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The Revelation of Y'shua the Anointed:
A Study into the Noahide Nazarene Way
By Ben Ruach ha Kodesh (John of AllFaith) � 9.19.09
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The Seven Seals
At the beginning of the previous chapter we saw John enter into the Spirit and ascend to the Throne Room of HaShem. In chapter five he is still there beholding the royal preparations for the End of the Age (Matt 24:3).
Revelation 5:1 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.
As I explained at the beginning of this study:
- We further note that this book [i.e. the Revelation of Y'shua the Anointed], while given to us by Y'shua was received by him from HaShem, the God of Israel. This places the stature of this work among the other prophetic books such as Daniel. Indeed the Book of Daniel ends with this promise of further prophetic revelation:
From the World English Bible: Daniel 12:8 I heard, but I didn`t understand: then said I, my lord, what shall be the issue of these things?
9 He said, Go your way, Daniel; for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end....
13 But go you your way until the end be; for you shall rest, and shall stand in your lot, at the end of the days.
This is the same book (biblion) now held in the hand of HaShem and in the next few verses we will hear the lamentation that still there is no one worthy to remove the seals and reopen the scroll... or is there? We should not assume this means the literal scroll of the Book of Revelation (and/or Daniel) but rather that these words reflect HaShem's intention to reveal the knowledge withheld from Daniel to John, although it would not be understood completely until the End of Days as these things begin to unfold: "for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end...." Therefore the prophecies revealed from this point on will not happen until that time.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 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.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah
We can assume the Elder who spoke these words was Judah although he is not identified here. Here is the reference:
From the World English Bible: Genesis 49:8 "Judah, your brothers will praise you: Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; Your father`s sons will bow down before you.
9 Judah is a lion`s whelp. From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He stooped down, he couched as a lion, As a lioness. Who will rouse him up?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler`s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes. To him will the obedience of the peoples be.
Who is worthy to remove the seals and bring in the promised Kingdom revealed in the prophecies? Only Moshiach (Messiah)! Only Shiloh! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David and our coming King!
The timing of this verse is very significant! John is narrating the preparations underway in HaShem's Throne Room for what lies ahead. Here we see Moshiach anointed and accepting his assignment. In the next chapter his opponent, Rex Mundi will make his appearance! Never doubt that God is prepared!
6 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.
When discussing the Seven Lamps I said the reference is that HaShem is all knowing and that by His Glory and Omniscience nothing escapes His awareness. I also said much more could be said. Here's a bit more.
Shiloh, the Moshiach, is now standing in the Throne Room before the King of all existence in complete submission. HaShem has selected him to Champion the cause of the Earth in the upcoming struggle and he has accepted. Whereas the Twenty Four Elders (Judaism and the Way/Christianity) failed, Moshiach will succeed! Moshiach is described as a man fully empowered by HaShem. Even as the Seven Lamps reflect God's Glory and Power and Knowledge, so too that absolute authority is now bequeathed to Shiloh for the upcoming struggle with Rex Mundi!
7 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.
As Moshiach steps forward and accepts his destiny as God's Standard Bearer the Four Beasts (signifying all life on earth: Rev. 4:6) and the Twenty Four Elders (the Jews and Noahides: Rev 4:4) bow low and place their full faith in him. Moshiach is the world's last best hope.
8 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;
9 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
There are those who expect to go to Heaven and live there forever. For now I'll only note that this verse says we will live and reign on the Earth under the rule of Moshiach.
10 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;
11 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.
12 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.
13 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
Note that ALL the glory and worship goes to HaShem alone even as his Champion is praised.
As noted previously:
Romans 8:19 For the creation waits with eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed (WEB).
Its not just we humans but all of creation that yearns for liberation. As we reach this point in our study we begin to see that liberation is now at hand!
But there remains difficult days ahead!
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