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The Reign Of The Saints

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In Revelation 5:8-9, we find the 4 beasts and the 24 elders (symbols of the people of God) praising the Lamb (Jesus Christ) for His great work on their behalf…

 

 

“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. 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;”

Then, in the very next verse, they praise Christ for the blessings they receive through His work …
“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

Here, we read of the saints being given two positions of great authority (“Kings and Priests”) allowing them to “reign on the earth”. What does this promise involve? Or put another way, In what way do the saints of God reign as Kings and Priests upon the earth? This is the question we will be answering in this Bible study.

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Daniel 7:15-22; Daniel 7:26-27; Matthew 19:27-30; Matthew 24:45-51; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 12:42-48; Luke 19:11-27; Luke 22:24-30;  1 Corinthians 6:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4-5; Revelation 2:26-27; Revelation 3:21; Revelation 4:4; Revelation 5:8-10; Revelation 19:11-21; Revelation 20:4-5; Revelation 22:3-5

THE STUDY:

When we speak of the saints reigning, we are describing several different types of dominion that are granted to the redeemed of God. The following is a description of these types of dominion by subject in outline, form. What follows the outline is a listing of many of the Bible texts which teach these areas of dominion with a brief summary of each event listed in chronological order (when possible).

 

Dominion Over The Nations – The Saints God-Given Authority Involves the saint exercising great authority over the powers of darkness IN THIS PRESENT WORLD and in THE WORLD TO COME:

A) Saints are given DOMINION IN THIS PRESENT WORLD (the existing heaven and earth):

(1) This dominion involves the ability to overcome the control of our sinful flesh and powers of darkness in this present world. This is why the saints are described as “Victors over the world” or “Overcomers”.

(2) This dominion is displayed by the saints’ sharing of victory at Armageddon – the saints accompanying Christ at final defeat of lost mankind in this present world at Christ’s second coming

B) Saints are promised to receive DOMINION IN THE WORLD TO COME (the New Heavens and New Earth) in which we will live eternally:

(1) This dominion will be a reward for the saint’s faithfulness – The future dominion of the saints is given as a reward for victorious living now. This dominion involves dominion over the nations, and dominion over the New Heavens and New Earth…

(a) Dominion Over The World By Judgment – this will take place as the saints share in the final judgment of the wicked men and angels, both Jew and Gentile, both OT and NT lost mankind. This will be the ultimate defeat of the powers of darkness in the world to come lasting for eternity.

1. Judging Israel – Saints will judge Israel (who rejected Messiah and crucified Him) during judgment of the lost. Israel is a representative of all lost mankind due to their rebellion and rejection of Christ.

2. Judging Angels – Saints will also judge the fallen angels (demons) including Satan, himself at this final judgment of the lost.

(b) Dominion over New Heavens and New Earth – Reign on NH & NE in Christ’s presence will stretch from the 1000 year reign into eternity. This will take place from the creation of the NH and NE throughout eternity. This includes both phases of the eternal state (the 1000 yr reign and the finalized eternal kingdom of God)…

1. 1000 Yr Reign – Beginning Of Christ’s reign on NH NE. As believers are judged they receive authority over NHNE during this time period

2.  Eternal Kingdom – This is the ultimate proof of the saint’s victory over this sinful world. Their dominion over the world symbolizing the renewal of the Garden of Eden on the New Earth.

 

Scripture References For Above Outline:

 

Dominion Over The Nations

1. The Lord blesses those who are truly saved (overcomers) with dominion over the powers of darkness of this world….

Revelation 2:26-27 KJV “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”

Note: “The nations” are referring to lost mankind (as part of the powers of darkness of this world). In this text, we are given representations of the two types of dominion possessed by saved mankind (dominion in this world and dominion in the world to come).
The phrase “rule with rod of iron” points us to the overcomers dominion over the powers of darkness in this world. This victory finds its completion at the Battle of Armageddon which is the last historic event that takes place on this present evil world.
The phrase “power over the nations” speaks of the dominion which the saints will possess in the future in the New world to come. This phrase speaks of the judgment of lost mankind at the final judgment and consignment to the Lake of Fire. This judgment is the ultimate, eternal defeat of the powers of darkness for eternity.

 

The Dominion Given To Saints NOW: “Overcomers”

1. The ability to escape the dominion of sin (context – false teaching) based upon power of indwelling Spirit…

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.”

2. Access to Godly power overcoming the dominion of sin (Satan, antichrist spirit, powers of darkness, our flesh) which is received through saving faith (resulting in Spirit indwelling)…

1 John 5:4-5 KJV “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

3. The Saints had overcome the dominion of sin (shown by thrones) and were now in Christ’s presence following their death …

Revelation 4:4 KJV “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.”

 

Victory At Armegeddon

1. The Lord, accompanied by His saints, returns to the earth and gains the final victory over the lost kingdoms of this current world…

Revelation 19:11-21 KJV “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

Note: The victory at Armageddon is an outward display of the authority given to the saints as Overcomers.

The Dominion Given To The Saints As A Reward For Faithfulness

1. Faithfulness of true believers will result in rewards and blessings of rulership at the believer’s judgment…

Matthew 24:45-51 KJV “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:14-30 KJV “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

2. The truly saved servant was faithful – he was rewarded with rulership. The lost servant was unfaithful and cast into hell.…

Luke 12:42-48 KJV “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

Note: Of those who were lost the greater the knowledge (responsibility) the greater the punishment. (Teaches us that levels of hell exist based upon amount of knowledge and willful rejection of truth)

Luke 19:11-27 KJV “And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”

Note: Those who are lost servants, who fear Lord as being unjust and hard will have their knowledge of God and hypocritical service made useless and they will be empty handed at day of judgment. The lost, who are outwardly rebellious and immoral, face immediate rejection by God as well.

Dominion Over New Heavens and New Earth

1. Saints, those who are redeemed through blood of Christ, are given authority to rule and enter God’s presence. Both types of dominion will be clearly seen as the saints enter eternity with the Lord, ruling over the New Creation and entering into His presence for an eternity.

Revelation 5:8-10 KJV “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. 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; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

 

1000 Year Reign

1. This marks the first part of Christ’s eternal reign on the New Heavens and New Earth (immediately following the appearance of the NH & NE following Armageddon) At this point in time the saints are judged and they are given reign over NH and NE for eternity (restoration of Garden of Eden before fall).

Revelation 20:4-5 KJV “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”

 

2. This time periods runs from the 1000 Year Reign throughout Eternity

2 Timothy 2:11-13 KJV “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”

Revelation 3:21 KJV To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Judging The World

1. Saints will judge lost world (fallen world) during final judgment of lost…

1 Corinthians 6:1-3 KJV “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

2. This judgment also involves fallen angels (including Satan) as well as lost mankind…

1 Corinthians 6:1-3 KJV “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

Note: saints will judge fallen angels during GWTH (Jude 1:6) (Satan included?) Saints, as Overcomers were given authority over demons during Bible days pictured saints holding authority over demons (John 12:31). Likewise, angels ministering to believers is a sign of man’s authority over angels as well.

3. A part of this judgment involves the nation of Israel (those who rejected and crucified Christ) picturing all lost mankind.

Matthew 19:27-30 KJV “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”

Note: “The regeneration” is speaking of the reformation of the Heavens and Earth resulting in the New Heavens and New Earth. The Lord is reigning upon the earth with His saints at this time.

Luke 22:24-30 KJV “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

 

Eternal Kingdom

1. Saints given “the kingdom” beginning with the end of Armegeddon (appearance of NH and NE) into 1000 yr to GWTH to Eternity

Daniel 7:15-22 KJV “I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.”

Daniel 7:26-27 KJV “But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

 

2. The eternal, perfect, dominion over the New Heavens and New Earth. This is tantamount to the blessings of the Garden of Eden restored to mankind. The curse of sin being totally undone…

Revelation 22:1-5 KJV “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

 

 

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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:

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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

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.

 

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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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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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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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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.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “And I wept much, because no man was found worthy”

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Revelation 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 us to understand the great emotions that John felt, we need to remember the book’s (scroll’s) symbolism. The book is a listing of the eternal inheritance awaiting the saints of God. Opening the book is a picture of this great inheritance being revealed to the saints of God in eternity. As long as the book remained closed, the saints of God are unable to receive this wonderful inheritance that is awaiting them.

This is the basis of John’s great sorrow…at this point in the vision, no one has been deemed worthy to open the book and it appears as if the saints will never receive their eternal inheritance.

Listen to how John describes the outward display of sorrow and sense of loss that he felt… “I wept much”. In other words, “I uncontrollably wailed aloud” which was much like mourners at a funeral who are overwhelmed with grief at the loss of a precious, loved one.

Folks, can we imagine what was going through John’s mind at this point in time? No longer did he have the hope of: a reunion with departed loved ones; a glorified body providing a rest from sickness, pain and weakness; an existence separated from the influence and effects of a sinful fallen world; and most importantly, no longer a confidence that He will spend eternity in the very presence of His Lord and God.

No wonder He wailed so pitifully.

How often do we thank the Lord for His promises of the eternal blessings awaiting us?

Do we ever give thought to the blessing of a Godly faith that allows us to be confident of these blessed promises we are given?

Keep in mind, all of these promises comfort the heart of only those who have been blessed with a Godly faith. A Godly faith is what supplies the substance and evidence of these promises that are yet unseen…

Hebrews 11:1 KJV Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

As we enter our day, and face its many challenges and trials, lets always keep in mind these great promises that bring comfort to our soul and the wondrous faith we have been given that makes them so real to us!

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.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Who is worthy?”

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Revelation 5:2 KJV

(2)  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

 

 

“Who is worthy?”  What a very important question to ask!   Basically, the angel is asking, “Who is the appropriate One to take control of the events of this world (the seven seals) and the events in this world to come (opening the scroll)?  Who is deserving of this great honor?”   “Who is the One that is fitting and proper to have the Ultimate control over all of the events that will affect our lives, both now and in the life to come?”

WOW!  Gaining the answer to this question will show us the identity of our Master and the purpose of our existence on earth.   In the next few devotions, we will be finding the answer to this question that is placed before us.

 

But for this morning, I would like us to simply stop and consider the great importance of this issue.  Who deserves to rule over us?  Who is the proper One to possess authority over every aspect of our lives (including every breath we take)?  Who is the One who can be relied upon to control our eternal inheritance that awaits those saved by His grace?

 

Can we see why this issue is so very important?…

If this authority is placed into the hands of a dictator abuse, tyranny and hopelessness will prevail throughout this world and in our own personal lives.

If this power is given to One that is lax and disinterested in us, we will have a Master that is disengaged and careless, allowing our lives, and the entire world. to degenerate and spin out of control without giving either a second thought.

If this privilege is given to the impotent, then no matter how good their intentions might be, they will be unable to intervene and bring about their will for our lives.’

If this honor is given to One that is naïve and limited in their knowledge of future events, it will be possible for Him to be fooled by Satan, make faulty decisions and be limited in their decision making not knowing what lies ahead.

If this rulership is given to One that is limited by space and time, we will have a Ruler whose attention and efforts will be limited.  He will be stretched to the breaking point and unable to handle the almost infinite number of situations, needs, and abuses that are taking place throughout the world.

 

Do we see the importance of the issue that is set before us?  Do we see how, if placed in the wrong hands, the authority over the seven-sealed scroll can mean our doom?

But do not fear, child of God, the One that is fitting and proper WILL RECEIVE this great privilege of control over all!!!  Our God will remain faithful to us in granting this control to One who loves us, is constantly interested in our well-being, and is All-powerful, All-knowing, and ever present with us no matter where we may be.

Let us thank our God for placing our lives and the entire world in the hands of the WORTHY ONE!

 

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.

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Our Lord Is In Control Of Our “Now” and Our “Future” In Him!

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 5:1 KJV

(1)  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 5:1 KJV

(1)  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

 

 

 

During John’s vision of the throne of God in heaven, he sees “a seven sealed book” in the hand of Almighty God, the One that was sitting upon the throne.

This book plays a very important role in the remaining visions that John will receive and record for us in Revelation.  Basically, this “book” is a scroll that is sealed on the outside with seven seals.  One by one, as each seal is broken, John will be shown an event that must take place before the saints of God will receive their eternal inheritance.   Following the breaking of the final seal, John will see the scroll opened which will reveal to John the inheritance that is awaiting the saints of God as they enter eternity with their Lord.

Folks, one of the great purposes of Revelation is to help us to see Christ being revealed in the events of the world around us leading up to His second coming and then the greatness of Christ being revealed to us throughout eternity.  This is the purpose of the seven sealed scroll.

 

For our devotional thought for this morning, keep in mind the scroll is seen in the hands of God.  Folks, do we understand that our Lord is in control? …

He is in control of the events of this world that take place prior to His second coming.

He is in control of His second coming and the glorious eternal inheritance His saints will receive from Him.

He is in control of our “now”.  He is in control of our “future”.

He is in control of events in this sinful, fallen world.  He is in control of  the events of the sinless New Heavens and Earth which is yet to come.

 

He is in control!

 

In the generation of Ebola, Isis, beheadings, tornadoes, floods, Russian invasions, missing jetliners, etc etc we can know for certain, that He is in control of them all.  He knows about them and is using them for His purposes.   In some cases, He is actively bringing them into existence, in other cases, He is allowing them to exist.  In either case, He is in control.  Based upon this knowledge,  we can better understand what we are clearly told in the Scriptures…

Isaiah 41:10 KJV  “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Folks, no matter what we may see take place around us, because He is in control, we can rest assured He will be with us, strengthen us, and uphold us!

 

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.

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Revelation 5:1-7 “The Scroll and the Lamb”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

 The Presentation of The Scroll and the Lamb…

 

 

 

Revelation 5:1-7 KJV

(1)  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
(2)  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
(3)  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
(4)  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
(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.
(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.
(7)  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

 

 

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.

In chapter 5, we will have our attention switched to the scroll which is given to the Lamb of God, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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: –

(1)  And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book 

John’s vision of the throne of God continues as he sees God holding a “book” in his right hand.  The right hand of God is a picture of His strength, control and authority that He possesses over this book.

The Greek word for “book” in this section of Scripture is speaking of a scroll.  In those days, scrolls were the most common type of writing material.  Basically a scroll was a piece of parchment that was written upon and then rolled up and sealed with dabs of wax on the outside to keep it secure as it was being delivered to the recipient.  To be able to read the scroll all seven dabs of wax would have to be broken before the scroll could be read.

Many times, the writer of the scroll would leave an imprint from his signet ring upon each dab of wax to authenticate the author of the scroll

What is this “book” (scroll)?  We will see as our study progresses, the scroll itself gives a listing of all the blessings of God given to His people to be enjoyed throughout eternity.  In a sense, it is like a modern day will or testament that describes the inheritance to be received by those who are chosen to be the recipients.  We will also see that the seals on the scroll are symbolic of the world events that must take place before we will receive our eternal inheritance from God.

So the symbolic picture is this.  As of now the scroll cannot be read this is symbolic of the truth that we are unable, at this point in history, to receive the blessings of God that will be bestowed upon us throughout eternity.

What is keeping us from receiving these blessings?  We are waiting for the events of this world to transpire that will lead to Christ’s coming and our glorified body.  As each seal is broken, we will see the events that will lead up to and include His second coming.  It will only be when the last seal is broken (the last event on this world takes place), that we will be able to open the scroll and read its contents (we will receive our eternal blessings following His second coming).

Much more on all of this as we continue in our study.

 

 

written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

In this case, the piece of parchment has writing on both sides, rolled up, and then had seven pats (blobs) of wax placed upon the outside of the scroll.  All seven of these seals would have to be broken before the scroll could be unrolled and read.

Scrolls written on both sides was a special type of writing called a opisthograph.  This type of scroll typically had all the seals placed on its outside, and therefore, could not begin to be read until all the seals on it were broken. This is a very important point to understand as our study continues.  NONE of the scroll could be read until all the seals are broken.

 

(2)  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Now John sees a mighty angel asking a very important question… Who is deserving, fitting and proper to open this scroll by breaking the seals that are upon it?

The question is not who is “strong enough”, remember the angel is described as having great strength.  Surely he could do it.  But that is not the question. The question is who is the proper One to open this scroll?  Who is the One that deserves to open this scroll?  Who is the One that is the proper fit to open this scroll?  That is a different question indeed.

Symbolically, this question is “Who is the proper, deserving and fitting One to bestow the eternal blessings of God upon His people?”

 

(3)  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

We have seen the mightiest of angels cannot open this scroll.  Now we see no human being can open the scroll.  It does not matter whether they are alive on earth (lost or saved mankind), they are in heaven (save mankind who have died), or they are under the earth (lost mankind who have died).  No human is worthy to bestow the eternal blessings of God to the saints of God.

 

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

John now weeps to the extreme.  Why? Based on his knowledge, at this point in the vision, no one will be able to grant God’s eternal blessings to His people.  In other words, it seems hopeless.  None of God’s people will receive the eternal blessings they have been promised.  Some of these include, removed from the presence of sin and its results, receipt of glorified bodies, eternal rewards for our service, ruling over the New Heavens and New Earth, and most importantly, dwelling eternally in the presence of God Himself (etc etc).

How bleak eternity looks if we do not receive these promised blessings!  No wonder John is weeping to the excess.

 

(5)  And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: 

Now, one of the saints of God speaks to John comforting him and telling him there is no need to weep.

 

behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, 

The elder tells John to “Place your attention upon the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David”.   Here he is clearly pointing to the Messiah:

  1. the Lion of the Tribe of Judah – Gen 49:9-10 – This is a prophecy of Christ as the Lion (King) that would come forth from the line of Judah (the kingly line).
  2. the Root of David – Isa 11:1, 10 – This is a prophecy of Christ being the eternal God from whom the kingly line of Judah descending through Jesse and David would come.

In these titles of the Messiah, we find Him pictured as the Eternal God who rules as the King of King and Lord of Lords.

 

hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

It is this King of Kings and Lord of Lords that has secured the ultimate victory over sin, Satan and death which makes Him worthy to give these eternal blessings to the people of God (1 Cor 15:55-57).  It is through His work that these blessings were secured, it is through His work that these blessings flow, it is through His work that these blessings are bestowed.

It is only fitting that He would be the only One that could open this scroll and present these blessings to the people of God.

Likewise, due to His faithfulness to God, He was rewarded with the control of all the events that take place in this world, as He is seated at God’s right hand (Acts 2:30-33).  This is why He is the only One who can break the seals (bring the events to pass that lead up to our eternity with Him).

Please notice the angle did not understand that Christ had accomplished all these blessings for His people, but the saints of God do understand these things (1 Peter 1:11-12). That is why the elder is speaking to John and revealing the identity of the One who was “worthy”.

 

(6)  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders,

Beside the throne, in the middle of the beasts and the elders now appears the Worthy One.  Just as Jesus is pictured at the right hand of God (position of honor and exaltation), we see Him pictured here appearing beside the throne (Acts 2:30-33).

 

stood a Lamb as it had been slain,

Jesus is now symbolized by a Lamb that was slain. This pictures for us His innocence and willingness to give His life for His people in the securing their eternal blessings.

Please notice how the descriptions of Christ change from a Lion (of the tribe of Judah) to a Lamb (that has been slain).  It seems to be in direct contradiction.  A Lamb is meek, mild and vulnerable… a Lion is strong, vicious, and overcoming.  Likewise, the Lion pictured Christ as a King over all, the Lamb pictured Him as a sacrifice under the control of others.  How can these be reconciled?

It was Christ, His humility and willingness to be a sacrifice on behalf of His people, that He is exalted at God’s right hand and given victorious rule over all.  Because He willingly submitted as a sacrificial Lamb, He then, once exalted by His Father, becomes the victorious Lion.  (Phils 2:1-11)

 

having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

As John sees Jesus symbolized by the Lamb, He sees Him with seven horns and seven eyes.  Keep in mind, seven is the number of fullness or completion…

  1. Jesus, the Lamb, possesses seven horns, which pictures Christ possessing the complete power and ability of God. His strength never failed giving Him the victory over all.  His strength is absolute.
  2. Jesus, the Lamb, possesses the seven eyes, which pictures Christ possessing the perfect knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Being God, Christ knows all things.  When He lived on the earth, He applied the Word of God perfectly to His life, allowing Him to be sinless and without fault.

These seven horns and eyes are said to represent the 7 ministries of the Holy Spirit. It was through the seven –fold ministry of the Spirit that perfect ability, power, knowledge, understanding, and wisdom was given to Jesus during His first coming.    His successful ministry during His first coming to the earth is the basis of His “worthiness” to open the scroll.

 

(7)  And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

This same Lamb now approaches God and is handed this scroll, placing it under His control.  God is the One that gave Christ the authority to rule over all, as He was seated at God’s right hand.  This exaltation was based upon the faithful ministry of Christ during His first coming that perfectly fulfilled God’s will, gained the absolute victory over sin, Satan, and death, and secured the eternal rewards for the people of God.

It is this same Lamb that is in control of the eternal rewards we will receive and all the events in this world that will lead up to our eternity with Him.  That is why He is given possession of the sealed scroll.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of Scripture, we see Jesus pictured as the humble servant of the Lord, who was willing to be sacrificed for God’s people.  The sacrifice that He made gave Him the victory over the powers of darkness, the kingdoms of this world, sin and death.  Based upon His faithfulness and success as Victor, this same humble Jesus exalted to a position of ruling authority holder over all.

The combination of His successful sacrifice, victory over evil, and His exaltation as Kings of Kings and Lord of Lords, gives Him the exclusive rights to the sovereign control over all the events of this world, and the right to bestow His eternal blessings upon those for whom He died.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

In this text, we come face to face with the incredible grace of God shown to us in the eternal blessings that await His people.  Folks, how many times do we get so involved in the things of this world that we forget the wonderful blessings that await us?

As we see the Victorious Lamb taking the seven sealed scroll from the hand of God we are reminded of His control of all the events of this world, His sacrificial death and the victory it has wrought, His faithfulness in keeping His promises to us, and blessings that He has secured for us.

May we all approach our lives on this earth as did the faithful saints of the Old Testament…

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  

For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”   (Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV)

 

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

 

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Christ The Lamb Of The New Testament

SIH STSTA ICONWhen the Word of God calls Christ the Lamb, it is teaching us many different truths about Christ. Let’s take our time and study what the Bible teaches us when it calls Jesus the Lamb.

 THE SCRIPTURE:

 John 1:29 (KJV)

29) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:35-36 (KJV)

35) Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples;

36) And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

Acts 8:26-35 (KJV)

26) And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert…

32)  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

33) In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

34) And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?

35) Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

1Pet 1:13-21 (KJV)

13) Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;…

18) 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;

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

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

21) 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.

Rev 5:6-14 (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…

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.

Rev 6

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.

Rev 6:16-17 (KJV)

16) And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

17) For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Rev 7:9-17 (KJV)

9) After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

10) And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb…

17) For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Rev 12:11 (KJV)

11) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Rev 13:8 (KJV)

8) And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 14

1) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty [and] four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

2) And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

3) And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

4) These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, [being] the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb…

12) Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Rev 15:3-4 (KJV)

3) And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints.

4) Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

Rev 17:14 (KJV)

14) These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him [are] called, and chosen, and faithful.

Rev 19:7-9 (KJV)

7) Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed [are] they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

Rev 21:9-27 (KJV)

9) And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife…

27) And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Rev 22

1) And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2) In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.

3) And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4) And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.

5) And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 THE STUDY:

1.  John 1:35-36 – He is the Lamb of God– He is sent by, and shares Deity with, the Father

    1. Rev 6:1 – In control of future world events
    2. Rev 6:16-17 – Delivers the wrath of God
    3. Rev 14:1-5 – The redeemed are firstfruits dedicated to God and Lamb
    4. Rev 14:6-12 – Lamb oversees judgment of Lost
    5. Rev 15:3-4 – Song of Praise sung to both Father and Lamb
    6. Rev 17:14 – He overcomes wicked because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    7. Rev 21:9-26 – He possesses an eternal city where He dwells with His people.
    8. Rev 22:1 – He shares throne with Father
  1. John 1:29 – He is the Lambof God – He takes away the sin of the world through His sacrifice.
    1. Acts 8:26-35 – He gave His life on the cross, willingly, innocently like a Lamb to the slaughter.
    2. 1 Peter 1:13-21 – His blood was shed like a sacrificed Lamb that was without blemish or spot.
    3. Rev 5:6-14 – His shed blood redeemed men from every kindred, tongue, people, nation. Made them Kings and Priests and will reign.
    4. Rev 7:9-17 – His blood saves and secures eternal future with God.
    5. Rev 12:11 – His blood gives victory to followers over world, sin and death
    6. Rev 13:8, 21:27 – Lamb slain basis of spiritual life that is given to those in Book of Life
    7. Rev 19:7-9 – Has an intimate love relation with His people based upon His righteousness given to the saints.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who are saved …

Christ, the Lamb of God, has sent the perfect example of self-sacrifice for us to follow.  After realizing all He has done for us by giving Himself on the cross to pay for our sins, should we not be willing to sacrifice ourselves for Him.

For those who have yet to be saved…

When we realize what Christ, the Lamb of God, has done to make possible the forgiveness of sin; should we not turn to Him by faith, trusting in His work to save us from our sins and secure our eternity with Him.

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