Today’s Reading: Revelation 4-5.
The majestic Throne Room is crowded with hundreds, and thousands, even tens of thousands, and they are preparing for the entry of the Worthy One, the King of Kings. John sits, lost in a multitude of the glorious angels and honored humans, he is literally sitting in the future, at one of the greatest events in the history of the Kingdom of Heaven, as it prepares to soon come down to earth. The time is likely right before, or perhaps after the Rapture of the Saints, and seven years await the coming doom of Antichrist’s Kingdom.
Suddenly a scroll is produced and after some speech and discussion John is made aware that there is no one able to open this scroll. It is not your “wax seal”, but it is a Divine record that is sealed in Divine power. At hearing that such a great mystery must remain sealed, without the ability of anyone to be able to open it, John weeps openly. He must have known more about this scroll than we do, and perhaps the sudden shock of seeing a limitation put on God wreaked havoc on his mind. Could God Himself be limited by His own creation?
While John weeps, all others wait for the answer to the riddle, without fear, without any sorrow at all, but with elation, waiting eagerly for the coming King, ready to shout, ready to sing, ready to worship the Worthy One. They prepare worship out of eager expectation, out of joy, full of admiration, a selfless love towards the One who loves them without measure.
Behold, the King enters:
[B]etween the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped. (Revelation 5:6-14, ESV)
What was in the scroll? What could’ve aroused such passion and love towards Jesus Christ? What’s my best guess? They were marching orders, the Father finally was about to allow His Son to fulfill His promise to “bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18a). The long awaited departure from earth of those He had given His life for was about to take place. The orders were in for the Rapture, the scroll was opened, the Worthy One was ready, and heaven rocked in jubilation, uncontrollable happiness, and elation.
Behold, He comes!