Study of Revelation Chapter 5 – The Scroll, Seven Seals, and The Lamb

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Revelation

As we move into Revelation, Chapter 5, we continue the glimpse into heaven that began in Chapter 4.   In chapter 4, we saw God’s Holiness described as John saw it.  In chapter 5, we will not only see God’s Holiness continued, but also His authority over all, with a central focus on the book, or scroll, which contain the Tribulation judgments of God.

Revelation Chapter 5:1

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.

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In John’s day, books were written on scrolls.  These scrolls consisted of pieces of papyrus or vellum, up to 30 inches long, rolled up and sealed with a clay or wax seal.  Some scrolls may have had seven seals which had to be broken in order to unroll the parchment.  But, in this case, it seems that each seal opens a section of the scroll, revealing a particular judgment.

Not to get too far ahead of myself…we can see, by the words And I saw, that John’s vision is a continuation from what he observed in chapter 4.  In the right hand represents the power and authority of God.  We can see a parallel between  a book written within and on the backside and Ezekiel 2:9-10Ezekiel 2:9-10
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9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.  

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9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

10 And he spread it before me;and it was written within and without:  and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Although these are two totally different scrolls, the one in Ezekiel containing the prophesy of the impending doom for Israel and the scroll in Revelation is containing the prophecy of impending judgments on the entire world, they both contain a similar warning:  Israel was to repent or judgment was coming; in Revelation, there will be no choice between repenting or judgment.  Judgment WILL be delivered.

Some ask why such a loving God would do such horrible things to all of His creation?  The answer is quite simple.  For so long God has appealed to people’s hearts.  But, over and over again,  the people of this world reject Him.   God is using these judgment as a ‘wake-up call’.  He is trying to get our attention!  And, as each judgment unfolds in its entirety with each one progressively more intense, people WILL have to make a choice.  Nothing else will be important any longer when you are fighting for your survival – not the survival of life on this planet as we know it, but rather the survival of your spirit.  For years, you may have put God on the back burner, enjoying your life as you see fit.  The time will come when you will no longer be able to do that.  God is calling your name and you will respond.  You will either be with Him, or against Him.  You will either stand with Jesus Christ, or you will stand with Satan.  Those will be your only two options.

Sealed with seven seals symbolizes God’s perfect plan of judgment and the redemption of His creation.  It also represents that the scroll is closed in completeness, or perfection.  The scroll being sealed with seven seals my indicate that all of the seals need to be broken off at once to reveal the contents, but I am more inclined to believe that each seal that is broken reveals a section of the scroll.  This is based on how Chapter 6 presents:  each seal delivers a judgment as it is broken from the scroll.

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2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?  

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And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

The use of ‘strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice‘ shows that all earthly and heavenly strength cannot open this scroll.  There is only one, the worthy One, that can perform this deed.  The scroll, in essence, is His title deed to all of the world and all who dwell there.

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3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.  

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And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

It is clearly evident that no one, located anywhere, possesses the power to open this book, nor look upon it.  This verse also shows us that Jesus was not, nor is, a common man.  He is the only one that is qualified to open the scroll, and this task has been reserved for Him alone.  He earned this right when He died on the cross for our sins and provided us redemption.

1 John 2:1-2; 121 John 2:1-2; 12
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2 1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. Izbrano poglavje ne obstaja!

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1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not.  And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

2 And he is the propitiation for our sins:  and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.

The vision that John is experiencing is the same that Daniel saw in Chapter 7:13-14

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13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.  

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13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:  his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Jesus Christ, the divine Messiah, will fulfill the destiny of humanity.

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4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.  

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And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

When no one is found to open the scroll, John began to cry. I wept much is a loud, wailing cry of grief.  Not only could no one be found to open and read the book, but there was no one worthy to even look upon the book.

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5 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.  

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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.

John is told not to cry by one of the elders.  Behold means to fix the eyes upon, to see with attention, or to observe with care according to the KJV Dictionary.  This is the only place in the Bible that Jesus is referred to as the Lion of the tribe of Juda.  We see in Genesis 49:9-10Genesis 49:9-10
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9 Judah is a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.  

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 that Jacob speaks a prophecy over each of his sons.  When he speaks of Judah, he refers to him as a lion cub.  Jesus’ ancestry is in the tribe of Juda.  The Root of David means that Jesus was born into the family line of David.  In Matthew 1 and Luke 3, we can find genealogies of Jesus, tracing Him through David’s bloodline.  The word Lion symbolizes King, or ruler.

[To delve deeper into the Root of David, see Isaiah 11:1-3Isaiah 11:1-3
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11 1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: quick...: Heb. scent or, smell  

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Jesus has won the battle on this earth, against Satan and sin, through His time on this earth and His death on the cross, clearly showing that He hath prevailed.  He will be the one to break the seals and open the book.

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6 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.  

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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.

This verse is what I call jam-packed!  So, grab your coffee or tea, and let’s dig in!

The verse begins with And I beheld meaning John is fixing his eyes upon something…but wait, he adds the word lo.  In the Bible, the word lo is to emphasize the element of surprise, or astonishment.  This should come as no shock to us when we try to imagine the image he is seeing: 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, all in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders.

We know, through scripture, that the slain lamb is Jesus Christ.  In John 1:29John 1:29
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29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. taketh away: or, beareth  

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, John sees Jesus and proclaims The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.   In Isaiah 53:7Isaiah 53:7
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7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  

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, Jesus is brought as a lamb to the slaughter without speaking.

In verse 5, we see the angel refer to Jesus as the Lion, powerful and in all His glory.  Now, John sees him as a sacrificial Lamb.  Whether you believe in Jesus Christ will determine how you will see him when He returns for judgment.  For those who have rejected Christ, He will be seen as a Lion who will commence judgment upon them and reign over them.  For those who believe in Jesus Christ, they will always see Him as their sacrificial Lamb.  Jesus conquered sin through His death on the cross.

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7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  

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In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

1 Peter 1:18-191 Peter 1:18-19
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18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  

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Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

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24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. on: or, to  

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Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.

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18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  

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For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

John sees the Lamb with seven horns, which indicates that He now holds all power.  In Zechariah 1:18-19Zechariah 1:18-19
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18 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and saw, and behold four horns. 19 And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.  

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, we see the use of ‘four horns’ in the scripture, reflecting the power and resulting dispersion of God’s people.   In Matthew 28:18Matthew 28:18
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18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  

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,  Jesus spoke to them saying “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth“.

The Lamb also has seven eyes which are already explained in the verse as the seven Spirits of God.  These are the same seven Spirits of God that we saw in Revelation 1:4Revelation 1:4
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4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;  

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which were before his throne and again in Chapter 3:1 and 4:5.  We see reference to the seven eyes in Zechariah 3:9Zechariah 3:9
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9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.  

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and Zechariah 4:10Zechariah 4:10
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10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. for they...: or, since the seven eyes of the LORD shall rejoice plummet: Heb. stone of tin  

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.  The seven eyes indicates that He holds all wisdom and understanding.

The seven Spirits of God are sent forth into all the earth.  There are numerous interpretations regarding this part of verse 6, but I believe that it previews the everlasting gospel that will be preached to the entire world in Revelation 14:6-7Revelation 14:6-7
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6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.  

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According to the KJV Dictionary Definition, the word midst often signifies involved in, surrounded or overwhelmed by, or in the thickest part, or in the depths of.  In this verse, ‘midst’ is used twice: in the midst of the throne, and then again in the midst of the elders.  It is reasonable to believe that John is envisioning Jesus surrounded by all that he sees in his vision.  We have already acknowledged that the elders around the throne are most probably the 12 Tribes of Israel and the 12 Apostles of Christ, and the four beasts with their description can be found in Chapter 4 Study.  If we take a look at Ezekiel 1:1-28Ezekiel 1:1-28
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The Book of the Prophet Ezekiel 1 1 Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, in the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. captives: Heb. captivity 2 In the fifth day of the month, which was the fifth year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, 3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him. Ezekiel: Heb. Jehezkel 4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. infolding...: Heb. catching itself 5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. straight...: Heb. a straight foot 8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings. 9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. stretched...: or, divided above 12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. 15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces. 16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. 17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. 18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four. and their rings: or, and their strakes 19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. 20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. of...: or, of life 21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. of...: or, of life 22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above. 23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies. 24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings. 25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings. 26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it. 27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about. 28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.  

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, we can see a detailed account of the four beasts.

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7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  

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And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

We have determined that the Lamb is Jesus Christ.  And he came and took the book signifies a transfer of authority, allowing the Lamb to fulfill the contents of the scroll.  Out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne reveals that the Son of God takes the scroll from the hand of God.  The plan of God is ready to be carried out and Jesus is the One who will implement God’s plan.  This IS huge! Can you even begin to imagine the magnitude of this transpiring in a single moment in heaven?  The implications of this verse are profound!  Everything that Jesus does, He does out of His unconditional love for us, His children, those who have received their redemption through salvation.  

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8 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. odours: or, incense  

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And when he had taken the book, the four beast 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.

When Jesus had taken the book,  receiving the authority from God to commence judgment upon the earth, the beasts and the elders fell down before the Lamb.  What a grand praise and worship time this will be!  Having every one of them harps reveals the tranquility of this scene.  We first see the harp being constructed by Jubal in Genesis 4:21Genesis 4:21
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21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.  

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, and again mentioned in Genesis 31:27Genesis 31:27
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27 Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp? steal...: Heb. hast stolen me  

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.  In 1 Samuel 16:231 Samuel 16:23
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23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.  

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, we see Saul stricken with an evil spirit.  David plays a harp and Saul being soothed by the music, the evil spirit  departs from him.  The soothing effect of the music of the harp can also be found in 1 Samuel 16:16, 11 Samuel 16:16, 1
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16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well. 16 1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons.  

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Samuel 18:10, and 1 Samuel 19:91 Samuel 19:9
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9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.  

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.  In 1 Kings 10:121 Kings 10:12
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12 And the king made of the almug trees pillars for the house of the LORD, and for the king's house, harps also and psalteries for singers: there came no such almug trees, nor were seen unto this day. pillars: or, rails: Heb. a prop  

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, we see that the harp was constructed from the almug treewhich yields a heavy, fine-grained wood that is notably black on the surface yet polishes to a rich ruby or garnet color.  We see the reference to almug trees again in 2 Chronicles 9:10-112 Chronicles 9:10-11
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10 And the servants also of Huram, and the servants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones. algum...: also called, almug trees 11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah. terraces: or, stairs: Heb. highways  

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.  In 2 Chronicles 20:282 Chronicles 20:28
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28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.  

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, we see that music and praise continued to characterize the army under Jehoshaphat’s spiritual leadership.  Psalm 33:2Psalm 33:2
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2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.  

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tells us to praise the LORD with the harp, and in Revelation 14:2Revelation 14:2
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2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:  

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, we will see the harpers harping with their harps in celebration of the triumphs of the Redeemer.  What a glorious sound that must be when all are in unison!  How pleasing that will be to God!  I don’t know about you, but I’m not what you would call…musically inclined.  I have no doubts though, there will be nothing that we can’t do when we are worshiping at the feet of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ!

The golden vials full of odours are explained within the verse as the prayers of saints.  The color gold emphasizes their exceeding value to God. Odours is incense.  The vials symbolize the prayers of saints who have died by persecution.  Isn’t it amazing to know that all of our prayers are in heaven with God?

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2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. 3 Give us day by day our daily bread. day by day: or, for the day 4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.  

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, Jesus tells His disciples what to say when they pray.

The Lord's Prayer

When I look at each word of this prayer, the words Thy kingdom come; They will be done, as in heaven, so in earth, sound so sweet and precious to me.  This is exactly what will be happening during this time, and all of The Lord’s Prayers we have ever recited in prayer time will be poured out before God, along with every other prayer we have prayed!

Psalm 55:16-17Psalm 55:16-17
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16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. 17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.  

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16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.

17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud:  and he shall hear my voice.

God hears all of our prayers and stores them until it is in His time for them to be answered.

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9 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;  

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And they sung a new song, saying, Thou are worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:  for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by the blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

They sung a new song is a song of quality, not timing.  This new song is specific for this particular situation and is not reused from any other.   This verse clearly tells us the words of the new song and they are celebrating with this new song that Jesus is worthy of all, and that we have been redeemed and belong to God.

Titus 2:11-14Titus 2:11-14
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11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, hath...: or, to all men, hath appeared 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; glorious...: Gr. the appearance of the glory of the great God, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  

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11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation will proclaim that Jesus is worthy.  There will be no racial or gender separation in heaven.  We are all redeemed under the same blood, the blood of Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins, and arose the third day.  Salvation is for anyone who wants to accept it.  God is not prejudice and sees us all the same; there are no obstacles between us and God other than ourselves.

Revelation 5:10Revelation 5:10
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10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.  

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And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:  and we shall reign on the earth.

 They continue singing, And hast made us unto our God kings and priests, praising Jesus for his redemption through his death, for gathering them into a Kingdom, and making them kings and priests.  They end the song  with We shall reign on the earth, which is a promise that God gave to his believers.  See 2 Timothy 2:122 Timothy 2:12
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12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:  

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; Revelation 2:26Revelation 2:26
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26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:  

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; Luke 12:32Luke 12:32
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32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  

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.  This promise will be fulfilled in Revelation 20:6Revelation 20:6
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6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

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Remember this!  So many times, we are mocked and ridiculed for our faith in this life.  Be strong and continue to witness to all you see.  There will come a time when will reign with Christ, and all of what we endure while we are here will be in the past.  It will hold no importance to us.

Revelation 5:11Revelation 5:11
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11 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;  

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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;

Again, John is captured by his vision.  He hears the voice of many angels.  God created angels as spiritual beings to help carry out his work on earth.  They have many roles in our life.  See Luke 1:26-28Luke 1:26-28
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26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. highly...: or, graciously accepted, or, of much grace  

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; Daniel 6:22Daniel 6:22
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22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.  

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; Genesis 16:7Genesis 16:7
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7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.  

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; Exodus 14:19Exodus 14:19
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19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:  

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; 2 Samuel 24:162 Samuel 24:16
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16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite. Araunah: also called, Ornan  

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; Ezekiel 1:9-14; 2Ezekiel 1:9-14; 2
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9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward. 10 As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle. 11 Thus were their faces: and their wings were stretched upward; two wings of every one were joined one to another, and two covered their bodies. stretched...: or, divided above 12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went. 13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning. 14 And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning. 2 1 And he said unto me, Son of man, stand upon thy feet, and I will speak unto thee. 2 And the spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet, that I heard him that spake unto me. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, I send thee to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that hath rebelled against me: they and their fathers have transgressed against me, even unto this very day. nation: Heb. nations 4 For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD. impudent: Heb. hard of face 5 And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. 6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. briers...: or, rebels 7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious. most...: Heb. rebellion 8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee. 9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein; 10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.  

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Kings 6:16-18; and Revelation 20:1Revelation 20:1
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20 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.  

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.  Of course, we have good and bad angels, but the bad angels have stood with Satan and have less power and authority.  Eventually, they will be destroyed with Satan.

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And the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;.  Wow!  I actually calculated this!  That is a lot of angels!  I can’t even comprehend that number, can you?

Revelation 5:12Revelation 5:12
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12 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.  

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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.

All of them, 100 million + 1000’s and 1000’s, are proclaiming together, Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.  They are announcing to all the Jesus is worthy!  He is worthy to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.  I don’t believe that the multitude of angels are saying that they are providing Jesus with these things, but more so, Jesus possesses these qualities and is worthy of them all.

Revelation 5:13Revelation 5:13
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13 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.  

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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.

This scene looks ahead to when 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 means all of creation – everything and everyone, will cry out to God.  There are no exceptions!

Philippians 2:10-11Philippians 2:10-11
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10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  

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10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  Unto him that sitteth upon the throne is referring to God the Father, because next we see unto the Lamb which we know is Jesus Christ, God the Son.  These praises will continue for ever and ever.  It will be for eternity.

Revelation 5:14Revelation 5:14
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14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.  

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And the four beasts said, Amen.  And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Amen has many meanings: so be it, to finish, to uphold, confirmed, surely, indeed, truly, etc.  Amen is and ending to a vision of what shall be.   We shall never stop worshiping Him, even in heaven.  Praising and worshiping will continue for ever and ever.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

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