The sealed Scroll only Jesus could hold, because He is worthy.
“Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and the One sat on the throne.” Revelation 4:2, NKJV. John, now in heaven, observes the throne on which “One” sat. The splendor of the throne, its surroundings, and adoration confirmed that He who sat on the throne is the King of kings. Such an unequaled splendor could belong only to the One who was dead and is now alive forever. John also observed that He, who sat on the throne, had a Scroll sealed with seven seals in His hand. Biblically, John begins to fill in the details of the messages to the Churches. How John describes what he observed in heaven, answers the questions, and dispels all doubt concerning Jesus Christ. He confirms that Jesus has, as He stated before, ascended to heaven, received all power and authority in heaven and on the earth. The yielded believers are safe in the hands of Him who was nailed to the cross on their behalf.
Next, Jesus informs the believers about His accomplishment on their behalf, while in the body on the earth. Jesus showed them the need for Him to come in human form to the earth. He reminds the believers concerning the mission on behalf of humanity, and that now He rules the entire God’s Kingdom. Then He clarifies what remains to transpire before His promised return to the earth. There should be no doubt in the mind of the believers that Jesus Christ has defeated the Enemy of God, the Satan, and has taken back the ownership of the earth, its people, and the entire universe where the earth is. Jesus reassures the believers of all ages that He earned the right to sit on the throne as the King of kings and Lord of lords. The rest of the vision will deliver the assurance that Jesus Christ will, in the fullness of time, return to the earth to take His faithful to His Father’s house for the wedding banquet.
John begins the report from heaven by describing the events associated with the Scroll. The Scroll portrays, symbolically, the events related to the history of the conflict between the good and the evil. “Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writings on both sides and sealed with seven seals.” Revelation 5:1. The “in the right hand,” in the Greek reads, “on, at, by.” It indicates that no one is holding the Scroll because, in the vision, John does not yet know the identity of the worthy owner. As the vision progressed, John observes and describes the One who is worthy of taking the Scroll and revealing its contents. In the Roman Empire, a scroll sealed with seven seals was the deed to a property. The fact that Jesus is holding the Scroll in His hand identifies Him as the legal owner of the property He redeemed, the earth.
Will continue in the next blog.