Revelation Chapter 5: 6
Revelation 5:6 – 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…
See Revelation 4 for commentary on the living creatures and the elders.
Though the elder announced Jesus as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah,” John sees a Lamb in the midst of the throne, instead of a lion. The Lamb appears “as though it had been slain.” He is alive and standing, yet the scars are still visible. Jesus is no doubt this sacrificial lamb.
The Greek word translated “lamb” refers to a young sheep. Jesus is the sacrificial lamb foreshadowed in the Passover meal:
Exodus 12:3-7, 13 – Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying: ‘On the tenth of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man’s need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it…. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
1 Corinthians 5:7 – …For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
Peter tells us “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (2 Peter 3:8).” With this in mind, it is interesting to note that the Israelites chose the Passover lamb “four” days before they killed it. Jesus was chosen as the Lamb slain “4,000” years before the crucifixion occurred in real-time:
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, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.
Revelation 13:8 – …the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Like the Passover lamb, the Lamb of God did not have one broken bone:
Numbers 9:11-12 – On the fourteenth day of the second month, at twilight, they may keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They shall leave none of it until morning, nor break one of its bones. According to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it.
John 19:33-36 – But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out. And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe. For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, “Not one of His bones shall be broken.”
Jesus, as the Lamb of God, paid the price for our sins:
Isaiah 53:5-7 – 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. 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. 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.
John 1:29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”
1 Peter 1:18-19 – Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Christ covered the cost of the “purchase deed” to the earth with His blood, which He shed on the cross. When Jesus takes back possession of the earth, He will be able to gather all things to Himself, from both Heaven and Earth:
Ephesians 1:7-10 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, 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.
Jesus will rule over the earth as the “Lion of the tribe of Judah” and “King of kings,” once the contents of the “purchase deed” He paid for come to pass:
Revelation 11:15 – Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”
We will go into detail about the contents of the scroll, as we move through Revelation.
Jesus, as the Lamb of God, has seven horns. In the next section, we see that the Lamb also has seven eyes. “Seven” is the number for perfection, or fullness. (See “Prophetic Patterns in Numbers”). This number is replete throughout Revelation. Since chapter one, we have seen seven churches, the seven Spirits of God (Revelation 1:4), and seven seals on the scroll (Revelation 5:1).
It was through the blowing of seven trumpets of rams’ horns, at the leadership of Joshua, that Israel began to take their inheritance:
Joshua 6:13-16 – Then seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark of the LORD went on continually and blew with the trumpets. And the armed men went before them. But the rear guard came after the ark of the LORD, while the priests continued blowing the trumpets. And the second day they marched around the city once and returned to the camp. So they did six days. But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times. And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets, that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the LORD has given you the city!”
In Hebrew, the name “Joshua” is “Yeshua.” The Greek for “Yeshua” transliterates to “Jesus” in English. The name “Yeshua” means “He delivers” or “the Lord Is Salvation.” Jesus is our “horn of salvation,” having redeemed us by His blood:
Luke 1:68-69 – “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David.”
The Messiah is “the horn of David”:
Psalms 132:13-17 – For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place: “This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it. I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.”
A horn also represents strength:
Psalms 18:2 – The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
2 Samuel 22:3 – The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.
1 Samuel 2:10 – The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken in pieces; from heaven He will thunder against them. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed.”
Symbolically, a horn can also show the authority, or dominion of a king:
Psalm 89:15-17, 20-24 – Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted. For You are the glory of their strength, and in Your favor our horn is exalted…. I have found My servant David; with My holy oil I have anointed him, with whom My hand shall be established; also My arm shall strengthen him. The enemy shall not outwit him, nor the son of wickedness afflict him. I will beat down his foes before his face, and plague those who hate him. But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted.
In his prophecies, Daniel explicitly tells us that horns symbolize kings:
Daniel 7:24 – The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings.
There are several other examples in Scripture that confirm that a horn represents the power and authority of kings (Zechariah 1:21, Psalm 148:14, Jeremiah 48:25, Lamentations 2:3, 17, Ezekiel 29:21). Jesus is the ultimate “Horn,” with both the power of salvation and the power to rule over the world. Having “seven” horns shows that He has perfect and complete power.
John tells us that the seven eyes on the Lamb represent the seven Spirits of God. Recall from Revelation 1:4, the seven Spirits of God represent the Holy Spirit. The seven eyes on the Lamb of God show that He has the fullness of the Spirit, as pictured in the baptism of Jesus:
John 1:29, 32 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…. And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.”
The seven Spirits of God are before the throne (Revelation 1:4), in the form of fire (Revelation 4:5). The physical eyes of Jesus looked like a flame of fire in Revelation 1:14, representing His displeasure with sin. The “eyes of the Lord,” or the Holy Spirit, seek out intent of the heart of man. The Lord deals with sin, in the interest of those who have a heart for Him:
2 Chronicles 16:9 – For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him….
The seven Spirits of God being “sent out,” is literally “having been sent out” in the Greek. They went out in the past, as we will see in a moment, and they will also go out in the future, as shown here in Revelation. This demonstrates God’s omniscience; nothing is hidden from Him:
Hebrews 4:13 – And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account.
The Holy Spirit is not only the “eyes” of the Lord, but also the power through which the Lord operates throughout the earth, as shown in the passages below. Note: the Messiah is “the Branch” (Isaiah 11:1, Jeremiah 23:5, 33:15) and “the stone” (Psalm 118:22, Matthew 21:42, Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17, Acts 4:11, 1 Peter 2:7):
Romans 1:3-4 – Concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.
Zechariah 3:8-9 – ‘Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, you and your companions who sit before you, for they are a wondrous sign; for behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH.For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ Says the LORD of hosts, ‘And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.’
Zechariah 4:6-10 – So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,‘ Says the LORD of hosts. ‘Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain! And he shall bring forth the capstone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ‘ ” Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands shall also finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. For who has despised the day of small things? For these seven rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. They are the eyes of the LORD, which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”
As an interesting side note, a number of things symbolize the Holy Spirit in Scripture, such as oil, wind, and water. However, the Holy Spirit appears as fire to the Church. The first time the Holy Spirit appears as fire is when the Church is born (Acts 2). The last time in Scripture that the Holy Spirit appears as fire is in Revelation 4:5, right after the elders, who represent the Church, are introduced in Heaven. The seven Spirits of God were shown as “eyes” in the Old Testament, and now they are seen as “eyes” again here in Revelation, after the Church arrives in Heaven, but before the Tribulation begins.
This change in how the Holy Spirit manifests, supports the doctrine of dispensations, in that He deals with different groups of people in different periods of time differently. In other words, outside of the Church Age, the Holy Spirit is “eyes which scan to and fro” throughout the earth. During the Church Age, the Holy Spirit works through believers, represented by the lamp stand in Revelation 1:20. A lamp stand bears light, but it is not the source of the light. The “fire” of the Holy Spirit makes the Church “lights in the world” (Philippians 2:13-15). When the light of the Church leaves the world at the rapture, the Holy Spirit will again function in the world as “eyes.”
This is John looking at the very same scene with more being revealed to him as he looks. It is almost as if he is astonished when he says “lo”.
Here we see Him at the throne, and very near are the twenty-four representatives of all Christendom. This is an unusual thing here, for Jesus is the Right Hand of God. This book is actually held by Him, and yet, we see Him go to take the book and open it. As in dreams, many symbolisms are present here.
“Lamb”: Hearing of a lion, John turns to see a lamb (literally, “a little, pet lamb”). God required the Jews to bring the Passover lamb into their houses for 4 days, essentially making it a pet, before it was to be violently slain (Exodus 12:3, 6). This is the true Passover Lamb, God’s Son (compare Isa. 53:7; Jer. 11:19; John 1:29).
Where would the Lamb, Jesus, be but in the midst? We saw in a previous lesson how He was in the midst of the church. Here we see Him as the perfect Lamb sacrifice. Everything that He is surrounded by is significant to His church. Jesus is the central figure in all of this.
We know also that Jesus is definitely in the midst of the four gospels. He is the central theme of all four books.
Many times, thoughts come to us (as we are viewing something), that are not something we see with the eye. Here we see John realizing the death of the Lamb, as well as Him resurrected.
“A lamb, looking as if it had been slain.” The scars from its slaughter are still clearly visible, but it is standing, it is alive.
When Christ completed the work of redemption, He earned the title deed to the earth. As by Adam came sin, so by Christ came redemption. It is a beautiful picture that we see here! Even though the angel refers to our Lord in His glory as a Lion, indicating His power and might, John sees Him as a sacrificial Lamb. For John sees Him through eyes of faith. Those who reject Christ will see Him as a Lion when He comes to judge and to reign over them. Those who believe in Him will see Him as their sacrificial Lamb.
The “seven horns” indicate that all power belongs to Him indicating that the Lamb is not weak. A horn, as Scripture indicates is power (see Zech. 1:18). When Christ came the first time, as a Lamb, though He displayed certain powers, He did not manifest all His power. When He comes the next time, as a Lion, at His Glorious Appearing, it will be in the manifestation of His omnipotence, His all consuming power.
We see this verified in Matthew:
Matthew 28:18 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”
This statement is printed in red which means Jesus Himself spoke these words. This was spoken after His resurrection.
The “seven eyes” just means that He possesses all wisdom and understanding. “Seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.” These eyes speak of the judgment of our Lord, including the seven characteristics of the Holy Spirit that rests on Him without measure (Isaiah 11:2; John 3:34).
When our Lord comes, He will know all that human beings have ever thought or done. Every deed will be brought into judgment. Note that seven is God’s number of perfection. Therefore, when Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, comes to judge the world at the end of the Tribulation, it will be as the perfect judge. Who has all power and who knows all about humankind. It should also be borne in mind that He was the sacrificial Lamb, but people rejected him.
The Seven Spirits of God. The seven Spirits do not mean seven different Spirits, but the seven characteristics of the one Holy Spirit. It should be borne in mind, that these characteristics are not limited to His role in heaven, His role during the Tribulation, or His role during the Church Age, but are an eternal part of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, when we are filled with the Holy Spirit, in addition to the fruit of the Spirit found (in Gal. 5:22), we should expect to manifest these characteristics:
- The Spirit of the Lord;
- The Spirit of wisdom;
- The Spirit of understanding;
- The Spirit of counsel;
- The Spirit of power;
- The Spirit of knowledge;
- The Spirit of the fear of the Lord.
The “seven spirits of God”, just means that all the Spirits of God dwell in Him. He has all the fullness of the Godhead dwelling in Him.
These seven Spirits of God sent forth into the earth are the spiritual gifts to help the Christians mentioned (in 1 Corinthians 12). It begins;
1 Cor. 12:1 “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”
Then it goes on and lists the gifts that will be of help to us Christians.
- Word of Wisdom;
There are far more than seven. Seven is just a spiritual number meaning the completeness, or fullness of the Spirit. If you wanted to, you could name a hundred more, such as charity, patience, etc.
Verses 7-10: This is the focus and climax of the entire vision. When the Lamb (Jesus Christ), “took the book”, the weeping ended and praise erupted in the form of a “new song”, celebrating what He had done (providing redemption through His death), and what He was about to do (reclaim authority over all the earth).
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