Revelation Chapter 5: the Lamb of Yehovah Who is worthy to open the scroll sealed with seven seals; worship of the Lamb by all creatures in Heaven and on Earth
5:1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.
This apparently is the same scroll that, over six hundred years earlier, Daniel was told to seal “. . . until the time of the end” (Daniel 12:4). Just before he was told to seal the book (scroll), it was revealed to him that at that time (the time of the end) a “king” would come who would “. . . do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished” (Daniel 11:36). Daniel was also told that his people (Israel) will be delivered (from the tribulation caused by the evil king) and that the resurrection of those whose names are written in the Book of Life will occur at that time (Daniel 12:1-2). As we proceed through the Revelation, it will be clear that it is the revelation of the details of those events prophesied in Daniel and those contained in the scroll that was sealed by Daniel.
5:2-4 Then I saw a (a) strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And (b) no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.
5:5-7 But (a) one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold (b) the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of [Yehovah] sent out into all the earth. (c) Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
5:8-10 Now when He had taken the scroll, (a) the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a (b) new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, for You were slain, and have redeemed us to [Yehovah] by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”
5:11-14 (a) Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and (b) the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive (c) power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And (d) every creature which is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
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Common English translations of Hebrew and Messianic terms used in this commentary:
Yehovah - the LORD or GOD
Yah - I Am (the short form of Yehovah)
Elohim - God
El - God (the short form of Elohim)
Adonai - my Lord or Master
Yeshua - Jesus
Followers of Yeshua -
Messiah - Christ
Assembly of Followers of
Yeshua - the Church
Antimessiah - Antichrist
BBM - Before the Birth of
the Messiah (rather than
BC or BCE)
ABM - After the Birth of the Messiah (rather than AD
For a complete explanation of Hebrew terms used, go to Important Terms and Concepts.
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