John sees the Father seated on the Throne holding in His right hand the scroll containing the deeds of every person. In symbolic language that scroll contains information of every nation, tongue, and people from the beginning of earth’s history to its close. John weeps because there appears to be no one in heaven or on earth who can open the scroll and solve earth’s sin problem.
There is a New Arrival in the throne room, the Lamb, appearing as if had just been slain. Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb can take the scroll and unseal its contents. The recently slain and resurrected Jesus takes the scroll containing the lives of the people and events on earth and prepares to act. This day is Pentecost, AD 31. The four beings and twenty-four elders fall down and worship the Lamb, because He had redeemed them to God by His blood. That should make us want to fall on our faces and also praise the Lamb!
The seven lamps or spirits, representing the totality of the Holy Spirit, who stands before the Throne is sent out into the whole world. The Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem in AD 31 was Heaven’s communication that the Redeemer’s inauguration was accomplished. According to His promise, He sent the Holy Spirit from heaven on His followers as a token that He had, as Priest and King, had received all authority in heaven and on earth, and was the Anointed One over His people.
At this point of the inauguration of Jesus as our High Priest and King, the angels, the four beings and the twenty-four elders, who have watched the agony and triumph of Jesus on earth, will also be watching humans on earth as they gain the victory through the power of Jesus Christ. These elders bow and proclaim, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessings” (v. 13).
Let us, with them, prostrate ourselves before Jesus, the Lamb of God, in gratitude for His saving grace. Jesus alone is worthy of our praise and adoration!
Kenneth Mathews, Jr. M.D.
Physician, Occupational Medicine
Greeneville, TN, U.S.A.