You Are Worthy (Do You See What I See)
INTRODUCTION: This chapter in our Bible calls our attention to a scene around the throne in Heaven. There is a scroll, a question, "Who is worthy to open the scroll?" There's weeping, there's a Lamb, there's a new song, and then there's unparalleled praise and worship.
The scroll represents Christ's "title deed" to all that the Heavenly Father promised Him because of His sacrifice on the cross.
Psalms 2:8, "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession."
Jesus Christ is the "heir of all things" (Heb 1:2). He is our beloved "Kinsman-Redeemer" Who was willing to give His life to set us free from the bondage of sin and to restore our lost inheritance.
This text reminds us that one day Jesus Christ will take back what is rightfully His from Satan the usurper. Rev. 5 introduces Jesus Christ, earth's rightful ruler, Who is pictured about to return to redeem the world from sin, Satan, death, and the curse.
Present in this scene are the cherubim, the twenty-four elders (representing the raptured, glorified church), and the Holy Spirit in His sevenfold glory. The events described anticipate the divine judgment about to be poured out on the sinful, rebellious, cursed earth (Chapters 6-19). Salvation here is in the 3rd tense: saved from the penalty of sin (Romans 6:23); saved from the power of sin (Rom. 6:14 dominion over you); and here from the presence of sin (saved to sin no more).
I. OBSERVE THE WATCHFULNESS. 1-4
In Daniel 12:8-9, 13 Daniel had a glimpse of our future resurrection of the dead. In Daniel 12:6, he asked, "How long should the fulfillment of these wonders be?"
Daniel 12:8-9, " Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, 'My lord, what shall be the end of these things?' And he said, 'Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.'"
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