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Do Look For The Signs Of His Coming Taking Place Around Us?

SIH HALTAL ICONRev 6:1 KJV

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

 

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “… The Lamb opened one of the seals…”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 6:1 KJV

And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

 

 

 

We now begin a new section in this vision received by John.  The seals are begun to be opened.  The first six seals represent the events that must take place prior to the Lord’s second coming to the earth.  Seal number seven will present the Lord’s second coming and the accompanying wrath that will fall against sinners who are living at the time of His coming.

(Please note that ALL of these events are taking place in the world around us even in today’s time.  They have been in existence and will continue to be in existence from John’s Day until the Lord comes back.)

 

The six seals leading up to Christ’s second coming are as follows:

  1. Seal 1 – False teachers and Anti-christs appearing in the world
  2. Seal 2 – Wars and the threatening of wars
  3. Seal 3 – Famines and shortages of all kinds
  4. Seal 4 – Catastrophic physical death
  5. Seal 5 – Martyrdom and persecution of the saints
  6. Seal 6 – The taking of the Truths of God and other displays of God’s wrath against sinners

 

In the next few devotions we will be looking at each of these signs of Christ’s second coming.

But what can we learn from this brief listing of everyday events that lead to Christ’s coming?  As we look about us and see these events taking place before our eyes, they are a reminder to us that God’s Word is true.  The Lord has graciously foretold (through the visions of Revelation and other prophecies in the Bible) that these things would take place.  When we see these things they are simply proofs that prophesies found in His Word are true.

 

If  the prophecies about the signs of His coming are true, there is no reason to believe the prophecies concerning His second coming are not true as well.  The existence of these signs proves that He is coming again.

Folks as we see these things take place around us, lift up your head… we can rest assured He is coming again and will take us home to be with Him!

Luk 21:28 KJV – “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

 

Seals 1-4:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3TJ

Next weeks’ posting – Seals 5-6:   http://wp.me/pU88A-3Uc

 

 

 

 

All Creation Praises Our Lord… Do We Stop And See Him In Nature?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:13 KJV

(13)  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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Revelation 6:1-8 “Opening The First Four Seals”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 

The Opening Of First Four Seals…

 

Revelation 6:1-8 KJV

(1)  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.
(2)  And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
(3)  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.
(4)  And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.
(5)  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
(6)  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.
(7)  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
(8)  And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In chapter 6 we begin to see the seals being opened. All seven seals represent for us the events that will lead up to the  the Christian’s receipt of their eternal inheritance:

  1. Seals 1-6 reveal the events that take place before God’s wrath falls upon the earth.
  2. Seal 7 represents God’s wrath falling which prepares the way for His eternal kingdom on the New Heavens and Earth.
  3. Scroll opened reveals the eternal inheritance of the saints which will be received at His second coming.

 

Here is a brief outline of Revelation chapter 6:…

Opening Seals 1-4 (Revelation 6:1-8)

1.  1st Seal – White Horse – False Teachers/Christs 1-2
2.  2nd Seal – Red Horse – Wars and Rumors Of War  3-4
3.  3rd Seal – Black Horse – Famine and Scarcity  5-6
4.  4th Seal – Pale Horse – Death  7-8

Opening Seals  5-6 (Revelation 6:9-17)

5.  5th Seal – Persecution/Martyrdom 9-11
6.  6th Seal – Heaven’s Shaken – God’s Wrath Falling 12-17

 

In this lesson, we will see the opening of the first four seals which are commonly called the “four horsemen of the apocalypse”.  The symbolism of these four horsemen comes from Zechariah 6:1-8 (and perhaps Zech 1:8-11).

 

Color Of Horsemen Revelation 6:1-8 Zechariah 6:1-8 Zechariah 1:8-11
White 6:1-2 6:3a 1:8c
Red 6:3-4 6:2a 1:8a
Black 6:5-6 6:2b
Pale 6:7-8  (ashen light green) 6:3b (mixed ashen and light blond colored) 1:8b (light brown/tan/blond)

 

In both Zechariah 1: and 6: the horses and horsemen represent those who are deliverers of God’s judgment/consequences of sin:

 

Zechariah 1:15 –

“And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.”

 

Zechariah 6:8 –

“Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.”

 

Likewise, the four horsemen in Revelation 6: represents the consequences/judgment of sin in the world in which we live.

 

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 6: -

 

(1)  And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals,

Following the Lamb’s receipt of the scroll and the saints’ praising Him for His worthiness to possess and control it, John’s sees the Lamb beginning to break the 7 seals which will lead to the opening of the scroll.

As we have seen in our previous studies, the opening of the seals is representative of the Lamb revealing the earthly events that must take place before the revealing of the eternal inheritance of the saints (which takes place at Christ’s second coming).

 

and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

As the seal is broken, John hears the noise of thunder.  This beast (lion) speaks with great authority and power as a representative of God.  He is inviting John to see the results of sin in this world.  The natural consequences of sin, and at times, God’s active judgment against sin as well.

Like this beast, as Christians, we should speak with power and boldness knowing that we have God’s authority behind us as we present the message of God’s coming judgment upon the world and the world’s need of a Savior.

This beast invites John to “come and see”, in other words he was to approach and perceive what is taking place. The idea of “see” not only involves seeing with their eyes, but also it involves coming to an understanding of what is being seen.

 

(2)  And I saw, and behold a white horse:

The first seal is shown to John.  This seal reveals a rider upon a white horse.

 

and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

The rider is described as having a bow and a crown and is motivated to “conquer”.  The horse’s white color gives us the impression of purity and righteousness.  The bow is an instrument of death commonly used in warfare or hunting.  The crown pictures authority and reward.  We can see how easily this rider could be a picture of Jesus Christ as He comes to make warfare against sin, Satan, and death.

However, the context of this horseman is very important for us to consider:

  1. All the other horsemen (seals 2-4), as well as all the other seals (seals 5-7), picture events that are harmful enemies to the world (including the people of God). Christ is in no way harmful to His people.
  2. Also we have seen that this horseman comes from symbolism which is found in Zechariah 1: and 6:. In both of the Zechariah passage we saw this horseman was a result of sin falling upon man.  This cannot be describing Christ.  Although He does judge lost mankind against sin, He is, in no way, the natural result of sin in this fallen world.
  3. Nowhere in Revelation is Christ pictured as using a bow to do battle, but He is said to use the two-edged sword to do so (Rev 1:16; 2:12,16; 19:15,21).
  4. We will see in a later study (following Revelation 6: study) we will see that this series of seals is spoken of by Christ in Matthew 24:4-28. There we can see that the false teachers of this world who not only oppose the cause of Christ, but attempt to imitate and replace Christ.  They are commonly called “antichrists” (1 John 2:18,22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7)

False teachers are clearly in view here when we are told that he went “conquering”.  This Greek word comes from the same root as the term “Nicolaitanes” (Rev 2:15) which described false teachers who attempt to conquer the people of God.

Why would false teachers be symbolized similarly to Christ?  We are told in the Scriptures that false teachers appear like Christ seeking to confuse and mislead:

Matthew 7:15 KJV – “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 KJV – “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

 

Throughout the years, from John’s day forward, the world has been plagued with false teachers and those who claim to be Christ Himself.  Satan, over and over again, has attempted, and will continue to attempt, to mislead the lost world and the people of God.  This is a sign of Christ’s second coming and the saint’s receipt of the kingdom.  As we see false teachers rise and fall always remember, it is to be expected and a reminder to the people of God that He is coming again!

 

(3)  And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.

As the second seal is opened, John is invited to view its contents by the second beast (ox).  Once again, he is told to approach and perceive what is taking place.

 

(4)  And there went out another horse that was red:

John now sees a rider on a red horse.  This red horse represents bloodshed and death. We will see in the following verse that this rider and horse represent war.

 

and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.

Notice that this rider is given. This rider was given allowance to take peace, harmony and unity from this earth.   The result was that mankind would kill one another.  He was given a sword which is an instrument commonly reserved for warfare.

Seal two helps us to understand that throughout the years, from John’s day forward, the world has been plagued with “wars and rumors of wars” and will continue to be so until Christ comes back.  Once again, it is important for us to understand that, as Christians, we should never be surprised at the many wars that are taking place around us.  They all simply confirm the truthfulness of Bible prophecy and the soon return of our Lord.

 

(5)  And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. 

As the third seal is opened, John is invited by the living creature with the face of a man to approach and perceive what is taking place.

 

And I beheld, and lo a black horse;

John sees a black horse.  This horse represents great shortages and famine.

 

and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.

The rider of the black horse is carrying a pair of balances (scales).  The symbolism is that of the carful distribution of food and other goods by weight.  Since there is a great shortage of goods and food the scales are used to carefully distribute them.

 

(6)  And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.

The voice in the middle of the four beasts seems to be the voice of the Lamb (Rev 5:6).  Remember, the four beats are surrounding the throne where God sat and the Lamb stood nearby. This voice further explains the purpose for the balances (scales) and the severe shortages that exist:

A measure was a unit of weight that was basically one days’ worth of food for one person.

A penny was a monetary unit that is equivalent to one days wages.

(Basically, the shortages are so severe that a man must spend all his daily wage to buy a daily supply of wheat and one days wage to buy three days’ worth of barley.  Once food was purchased, there would be very little money left over for any other necessity for living.)

 

The beasts go further and proclaim that no one was to injure or waste the oil and wine.  In other words, because of the shortage, they were supposed to be very careful not to harm any of the olive trees or vineyards, nor were they to waste any of the olive oil and wine as it was being processed.

Finally, please notice that necessities of life are exclusively mentioned.  Wheat, barley, oil and wine were all requirements that were used on a daily basis for food and other necessities for living.  Wheat and barley were used as food for man and animals; olive oil was used as food, medicine and fuel for their lamps; wine was used as a beverage and medicine.

Seal three reveals to us that shortages of goods, lack of necessities for living and famines have and will continue to take place until the coming of our Lord Jesus.  As Christians, we should understand that there will always be shortages of necessities upon this fallen earth.  This helps us to see the need to be prepared to help meet the spiritual and physical needs of those around us.  Also, as we see these great needs take place in our lives and the lives of others, we should recognize that they are proofs that God Word is true, the Lord is in control and He is coming soon to take us home to be with Him.

 

(7)  And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

As the fourth seal is opened the fourth living creature (eagle) invites John to approach and perceive…

 

(8)  And I looked, and behold a pale horse:

John now sees a fourth horse, one that is the color of a corpse, a very ashen, light green color.

 

and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. 

This name of this rider clearly tells us the meaning of this symbolism… “death”.  Please note this rider is accompanied with “hell”.  If we understand the meaning of these words, it becomes very easy to understand this rider and his companion.

  1. “death” is the Greek word “Thantos” (Hebrew – “Maweth”) – it describes the CONDITION OF THE HUMAN BODY without a spirit. In other words, it describes a corpse (a body after the act of death takes place).
  2. “hell” is the Greek Word “Hades” (Hebrew – “Sheol”) – it describes the CONDITION OF THE SPIRIT when it is separated from the physical body. In other words, it describes a disembodied spirit (a spirit after the act of death takes place).

 

From these definitions, we can easily see why they are seen together.  If you have a physical body without a spirit, you must have a spirit without a body and vice versa.  Both of these occur when death takes place. When the body no longer has the spirit within it, the spirit no longer has the body surrounding it.  One describes the condition of the body, the other describes the condition of the spirit, both are the results of physical death.

 

And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

This horse doesn’t simply represent physical death but, most importantly, it represents catastrophic death involving suffering, violence and pain.

Notice some examples of the types of death that this rider brings upon man:

  1. “kill with the sword” murders, wars, etc (deaths of violence/pain);
  2. “hunger” famines, starvation during imprisonment or war (suffering);
  3. “death” catastrophic deaths such as plagues, shipwrecks, earthquakes, etc (pain/violence/suffering);
  4. “beasts of the earth” eaten or mauled by beasts (pain/violence/suffering).

These horrible deaths are lumped together in this symbol of the fourth horseman. They are taken from Ezekiel 14:21.

The horseman is said to possess the authority/allowance to kill “the fourth part” of the earth.  It is important to know that “part” is not found in the Greek manuscripts.  This is simply saying “power was given to him over the four of the earth”, in other words… North, South, East, West.  There is no area of the earth that will not be touched by this type of devastating death.

Seal four reveals to us that the catastrophes that take place are the fulfillment of prophesies given to us by the Apostle John.  As such, we can rest assured nothing is taking place without the Lord knowledge nor His decree or allowance.  Although the reasons for such events is difficult to understand, we can rest assured He is still in control.

As we see the occurrence of these things, we can rest assured that He will come again and never again will we see these travesties take place.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of John’s vision, we saw the Lamb (our Lord Jesus Christ) breaking the first four seals on the scroll one by one which reveals four different results of sin that fall upon mankind form John’s day until the second coming of Christ.

 

So what do we learn about Christ in all of this?

Keep in mind, it is Christ that breaks each of these seals… in other words, He is in control of all these things.  As the exalted Lamb who gave Himself for our sins, He exercises absolute control over these events allowing them to take place for His glory and the good of His people. Although we may not understand how all of this works, we can rest assured He is in control and only allows those things that are within His sovereign will to take place.

 

Are you touched by any of these catastrophes?  Accept them in your life knowing they are for your ultimate good and the Lord’s glory.  The Lord is not sleeping nor on vacation, things are not out of His control, He allowed this thing to take place and He will take it from you in His time.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

As we looked at these four horsemen of Revelation 6:, we saw a continuing theme… the horrible results of sin in our world… false teachers/Christs; wars and rumors of war; shortages and famines; and horrible deaths.  They all are the result of living in a fallen, sinful world.  When we see these things take place, they should be a constant reminder of sin, the harm it brings into our lives, and mankind’s great need of a Savior.

May we all see the suffering and injustice that is taking place all around us, and commit our lives to love and help those who are touched by the results of sin.  Especially, may we see the need to share the gospel message with a lost and dying world in an effort to give them escape from the eternal results of sin that far outweigh the temporal results of sin that we see all around us.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “… And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 5:13 KJV

(13)  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

 

 

As the Worthy One is revealed, we see a succession of praise breaking forth in honor of Jesus, the slain Lamb, the One that is found to be worthy to open the seven-sealed book.  This succession began with the praise of the saints (vs 8-10), followed by the saints and heavenly angels (vs 11-12) and, finally in this section of text, we can see all of creation (including lost mankind) are seen honoring the worthy One.

All of creation is described here as:

  1. in heaven – astronauts, pilots, sun, moon, stars, birds, flying insects etc
  2. on earth – all living men, crawling insects, animals, lizards, mountains, streams, rivers, plant-life, fallen angels, Satan etc
  3. under the earth – miners, wells of water, burrowing animals and insects, bodies of the dead, inhabitants of hell, fallen angels. molten lava, etc
  4. in sea – fish, lobsters, sailors, whales etc
  5. all that are in creation – anything and everything that is created by God.

To summarize this great truth, the entire creation of God praises Christ for His greatness and worthiness based upon His person and work…

Php 2:9-11 KJV

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

Psa 148:2-13 KJV

Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:  Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:  Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:   Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. 

 

Folks, the next time we take a walk in the park, mow our yard, work in our garden, run to our cars in the rain, look up into the skies at night (or daytime), go skiing, build a snowman, swim in a lake, have a picnic in a park or even look out our window…. May we all see the Lord, His greatness, power and wisdom in all these areas of nature.

 

Let’s never take the wonders of God’s creation for granted. Even when we are faced with the hard times of life, all of us have this constant reminder of the greatness of our God in the midst of our suffering, no matter where we may be on earth.   The same great God that created all of nature is the same great God that is with His people during the troublesome times of life.  If our God can place the stars in the sky and create the beautiful flowers and autumn leaves, we can know assuredly He can do anything required to care for us in the midst of the storms of life!

 

May we all take just a few seconds today to experience His nature all around us and rest confidently knowing the Creator, Jesus Christ, is with us!

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3St

He Is Worthy To Receive The Best In Every Area Of Lives…

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:12 KJV

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

 

 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3UW

 

 

 

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 5:12 KJV

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

 

 

 

At the revelation of Christ as the One worthy to open the seven-sealed scroll, we see the heavenly angels and the saints singing a song of praise in honor to Him.   In this song, they give a listing of seven things that He is worthy to receive from His people.  His worthiness is based upon His work and the eternal blessings He has given to them.

Christ is worthy to receive…

  1. power – all of man’s and angel’s life accomplishments should be aimed at honoring God
  2. riches – all of man’s and angel’s wealth and possession should be dedicated to pleasing Him
  3. wisdom – all of man’s and angel’s application of truth to their lives should be to glorify Him
  4. strength – all of man’s and angel’s strength should be exercised to accomplish His will
  5. honour – man’s and angel’s valuation of Him should see Him as priceless
  6. glory – man’s and angel’s actions should be done to illuminate and reveal Him to the world.
  7. blessing – man’s and angel’s words should always speak highly and honorably of Him.

 

After all He has done for us He deserves these things from us.  We do Him no favors by serving Him, worshipping Him and placing Him first in all things…

As we go about our day, living our lives and accomplishing much… we may always do everything with His honor and glory in mind.

Why do we want to do a good job at our work?  To bring honor to Him, the One who has enabled us to do the work placed before us.

Why do we want to love our spouse and go “above and beyond” for them?  To honor Christ as the One who loved us and went far beyond for us.

Why do we want to raise our children in a way that is pleasing to Him?  To bring praise to His name.

Why do we want to tell others about Him and all He had done for us?  To glorify Him and to share Christ with those who are in need of Him.

 

He is worthy to receive all these from us…. it is only our “reasonable service” as living sacrifices for Him!  May we all live for Him today and the rest of our lives!

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3St

Christ As Our Redeemer Is Worthy To Be Our Lord

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:9 KJV

(9)  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3UR

The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 5:9 KJV

(9)  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

 

 

In this vision we have seen that Christ was the only One who was worthy to open the seven-sealed scroll revealing to God’s people the wonderful inheritance that awaits them in eternity.  In our devotion this morning, we have explained to us WHY Christ is the worthy One…  ”… for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”

Christ is the Worthy One because He is our Redeemer.  In other words, Christ is the One that purchased His people, releasing them from enslavement to sin and their sin debt, giving them spiritual freedom and great eternal blessings.  It is only because of Christ, based upon His work on the cross, that the many eternal blessings of the scroll are in existence.

 

Angels could not secure these blessings for us, nor could our own labors or sacrifices.  This is why the worthy One could not be found among angels or men. It is only the sinless sacrifice of Christ, His shed blood, that can bring about and acquire these blessings for His people.  It only makes sense that He alone would be the worthy One.

 

Folks, we are faced with life choices we must make every day.  Who will we marry?  With whom will we enter business relationships?  What are our life goals and priorities?  How will we raise our children?  The list of these many choices seems endless.

But, most importantly, all of us must decide which God will we trust, worship and obey.  The God of the Bible, Jehovah, revealed to us in the person of Jesus; or the false god of this world, Satan, and the many different ways he shows himself in the world… the false gods and antichrists of the world; the false god of self; the false god of fame, fortune or power… etc.

 

When we consider the great work of Christ on our behalf, and His identity as the only One that is worthy to grant to His people a vast inheritance of eternal blessings… this makes many of our life choices very easy to make.  He is the worthy One in whom we are to trust, worship and serve; He is the worthy One we are to put first in every life choice we are to make.

As we live our lives this day may we all place Him number one in every area of our life. After all He has done for us, only He is worthy of that position.

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

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Have You Trusted In Christ As The One That Was Slain For You?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:6 KJV

(6)  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…stood a Lamb as it had been slain…”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 5:6 KJV

(6)  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

 

 

The focal point of the entire Word of God is the Slain Lamb of God.  The sacrifice of Christ on the cross, on behalf of His people is the theme of both the Old and New Testaments…

  1. The Old Testament looks ahead through the ceremonial laws and the prophecies given to men that revealed the coming Messiah, the Slain Lamb, Jesus Christ, and His glorious sacrifice on the cross.
  1. Likewise, the New Testament gospels rehearse the details of the Lamb’s life on earth culminating with His being slain and His resurrection which has secured our salvation. These books are followed by Acts through Revelation which point us back to the work of the Slain Lamb explaining it in more detail and reaffirming that it has taken place.

 

Why is the Slain lamb the focal point of the entire Word of God?

Colossians 1:1-22 KJV

Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

 

In this short section of Scripture we find several principles that clearly show us the importance of Christ’s death for our lives.  In His death we find our:

  1. redemption – we our ransom has been paid, we are loosed from our enslavement to sin and death.
  2. forgiveness of sins – our sins have been pardoned, we are released from the debt of sin that we owe.
  3. peace – we are in harmonious communion with God, no longer separated from and at war with Him.
  4. reconciliation – we are enabled to enter His presence, fellowship with Him and enjoy Him eternally.
  5. presentation to God as holy – we are seen as His family/servants, no longer living for sin and self.
  6. presentation to God as unblameable – we are looked upon by God as unblemished, without fault.
  7. presentation to God as unreproveable – we are without blame, and cannot be accused in God’s sight.

 

Why is the central theme of the Bible the Slain Lamb?  If the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ was not slain, our sins have never been “put away”, we are yet in our sins and destined to an eternity of separation from God in eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire….

Hebrews 9:26 KJV

For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

May we constantly praise and honor the Slain Lamb who died for us that, through His shed blood, our sins would be “put away” for an eternity!  No matter what we are facing as we begin our day, if we know, by faith, that Christ has died for our sins, we have nothing to fear.  Our sins have been put away, we are forgiven, we are at peace with God, and we have an eternity in God’s presence awaiting us!

 

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Christ, The Lamb Of God!

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:6 KJV

(6)  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…stood a Lamb as it had been slain…”

Revelation 5:6 KJV

(6)  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

 

What a glorious vision that John was given!  Jesus Christ, the ONLY One worthy to open the book, appearing on the scene as a sacrificial “Lamb as it had been slain”.  There is so much we can learn about Christ from this short phrase that we could spend months looking at it. 

 

Unfortunately, for this study, we will only be able to take two devotionals to examine its contents.  For today, we will look at Christ as “a Lamb” and in our next devotional we will see Him as One that “had been slain”. 

 

Christ, the Lamb.  Throughout the Bible, we see the Lamb used as a symbol for our Lord… the main usages of this Lamb symbolism include…

1.  the substitutionary Lamb on Mount Mariah (Gen 22:8);

2.  the Lamb used in the Passover (Exo 12:21);

3.  the OT sacrificial offerings (peace – Lev 7:11-34; sin – Lev 5:1-14; Thank – Lev 23:20; and others);

4.  the Lamb of God proclaimed by the Apostle John (John 1:29-36);

5.  and, finally, the victorious, slain Lamb of Revelation (Rev 5:6 and throughout the book) which receives the heavenly praise, worship and honor of the people of God.

 

Each of these symbolic Lambs presents to us a basic teachings concerning Christ and His work on the cross on behalf of His people…

1.  The Lamb of Mt Moriah teaches is the Christ was sent by God as a substitute recipient of His wrath against sin

2.  The Lamb of the Passover teaches us that it is through the shed blood of Christ, applied to the lives of sinful man that will bring protection to those who place their faith in Him

3.  The Lamb used in the Old Testament sacrifices helps us to understand the many, varied ways in which Christ creates and enhances man’s relationship with God.

4.  The Lamb of God proclaimed by the Apostle John explains to us Christ’s heavenly origin as God the Son and His divinely authorized role in taking away the sin of His people.

5.  The Victorious Slain Lamb of the Revelation reveals to us God’s granting of an exalted position to Christ as Lord over all based upon His faithfulness to fulfill His Father’s will for His life.

 

Folks, as we read and study these great passages concerning Christ, the Lamb, lets always take time to dwell on what the wondrous work He has performed on our behalf.  As the people of God, may we all be reminded of His humble, sinless, obedient character as the Lamb of God slain so that we might be saved…

 

1 Peter 1:18-23 KJV

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 

Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

 

 

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Christ Has Prevailed!

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:5 KJV

(5)  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

 

 

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Revelation 5: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

 

 

 

 

In our previous studies we have seen that Revelation chapter 4:, which begins a vision of worship taking place in heaven, chapter 5 forms the completion of this vision:

  1. The Scroll And The Lamb (5:1-7)
  2. Worship Of The Lamb (5:8-14)
  3. Worship of The Saints (vs 8-10)
  4. Worship of Saints and Angels (vs 11-12)
  5. Worship of All Creation (vs 13-14)

 

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

  1. Revelation 5:1-7 – The Scroll and the Lamb

 

Following the worship of God by the 4 beasts and 24 elders, we now have our concentration placed upon the sealed book that is in the hand of God.  This book is a scroll that represents the eternal inheritance that is awaiting the saints of God, while the 7 seals represent the events that must take place before the saints can receive their inheritance.

 

A search begins for one who is worthy to receive this scroll, break the seals and reveal its contents.  No angel, nor man, is found worthy and the situation seems hopeless.  But then, a Lamb (the Lord Jesus Christ) comes onto the scene and and rightfully, receives the scroll.  John is shown that the Lamb is the only One that is worthy to break the seals (control the events leading up to eternity) and open the scroll (graciously bestow the eternal blessings to the saints.)

 

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  1. Revelation 5:8-14 – The Worship of the Lamb

 

Following the receipt of the sealed book (scroll) by the Lamb, the four beasts and 24 elders (the redeemed of God) fall to their knees in worship and submission to the Lamb.  He is the One that has secured their eternal blessings.

 

In response to their appreciation for His work on their behalf, the redeemed begin a song of honor and praise for their Savior.  In that song, they directly link the work of Christ with His worthiness to receive the scroll.  Basically, they are singing that, because Christ was faithful to the Father and willing to give His life for those He loves, He alone deserves to rule the events of the world leading up to eternity and to bestow upon His people the eternal blessings He has acquired for them.

 

As their song continues the heavenly angels and finally the entire creation of God joins with them in this song of appreciation, honor and praise for the Lamb who has done so much for them.

 

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WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

 

In the next lesson in our series, we will be looking at Revelation 6:. In chapter 6: the opening of the seven seals on the scroll will being.  These seals will be revealing to us the events that must take place before the saints can receive their eternal inheritance.

 

A brief outline of this section of Scripture:

 

  1. Opening of first 6 Seals 6:1-17
  2. 1st Seal – White Horse 1-2
  3. Bow 2
  4. Crown 2
  5. To Conquer 2
  6. 2nd Seal – Red Horse 3-4
  7. Great Sword 4
  8. Take Peace 4
  9. Kill One Another 4
  10. 3rd Seal – Black Horse 5-6
  11. Scales 5
  12. Wheat, Barley, Oil , Wine 6
  13. 4th Seal – 7-8
  14. Pale Horse 8
  15. Death w Hades following 8
  16. Kill with sword, hunger, death, beasts of field 8
  17. 5th Seal – 9-11
  18. Martyrs under Altar 9-11
  19. 6th Seal – 12-17
  20. Earthquake, Sun like Sackcloth, Moon like Blood 12
  21. Stars Fall from Heaven 13
  22. Sky Rolls Like Scroll, Mountains, Islands moved 14
  23. Men Hiding In Mountains – Hide Us From Wrath 16-17

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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Revelation 5:8-14 “The Worship Of The Lamb”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 The Worship Of The Lamb…

Revelation 5:8-14 KJV

(8)  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
(9)  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
(10)  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
(11)  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
(12)  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
(13)  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
(14)  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

Chapter 5 continues the vision began in chapter 4.  In chapter four, we saw the worship of the spirits of the saints that surround the throne of God in heaven. Then in the beginning of chapter 5 we saw the Lamb being given the scroll.

Now, in the later part of chapter 5, we will see three different groups worshipping the Lamb for the great work He has done on their behalf (the redeemed in heaven vs 8-10; the angels vs 11-12; all creation vs 13-14)..

A very brief outline of this section of Scripture:
1.  Vision Of Heaven 4:1-5:14
2.  Worship Before The Throne  (4:1-11)
3.  The Throne Of God (vs 1-5)
4.   The Four Beast’s  & Elders Worship Of God (vs 6-11)
5.  The Scroll And The Lamb (5:1-7)
6.  Worship Of The Lamb (5:8-14)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 5: -

 

(8)  And when he had taken the book,

This part of John’s vision (begun in Rev 4:1) takes place immediately following the Lamb’s receipt of the sealed scroll (which symbolizes Christ possessing the ability and authority to control the events of this world and grant His eternal inheritance to the saints of God).

 

the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,

As the Lamb receives the scroll, the elders and beasts fall to their faces before the Lamb, which shows us their humble spirit of appreciation and their desire to honor and worship the Lamb.  They are doing this to praise Christ for His faithfulness to the Father, culminating in His death and resurrection, which allows Him to receive the authority and ability to control all the events of this world that lead up to the saint’s receipt of their eternal inheritance.

The beasts and elders will be seen acting in synchronization throughout this passage.  Please keep in mind that both of these groups symbolize the saints of God.  This is one reason of several why they are shown acting in unison.

 

having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

The elders and beasts possess both harps and golden bowls of incense.  We are told that the bowls of incense represent the pleasing nature and ascension of their prayers to Christ.  Perhaps, the harps also represented the pleasing nature of their prayers as they entered the ears of the listeners (God, Christ, and the angels). Or, perhaps, the harps simply emphasize the worshipful nature of their prayers.

In either case, both the harps and the bowls of incense reflect truths related to their prayers.

 

(9)  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:

They jointly sing a “new” song of praise to the Lamb.  Why is it called a “new” song?   There are two reasons why their song of praise is described as new:

 

  1. this song is about being made new by the blood of Christ. We become new creatures with new desires, new lifestyles, new reasons for living, new family relationships, new national citizenship and a new inheritance.  The list goes on and on.

 

  1. this song is a different type of song than was sung by the saints in the OT times. Then, because Christ had not yet come to the earth, they did not understand all the details of the Messiah’s work on their behalf. Now, following Christ’s work, the saints more clearly understand what He has done for them and can sing with much more specificity.

 

  1. this song is about a new order being initiated through the death of Christ. Prior to Christ’s coming the OT ceremonial laws were actively used to display the coming work of the Messiah and the Old Testament was the only source of divine revelation.  Now, following Christ’s death, the ceremonial laws were done away, the rite of circumcision has been made obsolete, the worship place of God has been changed, and a new revelation from God has begun (New Testament).  These and many other differences have brought about a new way of worship and service of our Lord.

 

All of these make this song a wonderfully “new” song bringing honor to Christ.

 

for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

In this song, the saints reveal the basis of Christ’s worthiness to receive of the scroll… His death, and the resultant work of redemption of His people.  His people are called from every family, language, social group and national citizenship.

The word “us” (in vs 9-10) is referring back to the singers (beast and elders) of this song.  Folks, this plainly tells us that the elders and beasts must be symbolic of the saints (those who are saved by God’s grace).  They are the ones for whom Christ died and they are the ones who are redeemed by His blood.

 

Please note: There are certain translations of the Bible that change the word “us” to “them” or a generic term like “men”.  By doing this, they are implying that those who are singing do not, necessarily, represent those who are saved.  I disagree with those translations.

The word “us” is a translation of the Greek word “hemas” which is always translated in the KJV Bible in the first person (“us”, “we” or “our”).  Also, there are many translations including the KJV, SLT, EMTV, ACV etc. that translate this passage with “us”. This helps us to understand this is the proper translation of this passage.

Also, contextually, there is nothing that prohibits this translation, but there is much material from Revelation that supports it.  Other proofs of the identity of the elders and beasts as the saints of God will be presented later in our studies which will also support the translation “us” in this passage.

 

(10)  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

The elders and beasts continue to praise the Lord for making them “kings and priests”.  They are made “kings” in the sense they are given authority to be overcomers on this earth and to have perfect dominion on the New Earth (which is a part of their eternal inheritance).

They are said to be made “priests” because they are given direct access to the very presence God.  They do not need to speak to God through another man but they can pray directly to Him.  In eternity, they will be allowed to be physically present with God on the New Heavens and New Earth (another part of their inheritance).

 

(11)  And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:  and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

Following the worship of the saints, we now have more than 100 million heavenly angels joining into the song of praise.

 

(12)  Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

As the angels join in the singing the subject of the song no longer speaks of Christ’s death on their behalf and the resultant blessings, but now places their attention solely on the worthiness of Christ.

This is a very important transition, since the angels are not redeemed through the shed blood of Christ, they can only sing that He deserves great honor and blessings for His death on behalf of the saints of God.  This is another indicator that the beasts and elders represent those who are saints of God (those who are redeemed through His blood) in comparison to angels that are not redeemed.

The elders, beasts and angels proclaim that Christ deserves the receipt of:

  1. power – strength to accomplish any task
  2. riches – possess of all valuable items
  3. wisdom – insight into the true nature of things
  4. strength – knowledge and capability to do anything
  5. honor – to be perceived as possessing great value
  6. glory – to be outwardly praised for being greatly valuable
  7. blessing – to be spoken well by others

If you notice these speak of two basic principles (power, riches, wisdom, and strength) speak of Christ’s POSSESSION OF perfect attributes, authority and ability etc.

While (honor, glory, and blessing) speak of Christ’s DESERVING TO BE GIVEN the appropriate worship, reverence, respect and fear of men, angels and all other members of creation.

 

 

(13)  And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, 

As this song progresses, the remaining portion of creation (“every creature”) now joins this song of praise.

The remaining parts of creation are described as:

  1. in heaven – astronauts, pilots, sun, moon, stars, birds, flying insects etc
  2. on earth – all living men, crawling insects, animals, lizards, mountains, streams, rivers, plant-life, fallen angels, Satan etc
  3. under the earth – miners, wells of water, burrowing animals and insects, bodies of the dead, inhabitants of hell, fallen angels. molten lava, etc
  4. in sea – fish, lobsters, sailors, whales etc
  5. all that are in creation – anything and everything that is created by God.

All of God’s creation now sings along with the saints and heavenly angels…

 

Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

All of God’s creation now sings praise to God and the Lamb for who they are and what they have done. They give to both God and the Lamb:

  1. blessing – they speak well of Them both
  2. honour – they perceive both of Them to be of great worth
  3. glory – they outwardly praise Them for
  4. power – they acknowledge They possess the dominion over all creation

 

(14)  And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

To close the song the saints of God (beasts) acknowledge the truthfulness of the song “AMEN” and then the saints (those who are eternally blessed of God) bow down and worship God.

Here we find, a difference in the reaction of the beasts and the elders.  Why is there a difference?

Remember, the beasts are representative of those who possess eternal life through Christ and His work.  Why would they say “AMEN” (a word that represents recognition, agreement and acceptance)?  Perhaps it is to teach us that only those who possess eternal life can come to an understanding and agreement with the worship of God and the Lamb.  Those who are spiritually dead CANNOT come to an understanding of the truths of God and will actively, or passively, oppose the worship of God and the Lamb on the earth.

The elders, who are representative of saints as the recipients of God’s eternal blessings, respond by bowing down and worshipping.  Why might this be?  They are acknowledging that all of their blessings (including their right to reign as Kings and Priests) only comes through the gracious work of God and Christ.  They are nothing of themselves.  Therefore they respond in humble submission to the God and the Lamb after hearing this song that presents Their greatness so clearly.  This reminds of the elders casting their crowns at the feet of God in humble acknowledgement that God deserves all the rewards they had received for faithful service (Rev 4:10).

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text we have seen Christ presented as the Deserving Lamb of God.  He is deserving of all the divine blessings of authority and power given to Him.  He is deserving of mankind’s absolute submission and worship with their entire being.

Why is He deserving of such great and wonderful blessings?  In the shedding of His blood we can see that He successfully accomplished the task at hand, He was faithful in fulfilling the desires of the Father, and He was willing to give His life for those He loved.  All of these prove beyond doubt He is deserving of our total commitment as well as God’s exaltation to His right hand.

What a wonderful, faithful Lord that we serve!

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

We have seen the honor, praise and worship of our Lord set before us in the song that has been sung.  Folks just as the heavenly saints, elect angels, and all creation honoring Christ, so too, should each one of us left here on earth.

We should have on our minds, daily, what He has so graciously done for us.  In response we should be appreciative and willing to give our all to Him.  Then, this desire to give our all should translate into living lives that are living sacrifices of service to Christ.  One of the greatest encouragements to serve Him daily is a proper appreciation of His great work on our behalf.  Likewise, one of the greatest hindrances to our faithful service is a forgetful spirit and lack of appreciation not recognizing all the blessings He has, is, and will bestow upon us.

May we all seek to come to a better recognition and appreciation of all our Lord has done for us as we seek to live our lives for His glory and honor.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof”

Revelation 5:5 KJV

SIH TOTT ICON(5)  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

 

After both angels and men were found unworthy to open the book that contained the eternal blessings of God for His people, the slain Lamb of God comes forward and is found worthy to open the book. 

Notice, that the reason why Christ is defined as worthy is clearly revealed… “(Jesus) hath prevailed…”.  It was because of Christ prevailing over sin, death, and Satan Himself.   He was the one that subdued all of His enemies bringing them into submission and down to defeat…

Colossians 2:13-15 KJV

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

 

What a blessing it is to know that Christ has gained the victory over His spiritual enemies and, in doing so, has cleared the way for our eternal salvation!  We are saved and resting in Him and His promises because He has overcome all of those who would seek to undue our salvation and bring us into ruin. 

It is through this same victory that He secured our salvation and now gives us the victory over the enemies of this world that seek to oppose us as we serve Him…  

John 16:32-33 KJV

Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

 

Folks, as we enter into our day of spiritual warfare for Christ, let’s remember we ALREADY have been given the victory through Christ.    So let’s serve Him with confidence joy knowing that, because of Him, we have overcome the world!

1 John 4:4 KJV

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

 

 

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Christ, Our King and Lord Was Made a Servant Under God’s Authority…

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:5 KJV

(5)  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the Lion of the tribe of Juda”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 5:5 KJV

(5)  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

 

 

 

Jesus Christ, the Lion of the Tribe Of Judah… what an amazing name for our Lord!  What can we learn about Him from this glorious name?

 

First of all, our Lord is described as a Lion pointing us to two great truths:

1.  Our Lord is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, possessing ultimate authority over all.

In the Old Testament Scriptures, the lion was associated with the authority and power possessed by Kings.  Solomon’s throne was “guarded” by two statues of great lions (1 Kings 10:19).  To this day, the lion is known as the “king of the jungle” which finds its origination in the Kings of old.

2.  Our Lord is the Almighty God, possessing the physical power to defeat all His enemies.

Also, the lion was known for the ability to overcome any enemy and overpower any prey.  It’s physical strength and prowess was well known throughout the world in the days of the Old Testament (Isaiah 31:4).

 

Secondly, the Lord is pictured as being a descendent of the house of Judah revealing two other great truths for us:

1.  Our Lord was born into this earth as a man.

This title points to Christ as being a descendent of the human tribe of Judah, pointing to Him as possessing a human nature.  He was conceived in, and came forth from, Mary’s womb.

2.  Our Lord was a member of the physical Jewish nation.

He was a physical Jew and, therefore, possessed the physical characteristics that are displayed in the Jewish race.  Being a physical Jew, He was born under the Godly rules and regulations that were given to the Jewish nation, He was a worshipper and servant of Jehovah, and He was the only One that perfectly pleased God with His life.  (One side note: although Christ was legally a member of the Jewish nation, remember that He possessed Gentile blood in His physical lineage as well… 4 different women who appear in His lineage were Gentiles (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba – Matthew 1:1-6).

 

Folks, in this one great title for Christ, we see Him presented as both God and Man, King and servant, the One possessing all authority and the One under authority, the One with all strength and ability and the One that possessed the frailness of human fleshly bodies.

May we all recognize and forever appreciate the wonder of the incarnation of God.  He was God Himself, made in the likeness of sinful flesh, so that He might experience temptation, suffering and death for His beloved people….

 

Hebrews 2:9 KJV

May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of   the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

 

For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation:

http://wp.me/pU88A-3St

What Would Our Life Be Like Without The Promise Of Eternity With God?

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:4 KJV

(4)  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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