, not one examined thus far was fit to open the book.
A search was made in earth also. Earth is the abode of those living in physical bodies. Humans presently wield great authority over all the inhabitants of Earth. Century after century, rulers rise to power through various means. Some rule with justice and equity while others rule with an iron fist; bringing dread and misery to their own people as well as to the people of other nations. Some come to power by force while others arise through an electoral process. But alas they all disappoint. We might name contemporaries whom we deem fit to govern us and we do not pretend to have the qualifications to head any state or nation. But in this search of verse 3, all the inhabitants of Earth were examined and passed over. You and I were examined and passed over as unworthy to take, read and execute the book.
Finally a search was made under the earth. This is a reference to Hades. This speaks of the grave and probably refers to those who have departed the earth on the condemned side of God’s judgement. We will not try to identify who might be there, but we will acknowledge that not one there was chosen. They were all examined and passed over.
In heaven, earth and under the earth, no worthy man was found. John wept much.
In verse 5, one of the elders told John not to weep, but to look at the conquering Lion of the tribe of Juda.
In verse 6, John saw the Lion of Juda (King) as a Lamb that had the appearance of having been slaughtered, yet there He stood having seven eyes (complete knowledge and wisdom) and seven horns (complete authority and power). This ONE, with the disposition of a lamb, the regality of a lion and knowing everything and having all power is the only one worthy to be the executor of the perfectly sealed book. HE alone is worthy to take the book, open the book and interpret its contents as well as execute its judgement. UNTO THE LAMB BE GLORY AND DOMINION FOREVER AND EVER.
As we go about, let us do our utmost to serve HIM. Let us also remember to assume our responsibility as subjects under the government that protects us. Pray for your leaders in every branch of government. Rom. 13:1-7, I Tim.2:1-2.
Lord Jesus, unto you be glory and praise forever and ever. Let the reverence of your holy name ever increase for in your name alone is salvation. You are merciful and kind. Keep us under your care and covered by your blood. We trust you. Give us the grace to trust you more for you are faithful and true. AMEN.