The Song of The Lamb #5 Revelation 5

Previously we have seen that the nations are at peace and the saints surround Jesus. John was shown “in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals”  Everything is moving towards the end of God His purpose. As the seven seals are broken, some of these details are revealed.

The Song of the Lamb                             Revelation 5

The first of these songs sung to the Lamb, which I think is the correct way of looking at this.
We have already looked at the context of chapter 5 in terms of Revelation.
The letters to the first seven ecclesia end with the letter to Laodicea at the end of chapter three. The visions then start in chapter 4 when we start to read about the throne in Heaven

4             The throne in heaven
5
1-7         The Lamb takes the scroll
8-11      Worthy is the Lamb
6
1-2         First Seal: The Conqueror
3-4         Second Seal: Conflict on Earth
5-6         Third Seal: Scarcity on earth
7-8         Fourth seal: Widespread Death on Earth
9-11      Fifth Seal: The Cry of the Martyrs
12-17   Sixth Seal: Cosmic Disturbances

1 In the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals
2 A mighty angel proclaimed with a loud voice “who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll”
3 No one in heaven and earth was worthy
4 John wept because no one found worthy
5 One of the elders said – do not weep, the Lion of the tribe Judah, the root of David has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals
6 John sees a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain. Standing in the centre of the throne, encircled by the four creatures and the elders. Seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
7 He took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne.
8 When he had taken it, the four 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 the saints.
9 10 They sang a new song: You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals; For You who were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood – Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on earth.
11 Heard a voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them of them was 10,000 x 10,000
12 Saying with a loud voice: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain. To receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!
13 Every creature which is heaven and on earth and in the sea saying Blessing and honour and glory and power Be to Him who sits in the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever.
14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty four elders fell down and worshipped Him who lives forever and ever.

Verse 9/10 They sang a new song:

I think we would all recognize that the Lamb referred to refers to Christ. I think it is still worthwhile reminding ourselves of some of the principles relating to Jesus and the Lamb of God.

The Lamb has been associated with sacrifice since Genesis 22; 7/8 when Abraham offered a lamb as a burn offering on mount Moriah in place of Isaac when the angel intervened.

Abraham names the place Jehovah-Jireh, or “the Lord will provide” and of course we can see the significance of these words to us and God’s plan of salvation for us and there was apt as a symbol.

We know this chapter looks forward to when Abraham’s seed (verse 18-19) who we are told would possess the gate of his enemy / defeat his enemies. Verse 19:

In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.

English: Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,...
Ceiling painting, Book of Revelation,”Worthy is the Lamb”, showing the Lamb, Godfather, an angel, the four Evangelists as symbolic animals, a row af angels with harps, ca. 1670 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We know the significance of the Lamb in the Passover service (Exodus 12) where it was importance to select a Lamb without spot. Although this referred to the physical characteristic, Jesus fulfilled this in the spiritual sense as he was without sin in his life.

John, in his Gospel, mentions how John the Baptist refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God in the first chapter verses 29-36, the context being , from verse 19 – John denying being the Christ.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said “Behold, The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
This is He of whom I said, “After me comes a man who is preferred before me, for He was before me,” I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God,.”
Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples.
And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”.

Another time when Jesus is directly associated as being the Lamb of God is found in 1 Peter 1:19, if we please could turn to this.

The context of this passage is a call to be holy, verses 13/16 set this context and end in verse 16 “Be holy, for I am holy” – an Old Testament quotation taken from Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2.

V17/21
since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers.
But with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Verses 9-10 – Elders

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals;
For You who were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood –
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
And have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on earth.

Verse 12 Saying with a loud voice: – Angels

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain.
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honour and glory and blessing!

Verse 13 every creature which is heaven and on earth and in the sea saying

Blessing and honour and glory and power
Be to Him who sits in the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever.

The song or chant was made by the four creatures and the twenty four elders that fell down before the Lamb. Each had a harp and they were holding the golden bowls full of the incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

We will see that from 14.2 and 15.2 that the harp was the common instrument.
This would imply that there is music being played and that there is an actual song being sung.
We read about harps being used to accompany the singing of Psalms.
This was one of those most ancient of instruments.

Could we please turn to Psalm 33 which talks about singing a new song to the Lord.

Psalm 150:6     Let everything that has breath please the LORD. Praise the LORD.
Psalm 145: 21  My flesh shall speak of the praise of the LORD, and all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever.

Hebrews 12: 22-24

Daniel 12: 4
But you, Daniel. Shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

Compare this is chapter 4 where the Lamb is worthy to open the scroll.

– Steven Robinson

Preceding articles:

Contents of the Book of Revelation

The Song of The Lamb #4 Methods of Interpretation

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An unblemished and spotless lamb foreknown

The Song of The Lamb #6 Revelation 14

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  • He is worthy (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
    the Father shares His glory with His Son, and no one apart from Him.  The Son is worthy to receive the glory received by the Father.
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    The twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
    “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”(Rev 4:10–11)
  • Friday, December 7, 2012 @ Revelation 1-6 (phyllisbenigas.wordpress.com)
    Through revelation, John was to give a report of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ!  What a daunting task!  Yet, while our witnessing is not the recorded Word of God, we are representing the testimony of Jesus Christ in part as we share the good news and what he has done for us.  We, too, have been given a task.
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    Jesus came as a sacrificial lamb, pure and spotless, to remove the stain of sin from our lives.  Yet, He is the Lion, our resurrected King, whose victorious reign is worthy of all praise.
  • Jesus You Are Worthy! (bummyla.wordpress.com)
    You have 100 billion angels along with the church of the
    living God from all time-old and new, all generations, all centuries-in
    front of the throne of God with a huge rainbow. Jesus, standing in the
    midst with the book in His hands, is about to unleash seven judgments.
    Thank God that the true church is not going to be on earth for those
    judgments!
  • Christ The Lamb Of The New Testament – An Outline Study (ptl2010.com)
    When the Word of God calls Christ the Lamb, it is teaching us many different truths about Christ.
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    The redeemed are firstfruits dedicated to God and Lamb
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    Lamb oversees judgment of Lost
    Rev 15:3-4 – Song of Praise sung to both Father and Lamb
    Rev 17:14 – He overcomes wicked because He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords
    Rev 21:9-26 – He possesses an eternal city where He dwells with His people.
    Rev 22:1 – He shares throne with Father
  • Morning 5am lesson from the Holy Spirit of Truth: What will you wear on that day? (kzlam36.wordpress.com)
    The word of testimony of an overcomer must agree with the testimony of God. God has testified His Son. Surely there is no other testimony greater than that of God. What testimony can an overcomer give that is worthy of mention? The same testimony: The Son of God – Jesus Christ.
  • Worthy – The Savior’s, Sinner’s and Saint’s position (thepauls.wordpress.com)
    while listening on the radio, the song “When the stars burn down (Blessing and Honor)” by Philips, Craig & Dean, I started describing to Reuben, our beloved six year old son, that it is highly likely that the song is based on the events that transpire in heaven as described in book the Revelation in the Bible. Revelation chapter 5 records the account of how Jesus, the Lamb of God (Agnus Dei), who took away the sins of the world (John 1:29), was the only one, worthy to open the book that was sealed and in the hands of God who sat on the throne. Jesus takes the book from the hand of God and the 24 elders that sat around him fell down and worshiped him.
  • Revelation 7 (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
    Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
  • Carols: A Christmas Devotional – Do You Hear What I Hear? (christlikeministriesnwa.wordpress.com)
    If Jesus was born today the news would be all over Twitter, Facebook, CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and who knows where else.  The point is, there wasn’t any news or social networks when Jesus was born.  So, God used a star and word of mouth.  You know, God really does think of absolutely everything…doesn’t He?
  • Hymn. Come Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs With Angels Round The Throne (bummyla.wordpress.com)
    Come Let Us Join Our Cheerful Songs With Angels Round The ThroneCome, let us join our cheerful songs
    with angels round the throne.
    ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
    but all their joys are one.

“Worthy the Lamb that died,” they cry,
“to be exalted thus!”
“Worthy the Lamb,” our hearts reply,
“for he was slain for us!”

 

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