Jesus is worthy because He defeated the Enemy of God.
Chapters four and five of the Revelation present Jesus, who, on the day of His resurrection, ascended to heaven to, as the High Priest, enter the Most Holy and present Himself to the Father. Also, Jesus was identified as the only worthy One to take the scroll and break its seals. He was worthy because He defeated the Enemy of God and redeemed humankind for God. The scroll content is a concise description of what transpired in the course of the conflict between the good and the evil, leading to the birth of the Messiah. The fact that Jesus Christ was victorious over the Enemy of God raises the unstated but implied question. How did it come about that God has an Enemy? John, in Revelation, chapter twelve, answers the implied question. In chapters 6 through 11, John followed the usual Jewish style, first describing the Enemy’s efforts to disrupt God’s plan for the humankind and, if possible, prevent the birth of the Messiah. Then he describes the Enemy who exerted the efforts. Therefore, for clarity, this series of blogs will address God’s Enemy first, then return to chapters 6 through 11 to address the efforts by the Enemy, aimed against the God’s plans for humankind.
We should reemphasize that John did not describe the vision events in a sequence in which they transpired. John observed the entire vision at the same time. He, however, first described the events of concern to the first-century Christians. His goal was first to assure the first-century believers that Jesus is real and is where He said He would be. However, the events themselves do not assure us. They testify to Him, who is the source of our assurance, Jesus Christ. Who is the Enemy of God, and why did he rebel against God? “Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born.” Revelation 12:3 – 4.
In the Bible, the phrase “stars in heaven” was usually associated with angels. The Lucifer did win one-third of the angels over to him, and they followed him after his expulsion from heaven. They are still with him and will be to the end. The seven heads of the red dragon are the seven human agencies, the kingdoms, that assisted Lucifer in his plans and efforts to frustrate God’s plan for humankind. Five of these kingdoms had fallen, and one was in force when John wrote the book of Revelation. The seventh head, the seventh kingdom, was still in the future. Revelation 17:9 – 10. The six kingdoms, which are now in the past, will be described in the blogs addressing the first four seals and the first six trumpets. Revelation chapters 6 – 11. The seventh head, seventh kingdom, is a unique kingdom never before attempted by humankind. It is now in the early stage of its formation. The blogs covering chapters 13 through 18 of the Revelation will describe the seventh kingdom. The six previous kingdoms addressed in Revelation were not religious; therefore, the seventh kingdom will not be a religious one. However, the former six kingdoms tolerated all religions; therefore, the seventh kingdom will tolerate all religions.
Why did Lucifer rebel against God? Read the next blog.