Jesus can open the Scroll.
One of the most exciting things to me about the book of Revelation is chapter five. In this chapter, there is a seven seal scroll that is of great importance. What is it about this book that is so exciting? As I stated in my introduction section that the book of Revelation is written in symbols that are to be understood by the other books of the Bible. This is one of the reasons the Bible is so unique and understood to be the Word of God. Here is a case in point. Dr Ironside points out that Jeremiah chapter thirty-two gives us a glimpse of what is taking place here.
In that chapter the king of Babylon has besieged Jerusalem and is ready to take it. Let stop right there for a moment. The prophets of the old testament clearly stated there are two kingdoms at war and they are Zion and Babylon. Jerusalem is the city of Zion.
Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. Psalms 48:2
Babylon is the kingdom of Satan that is at war with the people of God. We see this clearly in Isaiah chapter fourteen.
That thou shalt take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, How hath the oppressor ceased! the golden city ceased! Isaiah 14:4
And we find out that just as God is behind the actual city of Jerusalem, Satan is behind Babylon.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Isaiah 14:12
So back in Jeremiah, he understands that Jerusalem is about to be taken into captivity. I think that picture is clear. God knew that Satan was going to take His creation into captivity in the Garden. So what does Jeremiah do? In verses, seven through fifteen Jeremiah is told that he has the right of redemption to buy a field in Jerusalem and so he bought it. The interesting thing here is that there was a title deed created that was sealed with witnesses and place in a secure place. Why was this done? Because God said Israel would someday possess the land again and this deed would prove that Jeremiah’s kin would be the rightful owner of that land.
This is exactly what is taking place in Revelation chapter five. Creation had been taken into captivity by Satan and is now under the control of Babylon. However before this ever happened there was a title deep created that proved there is a true owner of Creation. That true owner is Jesus Christ who paid for it with His own blood.
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8
In Revelation six of chapter five, we are told that the Lamb of God is worthy to open the book. John had been weeping because he knew that if no one could open the book the world would remain under the control of Satan and its destruction would be inevitable. We can see this today, the world is in trouble. Man has conquered the earth because he can travel it surface in little time. There is no place that is out of reach for his weapons of destruction. We are consuming its resources and an unsustainable rate. Morality has been disregarded as an archaic idea. We all should be weeping, but we don’t have to because we now know what John did not know, that there is one worthy to open the title deed and take back creation.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and 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; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:8-10
Let us hope in the Lord, let us sing His praises. The world rings its hands at the problems we face. It panics over global warming as if there is no one to redeem it. Be we know that the Lamb has the authority to redeem it and as the Lion, He will take it back and heal it.