Who Is Worthy To Open The Scroll
Revelation 4 and 5 are one theme, which is the worship of God. In Revelation 5 John sees something that he had not seen which was, John sees the open hand of God and their is a scroll (book) in His hand.
Revelation 5:2 “A strong angel asks “And I saw a strong angel announcing in a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the scroll? And [who is entitled and deserves and is morally fit] to break its seals? 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth [in the realm of the dead, Hades] was able to open the scroll or to take a [single] look at its contents. 4 And I wept audibly and bitterly because no one was found fit to open the scroll or to inspect it.”
Revelation 5:9 “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:
“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” 13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.
Once John sees the scroll, he hears “who is worthy to open the scroll”? The answer, no one and because of this John began to weep so strongly he could be heard. Why was John weeping and what did this represent?
We find the answer in the Old Testament which tells us about the scrolls. In Jeremiah 32 the Lord tells Jeremiah to buy land and legalize the transaction. The way they legalized it was to write the details on the inside, the conditions on the outside, and seal it with seven seals. The scroll could only be opened by someone who was of the proper authority….. [read more]