The Book of Revelation Chapter 5 – Overview


Who Will Open the Scroll?


Revelation chapter 5 opens with a description of the throne and a seven-sealed scroll. Note where the seven-sealed book is located with respect to God: Rev 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne a scroll written on the front and back and sealed with seven seals. After the scroll is described in God’s right hand, the search began for someone to open the scroll: Rev 5:2 And I saw a powerful angel proclaiming in a loud voice: “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?” Rev 5:3 But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look into it.

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Revelation 5New International Version (NIV)

The Scroll and the Lamb

Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lionof the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits[a] of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign[b] on the earth.”

11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

“Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:

“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”

14 The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.


  1. Revelation 5:6 That is, the sevenfold Spirit
  2. Revelation 5:10 Some manuscripts they reign  [/infobox]

This is the vision John had in Revelation Chapter 5 when the Lamb becomes the Lion, the only One worth to open the Seven Sealed Book of the further. We see the Lamb, as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes. Seven means perfect completion or fullness. Horn means power. Therefore, the Lamb, having seven eyes simply means, He is all-seeing. The seven horns simply means He is all-powerful. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last. That means there was no one before Him and there will be no one after Him. Only God can say that, and Jesus says it.

We change into His image from glory to glory as we behold His glory.  With this in mind, consider that we are the sealed scroll shown in Revelation chapter 5.  We are the redeemed and are in His hand, but now we must see the seven seals broken in our lives to open us up.  Paul said we are epistles of Christ.  When we were redeemed, Christ put His laws into our hearts.


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