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Milepost 12: Search for the Worthy One

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Milepost 12: Search for the Worthy One

Primary References: Revelation 5

Revelation 5 introduces a new book sealed with seven seals, earth’s title deed[1]. It is held in the right hand of the one on the throne, God the Father, who is the true and rightful holder of earth’s title. Next, Revelation 5 introduces a strong angel. It is likely that this is the Mighty Angel introduced later in Revelation 10 since both Revelation 5’s ‘strong’ and Revelation 10’s ‘mighty’ have the same Greek root words: ischuros (Strong’s G2478). For now, this section focuses on the angel’s actions and defers speculation on the angel’s identity until more clues appear in Revelation 10.

The strong angel issues a proclamation that initiates a search throughout all creation for any person worthy to open the sealed book (earth’s title). While the standard is not specified, the results of the search shows that one can only be worthy if they have lived a perfect, sinless life. John loses all hope and starts weeping when the search fails to find anyone; he stops crying only when Jesus steps forward to take the book. When John finally sees Jesus, He is in the midst of the throne with the rest of the Holy Trinity; but John provides no explanation why he failed to see or even note Jesus’ presence prior to this.

The first two titles the elders use for Jesus (the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Root of David) proclaim His royal lineage while the last (the slain Lamb, with seven horns, seven eyes, and the seven Spirits of God) shows His redemptive work as savior. Jesus’ horns speak of His power and the seven horns suggest complete power, the power only God Almighty possesses. Seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, suggest not only Jesus’ omnipotence but also the Holy Spirit’s overflowing presence in Him. Revelation 1 showed Jesus in the midst of church (the candlesticks). Now, Revelation 5 shows Him in the midst of the throne of God. Has He left the church? Of course not. Since the rapture, the church has been with Jesus in heaven and around the throne of God.

[1] The Greek word for book in this passage is biblion (Strong’s G975) which means a roll, bill, book, scroll, or writing.