Revelation 5:1-14

Who is Worthy?

Revelation 5:1-14

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.

And I beheld

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.
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 odors, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song

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.

Every Creature in heaven and earth

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.

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Revelation 5:1-14

In Revelation 5:1-14 we find John in the throne room.

1. John’s attention is now on the scroll.

There were 7 seals on the scroll.

  • God; the Father was sitting on the throne and had the scroll in his right hand.
  • Usually a scroll usually written on one side.
  • Whereas, this scroll must contain a lot of information because it was written on both sides.

2. A strong angel asked who is worthy to break the seals and open the book.

  • The author writes “a strong angel”. Perhaps to show that regardless of earthly or heavenly strength, it can’t be opened.
  • In this case, no-one can open the seals.
  • In fact, the angel offered the scroll to anyone, anywhere.
  • That is to anyone who believed they might be able to open the seals.

3. No one could open the scroll.

  • As a result no one was mighty or worthy enough to open the scroll.
  • At this point, neither angels, elders, martyred, cherubim, demons, humans, were able to open it.

4. John began to cry.

  • John cried because no one had the authority.
  • Furthermore, no one was worthy enough to open the scroll or even look at it.
  • To John this may have meant that the oppression of the government and sin and sorrow on earth may never end.
  • Or perhaps John felt that God’s plan and execution would remain unopened.

5. An elder told John to stop weeping.

  • Although the elder may have been in a glorified human form, he would have been the one that John would feel most comfortable with.
  • Then he tells John to look and see that Jesus has won the victory.
  • That is, the Lion of the tribe of Judah and from the Root of David is Jesus.
  • Hallelujah! Jesus is the only one worthy to open the scroll and read it.

6. John is seeing the Lamb.

  • Now John is seeing Jesus as the slaughtered Lamb in heaven with God, at the throne.
  • In fact, Jesus is showing previous signs of a sacrifice, the lamb looked slain.
  • Furthermore, having seven horns and seven eyes.
  • Jesus is standing in front of God, the angels, the 4 living beings, elders, and everyone.
  • Meaning then, he is representing the sacrifice (as the Lamb).
  • That is, a sacrifice to accomplish God’s will had already been made by Jesus.


Now this Lamb (Jesus) has knowledge, wisdom, and power fulfilled perfectly: seven horns and seven eyes.

  • Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, he is no longer the meek Lamb.
  • In fact, the number 7 represents perfectness and completeness.
  • In the same way, the horn represents power – this is the infinite power of Jesus.
  • And, eyes suggest knowledge and wisdom.
  • Therefore, the 7 Spirits of God are Jesus’ perfectness, completeness, knowledge and wisdom.
  • See Supporting Notes for Revelation for 7 Spirits of God.
  • John was commanded to write about what he is witnessing.

The Lamb is worthy to take and open the scroll.

  • Jesus is worthy!
  • No one could open the scroll because no one else is strong enough (to unfold God’s plan).
  • However, the Lamb (Jesus) can unfold God’s plan.
  • And by fulfilling God’s redemptive plan on the cross, Jesus can unfold God’s plan.

7. The Lamb took the scroll out of the right hand of God.

  • So, God gave Jesus the authority to open the scrolls just as Jesus received the scroll,
  • Jesus is now capable to reading the scrolls, leading us through the coming events.
  • I believe it was then that God gave all of the coming heaven and earth into Jesus’ hands.
  • Make no mistake, God’s wrath will still take place during the seals, trumpets, and bowls/vials time frame, as planned.
  • However, the coming millennium kingdom will be completely ruled by King Jesus.

Jesus told John

Jesus had already told John in Revelation 1:1 that God had given Him the Revelation to show his servants.

  • “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him”.
  • That is to say, Jesus took scroll acknowledging his acceptance.
  • I believe that this is the beginning of Jesus’ reign as King.

8. Living things and 24 elders

The 4 living things of heaven and the 24 elders bowed down before the Lamb to give him praise.

  • At this point, God recognizes and honour’s Jesus, for the work he accomplished on the cross.
  • In the same way, the elders and angels sing and play harps in service to God.
  • With their golden bowls full of incense, the elders symbolically present the prayers of the saints drifting to heaven.
  • As a result, Jesus is the only one worthy to open the scroll and to receive our praises.

9. The 4 beasts and the elders sang a new song – a song for Jesus Christ.

  • The 4 beasts and elders sang a brand new song for Jesus Christ.
  • Because, Jesus has become a King and deserves the new song and praises.
  • Furthermore, Christ has redeemed people to God by his shed blood.
  • Jesus was victorious over Satan in a way that no one expected.
  • That is, when Christ willingly gave up his earthly life on the cross.
  • He did that for every kindred, tongue, people, and nation, who accepts his gift.

10. Jesus brought salvation

Jesus brought salvation to those who come to him.

  • During the millennial kingdom, born again Christians shall reign under Jesus, on earth during the Millennial Kingdom.
  • The martyred who have received the salvation through Jesus Christ will also reign with Him.
  • The saints will have the positions of trust and will rule with God’s righteousness.

11. John hears voices of angels and the 4 beasts

Now John hears the voices of angels as they join the 4 beasts and elders, in song.

  • The angels surround the circle that is already standing round the throne.
  • At this point, John said there were 10 thousand x 10 thousand (equals 100 million of angels around the throne) and thousands of thousands.
  • Perhaps the angels were so countless that John could not explain just how many there were.

12. They sang a mighty chorus.

  • They sang declaring the worthiness of Jesus.
  • To the Lamb because of the redemption that he accomplished on the cross.
  • Furthermore, to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, and glory.
  • Therefore, everyone in heaven was singing a brand new song to Jesus.
  • Why a new song? Because Jesus had just come into his authority as King!
  • That is to say, a new King – a new song for Him!

13. Then every creature began to sing with them.

  • John noted that every creature in heaven and on earth and in the sea was worshipping, praising, and giving honor to God who sits on the throne forever and everand to the Lamb (Jesus).

14. Amen!

  • The 4 beasts say amen – they are approving of God’s decision – so be it!
  • 24 elders fell and worshipped Jesus.
  • All of heaven and earth and under the earth has welcomed Jesus as King.
  • Every creature has praised and given honour to the Father for giving Jesus the authority to open the scrolls and reign as King.

Jesus is now King!

  • We have just seen all of earth and heaven welcome Jesus as King.
  • Because of the events of Revelation 5, God is now handing the earth to Jesus.
  • Jesus is no longer the meek Lamb; he has become the Lion of Judah.
  • The King!
  • Revelation 5:1-14

Romans 8:31-32 Jesus is the ultimate gift.

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