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The Seven-Sealed Books
Rev. 5:8-9 When the Lamb with the death wounds in His body stands up, turned to the throne of Him who held the book in His right hand, and takes the book, every redeemed person will burst into singing the new song.
This act of the Lion-Lamb guarantees the subjection of this wicked earth to include Babylon, Antichrist, the dragon, and the host of others who spurned the love of god as it was Christ. Because He died the death of the Cross to pay the debt of sin, Our Lord has every right to take the book and then complete the work of redemption of rescuing this forfeited earth from the dominion of the devil.
The praise and worship of the singers is pure. In that day we shall all be perfect, like Him whose praises we shall sing. This song celebrates the glorious work of redemption. It is a worship service unprecedented in all history.
Rev. 5:10 Every redeemed soul becomes a part of God’s kingdom in a royal and reigning way. In that day we will not be subjects of the kingdom, but reigning ones with the King of King [Ref. Rev. 1:6; 2:26-27; 31:21; 20:4-6]. Jesus promised His own that they would share with Him in the day of His rule over the earth [Ref. Mt. 19:28; Luke 22:28-29]. Paul also said that those who persevere with Christ “shall reign with Him” [Ref. 2 Tim. 2:12].
The role of the redeemed during the millennium is a regal one. Then, too, we are made “priests.” The Apostle Peter said that we are “an holy priesthood” [Ref. 1 Pet. 2:5), “a royal priesthood” [Ref. 1 Pet. 2:9]. All true believers are holy and royal priests, not that we are going to be such, but that we are holy and royal priests. This is what Christ has “made us.” As holy priests we draw nigh to god in the blessed occupation of praising Him continually; as royal priests we go forth with Him to show forth His virtues.
Angels Exalt the Lamb:
Rev. 5:11-12 The elders were joined by the hosts of angels in heaven who added their words of praise in a loud voice. The words they sang are literally “they said Greek word (legontes) spoken. This is in contrast to verse 9 where the twenty and four elders “sang” (adousin) singing. In the angels praise they ascribe – power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise to God.
Universal Adoration of the Lamb as King:
Rev. 5: 13-14 Every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea and all that is in them joined the heavenly throng in words of praise to God. In this final act of praise the four living creatures said “Amen (so be it), and the 24 elders fell prostrate in worship.
John in the spirit seeing this heavenly vision of chapters 4 & 5, now the stage is set for the dramatic events to follow, the opening of the seven seals.
It is clear from this revelation that heaven is real, not imagined. These two chapters reveal the indescribable glory and infinite majesty of the Godhead in heaven.
The following chapters reveal this sovereign power of God expressed in judgment on a wicked world sunk in unprecedented depths of sin and blasphemy. Though we believers of today do not have the privilege of sharing John’s vision or a similar one granted Paul [Ref. 2 Cor. 12;1-3], every believer can take these word pictures of scripture here and anticipate the glory and the wonder of the heavenly scene that we will someday “see” with our own eyes.