Summary: Revelation chapter 5 looks at why Jesus, who heaven calls the Lion of the tribe of Judah, is seen by John as as Lamb . We explore what this means to us today. We also look at the scroll Jesus takes from the Father's hand and the prayers of the saints
Book of Revelation
“The Lion Becoming The Lamb”
In chapter five, John continues his dramatic description of the scene in heaven. Again his attention is drawn back to the throne of God.
Read Revelation 5:1-7
In the Lord’s hand is a scroll. There’s writing on both sides and it’s sealed with seven seals.
The way it’s laid out each seal must be broken in succession before more is revealed. Further, being that there are seven seals indicates that it was a document of importance. Roman documents, like a Last Will and Testament, needed to be sealed seven times.
The scroll could be reference to Daniel 12. Here Daniel is told to seal up the book until the time of the end, and when Daniel asked when that time will be, he’s told,
“Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” (Daniel 12:9 NKJV)
The time has now come. But not just anyone can take possession of this scroll.
What is this scroll? It contains the rest of the book of the Revelation, the future of humanity and planet earth. Some have said it’s literally the title deed for the planet, a deed the human race signed over to Satan in the Garden of Eden.
The seals kept the document secret and with their breaking terrible things happen as God judges humanity’s sin. What John sees, therefore, is some sort of legal document, like a will or title deed, legally sealed with seven seals.
This scroll gives authority and power to its recipient to enact God’s final purpose. It contains the climax of God’s purposes to reward His people, to give them their inheritance, and on the flip side condemn the wicked. Remember it’s written on both the front and back. It contains the destiny of the world.
No angel, human, or creature could open the book. Not Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Peter, or Paul. Not Alexander the Great, Caesar, Napoleon, or president of the United States. Not Confucius, Buddha, Mohammad, Joseph Smith, L. Ron Hubbard, or the Pope. Not J. Paul Getty, H.D. Rockefeller, Warren Buffet, or Bill Gates. Heaven, earth, and below the earth was searched, but no one in all creation throughout the ages was found worthy. No one.
We live in an age where people want to be self-made; we want to "pull ourselves up by our bootstraps." We feel like we can forge our own destiny without God. But the call goes forth and no one is found worthy to open the scroll.
John understands the enormous significance of the scroll and begins to weep at the terrible calamity. John weeps because without the opening of this scroll evil will continue.
We should all be feeling such sorrow because without a Savior we’re merely pawns in Satan’s hands. We should all weep when there is no champion for us!
But just then, John is told: “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:4 NKJV)