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  • The sealed book is the story of God's judgments against the enemies of the church in the fight of the church against Rome.

  • Sealed with seven seals means that its content was hidden unless someone would open the seals. The purpose of a seal was to keep it from being revealed.

  • In His right hand: Never forget that the future is in God's right (strong) hand. Governments, armies and multinational corporations may influence your life but God is the one who holds your future.

  • The Lion of Judah is Jesus (Genesis 49:9, 10), the king of the tribe of Judah.

  • Root of David: Jesus is both the descendent of David (physical lineage) and the ancestor of David (as Creator).

  • A Lamb that had been slain: Killed because he was totally obedient to the Father. Killed because he loved sinners. John 1:29 - the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. But this sacrificed and killed lamb is on his feet. He is alive again! A lamb emphasized his meekness and submission. The meek and lowly in heart will face off the dragon and his beastly pawns in this book. See John 1:36; 1 Peter 1:19; Isaiah 53:7.

  • Seven horns: He has total power

  • Seven Eyes: 2 Chronicles 16:9 "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."

  • New Song: The old song was of Moses (Revelation 15:3), that he sang when God freed Israel from Egyptian captivity. A new song is a new expression of God's power and goodness to save His people.

  • They will reign over the earth: But the Christians are already reigning. Revelation 20:6 says that the saints will be priests when they were already priests. This language just emphasizes that the present blessedness will continue. The relationship the Christians enjoy with Christ will never end, not even with death.

  • Chapter 4 shows God power and chapter 5 shows His mercy, (God Creator and God Redeemer). The All-powerful who rules the universe is someone who sacrificially loves His people. Jesus fought hand-to-hand combat with Satan and had the scars to show for it but he won! These are words of comfort for a persecuted church. "Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God and believe in me!"

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