Revelation 5
And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.
And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Revelation
Book: Revelation
Chapter: 5

A Book sealed with Seven seals, which could be opened By none
but Christ, who took the Book to open it. (1-7) Upon which all
honour is ascribed to him, as worthy to open it. (8-14)

1-7 The Apostle saw in the Hand of Him that sat upon the
Throne, a Roll of parchments in the form usual in those times,
and sealed with Seven seals. This represented the secret
purposes of God about to be revealed. The designs and methods of
Divine Providence, toward the Church and the world, are stated,
fixed, and made a matter of record. The counsels of God are
altogether hidden from the Eye and understanding of the
Creature. The several parts are not unsealed and opened at once,
but after each other, till the whole Mystery of God's counsel
and conduct is finished in the world. The creatures cannot open
it, nor read it; the Lord only can do So. Those who see most of
God, are most desirous to see more; and those who have seen his
Glory, desire to know his will. But even good men may be too
eager and hasty to look into the mysteries of the Divine
conduct. Such desires, if not soon answered, turn to grief and
sorrow. If John wept much because he could not look into the
Book of God's decrees, what reason have many to shed floods of
tears for their ignorance of the Gospel of Christ! of that On
which Everlasting Salvation depends! We need not weep that we
cannot foresee future events respecting ourselves in this world;
the eager expectation of future prospects, or the foresight of
future calamities, would alike unfit us for present duties and
conflicts, or render our prosperous days distressing. Yet we may
desire to learn, from the promises and prophecies of Scripture,
what will be the final event to believers and to the Church; and
the Incarnate Son has prevailed, that we should learn all that
we need to know. Christ stands as Mediator between God and both
ministers and people. He is called a Lion, but he appears as a
Lamb slain. He appears with the marks of his sufferings, to show
that he pleads for us in Heaven, in virtue of his satisfaction.
He appears as a Lamb, having Seven horns and Seven eyes; perfect
power to execute all the will of God, and perfect Wisdom to
understand it, and to do it in the most effectual manner. The
Father Put the Book of his eternal counsels into the Hand of
Christ, and Christ readily and gladly took it into his Hand; for
he delights to make known the will of his Father; and the Holy
Spirit is given By him to reveal the Truth and will of God.

8-14 It is matter of joy to all the world, to see that God
deals with men in Grace and Mercy through the Redeemer. He
governs the world, not merely as a Creator, but as our Saviour.
The harps were instruments of praise; the vials were full of
odours, or Incense, which signify the prayers of the saints:
Prayer and praise should always go together. Christ has redeemed
his people from the Bondage of Sin, guilt, and Satan. He has not
only purchased liberty for them, but the highest honour and
preferment; he made them Kings and priests; Kings, to rule over
their own spirits, and to overcome the world, and the evil one;
and he makes them priests; giving them access to himself, and
liberty to offer up spiritual sacrifices. What words can more
fully declare that Christ is, and ought to be worshipped,
equally with the Father, By all creatures, to all eternity!
Happy those who shall Adore and praise in Heaven, and who shall
for ever Bless the Lamb, who delivered and set them apart for
himself By his Blood. How worthy art thou, O God, Father, Son,
and Holy Ghost, of our highest praises! All creatures should
proclaim thy greatness, and Adore thy majesty.

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