LAMB OR A LION

Rev.5:5,6 – Then one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping. Look! The mighty Lion of Judah’s tribe, the root of David—he has conquered! He is the worthy one who can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a young Lamb standing in the middle of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders. He appeared to have been slaughtered but was now alive!

The humility and greatness of Christ takes your breath away. In the same person you see such extreme qualities. Jesus is higher and more glorious than any part of His great creation. He is higher than all of the kings of the earth, he is higher than all angelic or demonic power and authority. In comparison to Him the wisest, the richest, and the most powerful in all the earth are like the worms of the dust. At the same time you see the greatest humility. He took upon Himself the weakness of His creation when He became one of us. He didn’t even come as one of our great ones in power or in wealth, He came as a servant and died the death of the worst of us. In Him we see infinite greatness and infinite weakness in one person. He is the Lion and He is the Lamb. Here is how Johnathan Edwards describes this.

“Yea, so great is his condescension, that it is not only sufficient to take some gracious notice of such as these, but sufficient for every thing that is an act of condescension. His condescension is great enough to become their friend: ’tis great enough to become their companion, to unite their souls to him in spiritual marriage: ’tis great enough to take their nature upon him, to become one of them, that he may be one with them: yea, it is great enough to abase himself yet lower for them, even to expose himself to shame and spitting; yea, to yield up himself to an ignominious death for them. And what act of condescension can be conceived of greater? Yet such an act as this, has his condescension yielded to, for those that are so low and mean, despicable and unworthy!”

When John saw the Lion and the Lamb all he could do is weep for joy. John found himself in the midst of an incredible atmosphere of worship. The Seraphim, the angels, the elders, and the redeemed from every generation and every tribe and tongue were worshipping this One Who was slain before the world was created. The worship continues as another generation stands before the lion and the Lamb.

SON OF GOD – SON OF MAN

Rev.5:5,6 – And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

Son of God or Son of Man; what are the significances of these two titles of our beloved Jesus of Nazareth. Apparently the Lord was fond of His title Son of Man and used it often when referring to Himself during His short time on earth. On the other hand, He has always been the Son of God enjoying intimacy with the Father from eternity. He has always been the radiance of the Father’s glory and the eternally begotten Son of the Father. He is the eternal Son of God. He became the Son of Man when He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary. He became a man as He took on a human body. The mystery of all mysteries is this, He lives forever now as a man and is the eternal Son of God. Here is a quote from Edwards describing this mystery.

“There dwells Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, the Prince of peace and love, who so loved the world that he shed his blood, and poured out his soul unto death for it. There dwells the Mediator, by whom all God’s love is expressed to the saints, by whom the fruits of it have been purchased, and through whom they are communicated, and through whom love is imparted to the hearts of all the church. There Christ dwells in both his natures, his human and divine, sitting with the Father in the same throne.”

Too me, this is the most amazing revelation of our Lord and His plan. He is eternally God, the Father’s only begotten Son. He became part of the human race by choice, becoming part of His own creation. This incarnation was not just for thirty three short years, He became a man forever. I look forward to seeing Jesus for myself. To see Him as Son of Man and Son of God is absolutely unthinkable.

“RAISE THE DEAD!”

Merry Monday by Parris:

Matthew 10:8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you have received!” NLT

Funny how you can read a scripture a million times but all of a sudden something pops out almost as if you have never heard it before. That my friend is called a Rhema word or God’s word to you. My word from the Lord that came to me is RAISE THE DEAD. Or in other words, “ones dying, awaken”.

Funny most of the commentaries looked over it. Some said it wasn’t in the original manuscripts, others said only Jesus did that or didn’t even give it a second thought. But they forgot about the book of Acts. I do believe we will see this more and more in our day because the dead are all around us and literally their breath is being taking away suddenly! I am talking about both physically and most certainly spiritually we will be RAISING THE DEAD for they are all around us.

If you take it straight from the Greek, the scripture lays it out this way.

“One being sick, serve! Ones dying, awaken! Rough ones, cleanse! Demons, toss out! Freely, you get. Freely, give!”

When Christ tells his disciples this, it was as if this sudden turn of events must have made them wonder. In a moment they were going to be able to do things they had never done. These are the gifts that have freely been given to us so we ought to give to others freely. What an amazing gift! RAISE THE DEAD – ONES DYING AWAKEN! Have you ever been around the rough? God gives us the ability to transform them? What about people that have darkness inside of them? Christ tells us to expose it. What a ministry that we all have been given! The more we glorify Christ in our lives the gift just keeps giving! You can’t tell me God can’t bring the dead back to life. They will awaken and God will give them their voice back to praise him all the days of their life. Every human being has the right to experience resurrection from the dead.

Rev. 5:12 “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain and hath redeemed us to God by his blood to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

THE SCROLL

Rev.5:1 – And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

The opening of this scroll lies at the very center of God’s purposes and man’s eternal destiny. The words of this scroll contain the future of man and the future of this planet. This event, witnessed by John in his vision, is the culmination of all things. John has just realized one man, the Son of Man, is able to open this book. It is terrifying and exciting at the same time. In it we see the reward of the righteous and the wrath of God released on those who have rejected Christ’s kingdom.

There have been many theories put forward about what this scroll actually is. I believe it is somehow connected to the solemn agreement between the Father and the Son. In eternity, the eternal Son of God agreed to become a human to redeem our fallen race. The Father made promises to His Son about the ramifications of His eternal sacrifice. The results of Christ becoming a man, salvation to those who believe in Him and judgement and eternal suffering to those who don’t. This book seems to unlock the results of that contract. Here are some thoughts from Ellicott on this scroll.

“But what is meant by the book? Numberless interpretations have been offered: it is the Old Testament; it is the whole Bible; it is the title-deed of man’s inheritance; it is the book containing the sentence of judgment on the foes of the faith; it is the Apocalypse; it is part of the Apocalypse; it is the book of God’s purposes and providence. There is a truth underlying most of these interpretations, but most of them narrow the force of the vision. If we say it is the book which unfolds the principles of God’s government—in a wide sense, the book of salvation, the interpretation of life, which Christ alone can bestow, we shall include, probably, the practical truths which underlie each of these interpretations; for all—Old Testament and New, man’s heritage and destiny, God’s purposes and providence— are dark, till He who is the Light unfolds those truths which shed a light on all. Such a book becomes one “which contains and interprets human history,” and claims the kingdoms of the earth for God….There are things which are hidden from the wise and prudent, but revealed unto babes.”

When I read about the opening of this scroll I am filled with joyful anticipation and terror at the same time. I have to hide myself in Christ, He is the only protection from the coming storm.

THE ROOT OF DAVID

Rev.5:5 – and one of the elders said to me, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.”

The facets of the glory of God seen in Christ are limitless. The book of Revelations is filled with titles and names speaking of the Lord, each of them point to one of His attributes. This phrase, Root of David, tends to be overlooked but is full of meaning referring to the deity and humanity of Christ. As to His deity, Christ is the root that David sprang from. How can that be? Christ is the Creator of David. This reminds us of the question Jesus posed to the Pharisees in Matthew 22:44,45, ‘THE LORD SAID TO MY LORD, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I PUT YOUR ENEMIES BENEATH YOUR FEET”’? “If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his son?”

This is the great mystery of the manhood and deity of Christ. David came from the Lord but the Lord also came from David. Here are some thoughts from the JFB Commentary and the ESV Study Bible.

“Root of David — (Isaiah 11:1, 10). Not merely “a sucker come up from David’s ancient root”, but also including the idea of His being Himself the root and origin of David. Hence He is called not merely Son of David, but also David. He is at once “the branch” of David, and “the root” of David, David’s Son and David’s Lord, the Lamb slain and therefore the Lion of Juda: about to reign over Israel, and thence over the whole earth.”

“But now he is also called the Root of David, because Jesus is not only the royal descendant (Rev. 22:16) but also the source of David’s rule (Mark 12:35–37; cf. “root of Jesse,” Rom. 15:12).”

In the book of Revelations John sees this mystery of humanity and deity from a different perspective. John had see Christ on earth as a man and was amazed at the glimpses of deity seen in Him here. As John is caught up into heaven he is absolutely thunderstruck by the humanity of Christ in His glorified state. Yes, a man is seated on the throne ruling all things. All of creation responds to Him and bows in worship before His throne.

PREPARING FOR ANOTHER WORLD

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Rev. 5:11 ¶ Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands,

Rev. 5:12 saying with a loud voice,

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,

to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might

and honor and glory and blessing!”

Ever go on a vacation. Actually you have to make preparations to go. If you travel out of the country you need a passport and possibly a visa. You also need to check the climate, nothing like going to the Southern Hemisphere and realizing our summer is their winter. How much more should we prepare, or acclimate ourselves, for the world to come. If you plan to go to heaven one day you better get ready. It is a quite different place than anything here. Many people would be uncomfortable there because of the excessive worship and excessive joy. Have you ever thought about the possibility that this world is only a preparation for the next? If that is the case many people are missing the boat. Here is how Jonathan Edwards explains this.
“We ought now to begin that work which we intend shall be the work of another world; for this life is given us on purpose that therein we might prepare for a future life. The present state is a state of probation and preparation: a state of preparation for the enjoyments and employment of another, future, and eternal state; and no one is ever admitted to those enjoyments and employments, but those who are prepared for them here. If ever we would go to heaven, we must be fitted for heaven in this world; we must here have our souls moulded and fashioned for that work and that happiness. They must be formed for praise, and they must begin their work here. The beginnings of future things are in this world. The seed must be sown here; the foundation must be laid in this world.”
This should change the way we view church, especially the worship part. Many think that worship is not that important and refer to it as the preliminaries. Actually, I think worship is the most important part of the service. This is our preparation for the worship in heaven that never stops. The worship will be preeminent, preaching will become a distant memory.

THE LION AND THE LAMB

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Rev. 5:5,6 – And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals. And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

I read this sermon, THE EXCELLENCY OF CHRIST, by Jonathan Edwards for the first time flying across the ocean returning from a ministry trip. This is one of my top 3 favorite messages. I wept most of the way through this message the first time I read it, struck by the diverse excellencies of Jesus, the lamb of God and the lion of the tribe of Judah. This is exactly what brought the Apostle John to tears in his vision of the lion and the lamb, to see such strength and weakness in the same person takes your breath away. That is what Edwards built on in this sermon; justice and mercy, submission and sovereignty, all sufficient and dependent, holy and intimate, jealous and kind. To see these opposite qualities displayed in Jesus, the Son of God changes your entire perspective of this person, Jesus Christ. Here are a few quotes from Edwards sermon, THE EXCELLENCY OF CHRIST.

“Christ, as he is God, is infinitely great and high above all. He is higher than the kings of the earth: for he is King of kings, and Lord of lords. He is higher than the heavens, and higher than the highest angels of heaven. So great is he, that all men, all kings and princes, are as worms of the dust before him, all nations are as the drop of the bucket, and the light dust of the balance; yea, and angels themselves are as nothing before him. He is so high, that he is infinitely above any need of us; above our reach, that we cannot be profitable to him, and above our conceptions, that we cannot comprehend him. And yet he is one of infinite condescension. None are so low, or inferior, but Christ’s condescension is sufficient to take a gracious notice of them. He condescends to take notice of beggars, and of servants, and people of the most despised nations…”
Have you seen Jesus like this for yourself. Even though He is holy and unapproachable, He is calling us into intimate fellowship with Himself. Even though He is glorified on His throne and given a name above every name, He has called us to be seated with Him on His throne. Despite the fact that our sins are many and disgusting, He sees us with mercy, acceptance, and love. Justice and mercy are seen clearly in Him, justice and mercy have reconciled at the cross of Jesus. Take a look at Jesus again, maybe you will see something of what John saw, the Lion and the Lamb

“O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS:

“I heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands.” (Revelation 5:11)
Allowing the Lord to bring thankfulness into our lives to some is like yanking an old tooth out of our mouth. Learning to be “filled continually filled” is a lifetime challenge. Call it whatever you want, drinking His presence, praying in the Holy Ghost, letting it bubble up from your belly, living supernaturally is possible and is a must!

Years ago, on my search for true joy I came across this passage concerning John and Charles Wesley.

“Part of Sunday my brother (Charles) and I then used to spend in walking in the meadows and singing psalms. But one day, just as we were beginning to sing, he burst out into a loud laughter. I asked him, if he was distracted; and began to be very angry, and presently after to laugh as loud as he. Nor could we possibly refrain, though we were ready to tear ourselves in pieces, but we were forced to go home without singing another line.”
I was so taken back with this! To think the presence of the Lord could be so strong to overtake someone with such joy. I knew then that I had blockages as a Christian and the “cares of this world” were stealing my joy. Normal life to me was just mundane and depressing. Thank God joy came and paid me a visit! Have you allowed yourself to be touched by joy? “Digging deep into the mine and seeking out treasures of life divine” is what Charles Wesley wrote and experienced. Going down deep inside and allowing the gospel to shine in those dark areas isn’t a cake walk. But when we let Christ come and change our garments of mourning into praise, we too will find ourselves overcome with laughter. Charles Wesley spent the rest of His life overflowing with praise; His life was touched and changed by Christ. He even prayed for 1000 tongues to express this!
“Oh for a thousand tongues to sing

My great Redeemer’s praise,

The glories of my God and King,

The triumphs of His grace!

My gracious Master and my God,

Assist me to proclaim,

To spread through all the earth abroad

The honors of Thy name.”
Learning to use our mouth to continually praise him out of a “heart of thanksgiving” means we let go. We trust that He “has the ball” and as I say to myself in any given day-“He’s got this”. Walking in joy brings liberty and freedom and helps us face defeat, death and loneliness supernaturally.
“JOY BECOMES THE AFFIRMATION OF THE TRUEST THINGS IN THIS LIFE-The joy of the Lord is rooted in the now and the not-yet of the Kingdom of God.” (Sarah Bessey)

I pray you too can join in with the angels and ask for a language that will guide you through life into deeper joy and revelation. Oh God give me a thousand tongues to express my love to you!

ACCUMULATED PRAYER

Rev. 5:8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

What an unusual concept, accumulated prayers. I guess the reason the concept of stored up prayers seems strange may be our lack of understanding of what true prayer is. The nature of prayer is spiritual, not natural. Our effective prayers are birthed by the Holy Spirit making our prayers themselves supernatural. Praying in the Spirit is actually The Lord praying through us; we may be praying scripture, praying for some well known need in our natural language, or even praying in our heavenly language. The Lord actually prays through us making our prayers actually eternal prayers. Our prayers transcend time and space and for us, stuck in the finite world governed by time, prayers appear to be “stored up” before the Father’s Throne. Here is how Andrew Murray describes stored up prayer.

“We learn here that the prayers of the saints in the Old Testament concerning the promised redemption were preserved in heaven. These prayers are offered as incense at the throne of the Lamb, so that He may lay them before the Father. Later, in Revelation 8 we also read of the angel who stood at the altar before the throne with a golden censer filled with the prayers of all the saints.
What profound and heavenly thoughts do these words awaken within us! The prayers of the saints are not answered at once. Just as men on earth accumulate money and allow it to increase as capital for greater undertakings, so the prayers of the saints are stored up in heaven until the measure is full and the answer can descend.”

There is a lot of prayer that has been stored up these last 2000 years. Every time I pray; Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, my prayers join together with the countless multitudes that have prayed that prayer the last 2000 years. My prayers are accumulated with the prayers of the 12 apostles, with the Apostle Paul, and all of those powerful first century Christians. My prayers are mingled before the throne with the prayers of the martyrs from every generation. They are joined with the prayers of Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Knox, and Bunyan. They ascend with the prayers of Whitefield, Edwards, Wesley, and Spurgeon. They even are rising as incense with the prayers of Evan Roberts, Seymore, MacPhaerson and Kuhlman. Come Lord, pour out your Spirit, your censer is filling up!!!

THE LION AND THE LAMB

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Rev. 5:5-6 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” ¶ And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth.

This is one of the most moving passages in the Bible. The Apostle John is in heaven, before the throne of God, and he is weeping uncontrollably. He understands that the scroll in the hand of God is the future and destiny of mankind and is quite disturbed because no one has the moral authority to open the scroll. At least that was true until the One Who is a lion and a lamb suddenly appeared. The man Jesus Christ is able to open this scroll of man’s future, He is the only sinless man and appears in heaven as our representative. Jonathan Edwards preached one of the greatest sermons of all time based on these verses called The Excellency of Christ. Here is an excerpt.

“John was told of a lion that had prevailed to open the book, and probably expected to see a lion in his vision; but while he is expecting, behold a lamb appears to open the book, an exceeding diverse kind of creature from a lion! A lion is a devourer, one that is wont to make terrible slaughter of others; and no creature more easily falls a prey to him than a lamb. And Christ is here represented not only as a lamb, a creature very liable to be slain, but a “Lamb as it had been slain,” that is, with the marks of its deadly wounds appearing on it.
That which I would observe from the words, for the subject of my present discourse is this,
the lion and the lamb, though very diverse kinds of creatures, yet have each their peculiar excellencies. The lion excels in strength, and in the majesty of his appearance and voice. The lamb excels in meekness and patience, besides the excellent nature of the creature as good for food, and yielding that which is fit for our clothing, and being suitable to be offered in sacrifice to God. But we see that Christ is in the text compared to both; because the diverse excellencies of both wonderfully meet in him.”

Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, He is all powerful and rules the world and the universe by His word. He Is the reigning King of kings. He is also the lamb of God. He was led to the slaughter like a lamb and yet remained silent. Today in heaven, this man still carries the scars of redemption in His body. So what is our response, worship of course. We join with the inhabitants of heaven singing praises to our great God.