The Wars Of The End Times, Dr. David Reagan (Christ In Prophecy)
12 Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, so that the way of the kings from the east might be prepared. 13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14 For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”
16 And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. (Rev 16:12-16) (Preparation for Battle of Armageddon).
19 And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.20 And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh. (Rev 19:19-21) (Battle of Armageddon, a spiritual battle, vs 21)
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9 They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Rev 12:7-10) (Battle of Gog and Magog; a spiritual battle, vs 9)
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The Road To, And Through, Revelation (Pillar 5)
Revelation 5, “At a glance”
Revelation 5 J. B. Phillips (Paraphrase)
The sealed book of future events
1-2 Then I noticed in the right hand of the one seated upon the throne a book filled with writing both inside and on its back, and it was sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel who called out in a loud voice, “Who is fit to open the book and break its seals?”
3-5 And no one in Heaven or upon the earth or under the earth was able to open the book, or even to look at it. I began to weep bitterly because no one could be found fit to open the book, or even to look at it, when one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the lion from the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has won the victory and is able to open the book and break its seven seals.”
6-7 Then, standing in the very centre of the throne and of the four living creatures and of the elders, I saw a Lamb that seemed to have been slaughtered. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God and are sent out into every corner of the earth. Then he came and took the book from the right hand of him who was seated upon the throne.
The new hymn of the created and of the redeemed
8-10 When he had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders prostrated themselves before the Lamb. Each of them had a harp, and they had golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sang a new song and these are the words they sang, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”
The hymn of the whole company of Heaven
11-12 Then in my vision I heard the voices of many angels encircling the throne, the living creatures and the elders. There were myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, crying in a great voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!”
13 Then I heard the voice of everything created in Heaven, upon earth, under the earth and upon the sea, and all that are in them saying, “Blessing and honour and glory and power be to him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, for ever and ever!”
14 The four living creatures said, “Amen”, while the elders fell down and worshipped.
“Step By Step Through The Book Of Revelation.” Key pillars of “The Revelation Of Jesus Christ” will be discussed.
References: SSB (Scofield Study Bible); RSB (Reformation Study Bible, R.C. Sproul)
Revelation 5, “In detail”
In this chapter we see:
“Seven sealed scroll taken by Christ; (vs 1-4)
Christ in His kingly character; (vs 5-7)
The living creatures and twenty-four elders worship; (vs 8-10)
Angels exalt the Lamb; (vs 11-12)
Eventual universal adoration of the Lamb as King (vs 13-14)
Revelation 5, New American Standard Bible
The Book with Seven Seals
1 I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.
5:1 scroll. The scroll might represent a number of things—God’s covenant, His law, His promises, His plans, or perhaps a legal will. The close parallel with Dan. 12:4 makes it likely that the scroll is a heavenly book containing God’s plan and the destiny of the world. The unsealing of the book implies the accomplishment of the things God has purposed. John weeps (v. 4) because he longs for God’s purposes to be accomplished (Matt. 6:10), and it is hard to see how that can happen. However, through Christ’s decisive sacrifice a whole host is redeemed (v. 9), and the purposes of the Exodus and of man’s original dominion are finally fulfilled (v. 10). (RSB)
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. 4 Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; 5 and one of the elders *said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”
vs 5. Lion. The lion is the king of beasts. Of Judah it is predicted in Gen 49:8-12, that his seed would hold the scepter, that is, become king of Israel, and rule the world. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was of the tribe of Judah (Luke 3:33) (SSB.)
vs 5. Consider. Gen 3:15 is the first prophecy of the virgin birth of the Redeemer, Messiah, Lamb Of God, Jesus.
Genesis 3:15 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
Consider. The word, “seed,” is the seed of the woman (Mary), and not the seed of the man, “Joseph,” therefore, “the virgin birth.”
6 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.
5:6 as though it had been slain. “As though” is used because the Lamb was slain, but is now alive “forevermore”
(1:18). Only on the basis of Christ’s death and resurrection can God’s purposes for history be accomplished.
seven horns. Horns frequently represent power (Ps. 89:17;92:10; Dan. 7:8; 8:3), in this case the power of Christ’s Spirit-filled eternal life (John 3:34; Rom. 8:11; 1 Cor. 15:45).
seven spirits. The Holy Spirit is described in sevenfold fullness (4:5; Zech. 4:2, 6). Note the origin of grace and peace from the Trinity: God the Father (“him who is”), the Son (1:5), and the Spirit (cf. 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:1, 2). See Rev 1:4
Rev 1:4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, him who is and who was and who is to come. Similar to the divine name in Ex. 3:14, 15. See note on v. 8.
Rev 1:8. who is to come. In the future God will come to fulfill all His purposes (21:1–22:5).
seven spirits. The Holy Spirit is described in sevenfold fullness (4:5; Zech. 4:2, 6). Note the origin of grace and peace from the Trinity: God the Father (“him who is”), the Son (1:5), and the Spirit (cf. 2 Cor. 13:14; 1 Pet. 1:1, 2). (RSB)
7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
vs 7. Compare Dan 7:13-14.
Daniel 7:13-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
The Son of Man Presented
13 “I kept looking in the night visions,
And behold, with the clouds of heaven
One like a Son of Man was coming,
And He came up to the Ancient of Days
And was presented before Him.
14 “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom,
That all the peoples, nations and men of every language
Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion
Which will not pass away;
And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.
The two visions are identical, here s added that which was hidden from Daniel, that the kings and priests of the Church Age are to be associated with the Son of Man (“a Lamb as though it had been slain”) when He “shall reign on the earth.” (vv 6-10; compare 3:21)
Revelation 3:21 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
21 He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.
8 When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they *sang a new song, saying,
“Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
5:9 every tribe and language and people and nation. In spiritual battle, both God and Satan claim allegiances on a universal scale (7:9; 10:11; 11:9; 12:5; 13:7; 14:6, 8; 15:4; 17:15;18:3; 19:15; 20:3). Through the merit and power of Christ’s sacrifice, God’s purposes will be accomplished, fulfilling the Abrahamic promise of blessing to all nations (7:9–17; 21:24–27;Gen. 12:3; 22:18; Is. 60:1–5). (RSB)
10 “You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.”
5:10 kingdom and priests. See note 1:6.
kingdom, priests. Saints enjoy God’s rule and as priests have intimate access to Him (Heb. 10:19–22; 1 Pet. 2:5–9). In the future, they will reign with Him (2:26, 27; 3:21; 5:10; 20:4, 6). All nations now share in the priestly privileges given to Israel in Ex. 19:6. The purposes of redemption that are seen in the Exodus from Egypt, and the purposes of dominion given to humanity at creation, are both fulfilled through Christ (5:9, 10). The theme of priestly worship and access to God is complementary to the temple theme in Revelation (RSB)
Angels Exalt the Lamb
11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”
14 And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
5:11–14 Praises that started in the inner circles of worship around the throne now extend outwards until they fill the universe. (RSB)
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Holy Are You Lord
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