Revelation 5|The Scroll and the 7 Seals

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. – Rev 5:1

As we begin chapter 5, we see the one on the throne, God, holding a scroll. To open the chapter with this vision, it must be important. And, it has 7 seals on it, adding to the urgency. But, in the next verse, an angel asks, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. – Rev 5:2

We see that it will be someone special who must open the scroll. God, the elders, nor any of the angels were worthy. John is crying because no one is found to open the scroll. “Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep? See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Rev 5:5

Jesus, the Lion of Judah, is able to open the seals! But notice the description of him, “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” Rev 5:6

This symbolism requires us to do a bit of deciphering. First of all, what is this scroll? Could this be the title deed to the world? God gave this deed to Adam, who gave it up to Satan by his fall from Grace. Satan offered it to Jesus when he tempted Jesus for 40 days and nights. If only he would worship Satan. Now in the final days, Jesus is the one worthy of opening it!

Looking at the description of Jesus closer, we see he had 7 horns. In scripture, horns are a sign of power. When Jesus came the first time, he came as the Lamb. He didn’t use all of his power, but now we will see the omnipotence, the all powerful One. The 7 eyes are the 7 spirits of God sent out to all the earth. These represent the judgment of God. Remember that 7 is God’s number signifying perfection. At this time, Jesus will be the perfect judge; all powerful and all-knowing.

In chapter 6, we’ll begin looking at the seals to see what is unlocked.

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