Bible Study Notes on Revelation 5 – 20170630

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Revelation 5:1  “…I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals”
God on His throne, in complete control.  He has the scroll.  All that is done is from Him.  He has decided how time will play out.  Such majesty and power, it cannot be matched anywhere.

5  “…Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals”
References to Christ.  Lion of Judah and from the line of David.

8  “…the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb…”
Worshipped God and now worshipping the Lamb.  They obviously consider Him worthy of worship or equal with God.

8  “…golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints”
Prayers coming before God.  Commentary mentioned the unscriptural Catholic practice of praying to saints to intercede for us, that there was no mention of that here which is where Catholics get the idea.  Two misconceptions.  First, the scriptures refer to all who believe in Christ as saints of God, not just a select few chosen by man.  Second, therefore, the bowls of the prayers of the saints are full of all Christians’ prayers, not the prayers of a few interceding for others.  It’s not clear what part the living creatures and elders play in presenting prayers to God, but it is clear He hears the prayers of His children, the saints of God.

9  “…every tribe and tongue and people and nation”
Groupings of people.  No mention of race or different people.

10  “…made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth”
Joint heirs with Jesus having direct access to God.  We have no need of a priest to intercede for us, we all are priests with our own direct access.  Reign with Christ.

11  “…ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands”
Innumerable amount.

13  “…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…”
All of creation praising God and Christ.  Not just people and angels, but all creatures.  I know that this praise goes on all the time in God’s throne room, but not sure if this scene is supposed to represent a point in time, present or future.  Since it involves the scroll with its seals, I’m wondering if it is future.  Some may be, but it could also be a sampling of what goes on all the time.  And of course, heaven is outside of how we perceive time, so any reference to time is inadequate.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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