Book of Revelation: Ch.5- overview

A series of tableau, each highlighting an aspect of the Lord God, emblem of his Authority is established before John. The throne does not show the Father or the Son but his authority in the symbol of a sealed book. But the Almighty God is present so when the Lamb receives the Book it is a reminder and validating the testimony of Jesus, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given unto me (Matt.28:18)” Accordingly this emblem of divine Authority is symbolized in the seven horns(5:6). Likewise the 12 elders include Reuben who defiled his father’s bed; Simon and Levi whose cruelty in the avenging of Dina was awful; It also includes Simon Peter who thrice denied his master. Yet divine Mercy has them represented as a memorial. Reuben was not worthy of holding the birthright but what is Israel but the firstborn of God (Ex.4:22)? These 34 elders in their flesh were mostly flawed but God cannot deny his nature. In short His memorial speaks more about his Holiness which is established for eternity as the name of the Father. When saints bear it in their foreheads it merely reveals Him. They are overcomers by grace poured from above.
Similarly face of man of the four beasts is emblem for Jesus Christ as the second Adam. Eagle in the air is regal so is lion on the prowl. Whereas an ox is a beast of burden. It is thus priests and kings in eternity shall serve the Lord God and the Lamb. They shall judge angels so we see four beasts leading the elders and the host of angels in giving glory and honor to God. While we proceed with the reminder of the Book we may hold this in focus.
(To be continued)


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