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A. As we consider the words of the opening video, we should take with us an attitude of worship as we continue our study of the text, and as we go about every duty, detail, and day of our lives, whether we are inside of a church sanctuary, or elsewhere. As we consider the words of this article, it is important for every born again believer in Christ to understand that the teachings of Revelation Chapters 4 and 5 will be real. The things that we read in these two chapters, WILL HAPPEN! This is a reality that should encourage all whom know Christ as Lord and Savior “to live for that day,” when WE WILL BE caught up in the sky by Christ, and taken to the special place in Heaven that our Lord called “My Father’s House” (John 14:2).
B. Consider being in the Presence of God the Father, God the Son, the angels, and all of the other raptured saints who continue in the worship of God, as was described by Christ in John 4:23-24. 23: “But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.” 24 “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” The KJV translation is, “God is a spirit.” God “is not” one spirit among many, which the KJV states. God “IS” Spirit, having no competitors being “Spirit,” or other competing Gods, per Deu 6:4, “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!” From Strong’s Hebrew And Aramaic Dictionary, consider the meanings of Deity in Deu 6:4: LORD=Yahweh, God=Elohim, LORD=Yahweh. https://biblehub.com/lexicon/deuteronomy/6-4.htm
C. Worship is a response to truth. When we find ourselves in Heaven, in the Presence of God the Father and God the Son, we will see the Words of John 14:6,”being made truth to us, far beyond the truth of any written words on any other sheet of paper that we have ever seen. Consider the action words of John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
D. It will be through our faith in Christ, and through our flight to Heaven, where Christ will take us, that we will find ourselves in Revelation Chapters 4 and 5, in true worship of God the Father and God the Son, “forever and ever.” In the following verses, the elders are all born again believers in Christ. Angels are not redeemed.
1. Rev 5:13b “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” 14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
2. In the above verses, the elders are all previously raptured, born again, believers in Christ; they are not angels.
3. Gal 3:28, “…there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
E. Christ is planning a trip that He will be piloting into “far outer space…to Heaven.” There will be passengers on that space craft, “The Godship 3:16.” But, who will be on that space ship? Not just anyone will be taken by Christ to heaven. Only those having an intimate relationship with Christ will find themselves being taken to heaven where they will be “the chorus of the eternal heavenly singers” of Revelation Chapters 4 and 5. Our Lord won’t be selling or collecting tickets; He’s already paid for everyone’s fare. But, to get on board, “ya gotta know Em!” Consider the following verses.
1. John 8:32, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” The “truth” of this verse relates to the word “know.” To simply “know about” Christ will not make us free from sin, and eternal separation from God, from which we must be made free (Rom 3:23) in order for us to find our eternity in the immediate Presence of God. We must have a “knowing of intimacy” with Christ that will free us from the penalty of sin (Rom 6:23) give us eternal life with Christ.
2. Consider the Greek meaning of the word “know:” 1097 ginṓskō – properly, to know, especially through personal experience (first-hand acquaintance). 1097 /ginṓskō (“experientially know”) is used for example in Lk 1:34, “And Mary [a virgin] said to the angel, ‘How will this be since I do not know (1097 /ginṓskō = sexual intimacy) a man?'”
3. John 17:3, “3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” The Ryrie Study Bible provides a simple explanation of this verse: “This is Christ’s definition of salvation, especially if we add what is clearly understood; “sent” to be the Savior of the world (John 3:16, 4:42, 6:33; 1 John 4:14, 5:20). Mine. I see a simple message of salvation, having an intimate relationship with God the Father, through God the Son, being empowered by God the Holy Spirit.
4. All that is stated in the above verses on “knowing God,” can be wrapped up in this key verse: John 3:3,”… unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
5. “To know God…to be born again.” Let me add this verse. John 3:16, “16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” To be born again is to believe in Christ; to believe in Christ is to be born again; both mean to have an intimate relationship with Christ.
6. John 3:18 adds information on the word “belief.” “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” Consider The MacArthur Study Bible note. This phrase (Lit,”to believe into the name”) means more than mere intellectual assent to the claims of the gospel. It includes trust and commitment to Christ as Lord and Savior which results in receiving a new nature (v.7) which produces a change in heart and obedience to the Lord.
7. Romans 8:1 “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” MacArthur Study Bible note. No sin a believer can commit—past, present, or future—can be held against him, since the penalty was paid by Christ and righteousness was imputed to the believer. And no sin will ever reverse this divine legal decision.
8. The Judgment that is stated in John 3:18, and the condemnation that is addressed in Romans 8:1, are waiting in the Tribulation (Rev 6-20) for all whom do not have an intimate relationship with Christ. The Tribulation is reserved, “night now,” for those whom have not been born again. The only way to cancel such a reservation in the tribulation is to come to saving faith in Christ through a relationship of belief.
9. The mercy ship to Heaven, as piloted by Christ, our Lord and Savior, will provide a wonderful one-way-trip to eternity. But, to get on board, we must “know the Pilot.”
II. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”
III. Text: Revelation 5:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
6 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8 When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they *sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
A. 5:1. “a book.” Lit., a scroll. This may be called the “Book of Redemption,” as it contains the story of man’s fall through sin and rise through Christ. See Heb 2:5-9 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=heb+2%3A5-9&version=NASB (Ryrie Study Bible)
B. 5:2 strong angel. The identity of this angel is uncertain, but it may refer to the angel Gabriel, whose name means “strength of God” (Dan. 8:16). (MacArthur Study Bible)
C. 5:3 heaven or on the earth or under the earth. A common biblical expression denoting the entire universe and not intended to teach 3 precise divisions. (MacArthur Study Bible)
D. 5:5. “the lion of the tribe of Judah.” The noblest and victorious of the kingly tribe (cf. Gen 49:9). “the Root of David.” The one who fulfills the covenant with David (cf., Isa 11:1, 10). The Messiah, John is assured, is competent and worthy to break the seven seals and open the scroll to release the plagues. (Ryrie Study Bible)
E. 5:6. “as if slain.” Christ, the Lamb, bears the marks of His death (see Luke 24:40; John 20:20, 27) even in His glorified state. “horns” are a symbol of strength (cf. 1 Kings 22:11; Zech 1:18). (Ryrie Study Bible)
F. 5:8. “Bowls,” like saucers. (Ryrie Study Bible)
G. 5:8. prayers of the saints. Specifically, these prayers represent all that the redeemed have ever prayed concerning ultimate and final redemption. (MacArthur Study Bible)
H. 5:9-10. The Lamb is worthy because He died in the past to pay the ransom price for the sins of the world, positioned us in the present as a kingdom and priests before God, and gave us a promise of reigning on the earth in the future. (Ryrie Study Bible)
V. The following notes come from a sermon of Dr. Andy Woods (Th.M., J.D., Ph.D.). See YouTube, “The book of Revelation Episode 21. A Reason for Optimism. Rev. 5:1-7.” Credentials of Dr. Woods can be found on my Equipping Site Page, “About Sources.”
A. In Rev 4, we see the God-head member being the Father, with His role being “Creator,” with the reason for His being worshiped due to His role in Creation (Rev 4:11).
B. Rev 5, we see the God-head member being the Son, with his role being “Redeemer,” with the reason for His being worshiped due to His role in Redemption (Rev 5:9, 12).
C. 5:5-6. The elders = the redeemed church in Heaven (the Jews have not been redeemed yet). “The Lamb (Christ) is worthy to open the scroll. 1. He is from the right tribe (Gen 49:10; Judah). 2. He is from the right lineage (2 Sam 7:12-16; David). 3. He has the right victory (John 16:33, has already overcome the word). 4. He has the right mission (John 1:29, has taken away the sin of world).
D. 5:6. The seven spirits represent the fullness of “God, the Spirit of God, God’s Holy Spirit” (Isa 11:2, John 4:24).
E. 5:7. Christ, God the Son, takes the scroll out of the hand of God, the Father. The scroll, the book, contains the judgments of God that will be poured out on the earth by Christ and the angels (Seal Judgments, Trumpet Judgments, Bowl Judgments) beginning in Revelation Chapter 6. These judgments are not a matter of accident of occurrence, or an act of Satan, or an act of the anti-Christ. Satan will be defeated and judged (Rev 20:10); unsaved Israel will be drawn to saving faith in Christ (Zech 12:10).
VI. The sin of unbelief. John 1:29, “The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” It is the “sin” of unbelief (singular) that keeps someone from eternal life, and is the only sin that will keep us from eternal life. Once we believe in Christ, we enter eternal life. John 17:3, “this ‘is’ eternal life, that they may know you.” Stealing a car is a sin, but will not keep a person from eternal life. A repeated history of stealing cars (or other repeated sins) may show that such a person has not been born again.
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