by Jerry Vines

Revelation 5:8-14

You remember that the fourth and fifth chapters of The
Revelation really are combined. They really go together because we are
seeing some of the things we are going to do when we get to heaven. The
church is already raptured up into heaven. In the sixth chapter,
tribulation will come on the earth and we will see what will take place
on this earth when God's people have been removed and the Holy Spirit
has been withdrawn. But for two chapters the Lord takes us up into
heaven and shows us a vision of the redeemed praising God for creation
and then praising God for redemption. In the first verses of the fifth
chapter the question was asked, who was worthy to open the book. They
searched heaven and no man was found who was worthy. No not one. But,
when John thought everything was lost the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb
of God who takes away the sin of the world, steps forward and takes the
book from the hand of the Father upon the throne. Now we read in verse
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts
and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,
having every one of the harps, and golden vials full
of odours which are the prayers of saints.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy
to take the book, alnd to open the seals thereof: for
thou wast slain and hast redeemed us to God by thy
blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people
and nation;
And hast made us unto our God kings land priests: and
we shall reign on the earth.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels
round about the throne land the beasts and the
elders: and the number of them was ten thousand
times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb
that was slain to receive power, and riches,
and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory,
and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the
earth, and under the earth, and such as are in ...

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