Revelation Lesson 10 Day 5 Worthy

Revelation 5:11-14

The Lamb is Worthy Revelation 5:11-14

11. a. The sacrificed Lamb is…

Worthy and deserving to receive

  • power – Authority
  • riches – Abundance both earthly and spiritual
  • wisdom – His accomplishment in redeeming all creation displayed the greatest possible wisdom.
  • strength – He displayed the ability to accomplish His purposes.
  • honor – He deserves and should be esteemed and treated with honor for what He has done.
  • glory – Glory or praise might refer to the honor we feel in our hearts; this to the expression of that by the language of praise.
  • blessing – To bless God means our heart is so full of love and gratitude we desire that he be honored, loved, and praised by everyone everywhere.  Barnes

The Greek includes the “and” between each of the SEVEN (there’s that number again) on the list. This adds emphasis and makes the reader or listener pay attention to each one.

The Lamb is worthy because he was made a sacrifice for sin. He paid the price AND has the power to make it happen.

The Lamb’s sacrifice provided my redemption from the bondage of sin, guilt, and Satan. His priceless gift can only be rewarded by gifts from God. Nothing we could give compares to what He did for us.

He not only purchased our freedom, He also made us kings and priests.

  • Kings, to rule over our own spirits, to overcome the world, and the evil one.
  • Priests, giving us access to himself, and liberty to offer up spiritual sacrifices.

b.  Worship

That’s some choir and orchestra! John heard it all — one hundred million angels and then some.

The whole universe heard and responded to the worship in the Throne Room, even those already in the realm of the dead.

Once again, a question brings a familiar verse to my attention in a dramatic way.

I should be more lavish with my praise and more specific about God’s attributes.

I should thank Him and praise Him for the spiritual and eternal things He has done for everyone, not just for me. I’m sure my gratitude and complaints focus more on my own physical comforts or lack thereof.

We should never remove our worship hat. I remember an interview with a worship leader. She shared how as she got in the car to go lead worship at a special meeting following a trying day with her children. She took a deep breath and said, “mom hat off, worship hat on.” He pastor/father-in-law said, “That’s your problem. You never should have taken off the worship hat.”

12.  a.  Who praised the Lamb,

  • 100,000,000 and then some angels
  • The four living beings
  • The twenty-four elders
  • The entire universe joins them.

Their praise is appropriate because the Lamb is worthy. He is responsible for the redemption of those who receive the gift.

b.  In God we, and EVERYTHING He created, lives and moves and exists!

The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! From Acts 17:28-29 MSG

Genesis 1:26-28

  • God created man in His image – a reflection of His nature.
  •  God blessed them and empowered them saying:
            “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
    Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
    for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

Genesis 2:7

God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life. The Man came alive—a living soul! MSG

Psalms 19:1

God’s glory is on tour in the skies,
God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.

Psalms 50:10-11

Every creature in the forest is mine,
the wild animals on all the mountains.
I know every mountain bird by name;
the scampering field mice are my friends. MSG

Psalms 104:24-25

O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
teeming with life of every kind,
both large and small.

Romans 8:20-21

That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens. MSG

13.  a.  The universal chorus sang

To the One on the Throne! To the Lamb!
The blessing, the honor, the glory, the strength,
For age after age after age.

Four-fold not seven-fold this time led by the four living creatures. They relate to the earth and so does the number four.

John said he heard the entire universe, including the dead, some say, join in offering praise to God and the Lamb as commanded in the following Psalm:

Psalm 148:7-12

Praise the Lord from the earth,
you creatures of the ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and clouds,
wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all livestock,
small scurrying animals and birds,

kings of the earth and all people,
rulers and judges of the earth,
young men and young women,
old men and children.

Revelation 5 :13 doesn’t specifically say John saw anything. If his vision included a glimpse of this universal chorus, he probably would have said so(?)  I think he probably just knew the source of the sound.

b.  God’s creation displays His Glory.

The magnificent color and light effects at sunset and during thunderstorms

The beauty of natural things and places–blankets of snow with every flake a unique creation, fall leaves bursting with color, spring flowers in every shape, size, and color, grains of sand, the Grand Canyon, trees–oh, how I adore trees–clouds…

The musical sound of ocean waves, rivers, waterfalls, babbling brooks, rain drops, birds, wind rustling through tree leaves, crickets, baby’s laughter…

Just because we don’t hear (with our natural ears) sound made by rocks, we know they are capable and likely are generating sound.

For thousands of years, no one saw the beauty and complexity of snowflakes and grains of sand.

How many beautiful treasures have yet to be discovered? And how many more senses will our eternal bodies have that we don’t now have?

I can imagine God’s delight as He anticipates someone seeing His snowflake creation for the first time. Why else would He do that? So many hidden treasures await us.

What about these rocks that sound like bells when struck? Amazing.



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Revelation Lesson 10 Day 4 Lamb


Revelation 5:6-10

8.  a.  The moment He took the scroll, the Four Animals and Twenty-four Elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.

Each had a harp and each had a bowl, a gold bowl filled with incense, the prayers of God’s holy people.

And they sang a new song:

Worthy! Take the scroll, open its seals.
Slain! Paying in blood, you bought men and women,
Bought them back from all over the earth,
Bought them back for God.
Then you made them a Kingdom, Priests for our God,
Priest-kings to rule over the earth. MSG

b.  The Lamb of God prevailed and gained the right to open the book.

He was slain (yet still alive) from the foundation of the world. 1 Peter 1:20

He fulfilled all the requirements by

  • living on earth in human form, from the tribe of Judah, a descendant of David’s royal lineage,
  • lived a sinless life,
  • fulfilled every prophecy in minute detail,
  • suffered the excruciating and humiliating death by crucifixion,
  • spent three days in the place of the dead,
  • conquered death through His triumphant resurrection from the dead.

Even before Jesus did all that,

  • Jesus said, “My Father has entrusted everything to me. Matthew 11:27
  • God gave Him all power and authority. Matthew 28:18
  • Daniel wroteI saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. 
    • He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world so that people of every race and nation and language would serve and worship Him.
    • His rule is eternal—it will never end.
    • His kingdom will never be destroyed.
  • He now sits on the Throne at the right hand of the Father having finished the work He was sent to do.
  • God loves His Son and has entrusted everything into His hands. John 3:35

c.  The Elders hold my prayers before the Throne of God,

worshipping Him with singing and harps. It comforts me to know my prayers aren’t just floating around in the atmosphere of earth or heaven. They are presented in God’s presence before His throne.

and how does the heavenly response influence yours?

This visual inspires me toward every increasing and intensity of worship for a holy God who is worthy and loves people beyond my comprehension.

9.  God’s word assures me I am His!

And the Spirit Himself testifies and confirms together with (my) spirit [assuring (me)] that am a child of God. Romans 8:16 AMP

John 3:16 For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 17:2 You put him in charge of everything human. So he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge.

Romans 10:9-10  If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us, and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

Ephesians 1:13  And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.

2 Timothy 2:19-20 Meanwhile, God’s firm foundation is as firm as ever, these sentences engraved on the stones: God knows who belongs to him. Spurn evil, all you who name God as God.

Previously, Paul was writing about false prophets. The latter reference to turn from evil probably refers to false prophets and those who follow them. Those who say “Lord, Lord,” but He never knew them.

10.  Identity of the Kingdom of Priests

The believers and followers of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ

Matthew 28:19-20

Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” MSG

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. NLT

1 Peter 2:4-12

But you (we) are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day difference he made for you—from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. MSG

  • I’m chosen.
  • I’m commissioned.
  • I’m speaking out for Christ.
  • I’m doing what God commanded His followers to do — heal the sick [authenticating your message] AMP.
  • I’m instructing others to do those things.

These were His instructions to them (about seventy people. He wanted to send even more.*): “The harvest is great, but the workers (willing*) are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.

“When you enter a town (or shopping mall, etc.*) and are received, eat what they set before you, heal anyone who is sick, and tell them, ‘God’s kingdom is right on your doorstep! Luke 10:1-2, 8-11 (Emphasis added) *my addition

  • Thankfully, Jesus promised He would always be with me, [remaining with (me) perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion] AMP

Note to self: No one has offered to feed me yet, but when they do, eat it, whatever it is. Even if it’s from McDonalds. (Ha, I’m a particular eater.)


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Revelation Lesson 10 Day 3 Lamb

White lamb

Rev 5 The Lamb

6.  a.  The Lamb, Christ Jesus, was the only one worthy to open the seals of the scroll.

Rev 5 : 6 And there between the throne (with the four living creatures) and among the elders~

  • I saw a Lamb (Christ) standing (tall), [bearing scars and wounds] as though it had been slain,
  • with seven horns (complete power)
  • and with seven eyes (complete knowledge),
  • which are the seven Spirits of God who have been sent [on duty] into all the earth. AMP

b.  The Lamb looked as if it had been slaughtered.

The Greek word (arnion) translated lamb used in Revelation is only used one other place in the New Testament, John 21:15. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed my lambs.”

This term suggests an endearing relationship. Christ is the precious Lamb, we His little, delicate or dear lambs, one with Him.2 & 6 (emphasis added)

A lamb represents innocence. They were often offered in sacrifice under the First Covenant.5

John 1:29 Jesus, God’s Passover Lamb. “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

1 Corinthians 5:7  The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already been sacrificed for the Passover meal, and we are the Unraised Bread part of the Feast. MSG

1 Peter 1:18-20  

Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God. MSG

How can I adequately say thanks for all God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit have done and are doing on my behalf? How often am I oblivious to His love, favor, protection, forgiveness, and blessings?

7.  a.  The Lamb stood before the Throne.

Christ stands in the center between God’s throne (with the four living creatures) and among the elders.

Christ stands as Mediator between God and all people.

The Lion who appears as a Lamb took the scroll from the One who sits on the throne demonstrating that He has been given all authority.

As Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.”

b.  The number seven symbolizes completeness and perfection.

The Seven Horns symbolize complete and perfected power and authority.

The Seven Eyes symbolize complete, perfected, all-watchful wisdom and knowledge representing…

The Seven Spirits of God who have been sent forth [on duty] into all the earth.


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¹ Strongs


³ MH


5 Barnes

6 Adam Clarke

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Revelation Lesson 10 Day 2 Rev 5


Rev 5 :1-5

3.  a.  Lying upon the right hand of Him who sat on the throne–

βιβλίον — “biblion” bill, book, scroll, writing¹

Written inside and on the back — implies fulness and completeness, so that nothing more needs to be added (Rev. 22:18). The roll, or book, appears from the context to be “the title-deed of man’s inheritance” [De Burgh]² redeemed by Christ, and contains the successive steps by which He shall recover it from its usurper and obtain actual possession of the kingdom already “purchased” for Himself and His elect saints…The designs and methods of Diving Providence, toward the church and the world, are stated, fixed, and made a matter of record.

Sealed (seal closely) with seven seals (a mark of privacy or genuineness), literal or figurative.¹

This represented the secret purposes of God about to be revealed…The counsels of God are altogether hidden from the eye and understanding of the creature. The several parts are not unsealed and opened at once, but after each other, till the whole mystery of God’s counsel and conduct is finished in the world.3

Ephesians 1:9-10

God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth.

b.  John wept bitterly

…when no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth [in Hades, the realm of the dead] was found worthy [having the authority and virtue] to open the scroll and to break its seals. AMP

John knew that something profound was locked inside those parchments that he and all believers needed to know.

John had more than a personal desire. He was in the Spirit realm, seeing and sensing in his spirit through the indwelling Holy Spirit. I think the Holy Spirit in him longs to see the fulfillment and is perhaps interceding through him. If not interceding, he senses the desire of God’s own longing to see His plan for mankind to be revealed and manifested.

That said, John is a pattern to us to imitate, as an eager and teachable learner of the Apocalypse.²

Update: In class I heard the view John was simply responding as a human would. Even though he was in the spirit, there was a disconnect between his spirit side and his human side.

I think only his heightened spiritual awareness would cause him to grieve that way. Our human side reacts more to non-spiritual things. What do you think?

4.  Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the root of David.

Genesis 49:9-12 

  • This passage reveals the Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah.
  • His brothers will praise and honor Him.
  • He will have the strength of a lion cub.
  • He will rule the nations forever.
  • There is a reference to the vine and branches.
  • Wine and blood will cleanse His robes.

2 Samuel 7

When David wanted to build a proper house for God to live in among His people, God made a promise to David.

  • He promised to raise up one of David’s sons to build a house for Him.
  • He also made a covenant with David:
    • His descendant will build a house for God’s Name and His Presence, and God will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 1 Samuel 7:12-13

Isaiah 11:10

In that day the heir to David’s throne
    will be a banner of salvation to all the world.
The nations will rally to him,
    and the land where he lives will be a glorious place.

5. Look closely, the Lion of the tribe of Judah,

the Root of David, has overcome and conquered! He can open the scroll and [break] its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5 NLT

Rev 5:9  The song of triumph

 And they sang a new song [of glorious redemption], saying,

“Worthy and deserving are You to take the scroll and to break its seals; for You were slain (sacrificed), and with Your blood You purchased people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. AMP

Psalm 96:1

Sing a new song to the Lord!
    Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! NLT

Thank You, Jesus, for Your sacrifice that paid my penalty for sin.

¹ Strongs


³ MH



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Revelation Lesson 9 Day 5 Worship

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Revelation 4:9-11

10.  The Elders worship non-stop

Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,

11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God,
    to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things,
    and they exist because you created what you pleased.” NLT

I’m trying to picture this scene. If the Living Beings say this constantly, when do the elders have time to retrieve their crowns, put them back on their heads and return to their thrones? I picture them crawling around on the “sea” picking them up. With twenty-four of them, it seems like confusion.

Surely, it isn’t like that in the heavenly realm. I so wish John included more details, assuming he possessed an adequate vocabulary. Too bad they didn’t have YouTube back then. He could show some of the movements.

11.  In this view of heaven,

we see non-stop worship focused on the goodness and glory of God. 

We face the challenge of living in a physical world where we have to work, prepare meals, shop, pay bills, clean, take care of other family members, take care of our own personal hygiene, sleep, etc.

An excerpt from one of Fenelon’s letters (page 77) comes to mind:

Try, without forcing yourself, to turn to God and touch Him as often as you can. Even when you want to touch the Lord and you are distracted, it is important to keep bringing yourself before Him.

Do not wait for a perfectly quiet time when you can lock yourself in your room and be alone. You know how hard it is to find such a time.

The very moment you feel drawn toward God is the moment to turn toward Him. Simply lean toward Him with a heart full of love and trust. Do this when you are driving or dressing or getting your hair done. Turn toward Him while you are eating or others are talking.

When conversation becomes boring, during a business meeting, for instance, you can find a few moments to fellowship with your Father instead of being drained by unnecessary talk.

Some of my favorite examples from scripture:

Enoch excelled at leaning toward God and one day found himself in heaven.

Anna, a prophet, never left the Temple area for 84 years, serving and worshiping night and day. God rewarded her by allowing her to see and recognize the Messiah when Mary and Joseph came to dedicate Him to the Lord.  Luke 2:36-38

12.  My worship

I ask the Lord to lead me into all truth especially what it means to seek the kingdom of God as priority number one.

I know I fall short, but it is my earnest desire to rid myself of all hardness of heart that separates me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.

Worship, as I know how to do it, is one of my favorite things. At home and in settings where freedom is encouraged, I go for it. When I think about my actions later, I get twinges of embarrassment. But it doesn’t stop me. My heart and my spirit compel me to worship, jump, dance, bow with my face to the floor as best I can.

I love King David’s example in 2 Samuel 6:14-15, 21-22 

Lord God, teach me how You want to be worshiped. What do I need to change?

I want to sing new melodies and compose eloquent psalms of praise. May the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (and dwells in me), rise up with praise and worship like never before. Let Your Spirit rise within me! Amen

Day 6

13.  The most inspiring thing I learned this week–

Man can indeed see God. Many have. Whether it was through visions (seeing with our spirit or however that works) or seeing with our natural eyes, I want that.

In 1 Timothy 6:16, Paul wrote, “he (God) lives in light so brilliant that no human can approach him. No human eye has ever seen him, nor ever will.” (2 Samuel 22:12, as well as other verses, say, “He also shrouds Himself with thick darkness.”)

However, our human eyes aren’t the only eyes we have.

God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

Job’s words so beautifully brought to life in Handel’s Messiah,

But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and he will stand upon the earth at last.
And after my body has decayed,
    yet in my body I will see God!
I will see him for myself.
    Yes, I will see him with my own eyes.
    I am overwhelmed at the thought! 

Job 19:25-27 NLT (emphasis added)


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