The Scroll

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Revelation 5:1-5

In Revelation chapter 4 we were brought into John’s vision of the heavenly courtroom convened for the Tribulation judgments. John was privileged to see the throne, God the Father seated upon it, the Holy Spirit before the throne, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders. Chapter 5 continues John’s vision of the heavenly courtroom.

What is this scroll and it’s significance such that John weeps when, initially, it appears no one is worthy to open it?

And what is required in order to be worthy? Let’s observe carefully what John saw. According to verse one, where was the scroll? It was in the right hand of the One seated on the throne; in other words it was in the right hand of God the Father. God the Father is the author, the source of the scroll and its contents, therefore, whatever it contains is true and whatever plans it holds will be carried out. John saw that the scroll was written within and on the back indicating that it was full and comprehensive, nothing more could be added because it is complete. Finally, John saw that the scroll was sealed with seven seals. Seven is the number of perfection or completeness, again indicating that the contents of the scroll are complete. The scroll may have looked something like this with the wax seals all along the exposed edge of the scroll.

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