Who opened the scroll?
“And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll? But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it.” Revelation 5:2 -3. The “strong” angel did not ask who is strong enough to open the scroll? The seals on the scroll did not require the power to break them because they were made of clay. Nevertheless, all the power in heaven and on the earth could not break the seals and look inside the scroll. The significance of the scroll was that even the mightiest of the mighty could not break its seals. Neither a strong angel nor a human had the right to take the scroll in their hand. Why? Because only the “Worthy One” had the right to take the scroll. John wept much, because no one was strong enough to open the scroll.
One of the elders noticed John’s distress and said to him, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” Revelation 5:5. Why was the Lion of the tribe of Judah worthy? Because He is victorious. While on the earth, Jesus Christ defeated Satan and overthrew him as the prince of this world. John 12:31. Therefore, Jesus Christ became the rightful owner of the property He redeemed from the kingdom of sin and darkness. Jesus Christ defeated the Enemy of God and of His people; therefore, He became worthy. (The next blog will describe the Enemy of God).
When one of the elders told John to look and see the One who is worthy to open the scroll, John may have expected to see a mighty warrior or a powerful general; who else could have done it? However, when John turned to see, he saw someone else, not a powerful general. John must have been surprised that the worthy One did not need to be mighty. “Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” Revelation 5:6. What John saw was the lifeless body of Jesus Christ while He laid in the grave. As the Lamb took the scroll, the elders sang the song, saying that the Lamb is worthy because He has redeemed men for God by His blood and made them a kingdom and priests to God. Revelation 5:9 – 10. The crucified, the risen, and glorified Lord and Savior has, by His blood, accomplished perfect salvation and assured a safe eternity with Him for all who love Him.
The Enemy of God described; read the next blog.