First let me give a little history of what is about to happen next. In Chapter 12 of the Book of Daniel, the archangel Michael is talking to Daniel about a book. Daniel 12:1 – “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. (Verse 2) And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. (Verse 3) Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the ferment, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever. (Verse 4) “But you Daniel shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”
The rapture of the Church has taken place and the book that was shut up is about to be opened.
Verse 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.
Verse 2 – Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”
In John’s day, books were written on scrolls – rolled up and sealed with clay or wax. The scroll that John sees has the full account of what God has in store for the world. The seals are located throughout the scroll so as each seal is broken, more can be read.
John sees this scroll in God’s right hand that is sealed seven times with writing on both sides. John also saw a strong angel. The only thing we have to show that he is a very strong angel is he has the authority to speak in front of the presence of God.
Verse 3 – And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
Verse 4 – So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.
Verse 5 – But one of the elders said to me, “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.”
John was heartbroken, but suddenly one of the twenty-four elders told John to stop crying. The Lion of the tribe of Judah and the root of David are two Old Testament names for the Son of God.
Judah, one of the twelve sons of Israel (also called Jacob) was also the first leader of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. God promised that the Messiah would come from that tribe whose symbol was a lion – Jesus.
Jesus is also the root of David. God promised that one of David’s descendants would be the Messiah and His kingdom will last forever. His earthly mother was Mary, a descendant of David. Jesus came as a lamb the first time, but His second coming will be that as a lion – King.
Verse 6 – 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 God sent out in all the earth.
John the Baptist introduced Jesus by saying, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” Jesus is our sacrificed Lamb.
Seven is the number of perfection in the Bible and horns are symbols of power. The seven horns on the Lamb showed that Jesus has perfect power. After being raised from the dead, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and in earth has been given to Me (Matthew 28:18).
The seven eyes are defined as the seven Spirits of God, all-seeing omniscient vision of the Holy Spirit, sees all and knows all.
Verse 7 – Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Verse 8 – Now when He had taken the scroll, 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.
Whose to say that we won’t continue to pray for the ones that will become believers that are about to begin their life in the Tribulation, after we are raptured? Maybe these prayer are for those left on earth. All I know is the Bible says they are the prayers of the saints.
Verse 9 – And they sang a new song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your hand out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
Verse 10 – and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”
Jesus is worthy to be praised because with His blood He paid for my sin! Not only my sins, but the sins of the whole world, every tribe, every people and nation – because He so love the world!
This new song the elders and the creatures sang was the song of “Redemption.”
Verse 11 – Then I looked, and I heard a voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,
Verse 12 – saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”
Can you imagine what John saw? Jesus is worthy of all power – the authority to do the Father’s will; to forgive sins, give eternal life, and command the angels. All riches – everything belongs to Him. All wisdom – God’s counsel, His understanding, the ability to create, uphold, govern, judge, and redeem. All strength – perform miracles, conquer, create, destroy cast into the lake of fire. All honor – the total respect for being God Almighty, in honor of worship. All glory – God’s glory, God’s magnificence, God’s splendor, the royal dignity, and the royal majesty. All praise – worship acknowledgment, commendation.
And there we have the portrait of Christ.
Verse 13 – And 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!”
And John heard every creature,, yes animals, birds, fish, sing God’s praises. Every creature, alive or dead. Every creature who has been judged or will be judged. Every creature from the days of Adam to the Rapture of the Church will praise Him. Every knee will bow also!
Verse 14 – Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever.
The whole universe will worship in complete adoration of the Living God. One day every believer will be int he midst of what we just read, singing and praising God Almighty!