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“Revelation 5: 5 - 7”
by Art Sadlier   
March 23rd, 2008

Last week we saw John overwhelmed with the realization that the seven-sealed book contained the program to bring about the rescue and redemption of the earth. But, John also knew the program needed someone to carry it out.

In the midst of John's weeping over the fact that no-one was found to open the seven-sealed book and to rescue the earth from satan's control. We hear good news in verse five. "And one of the elders said unto me, weep not:" The problem is solved, there is one who is able.

"The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David". There is one who is able, Jesus Christ is the one who is worthy, He is able. "Hath Prevailed", He has prevailed over satan and qualifies to rescue the earth. How did he prevail? He prevailed over satan on the cross. Satan is a defeated foe, though he evidently doesn't believe, yet his doom is sealed.

In verse six we see this scene in heaven, the four cherubims are there, the Elders are there (representing the church), they are gathered around the throne. In the midst of that scene it says "there stood a Lamb," the Lord Jesus Christ, "As though it had been slain." the Lord Jesus with the nailprints in His hands and feet, a spear mark in His side and with scars on His head from the thorns.

It was the sacrifice of Christ, the Lamb of God, by the shedding of His blood on the cross, that was prevailed over satan, and qualifies Him to restore now what He purchased on the cross nearly 2000 years ago.

In verse seven while John is weeping in despair, it says, "And He came and took the Book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne," (God the Father). Christ is now going to apply the victory He won on the cross and redeem the earth and cast satan into the pit. (See Romains 8: 19-23)

One of the lessons we learn here is that God has a program and a purpose and He has a time to complete it. After Christ won the victory on the cross and was qualified to redeem the earth, God delayed and allowed His purpose to work itself out.

Why the delay? God has granted to all men a free will, and gives to them time to allow them to exercise that free will. Time to repent and submit to God, or time to go on in hardness if they of heart if they should so choose, time to fully prove themselves worthy of hell. Those men who refuse to turn from rebellion against God, will prove themselves worthy of the punishment that w ill come to them. They will not be able to blame God, they will have only themselves to blame.

Now Christ is about to wrest control of His Kingdom from satan the usurper. He will, in chapters 6 to 18, pour out His wrath upon the earth and its rebellious inhabitants. Satan will be defeated and cast into the pit, Christ will come and sit on the throne of David and rule and reign over the world in righteousness.

Today it may appear that the enemies of God are triumphant and God's people defeated, but, wait for the last chapter of the story. To gain the right perspective, listen to Psalm 92:7 "When the wicked spring as the grass, and all the workers of iniquity do flourish; It is that they shall be destroyed forever." Read also Psalm 2: 1-5.

Why does the Lord allow the righteous to suffer at the hands of the wicked? Peter gives us the answer in 1 Peter 4: 12, 13. "Beloved think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

But, rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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