Reading through Revelation – Chapter 5:8-14, the Lamb and the Book, part 2


“In Heaven EVERYBODY sings. . .”

Halley’s Bible Commentary, 1965, p. 710


A Bible study


Revelation 5:9-14

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And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof, because thou wast killed, 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 Then I beheld, and I heard the voice of many Angels round about the throne, and about the beasts and the Elders, and there were ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousand thousands,

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was killed, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and praise.

13 And all the creatures which are in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Praise, and honor, and glory, and power be unto him, that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for evermore.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen, and the four and twenty Elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for evermore.


Daniel 7:9-14

NASB

The Ancient of Days Reigns

9 “I kept looking
Until thrones were set up,
And the Ancient of Days took His seat;
His vesture was like white snow
And the hair of His head like pure wool.
His throne was ablaze with flames,
Its wheels were a burning fire.
10 “A river of fire was flowing
And coming out from before Him;
Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,
And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;
The court sat,
And the books were opened.

11 Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire. 12 As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.

The Son of Man Presented

13 “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
14 “And to Him was given dominion,
Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one
Which will not be destroyed.


Thoughts
From Clarence: Nightlightblogdotcom, Revelation 5:4-14, “Worthy is the Lamb!”

“The whole of creation raises its voice in a crescendo of praise to its Creator and Redeemer, for even creation itself will be redeemed from the curse brought on it by our first parents, Romans 8:21.  How much more, then, ought you and I, who have been released from the bondage and curse of sin, raise our voices in praise to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and forever.

“Hallelujah.”


Insights from commentaries

The Final Prophecy of Jesus, Oral Edmond Collins, p. 116

“All that is ascribed to the Father in 4:9-11 and more is now in 5:12 given to the Son.”

Barnes’ Notes

“The universe is held in wondering expectation of the disclosures which are to be made, and from all parts of the universe there is an acknowledgment that the Lamb of God alone has the right to break the mysterious seals. The importance of the developments justifies the magnificence of this representation; and it would not be possible to imagine a more sublime introduction to these great events.”


A little Greek

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Verse 5:12
to receive power Greek, “the power.” The remaining six (the whole being seven, the number for perfection and completeness) are all, as well as “power,” ranged under the one Greek article, to mark that they form one complete aggregate belonging to God and His co-equal, the Lamb. Compare Rev. 7:12, where each of all seven has the article.
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7:12  saying, ‘Amen! the blessing, and the glory, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the honour, and the power, and the strength, [are] to our God – to the ages of the ages! Amen!’  ~ Young’s Literal Translation


The Final Prophecy of Jesus, Oral Edmond Collins, p. 119

“The stage is now set in the drama of the Revelation. The throne of the Creator is displayed in chapters four and five where He is worshiped in the heavenly sanctuary. There the Savior is presented who alone can provide the key to redemptive history. The scroll is ready to be unsealed. . .”


 

The Little Horn of Daniel 7 – What early Christians feared most about it

A different view of, and insights into, the study of prophecy. There is much to be said for it…

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WHAT THE FATHERS FEARED MOST

St. AugustineAugustine was worried that what was about to happen… was about to happen.

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There is a tendency in some Christian circles to view all things eschatological through the lens of current events. This was epitomized in the late 1980s and early 1990s by a popular T-shirt that read, “If you want to understand the Book of Revelation, just read the headlines!” Every earthquake, every war, every powerful new politician was understood as evidence that the end times were now upon us. This method of interpretation is nothing new.

In some senses, we can say that Luther used this method to interpret Daniel and Revelation: “The world runs and hastens so diligently to its end,” he wrote. “The Turk has reached his highest point; the pomp of the papacy is fading away, and the world is cracking on all sides” (Luther, Letter to John Frederic, Duke of Saxony, February/March 1530). In his commentary on Daniel, he stopped expounding beyond 11:39, “for only in experience can this chapter be understood” (Luther, Preface to the Prophet Daniel, (1530)). Current events, it seems, would be sufficient to interpret the text.

There are many other examples. Pope Gregory the Great, in the introduction to his commentary on Job, wrote that “the end of the world is at hand,” and “the times are disturbed by reason of the multiplied evils thereof” (Pope Gregory I, An Exposition on the Book of Blessed Job, Vol. I—The First Part). Athanasius thought that Constantius II, Roman Emperor from 337 to 361, had “surpassed  those before him in wickedness,” and had “devised a new mode of persecution” and therefore must be the Antichrist (Athanasius, Arian History, Part VIII.74). Jerome informs us of Judas, an obscure writer of the sub-apostolic era, who believed that the end of the world was at hand in the year 202, “because the greatness of the persecutions seemed to forebode the end of the world” (Jerome, Lives of Illustrious Men, Chapter LII). The list could go on, and the temptation is ever before us to use current events as the benchmark, and work backwards to make our eschatology fit.

A more reliable method, however, is to work from a benchmark established in Scripture and work forward. One of the most widely used benchmarks is Daniel’s vision of coming empires in Daniel chapter 7. Four beasts, signifying four empires, arise and fall in succession: A Lion (Babylon), a Bear (Medo-Persia), a Leopard (Greece), and “a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible” ( 7:7), which is understood to be Rome.

But the vision did not end there. The fourth beast “was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns” (7:7), and among those ten, an eleventh was to arise, “speaking great things” (7:8) “against the Most High” (7:25), who “shall wear out the saints of the most High” (7:25). This period of the ten horns is likened to the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel chapter 2, in which the fourth kingdom “shall be divided” (2:41) and “they shall not cleave one to another” (2:43). If one were to assume an unbroken continuum of history from Babylon to Rome, then the post-apostolic era was ripe for the fulfillment of the last part of Daniel’s vision, namely, the dividing of the Roman Empire, and the rise of the Eleventh Horn.

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