Behold The Lamb (15 of 39) by James Merritt

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BEHOLD THE LAMB (15 of 39)
THE KING IS COMING
DR. JAMES MERRITT
REVELATION 5:1-14

INTRODUCTION

1. THOUGH YOU MAY NOT BE AWARE OF IT, THE BIBLE, WHEN
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN, DID NOT HAVE CHAPTER DIVISIONS,
THESE WERE ADDED LATER ON FOR OUR CONVENIENCE IN
STUDYING THE BIBLICAL TEXTS. ACTUALLY THERE SHOULD NOT
BE A DIVISION BETWEEN CHAPTERS 4 AND 5. FOR CHAPTER 5
IS SIMPLY A CONTINUATION OF THE WORSHIP SCENE IN
HEAVEN THAT IS GIVEN IN CHAPTER 4.

2. BUT CHAPTER 5 CONSTITUTES WHAT MAY BE THE MOST
IMPORTANT CHAPTER IN THE ENTIRE BOOK OF REVELATION. IF
YOU HAVE EVER BUTTONED A SWEATER AND PUT THE WRONG
BUTTON IN THE WRONG HOLE, YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE EITHER
GOING TO HAVE ONE TOO MANY HOLES, OR ONE TOO MANY
BUTTONS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET IT RIGHT FROM THE
BEGINNING. THE SAME THING IS TRUE AS WE INTERPRET THIS
CHAPTER, FOR THIS CHAPTER CONTAINS THE KEY TO PROPERLY
UNDERSTANDING THE REST OF THE BOOK. IF WE
MISUNDERSTAND WHAT IS TAKING PLACE IN THIS CHAPTER WE
WILL MISUNDERSTAND THE REST OF THE BOOK OF THE
REVELATION.

3. IN V.1 WE ARE TOLD ABOUT A SCROLL. NOW THIS SCROLL
HAPPENS TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT DOCUMENT IN ALL OF
HISTORY. THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES AND THE
DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, AS IMPORTANT AS THEY ARE,
PALE IN SIGNIFICANCE TO THE CONTENTS OF THIS SCROLL.
SO I BEGIN BY SAYING AT THE OUTSET, THAT THIS SCROLL
REPRESENTS THE TITLE DEED TO ALL OF THE EARTH.

4. WE ARE GIVEN AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT THIS SCROLL REFERS
TO IN JEREMIAH 32:6-15. GOD HAD REVEALED TO JEREMIAH
THAT JERUSALEM WAS GOING TO BE OVERTHROWN BY THE KING
OF BABYLON. JEREMIAH HAD A COUSIN NAMED HANAMEEL WHO
OWNED A PIECE OF PROPERTY. GOD TOLD JEREMIAH TO BUY
THIS PROPERTY FROM HIS COUSIN AS A SIGN THAT ONE DAY
GOD'S PEOPLE WOULD BE RETURNED TO THEIR LAND. WHEN
JEREMIAH BOUGHT THE PROPERTY THE TITLE DEED WAS GIVEN
OVER TO HIM AND IT WAS SEALED UP IN A SCROLL. THIS
SCROLL WAS TO BE A FUTURE TITLE DEED TO THIS PIECE OF
PROPERTY.

5. THE SCROLL THAT JOHN SEES IN THIS CHAPTER IS THE
TITLE DEED TO ALL OF THE EARTH. GOD INTENDED FOR HIS
PEOPLE TO INHABIT THIS EARTH, AND TO BE IN CONTROL OF
IT. BUT SATAN HAS USURPED MAN'S THRONE. HE TOOK IT
FROM THE FIRST ADAM AND NOW EXERCISES DOMINION OVER
IT. THIS SCROLL IS THE OFFICIAL DOCUMENT THAT WILL
DETERMINE THE FINAL OUTCOME OF HUMAN STORY.

6. NOW THE FOCAL POINT OF THIS SCENE SHIFTS FROM THE
THRONE, IN CHAPTER 4, TO THE LAMB IN CHAPTER 5. JESUS
IS REFERRED TO AS THE LAMB ONLY TWICE IN THE OLD
TESTAMENT (ISA. 53:7; JERE. 11:19). HE IS REFERRED TO
AS THE LAMB ONLY TWICE IN THE GOSPELS (JOHN 1:29,36).
ONLY ONCE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS (ACTS 8:32) AND ONLY
ONCE IN THE EPISTLES (1 PET. 1:19) IS JESUS REFERRED
TO AS THE LAMB. BUT FOUR TIMES IN THIS CHAPTER AND 28
TIMES IN THE BOOK OF THE REVELATION, JESUS IS CALLED
THE LAMB.

I. THE PREEMINENCE OF THE LAMB

1. IMMEDIATELY WE ARE PRESENTED WITH A VERY STRANGE
SCENE. AN ANGEL CO ...


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