Revelation 5:1-4 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. 2 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.”
This has got to be the greatest GRACE chapter in the entire Bible as well as the story of the greatest rescue of all time: OURS! Even the chapter number, 5, is the number of Grace!
Seven Sealed Scroll.
It begins with John and the angels weeping over this seven-sealed scroll because one was found worthy to open it. Why were they weeping though? Every time a seal was opened in heaven according to the following chapter, something really bad happened on the earth? My thought is, “Keep it sealed!”
I’m serious! Look at what happens in chapter 6 when the first seal is broken:
1 “Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse.
He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out CONQUERING AND TO CONQUER.”
Conquering and to conquer? That sounds awful! If really bad things happens when each seal is opened, what’s all the crying about? Must be something about this scroll that we don’t understand.
We could read one of the many commentaries out there. There are certainly no lack of them out there. Seems like everybody has an opinion. But scripture is it’s own best commentary, which is so much better than reading someone else’s idea. That would just be rehashing old, familiar theologies instead of letting the Holy Spirit take over and teach us.
So, let’s find out what, if anything, it has to say about a sealed scroll. Is there any other place in the Bible that mentions such a thing? Yes, there is!
6 “And Jeremiah said, ‘The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the RIGHT OF REDEMPTION IS YOURS to buy it.”’
8 Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the RIGHT OF INHERITANCE IS YOURS, and the REDEMPTION YOURS; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.
9 So I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money—seventeen shekels of silver. 10 And I SIGNED THE DEED AND SEALED IT, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales. 11 So I took the purchase deed, both that which was SEALED according to the law and custom, and that which was OPEN; 12 and I gave the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, son of Mahseiah, in the presence of Hanamel my uncle’s son, and in the presence of the witnesses who signed the purchase deed, before all the Jews who sat in the court of the prison.”
Secrets In The Hebrew Language.
Why is the Holy Spirit using this language: “Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle?” Tell me: Who is the son of your uncle? Your cousin, of course. So why doesn’t He just say so? Because He wanted to include their names!
You see, all names in Hebrew have a meaning. Hanamel means “The grace (hana) of God (El). Shallum comes from the Hebrew word, “Shelem,” which means “Paid.” Who is it that paid for the grace of God? Jesus!
The name, “Anathoth,” means, “Answers to prayers!” Looks to me like the meanings of names and places in this passage are telling a different story than the one on the surface. If you’re seeing it too, you’re not wrong.
In this passage, Jeremiah is acting as “Goel: Kinsman Redeemer,” for his cousin, just as Boaz was for Ruth became Jesus for us. In order to qualify to be a goel for someone, a man had to meet the following conditions:
#1: He must be a close relative:
#2: He must be wealthy enough to redeem the lost or forfeited property; and
#3: He must be willing to purchase what was lost and restore it to the relative freely, no strings attached.
This entire perfect, earthly paradise was created for us by God. But it was forfeited to satan by Adam who bowed his knee to that outlaw spirit instead of to the Holy Spirit in the garden. In so doing, he committed high treason.
God had given man the “Keys,” so to speak, to the earth to rule over and subdue it. “Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work.” It was basically a six day lease. Well, according to 2 Peter, a day to God is as a thousand years. By that reckoning, it’s clear that our 6,000 year lease is going to be up soon. We are in the early dawn hours of the seventh day. God will very soon, once again, take back control of the earth. HALLELUJAH!
Since it was a man that forfeited our inheritance, it legally had to be a Man to buy it back. That’s why God had to send Jesus. Only He could buy back our forfeited inheritance. We are poor, blind and naked and not in a position to redeem anything. NOPE. We needed a strong Goel.
Jeremiah 32:10 “And I SIGNED THE DEED AND SEALED IT, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales. 11 So I took the purchase deed, both that which was SEALED according to the law and custom, and that which was OPEN;”
Then further on in verse 14 of Jeremiah 32 it says,
“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel:
“Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is SEALED and this deed which is OPEN, and put them in an earthen vessel, that they may last many days.” 15 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.”’
The scroll is sealed with witnesses names on the outside; terms and conditions on the inside. AS LONG AS THE SCROLL REMAINS SEALED, THE INHERITANCE REMAINS FORFEITED.
Until someone from our family, a human being, a rich relative, could come to our aide who could buy back our land and unseal the scroll, our inheritance remained legally forfeited. All the terms and conditions of the scroll written inside remain in effect until it is legally redeemed by our Goel.
Jesus is His Name!!!
Jesus death was actually an OVERPAYMENT of the debt levied against us! He bought back that scroll from the devil’s hand, unsealed the seven seals from every born again person and freed us from ALL those curses listed in graphic, terrifying detail in Deuteronomy 28. They were our FORMER inheritance.
HALLELUJAH!!! Thanks to Jesus, these seven seals have NO MORE CLAIM ON US; no more right to affect us and our earth. Believers are standing on NO CURSE GROUND!But, as I said of unbelievers, the devil can pick on them any time he pleases. I would say they are at his mercy but he doesn’t have any.
Below are listed all the evils that have been UNsealed off the life of every believer:
The 1st seal—>the counterfeit rider on a white horse: the spirit of anti-Christ.
We are not affected by his wiles. We have eyes to see, ears to hear and supernatural discernment.
Why so many are blind enough to select leaders that are clearly evil? Why is there so much anti-Semitism and anti Christian rhetoric running amock in the world today? Persecution and murder of Jews and Christians? Mindless violence in diverse places and global terrorism?
Those who are still sealed are being affected by THE RIDER ON THE WHITE HORSE: the spirit of anti-Christ.
Notice it isn’t “anti-God?” It is antichrist! The Bible doesn’t say, “At the name of God every knee will bow,” but “AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW!!!”
You cannot reason with these people.
It is a seal on their lives.
The only hope for them is only One Who can break the seal and open their eyes:
The Lion of the tribe of Judah: Jesus is His Name!
The 2nd seal—>The rider on the red horse. He takes peace from the earth “so that PEOPLE SHOULD KILL ONE ANOTHER.”
Sound familiar? All the violence in Ferguson; Hamas attacking Israel; persecution of Christians and Jews around the globe; random killings; brutal murders; attacks on children at schools; racial tensions running wild, random killing of law enforcement people; ISIS and radical Islamic terror groups on the rampage.
The people perpetrating these crimes are being affected by the RIDE ON THE RED HORSE. You cannot reason with them. It is a seal on their lives.
The only hope for them is the One Who can open the seals and open their eyes.
The Lion of the tribe of Judah: Jesus is the His Name!
3rd seal—>The rider on the black horse. He who sat on it had a “pair of scales in his hand,” signifying lack: “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”
This rider signifies want and lack. It is a seal and cannot be overcome by human effort.
The only sure source of supply is our Lord Jesus. Your security cannot be in the stock market, it must be in Jesus. His children will not go begging bread for The Lord Jesus Himself, He is our Shepherd; WE SHALL NOT LACK.
Their only hope is The One Who can open the seal.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah: Jesus is His Name!
4th seal—>The Rider on the pale horse. 7″And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him. And power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, with hunger, with death, and by the beasts of the earth.
The word in Greek for “beasts of the earth,” is not like a lion or tiger; it’s a diminutive term referring to something very tiny, invisible to the naked eye, microorganisms that cause all manner of diseases. Ebola; SARS; Bird Flu; Legionnaires disease, and so on.
They cannot stop it.
It is a seal.
The only hope for them is The One Who can open the seal.
The Lion of the Tribe of Judah: Jesus is His Name!
Every seal GONE, UNsealed off the life of every believer! All those bowls of judgment, which should be poured over us, were poured out on Jesus; one after another after another until all God’s holy wrath and judgment was spent and it was FINISHED!!! As He took our place, we now take His place!
These horsemen and all those bowls of wrath will not, CANNOT harm the sheep of His flock! They have been UNsealed off your life!So Church, don’t be afraid to read this wonderful book. Read it with the understanding that JESUS FINISHED THE WORK. He could not sit down at the right hand of The Father because He’s God, although He is….Or the Son of a God…..although He is. NO! “Having purged all our sins, He had a righteous foundation. He sat down” because HE FINISHED THE WORK!
Revelation now becomes a book of hope, of the promise because we have been redeemed from EVERY CURSE, EVERY JUDGMENT!!!
Come under the shelter of His wings if you haven’t yet. Come! Let Jesus unseal your life from the destruction that is even now beginning to take place in these last days. You don’t need to let all those seals affect you life; your earth, your family. No! Stand on the safe, solid, rainbow-encircled, NO JUDGMENT GROUND of the redeemed of The Lord!