Revelation 5:1-4 says, 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. 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 to read the book, neither to look thereon.
All the events of human history are kept recorded. God keeps a record of what happens. The book mentioned here is associated with the events that will unfold during the great tribulation. The events that unfold during the great tribulation is the judgment of God on the nations of the world. Considering it is the judgment of God it should be no wonder that no man is worthy to open the book. Because the judgment of God as we will see in the next several verses is something that God and God alone is worthy to mete out.
Revelation 5:5-7 says, 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.
The key phrase to notice here is stood a Lamb as it had been slain. Why is Christ worthy when no other man is? Well Christ is God and Christ was slain for the sins of the world that is why Christ is worthy to open the book and to mete out the judgment of God upon this world during the time of the great tribulation. Christ became sin for us. Christ suffered the judgment of God for the sins of the world. And therefore Christ will give out the judgment of God upon the world.
Revelation 5:8-10 says, 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 odours, which are the prayers of saints. 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; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
Once again in these verses we are told why the Lamb is worthy: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood.
The great tribulation will be a time of answered prayers. This is why the prayers of the saints are mentioned in these verses. Yes there are many prayers that Christians have prayed which are yet unanswered: prayers for justice and judgment because of those who have suffered in this life by reason of ungodly men and those who have died for the name of Jesus. The penal systems of governments cannot bring final justice. In fact most governments of this world have caused great injustice towards Christians in their oppositions towards the truth. But one day the injustices of this world will be brought to justice and all those who have suffered and lost in this life for Jesus will see their prayers and their cries for restitution and even their desire for just vengeance answered.
Revelation 5:11-12 says, 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. 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.
Worthy is the lamb that was slain. This is the 3rd time in these verses that Jesus is metioned as being worthy for having been slain. There is an emphasis here on the fact that Jesus died for your sins and mine. Here as the seals are about to be opened and judgment begin on the nations of the world we still see the burden of the Lord that the lost people of this world would hear the message: worthy is the Lamb that was slain.
There will be no excuse when judgment comes. Everyone will have had their chances to repent of their sins. Everyone will have heard the message: worthy is the Lamb that was slain.
Revelatoin 5:13-14, 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. And the four beasts said Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Blessing, honour, glory, and power belong to God. How often men fail to recognize this. You would think that what would happen when a person hears the amazing and wonderful true story of how Jesus died for their sins that they would respond and say: blessing, honour, glory, and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. But more often than not that is not what happens.
Here at the beginning of the great tribulation just before the antichrist rises to power every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea will say blessing, honour, glory, and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne. What a gospel witness that will be to the world. Why would God have such a thing occur? Perhaps as one final word of testimony to try and get those on the earth to repent before the judgment begins.
Yes the day of the LORD is coming. It has been 2000 years since Jesus suffered and died on the cross. That is 2000 years of unrepented sins on the nations of this world. The day is coming when God will judge the nations of the world. And there is only one who is worthy to mete out the judgment of God and that is Jesus Christ the lamb who was slain before the foundations of the world.
Turn from your sins today to the loving savior and escape the judgment of God.
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