End-time events begin with a dramatic scene playing out in God’s throne room. An ancient scroll that is perfectly sealed, with seven seals, must be opened. This scroll is a critical document; some have called it the deed to planet earth. This scroll has also been referred to as the redemptive plan of God. In practical terms, think of a rolled millenniums-old paper sealed with seven pieces of tape, whose adhesive has made removing the seven seals impossible, as the paper would be torn. This situation is similar to the seven seals on this most critical document.
At the beginning of this drama, John is transported to God’s throne room to provide a first-hand account of the end-times. After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” (Revelation 4:1) From God’s throne room John observed epic world events centuries ahead of time.
John sees God seated on a throne in heaven (Revelation 4:2). God is described in terms of the reflection and brilliance of precious stones (Revelation 4:3). Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the
Four angels surround the throne. The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf
As the twenty-four elders lay their crowns before the throne, they demonstrate that the honor of wearing crowns belong to God alone: the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed
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John understood the need for God to finish his redemptive plan, so when no one came forward, he wept. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. (Revelation 5:4; NIV) The issue is not whether anyone is strong enough, but whether anyone is worthy enough to break the seals. These seals must be broken to read the document, for the document to take effect.
Soon the announcement comes that Jesus is worthy to execute God’s plan. Then one of the elders said to me, “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; NIV) The reclaiming of the earth is initiated through the opening of the seven seals. As each seal is broken, God’s plan is advanced (Revelation 6:1-17; 8:1).
Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, was on the throne. John was expecting a lion to come forward;