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

GNV

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. . .”


 

Reading through Revelation – Chapter 5:1-7, the Lamb and the Book, part 1


A Bible study


Revelation 5:1-7 

GNV

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

And I saw a strong Angel which preached with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

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

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

And one of the Elders said unto me, Weep not: behold, that Lion which is of the tribe of Judah, that root of David, hath obtained to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Then 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 though he had been killed, which had seven horns, and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God, sent into all the world.

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


Thoughts

Awe and joy, amazement and adoration, wonder, glory!


The chapter

Barnes’ Notes

“. . . The design of the whole chapter is evidently to honor the Lamb of God, by showing that the power was entrusted to him which was confided to no one else in heaven or earth, of disclosing what is to come. Nothing else would better illustrate this than the fact that he alone could break the mysterious seals which barred out the knowledge of the future from all created eyes; and nothing would be better adapted to impress this on the mind than the representation in this chapter – the exhibition of a mysterious book in the hand of God; the proclamation of the angel, calling on any who could do it to open the book; the fact that no one in heaven or earth could do it; the tears shed by John when it was found that no one could do it; the assurance of one of the elders that the Lion of the tribe of Judah had power to do it; and the profound adoration of all in heaven, and in earth, and under the earth in view of the power entrusted to him of breaking these mysterious seals. . .”


Insights from commentaries

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

REVELATION CHAPTER 5

“1. in, &c. — Greek, ‘(lying) upon the right hand.’ His right hand was open and on it lay the book. On God’s part there was no withholding of His future purposes as contained in the book: the only obstacle to unsealing it is stated in Rev. 5:3 [Alford].

“book — . . .The writing on the back implies fullness and completeness, so that nothing more needs to be added (Rev. 22:18). . . However, no portion of the roll is said to be unfolded and read; but simply the seals are successively opened, giving final access to its contents being read as a perfect whole, which shall not be until the events symbolized by the seals shall have been past, when Ephes. 3:10 shall receive its complete accomplishment, and the Lamb shall reveal God’s providential plans in redemption in all their manifold beauties. Thus the opening of the seals will mean the successive steps by which God in Christ clears the way for the final opening and reading of the book at the visible setting up of the kingdom of Christ.” 

Ephesians 3:10

10 To the intent, that now unto principalities and powers in heavenly places, might be known by the Church the manifold wisdom of God

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The Final Prophecy of Jesus: An Introduction, Analysis, and Commentary on the Book of Revelation

Oral Edmond Collins

Exposition 5:6-10

“What the elder proclaimed, John now saw through tearful eyes wonderfully dramatized in the heavenly scene. The Lion is a Lamb! A Lamb-like being scarred from mortal wounds, was nevertheless grandly alive and standing before Him in the throne room of heaven. The slain Lamb can represent no other than the One about whom Isaiah said,

He was led like a lamb to the slaughter, . . . cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken (Isa. 53:7,8).

“His seven horns and seven eyes indicate His sovereign control over the destiny of His creation as well as His care for His people in ‘all the earth.’

“As the aged and suffering John was comforted, so are we to be comforted by this vision of the Victorious Lamb who is worthy not only to unveil the sealed prophecies, but to call forth the fulfillment of all the glorious predictions of all God’s prophets, insuring that in His time His purposes for His world and for our redemption will be fulfilled. . .”


A little Greek

Robertson’s Word Pictures

Verse 1

“In the right hand (επι την δεχιαν — epi tēn dexian). “Upon the right hand” (επι — epi not εν — en), the open palm. Anthropomorphic language drawn from Ezekiel 2:9.

“A book (βιβλιον — biblion). Diminutive of βιβλος — biblos but no longer so used, βιβλαριδιον — biblaridion occurring instead (Revelation 10:2). Written (γεγραμμενον — gegrammenon). Perfect passive predicate participle of γραπω — graphō and on the back (εσωτεν και οπιστεν — esōthen kai opisthen). “Within and behind.” Description of a roll like that in Luke 4:17, not a codex as some scholars think. Usually these papyrus rolls were written only on the inside, but this one was so full of matter that it was written also on the back side (οπιστεν — opisthen), and so was an οπιστογραπον — opisthographon like that in Ezekiel 2:10. There are many allegorical interpretations of this fact which are all beside the point. Sealed (κατεσπραγισμενον — katesphragismenon). Perfect passive predicate participle of κατασπραγιζω — katasphragizō old compound (perfective use of κατα — kata), to seal up (down), here only in N.T. With seven seals (σπραγισιν επτα — sphragisin hepta). Instrumental case of σπραγις — sphragis old word used in various senses, proof or authentication (1 Corinthians 9:2Romans 4:11), signet-ring (Revelation 7:2), impression made by the seal (Revelation 9:42 Timothy 2:19), the seal on books closing the book (Revelation 5:1Revelation 5:2, Revelation 5:5, Revelation 5:9Revelation 6:1, Revelation 6:3, Revelation 6:5, Revelation 6:7, Revelation 6:9, Revelation 6:12; Revelation 8:1). . .”