THE SCROLL AND THE LAMB
Rev. 5:1-3 ¶ Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it,
This is one of the great mysteries of the New Testament. What are the contents of this scroll? Why does it unleash the unthinkable time of tribulation on this earth? How close are we to these events in our world today?
If you study Bible prophesy books and research Bible commentaries, you will find many different theories about this mysterious scroll. To me, their are some obvious conclusions we can make. First, this scroll is connected to the results of man’s fall and his rebellion against The Lord. John is weeping because no man was found worthy to open the scroll. Finally, one man was found, the man Christ Jesus. He became a man for this very purpose, to deal with the judgement that had fallen on mankind. As our only holy representative, He alone is qualified to open the scroll. It’s contents hold the ultimate good news, bad news scenarios. Incredible victory and glory for those who belong to Christ, destruction and suffering beyond imagination to those who have rejected Him. Here are some interesting observations about this scroll from the ESV Study Bible.
“A scroll written within and on the back is like the scroll given to Ezekiel (Ezek. 2:9–3:3) but is atypical of most ancient manuscripts, since the irregular texture of the reverse side of either vellum (leather) or papyrus made them hard to inscribe. However, such a doubly inscribed scroll would resemble a Roman will or contract deed, with the contents written in detail inside and summarized briefly outside, then sealed with seven seals. The scroll John sees could symbolize a will that is to be opened and its contents executed; or it could symbolize God’s covenant with mankind, with the covenant curses that will be poured out due to mankind’s breaking of the contract. In a broader sense, the scroll contains God’s purposes for history, but its seven seals prevent the full disclosure and enactment of its contents.”
These judgements are about to be unleashed on the earth. Tsunamis, earthquakes, unprecedented destructive storms, increased threats of nuclear war; all of these are birth pangs, anticipating the approaching storm known as the Great Tribulation. Are you prepared for the coming time of trouble on the earth? The only place of protection in this time called Jacob’s trouble, will be to be hidden away in Christ. Are you trusting in Him? Have you made peace with God? The Lord has promised safety and an eternal reward past comprehension. Make your preparation for the days ahead. Call on the name of The Lord and you will be delivered.