The mysterious book sealed with the seven seals is presented in the courtroom scene of the vision:
“I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book (probably a scroll) written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the book and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book, or to look at it” (Revelation 5:1-3).
John somehow understood that there would be dire consequences if the book was not opened and in his great distress he “began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look into it” (Revelation 5:4).
But all was not lost: “One of the elders said to [John], ‘Weep no more. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered so that He can open the scroll and its seven seals” (Revelation 5:5).
The Lamb is worthy!
Surprisingly, after looking around, John didn’t see a lion or a root. however, “in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain having seven horns and seven eyes…Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne” (Revelation 5:6,7).
This action prompted the greatest outpouring of praise and worship in the whole book of Revelation:
- “They sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the book, and to open its seals; For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood… Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessings!”,
- “And every creature which is in heaven and on earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea and all that are in them, I heard saying, ‘Blessings and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:9-13).
The whole universe was supercharged with joy and enthusiasm because the Lamb could now open the sealed book!
The sealed book
In order to understand this passage, we need to determine what the sealed book is and why it is so important that it be opened.
There has been a lot of speculation about the sealed book, much of it involving comparisons with books or scrolls used in Roman times such as books of covenant or title deeds, or wills and testaments. But instead of guessing about the meaning, we will look at the evidence that is found right within the Book of Revelation. We will also look into what other books are mentioned in Revelation besides the sealed book.
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