by F.W.C. Neser
The central ﬁgure of the above wondrous scene is the LAMB.
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming 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. And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and read the book, neither to look thereon.”
When God created Adam and placed him in the garden of Eden He gave him dominion over the earth. God placed into the hand of Adam a clear title to the earth. All things were his if obedient.
Adam failed and lost his right to dominion, and Satan, who was the winner, claimed the title deeds to the earth.
No sooner had Adam sinned then God promised that the seed of the woman would bruise the serpent’s head.
After 4 000 years the seed (Christ) was born, and on the Cross of Calvary He paid the price for the redemption of all creation including man, animals, and the earth.
In chapter 5 He claims possession of the title deeds which Adam the First lost in the garden of Eden.
Who was worthy? Adam? Noah? Abraham? Moses? Unless someone is found all is lost. The matter is so urgent that a strong Angel cries with a loud voice. All creation is Waiting with bated breath (Romans 8:18-23). Even John wept much because it seemed as if no man was to be found who was worthy to open and read this seven-sealed book.
This book was not only the title deeds to this lost earth, but it was also the unfolding and revelation of the yet unwritten history of the future. This was to be the lifting of the veil on all that was about to happen on this old troubled world from John’s time, until the day when man will walk back into the Garden of God and to the tree of life. (See Revelation 22:1-5.) No wonder all creation was hushed and full of excitement as the next announcement was about to be made. Listen, get into the Spirit yourself While you read this, and God will anoint your eyes to see.
CHRIST IN HIS KINGLY CHARACTER OPENS THE BOOK (REVELATION 5:5-7). (COMPARE ISAIAH 11:1; JEREMIAH 23:5; LUKE 1:32, 33.)
“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, 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. And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.”
One of the elders came up with this wonderful news that turned despair into hope when he said: “Weep not: behold (wonder, surprise, joy) the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof” (verse 5).
In the midst of the concern in heaven over a lost world, in chains to the devil, and an unkown and foreboding future, one of the elders was the ﬁrst to notice the Lamb of God arising to stake His claim to being entitled to open the book: The Lord Jesus has 365 names given to Him by the sacred writers, according to Heslop. The name Jesus means Saviour. Christ means the anointed or anointer, the Messiah.
The Lion speaks of overpowering strength and typiﬁes Christ as the Conquering King, see Genesis 49:9; Numbers 24:9; Deuteronomy 33:22; Ezekiel 38:13. The Royal Houses of North Western Europe claim direct descent from King David and have the lion in their national coats of arms.
Again therefore He stands revealed also in a special relationship to Israel.
As the offspring of David He was human, but as the Root of David He was Divine. See Isaiah 11:1, 10; Jeremiah 3:17; Revelation 22:16; Matthew 1:1; Acts 15:15-17; Jeremiah 23:5; Luke 1:32, 33. Christ is thus heir of all things.
“Hath prevailed to open the Book”:
Christ prevailed in the wilderness when after fasting forty days and forty nights, He wrestled with Satan and overcame him. Christ prevailed in Gethsemane and prevailed on Calvary when He dropped His head on a pulseless breast and said, “It is ﬁnished.” Christ prevailed on the third day after His cruciﬁxion when He arose from the dead and conquered Satan, sin, death, hell and the grave.
Christ prevailed over the powers of the Kingdom of darkness when He led captivity captive, ascended on high, and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High. See Revelation 3:21. “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.” The same Christ claims the Kingdoms of this world by right of conquest.
“. . . stood a Lamb as it had been slain.”
This shows Christ who was cruciﬁed (slain) standing (resurrected). He stands in the midst of the throne, the four living beings and the elders. He stands therefore in the centre of the Government of the Universe. Praise God for such an Almighty Saviour and Coming King. Take heart Israel, take heart earth, the One who loved you so much that He died for you (John 1:29) stands at the very centre of the governing body of the universe.
In Matthew 28:18 He says: “All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” Paul wrote to the Philippians: “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a (the) 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” (Philippians 2:9-11).
The seven horns speak of perfect power, in other words of omnipotence. The seven eyes speak of perfect wisdom, that is omniscience, thus Deity. The seven spirits are named in Isaiah 11 which describes the setting up of the Davidic kingdom when the knowledge of the Lord shall cover the earth as the Waters cover the sea: “. . . the Spirit of the Lord. . . the spirit of wisdom . . . understanding. . . counsel, might, knowledge. . . the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2)
Jesus alone is at the right hand of God. (Hebrews 12:2).
This is in line with Daniel 7:13, 14; Revelation 11:15.