“THE THINGS WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER THIS”
THE PROGRAM OF CHRIST - Revelation 4-22
“THE PANORAMA OF REDEMPTION”
- Revelation 5
In Revelation 4 we saw The Picture of Heaven which we said had 10 parts:
- The Prophetic Pathway to Heaven – 4:1
- The Purging of the Flesh in Heaven – 4:1b
- The Prominence of the Throne in Heaven- 4:2
- The Person on the Throne in Heaven - 4:3a
- The Proclamation above the Throne in Heaven - 4:3b
- The Persons around the Throne in Heaven - 4:4
- The Proceedings from the Throne in Heaven- 4:5a
- The Peace before the Throne in Heaven - 4:6a
- The Program is Worship in Heaven- 4:6b-10
- The Purposeful Song in Heaven- 4:11
Now we come to one of the most moving chapters of the Bible. In Revelation 5 we will see The Panorama of Redemption. This chapter will provide us insight into the question “Why is the world the world evil?
This chapter divides into five parts:
- The Predicament Requiring Redemption – 5:1-4
- The Promise of Redemption – 5:5
- The Price of Redemption – 5:6-7 and 9
- The Prayers for Redemption – 5:8
- The Product of Redemption – 5:10-14
The Predicament Requiring Redemption – 5:1-4
Revelation 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 Scroll – A Title Deed. In Biblical times there were no such things as books. Before books were invented, scrolls were used. Scrolls were made of eight inch by ten-inch sheets of papyrus. Papyrus was an ancient which was a thick kind of paper mad from the papyrus plant. On these sheets there would be writing in three-inch columns. The sheets were then connected horizontally and rolled on wooden handles so that to read them you would simultaneously unroll one end and roll the other. Small letters like Philemon, Jude, 2 and 3 John could be put on a single sheet of papyrus. The scroll of Revelation however, would measure approximately fifteen feet long! There were no pocket scrolls of the entire Bible in these times!
Scrolls were only written on one side because the papyrus was smooth on one side and coarse on the other. But in Revelation 5:1 the scroll was written on both sides. It was also sealed with seven seals. Jewish history reveals that a unique document was written on both sides and sealed with seven seals, a title deed to a piece of property that was leased.
Normally a title deed would be written on one side and sealed with a single seal. But if a property owner came upon financial difficulties such as bankruptcy-like conditions or the inability to maintain their property they could lease their property to make ends meet. Then a copy of the title deed of the property which was in the original owner’s possession, would be given to the one who was being paid. Written on the reverse side of the title deed were the details of the indebtedness and conditions of redeeming the property. The title deed would then be sealed with seven seals sealing the conditions for redeeming the property. The title deed would be available to the original owner for seven years to redeem if they could meet the conditions. During the seven years the original owner could come at any time to redeem his property. If the original owner met the conditions the seven seals were broken and the title deed was returned to the original owner.
We see an example of a title deed in the book of Jeremiah. In Jeremiah, the people of God were taken into captivity for seventy years (Jeremiah 25:11). Later, God instructs Jeremiah to purchase some land in Israel (Jeremiah 32:6-15). The idea of signing a title deed is found in this passage.
In this passage, we see God instructing Jeremiah to purchase land in Israel even though the Land was destined to be taken captive by the Babylonians for 70 years. But God instructed Jeremiah to purchase the land as a sign that God would redeem back the Land of Israel along with His people. There was hope. After a specified amount of time (70 years) God’s people would return to their Promised Land from their captivity under the Babylonians.
God is the ultimate Owner of all the earth. This is because He is the Creator of the earth. Nothing can change this. We see this stated in Scripture:
- Psalm 24:1-2 - “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.”
Because the earth’s Owner is God, and land was seen as being an inheritance given by God to his people, provision was made for original owners to redeem their property that was forfeited due to financial crisis or other reasons. We see this in Leviticus:
- Leviticus 25:23-25 - “‘The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.24 ‘And in all the land of your possession you shall grant redemption of the land.25 ‘If one of your brethren becomes poor, and has sold some of his possession, and if his redeeming relative comes to redeem it, then he may redeem what his brother sold.”
- Psalm 115:16 - “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.”
A person could sell or lose their land for a period of time, but because God was the ultimate Owner provision for the property being returned must be made. This provision included the redemption of the property by a next of kin who would bail out their indebted relative. Such a person was called a kinsman redeemer.
Why is the World Sinful, Evil, Warped?
To answer that question, we need to look at how redemption pertains to the fall of man which begins in the Garden of Eden. Adam had received God-given delegated authority to have dominion over the earth. We see this in the book of Genesis:
- Genesis 1:28 - “Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
When he rebelled, and sinned in the Garden of Eden humanity relinquished that authority to the one they had followed instead of God, that is, Satan. The result was that Satan became the “god of this world.” This is why Jesus did not object to Satan’s implied position when tempted in the wilderness. Jesus accepted that Satan had authority over the kingdoms of the world. Jesus did not submit to Satan but He did not deny that Satan had the authority to offer the kingdoms of the world to Him. We see this in Matthew’s account of the temptation in the wilderness:
- Matthew 4:8-10 - “Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”
Jesus referred to Satan as the “ruler of this world”:
- John 12:31 - “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.”
- John 14:30 - “I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.”
- John 16:11 - “of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”
The apostle Paul referred to Satan as “the god of this age”:
- 2 Corinthians 4:4 - “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
That we as well as the earth are under the dominion of Satan while outside of a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is stated in the following scriptural reference:
- John 8:44 - “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
- Acts 26:17-18 - “‘I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,18 ‘to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’”
- Romans 6:16 - “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?”
- 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 - “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.”
- Ephesians 2:1-2 - “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,”
What do these verses teach us? They teach us: Don’t blame God for the present state of affairs. The world we see today is not the world as God created it or intended it to be. God is not the Author of sin. Mankind has willfully and sinfully rebelled against God. The world we live in is fallen and under the influence of sin and Satan. He is the one who works evil and thrives on darkness. Satan is the one seeking to draw as many as possible into the darkness with him. Satan is the god of this world.
A World of Unworthy Ones
Revelation 5:2-4 - “Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.”
What makes the predicament even worse is that on one created and under the influence of sin, no one who has sinned, is worthy to open the title deed to the earth or to redeem what has been lost. Notice, the question asked is not “Who is willing?” But the question is, “Who is worthy?”
Many people in history have been willing to take control and rule the earth. Alexander the Great, Ghengis Kahn, Charlemagne, Napoleon, Hitler, Stalin, all have been willing to take control but none have been worthy. This is the testimony of Scripture:
- Romans 3:10 - “As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one;”
- Romans 3:23 - “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Even today there are those who have bought into the original sin of Adam and Eve ushered in by Satan. What sin is that? The sin of proud self exaltation. This is the root of sin. “I” is at the center of “sin.” Pride is the root of sin.
In Genesis we read:
- Genesis 3:4-5 - “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.5 “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
The words, “You will be like God” are a deception of old that continues throughout history up to the present day and beyond. Compare the above deception with what some are teaching today (Quotes are taken from hank Hanegraaf’s book Christianity in Crisis):
- Anton Levey gives a definition of a Satanist as, “One must be as a Satanist knowing his own human potential and herein is one of the essential points of Satanism. He must attain to his own godhead in accordance with his own human potential. Therefore, each man or woman is a god or gods in Satanism.” 
- Witch, Margot Adler states, “We are as gods and might as well get good at it.” 
- Maharishi Mahesh Yogi purposely mistranslates Psalm 46:10 as, “Be still and know that you are God.”
- Kenneth Hagin states, “Man . . . was created on terms of equality with God, and he could stand in God’s presence without any consciousness of inferiority . . . . God has made us as much like Himself as possible . . . . He made us the same class of being that he is Himself . .. . Man lived in the realm of God. He lived on terms equal with God . . . . The believer is called Christ . . . . That’s who we are; we’re Christ!”
- Kenneth Copeland declares, “God’s reason for creating Adam was His desire to reproduce Himself . . . . He was not a little like God. He was not almost like God. He was not subordinate to God even.” 
- Morris Cerullo states, “Did you know that from the beginning of time the whole purpose of God was to reproduce Himself? . . . Who are you? Come on, who are you? Come on, say it: ‘Sons of God!’ Come on, say it! And what does work inside us, brother, is that manifestation of the expression of all that God is and all that God has. And when we stand up here, brother, you’re not looking at Morris Cerullo; you’re looking at God. You’re looking at Jesus.” 
Those are pretty proud words. And we should remember, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5). We are so fallen in sin. We need God’s grace. Therefore, it would be better to, “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
The apostle Paul warned that in the End Times “doctrines of demons” would prevail:
- 1 Timothy 4:1 - “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” 
Such self-centered teachings are certainly demonically inspired. Paul goes on to clarify further in his second epistle to Timothy stating:
- 2 Timothy 3:1-2a - But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for me will be lovers of themselves. . . .
Jesus didn’t come preaching self-love. He came teaching denial of self. He spoke of picking up our cross or the mission He has for us in life and following Him and His selfless ways (cf. Luke 9:23-26). All of this pride and selfishness and sin disqualifies us. Every human is disqualified for God’s redemptive purposes. No human being is worthy to redeem the world apart from Jesus. That is why John writes and points out that an angel asks, “Who is worthy?” No one is worthy to take back the title deed of the earth and redeem lost humanity. Thank God that He didn’t scrap the world and us with it. Thank the Lord He is Holy and a God of love. He has a plan to send a very special Man, a Perfect Man, the Son of God, Jesus. Because of Jesus there is hope for redemption.
But without Jesus the Lamb, there is no hope. When it says that John “wept much” it means to sob convulsively. To come face to face with universal unworthiness and irredeemableness in this scene should cause us to sob convulsively like it did John. In this moment, John comes face to face with the reality and full consequence of the lostness of the human race and this world. He is brought face to face with his and everyone’s unworthiness because of sin. He can’t help but sob convulsively with this realization.
Does the sinful state of fallen humanity cause you to sob, or have you grown to accept it? Have you become complacent over sin? The psalmist stated, “Rivers of water run down from my eyes, because men do not keep Your law” (Psalm 119:136). Jeremiah was known as the “Weeping prophet” (e.g. Jeremiah 9:1 and 18; 14:17). Thankfully the psalmist also wrote, “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Jesus is the Morning Star who makes a way for our weeping to be replaced with joy (cf. Revelation 22:16).
There remains much to weep over today. John wept because he was struck with the question: Would this predicament go on eternally? Would the world continue on it’s path of evil, darkness and destruction? There appeared to be no way out! Hopelessness! Despair! There were and are no exceptions, no one is worthy to redeem the world, except. . . .
The Promise of Redemption – 5:5
Revelation 5:5 - “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.”
The imagery of the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” is one of a Sovereign Judge. This reference goes back to the prophecy of Genesis which states:
- Genesis 49:9-10 - “Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.”
In the Genesis passage the “scepter” is a symbol of authority and the prophecy indicates that authority shall not pass from Judah until “Shiloh” comes. Shiloh is a messianic name. Josephus tells us in his history that in A.D. 12 the Romans declared that the Jewish people would no longer have the authority to execute capital punishment. When this happened, the rabbis wailed in the streets because the “scepter” or authority had departed and “Shiloh” or messiah had not come! But in truth Messiah had come in Jesus Christ. Interestingly, Jesus, at twelve years old, was reasoning with the religious leaders in the Temple precincts (Luke 2:39-52). 
In Isaiah it states,
- Isaiah 11:1 - “There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse, 1 And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.”
This too is a Messianic prophecy. The “stem of Jesse” is a reference to David whose father was Jesse. The “Rod” is a reference to Messiah; Jesus. Jesus was the “Root of David” in that He is descended from the line of David. Jesus is the “Root of David” in that He is God and predates David.
In the gospels we see that Jesus spoke of the redemptive work He would achieve:
- Matthew 13:44-46 - “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls,46 “who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
These parabolic verses on “the kingdom of heaven” are often misinterpreted to mean that people sell everything to purchase the treasure in the field. But Jesus is the One who gave up everything to purchase or redeem, the” treasure hidden in a field” which is us; a fallen world filled with lost sinners. Jesus is the One who by grace comes and finds us.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls.” It isn’t us seeking beautiful pearls, it’s Jesus seeking us. The “pearl of great price” is the jewel of the earth and those in it. Jesus looks at this world and us and sees “a pearl of great price.” If you ever doubt your worth, just consider what God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were willing to do to redeem you. To God, we are “one pearl of great price.” God in Christ by the Holy Spirit “went and sold all that he had and bought it” or redeemed us. It’s a beautiful picture of redemption when properly interpreted.
Satan the Usurper
Jesus has paid the price of redemption for this “treasure” and this “pearl of great price” on the cross. This is clearly stated in the Bible:
- Colossians 2:13-15 - “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
- Hebrews 2:14-15 - “Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil,15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
Satan can influence believers. He tempts believers (1 Chronicles 21:1), he afflicts believers (Job 2:7), he opposes believers (Zechariah 3:1), he sifts believers (Luke 22:31), he deceives believers (2 Corinthians 11:3), and disguises himself as believers (2 Corinthians 11:14, 15). But if we are mindful of what Jesus accomplished on the cross, we will have a ready defense and means to disarm the Devil and his demons. Jesus on the cross has “disarmed” (Greek apekdyomai) or divested, despoiled, spoiled, wholly put off, wholly stripped off, disarmed the Devil and his minions. Jesus didn’t do this secretly, “He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Jesus, on the cross, accomplished the ultimate undeniable disrespect to the Devil and his legions. There is no doubt to the vanquishing of the Devil and his army. The Devil and his followers operate from a position of defeat and any ground he has is usurped illegitimately because Jesus has knocked his teeth out and removed any hope for an enemy victory. In Hebrews this is spelled out very clearly with the inspired words, “that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Those who are in Christ have been released, set free from the fear of death and the bondage it brings.
Believers have power in Christ over Satan. They can overcome Satan’s strategies by: 1.) Being Watchful and aware of Satan’s strategies - 2 Corinthians 2:10, 11; 2.) Fighting against Satan with the armor of God - Ephesians 6:11–16; 3.) Resisting Satan so that he will flee - James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9; and 4.) Overcoming Satan in Christ - 1 John 2:13; Revelation 12:10, 11. 
In effect, the situation as it stands at present is such that Satan is operating with usurped authority. Jesus will forcefully redeem the world from the clutches of Satan. What makes Jesus worthy to do this? What is the price of such a redemption?
The Price of Redemption – 5:6-7 and 9
Revelation 5:6-7 - “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.7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.”
Revelation 5:9 - “And they sang a new song, saying: 1 “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,”
When John turns around, he doesn’t see a Lion King, but a “a Lamb as though it had been slain.” The term “Lamb” here means literally “a pet lamb.” And this is true to the Passover process. The Passover lamb to be sacrificed was kept for a week in the home of the family for which it would be slain. Over the course of this week the family would become emotionally attached to the lamb so that when it came time for it to be sacrificed for their sins, the cost for redemption would be clearly felt and see in giving something that was valued and emotionally dear to the ones for which the sacrifice was made.
In John’s account Jesus is seen as a lamb with the marks of being slain on it. Jesus as the slain Lamb is the atoning sacrifice of redemption. Jesus, the Lamb, has paid the price of redemption with His life. And here is a somber solemn profound observation to make:
THE ONLY THING THAT IS MANMADE IN HEAVEN, ARE THE SCARRS OF CRUCIFIXION ON JESUS.
Think about that folks. In heaven, in eternity, the only thing that we can take credit for are the scars of redemption on our Savior Jesus. Forever, we will be reminded of the cost of our eternal life. Forever when we look at Jesus, we will see those scars of love and redemption and forever be moved to admiration and appreciation of what Jesus has done for us. This is an eternally profound reality for eternity.
Those marks are deep and extensive according to Isaiah:
- Isaiah 52:14 - “Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men;”
The brutality that Jesus experienced from sinful humanity and the scars it made on His body were astonishing to those who saw them at the crucifixion and will be astonishing to us when we see Jesus.
Isaiah goes on to say in the following chapter:
Isaiah 53:1–12 (NKJV)
53 Who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant,
And as a root out of dry ground.
He has no form or comeliness;
And when we see Him,
There is no beauty that we should desire Him.
3 He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
4 Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
6 All we like sheep have gone astray;
We have turned, every one, to his own way;
And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter,
And as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
8 He was taken from prison and from judgment,
And who will declare His generation?
For He was cut off from the land of the living;
For the transgressions of My people He was stricken.
9 And they made His grave with the wicked—
But with the rich at His death,
Because He had done no violence,
Nor was any deceit in His mouth.
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;
He has put Him to grief.
When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days,
And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.
11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied.
By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many,
For He shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great,
And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,
Because He poured out His soul unto death,
And He was numbered with the transgressors,
And He bore the sin of many,
And made intercession for the transgressors.
I include the inspired words of this entire chapter so as not to dilute in any way the price of our redemption paid in full by Jesus. It’s an almost unbelievable truth that in our own understanding we would not comprehend because it has to be revealed to us by the Lord (53:1). Jesus is the “root.” He didn’t come as a beautiful Hollywood actor or attractive world figure. No “He has no form of comeliness” or “beauty” (53:2). Though Jesus came to redeem humanity, He was’ despised and rejected by men,” and therefore was seen as “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (53:3). Because He was “acquainted with grief” then “surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows” (53:4). Jesus is able to empathize with us and has the solution to the griefs and sorrows caused by sin. Remember, Jesus is the “Wonderful Counselor” able to minister to the lost sinner (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus came and was “wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). Jesus is our surrogate Savior. Jesus was “wounded for our transgressions.” He paid our redemption price. And He did that because, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (53:6). We, “every one,” every human being from the time of Adam and Eve, are the cause of the cross of Jesus. And so powerful and so effective and so magnificent is the cross-work of Jesus that redemption can be offered to “every one,” all who are lost. Thank You Jesus!
And this Sacrificed Lamb Jesus not only paid our redemption price, but He gave us an example to follow. “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb e to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth” (53:7). Jesus didn’t resist the redemptive plan of the Father. Jesus entrusted His life to the redemptive plan of the Father. Jesus entrusted His destiny and the destiny of all those He sought to save, to the redemptive plan of the Father. Jesus modelled and life of trust, surrender, commitment, humility before His Heavenly Father. Jesus experienced the shame of being falsely accused and He suffered the injustice of being imprisoned and falsely sentenced to death. He went all the way in God’s redemptive plan; He submitted to death (53:8). He was even mocked on the cross with common criminals. He didn’t lie, even to the end. He never boasted. He lived in poverty so that He didn’t even have a grave; it had to be provided by a wealthy follower (53:9). Jesus lived a humble life.
And all this was done as part fo God’s redemptive plan. Even though the price of our redemption was very steep and costly, “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him;” to “make His soul an offering for sin.” The Father, the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit all knew “the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand” (53:10). When all is said and done, the redemption price for the earth and lost humanity, when God looks upon it, “He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied” and “by His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify man, for He shall bear their iniquities” (53:11). On the cross Jesus fulfilled these prophetic words when He said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30). There is nothing to add to Jesus’ redemptive work. And because of this Jesus will be exalted. “Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” (53:12). To this panoramic scene of redemption all we can say is “Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits n the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13).
The price of the redemption of the earth and its inhabitants was not any material currency, but the blood of Jesus:
- 1 Peter 1:18-20 - “knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers,19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.”
For this expensive purchase of our redemption we should always be thankful to our Lord Jesus.
THE PRICE OF REDEMPTION IS THE LIFE OF THE REDEEMER. JESUS GAVE HIS LIFE AS THE PRICE OF OUR REDEMPTION.
Jesus’ redemptive work is a result of God’s in perfect authority - “seven horns,” His perfect insight - “seven eyes,” and the fullness of the Spirit - “seven Spirits of God.” The redemption of this world and its lost inhabitants is a perfect work of the Triune God.
It should be mentioned here that Jesus did not pay Satan the price of redemption. Jesus paid the just redemption price to the Father who owns all. Satan is a usurper; he has no right to the earth. He’s an intruder. He has bullied his way in between God and His children. He has deceived humanity. But Jesus has exposed him and paid the righteous redemption price in order for a just redemption of the earth and its inhabitants.
Who is on the Throne?
The involvement of the Trinity is in our redemption. Jesus the Lamb slain, the Father on the throne holding the scroll and the Holy Spirit in His fullness (5:6). When we move from Revelation 4 to chapter 5 the identity of Who is on the throne may seem a bit muddled. Certainly, God is on the throne. But which Person of the Trinity? John F. Walvoord makes an apt comment on this question:
“The question has been raised as to the identity of the One who was on the throne. In chapter 4 it appears that He is to be identified as God the Father because Christ is represented separately as the Lamb [in chapter 5. See also Revelation 6:16; 7:10 compared with 4:5] . . .. The difficult problem of identification has been solved in various ways. Actually, both the Father and the Son are properly on the throne as Christ Himself mentioned in Revelation 3:21. One explanation would have Christ on the throne in chapter 4 and the Father on the throne in chapter 5. . .. The seeming contradiction may also be resolved in the doctrine of the Trinity as Christ expressed it in John 14:9: “He that hath seen Me hath seen the Father.” It is significant that God is not an anthropomorphic figure in this revelation and does not appear as a man. Apart from the fact that He is said to sit on the throne, no description is given except the colors which impressed John. It is evident that the glory of God was the intent of the vision rather than an anthropomorphic representation.”
And that glory that John F. Walvoord speaks of depicts The Father and Jesus as equally glorious. Jesus is not a second-class part of the Trinity, nor is the Holy Spirit a third-class member of the Trinity by virtue of their mention in the phrase “the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). Each Person of the Triune Godhead are equal in value and deity. As Jesus acts as fully Man, He submits to the authority of the Father (e.g. John 5:19). As the Perfect Representative Man, Jesus sought the Father’s will not His own (John 5:30). But the Father and Son Jesus are equally able to raise the dead (John 5:21) and the Father has committed judgement to the Son Jesus (John 5:22). The Father’s seal of approval is on Jesus the Son of Man (John 6:27). Honor for the Father and Son are to be equal (John 5:23). Bot the Father and the Son have life in themselves (John 5:26). The Father and Son Jesus work together in the redemptive plan (John 6:44). Jesus said, “the Father is in Me, and I in Him” (John 10:38). Indeed, as Jesus also said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9-11). The Apostle John was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write, “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:23).
The Prayers for Redemption – 5:8
Revelation 5:8 - “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
So magnificent is the redemptive work of Jesus that it causes the angelic beings and the twenty-four elders to fall down before Jesus in worship. When was the last time you took time to prayerfully contemplate the redemptive work of Jesus you have benefitted from and fallen at the feet of Jesus in worship? Worship is the only appropriate response to the Lamb Jesus.
The prayers of all the saints from all time who have prayed for “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done” (Matthew 6:10) are about to be answered. Our prayers are never lost, they are rising before God.
- Psalm 141:1-2 - “Lord, I cry out to You; Make haste to me! Give ear to my voice when I cry out to You.2 Let my prayer be set before You as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.”
- Hebrews 13:15 - “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”
We should always be praying for the redemption of the lost by Jesus.
The Products of Redemption – 5:10-14
Revelation 5:10-14 - “And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.”11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,12 saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”13 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, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshipped Him who lives forever and ever.”
There are three products of the redemption obtained by Jesus:
1.) Priests and kings - 5:10 - The saints will reign on earth with Christ during the millennial reign of Jesus. Also, this is a song that can only be particularly sung by the saints who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. The church is in heaven! God’s original intended purpose for all His people will come to pass:
- Exodus 19:6 - ‘And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.”
- Isaiah 61:6 - “But you shall be named the priests of the Lord, they shall call you the servants of our God. You shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory you shall boast.”
- 1 Peter 2:5 - “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”
2.) Power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and blessing to the Lamb - 5:11-12 - Jesus has the power to redeem us along with an abundance of riches, wisdom, strength, honor and glory as a result of His redemptive work. This is the beginning of the consummation of what Paul wrote about to the Philippians:
- Philippians 2:9-11 - “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
All our blessings are bound up in Jesus. Paul, under the magnificent inspiration of the Holy Spirit, captures this truth when writing to the church in Ephesus saying:
- Ephesians 1:3–14 - 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 11 In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Prayerfully read and meditate on these incredibly glorious inspired words. We could write books on the significance of this great passage. Suffice it to say now, that these words picture to us the panorama of redemption we have in Christ Jesus. Prayerfully reading and studying these words will lead us into praise for Jesus our sacrificed Lamb. Prayerfully taking in these words will (or should) fill your heart with a spirit of full worship.
3.) Praise to the Lamb - 4:13-14 – Every creature in heaven bows before the Lord in praise and worship. We’ll praise Him forever because of what He has done to redeem us. The psalms speak of this praise:
- Psalm 148:1-14 - “Praise the Lord! 1 Praise the Lord from the heavens; Praise Him in the heights!2 Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!3 Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light!4 Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens!5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.6 He also established them forever and ever; He made a decree which shall not pass away.7 Praise the Lord from the earth, You great sea creatures and all the depths;8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;9 Mountains and all hills; Fruitful trees and all cedars;10 Beasts and all cattle; Creeping things and flying fowl; 11 Kings of the earth and all peoples; Princes and all judges of the earth;12 Both young men and maidens; Old men and children.13 Let them praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven.14 And He has exalted the horn of His people, The praise of all His saints—Of the children of Israel, A people near to Him. Praise the Lord!”
Notice that in this heavenly scene of magnificent worship that the context in which the universe breaks forth into worship is the revelation of the Lamb that was slain who is worthy to take the title deed and redeem the world. This should speak to us that:
TRUE WORSHIP IS FUELED BY FOCUSING ON THE CROSS OF CHRIST.
Worship should not rely on musicians, musical talent, entertainment, or performance, worship is DEPENDENT ON THE CENTRALITY OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. The more we look at and meditate on the cross of Christ the more we will become worshippers. This is so important for us, especially in our time of technology when gadgetry is often looked to as the sole means to usher people into a sense of worship. No! No! No! The cross of Christ ushers us into worship. Indeed, when we focus on the cross of Christ and His sacrifice, we can’t help but worship!
When does this worship happen? Is it when a worship leader performs well? Is it when a crowd is entertained? When a crowd is manipulated and stirred emotionally? No! Worship occurs when we see that “Jesus died for me!” That’s when worship becomes true and real worship. Worship is for the Lord, not for us. Worship is our opportunity to offer up to God a love offering of appreciation for His redemption in Jesus.
Revelation 5 is a glorious portion of scripture that serves to straighten us out about the nature of worship. When the Bride of Christ, His Church, worships Him and glorifies Jesus, the presence of God is enthroned and manifested in our midst (e.g. Psalm 22:3). We can experience a taste of Revelation 5 every time we come together as the Body to worship. Our ambition in worship should not be performance, but personal praise to God. That is something too often missing in the church today.
In Revelation 6 we will see Jesus remove one by one, the seals of the title deed to the earth. Each seal will have terms of redemption. They will be strict terms, costly terms. These terms will shake up the Christ-rejecting world one last time in an effort to draw them to repentance and faith in Jesus. These terms will begin to wake up Israel. These terms will be aimed at making up the world like a maid makes a bed readying it for the next occupant. Jesus is coming back, and the redemptive plan of God is preparing this world for His occupation and Kingdom.
 Hank Hanegraaff, Christianity In Crisis, (Eugene, Oregon Harvest House Pub., 1993) p. 107-109
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 Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, rev. ed, (Boston: Beacon Press, 1986), p. 25
 Kenneth Hagin, Zoe: The God-KIND OF Life, (Tulsa, OK: Kenneth Hagin Ministries, Inc., 1989) p. 35-36,41.
 Kenneth Copeland, “Following the Faith of Abraham I” (Fort Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989) tape #01-3001, side 1.
 Morris Cerullo, “The End Time Manifestation of the Sons of God” audiotape 1, sides 1 &2, emphasis in original.
The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.
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 John F. Walvoord, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1966) p. 105