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Revelation Chapter 5 – The Scroll

“Next I saw in the right hand of the One sitting on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” But no one in heaven, on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or look inside it. I cried and cried, because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or look inside it. One of the elders said to me, “Don’t cry. Look, the Lion of the tribe of Y’hudah, the Root of David, has won the right to open the scroll and its seven seals” (Revelation 5:1-5).

The Hebrew word for ‘scroll’ is megillah and each old testament book manuscripts were written on parchment paper and rolled up creating a megillah. The first five books of the Bible became one scroll known as Torah and contained the history of the people of Elohim and His instructions for living as a holy community. The scroll Yochanan sees has writing on both sides.

The megillah has seven seals. The Hebrew word ‘seal’ is chatham and means ‘signer’s imprint.’ The ‘signer’s imprint’ came from an individual’s signet ring giving the signer full authority and power to send the message or ‘seal the decree.’ The only one authorized who could break the seal had to be the receiver for the intended message.

In the case of this heavenly scroll, Yochanan wept because no one could be found in heaven, on earth or even under the earth authorized to break the seals and read the scroll. He understood that no heavenly beings were worthy to break the seals; there was no human being on earth worthy to break the seals. He knew Sh’ol held the spirits of the dead and none of these were worthy either. There was no one worthy to open the scroll. One of the 24 elders explained that the Lion of the Tribe of Y’hudah, the Root of David, was worthy and had won the right to break the seals.

The Lion of Y’hudah comes from the prophetic blessing Ya’akov gave his son before he died. Like a lion Y’hudah’s hand would be on the neck of his enemies. He would stand over his prey and stretch out like a lion. No one would dare provoke him, and his brothers and sisters and their descendants would bow down to him (Genesis 49:8-10). The Hebrew word for ‘lion’ is ari. The prophet Isaiah calls Jerusalem, ‘The city of Ari’el‘ (Isaiah 29:1-2, 7).

The lineage from Y’hudah to Yeshua has King David who was given the promise of an eternal descendant on his throne (2 Samuel 7:12-13, Jeremiah 33:17). It is this descendant who will rule the nations and will be the ‘root’ of King David.

“Then I saw standing there with the throne and the four living beings, in the circle of the elders, a Lamb that appeared to have been slaughtered. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the sevenfold Spirit of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of the One sitting on the throne. When he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down in front of the Lamb. Each one held a harp and gold bowls filled with pieces of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people; and they sang a new song, “You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals; because you were slaughtered; at the cost of blood you ransomed for God persons from every tribe, language, people and nation. You made them into a kingdom for God to rule, cohanim to serve him; and they will rule over the earth” (Revelation 5:6-10).

It is not a Lion that Yochanan sees, it is a Lamb. The Lamb looked like it had been slaughtered. In the Hebrew, the phrase is “and I saw he had wounds and bruises that once caused his death.” This detailed phrase supports how the prophet Isaiah described the affliction of Messiah (Isaiah 53:5).

The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes which are the seven-fold Spirit of Elohim sent out into all the earth. The Hebrew word for ‘horn’ is qeren and symbolizes divinity, salvation, and victory. Abraham found a ram caught by its horns in the thicket. The ram symbolizes the victory of Elohim’s Lamb that would overcome death and be resurrected; the returning ram that would trample the enemies of Elohim.

The Lamb takes the scroll and the four living beings and 24 elders fall down before him. Each held a harp and golden bowls filled with incense. The Hebrew word for ‘harp’ is kinnor and is the word for lyre, King David’s choice of stringed instrument. The golden bowls had pieces of incense representing the prayers of Elohim’s people (Psalm 141:2).

Those present in front of the throne sang a new song. In Hebrew, the word for ‘new song’ is telhillim and means a ‘spontaneous song.’ This spontaneous ‘new’ song focuses on the Lamb who is worthy of praise; for at the cost of his blood, he ransomed for Elohim people from every tribe, language, culture, and nation. The Lamb made them to be a kingdom of priests to serve Him. As the ‘royal priesthood,’ they will serve Yeshua and rule with him over the nations.

The Hebrew word for ‘ransom’ is padah and means ‘redeemed.’ The word ‘ransom’ means ‘to pay for the release of a prisoner.’ People from every nation, tribe, and language had been held captive by the Adversary. The Lamb paid the ‘death price’ required to give life to multitudes. He redeemed them by making a substitute of his life for theirs. The Lamb was worthy because he was completely righteous and could become the atonement.

Then I looked, and I heard the sound of a vast number of angels — thousands and thousands, millions and millions! They were all around the throne, the living beings and the elders; and they shouted out, “Worthy is the slaughtered Lamb to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honor, glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:11-12).

In the heavenly realm, millions and millions of angels along with the living beings and the 24 elders worship the Lamb. The Lamb is ‘worthy’ having righteous character and entitled to receive adoration. The Hebrew word for ‘worthy’ is zachah which means ‘cleansed, pure, and acquitted.’ The Hebrew word for ‘power’ is ‘oz and means ‘the strength of Elohim.’ Power means the Lamb has spiritual insight into the power and strength of Elohim. He can influence the nations and direct the course of world events.

Riches means that the Lamb holds all that have eternal value in his possession. The word for ‘riches’ in Hebrew is osher and means ‘the riches of Elohim.’

The Hebrew word for ‘wisdom’ is chokmah and means ‘skill.’ The Lamb holds all wisdom and ‘skill’ from above as well as below the heavens. Proverbs 8:22-31 personifies wisdom as being present with Elohim before the creation of the world and taking part in the creative process.

The strength of The Lamb is mighty. The Hebrew word for ‘strength’ is gibor and means ‘mighty’ or ‘heroic.’ Gibor has the idea of valor and courage like a warrior who returns from a battle with a decisive victory.

The Lamb is honored with splendor because he fulfilled his obligation. He lived according to Torah, his Father’s standard of righteousness. I n Hebrew, the word for honor in this verse is hadar and means ‘splendor.’

The Lamb has achieved great beauty. His renown goes throughout all the heavens because of what he has done. The Hebrew word for ‘glory’ is kavod and means ‘weight and heaviness.’ His glory ‘comes down’ from the heavens onto the earth.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Worthy – zachah – זחה

ז Zayin – A Weapon means ‘divide’ or ‘cut.’

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for zachah: divide and protect revealed.

Power – ‘oz – עז

ע Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

ז Zayin – A Weapon means ‘divide’ or ‘cut.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for oz: understand the dividing.

“Don’t suppose that I have come to bring peace to the Land. It is not peace I have come to bring, but a sword! For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, so that a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Whoever loves his father or mother more than he loves me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than he loves me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:34-37).

Riches – osher – עושר

ע Ayin – An Eye means ‘see’ or ‘understand.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for osher: undertand the binding destroys the highest authority.

“Do not store up for yourselves wealth here on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and burglars break in and steal. Instead, store up for yourselves wealth in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and burglars do not break in or steal. For where your wealth is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

Wisdom – chokmah – חכמה

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

כ Kaf – Open Palm means ‘allow’ or ‘cover.’

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for chokmah: protect and allow the mighty revelation.

“But the wisdom from above is, first of all, pure, then peaceful, kind, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).

Mighty – gibor – גבור

ג Gimel – A Camel means ‘lift up’ or ‘pride.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for gibor: lift up the house bound to the highest authority.

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; dominion will rest on his shoulders, and he will be given the name Pele-Yo‘etz El Gibbor Avi-‘Ad Sar-Shalom [Wonder of a Counselor, Mighty God, Father of Eternity, Prince of Peace]” (Isaiah 9:5).

Splendor – hadar – הדר

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for hadar; reveal the pathway of highest authority.

“Warrior, strap your sword at your thigh; [gird on] your splendor and majesty. In your majesty, succeed, ride on in the cause of truth, meekness and righteousness” (Psalm 45:3-4).

Glory – kavod – כבוד

כ Kaf – Open Palm means ‘allow’ or ‘cover.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for kavod: cover the house binding the pathway.

“Therefore God raised him to the highest place and gave him the name above every name; that in honor of the name given Yeshua, every knee will bow — in heaven, on earth and under the earth — and every tongue will acknowledge that Yeshua the Messiah is Adonai — to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:8-11).

“And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth and on the sea — yes, everything in them — saying, “To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb belong praise, honor, glory and power forever and ever!” (Revelation 5:13).

The word ‘creature’ means plants, animals, and all creation waiting for deliverance crying out to the Lamb (Romans 8:22). The words in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth show the complexity of Elohim’s dominion as Creator. This worship is not just for the Lamb, but also for the One sitting on the throne: the ‘I Am’.

In Hebrew ‘forever and ever’ is l’olam v’ed which means ‘to the distant horizon and again.’ The following blessing is included after the Shema:

Baruch shem k’avod malchuto l’olam va’ed.

Blessed be the name of His glorious kingdom to the distant horizon and again.

“The four living beings said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped” (Revelation 5:14).

Amen. This word is derived from the Hebrew words emunah meaning ‘faith’ and emet meaning ‘truth.’ The elders and the living beings acknowledge the Truth revealed in Faith.

To conclude this glorious worship of the ‘I Am’ and the Lamb, the four living beings and the elders bow. The word for worship is barak and means ‘bend the knee.’ They worshiped by bending the knee in the Divine Presence of the Eternal King.

Revelation 6 – The Seals

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New Beginnings – The Eighth Day

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there” (Revelation 21:1).

In the beginning, Adonai created the Sabbath. The seventh day completed His work of creation and He rested. Without a beginning or an ending –– an evening and a morning –– the seventh day was an eternal ‘day.’ When sin entered the world, Adam and Eve were removed from eternity and chronological time became the realm in which we live.

“Adonai said to Moshe, “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the feast of Sukkot for seven days to Adonai.  On the first day there is to be a holy convocation; do not do any kind of ordinary work.  For seven days you are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai; on the eighth day you are to have a holy convocation and bring an offering made by fire to Adonai ; it is a day of public assembly; do not do any kind of ordinary work” (Leviticus 23:33-36).

The Feast of Tabernacles is a seven-day ‘appointed time’ with an eighth day holy convocation or mikrah meaning ‘rehearsal.’ This hidden mo’ed is known as Shimini Atzeret.

In Scripture, numbers have prophetic value and the number 8 means ‘new beginnings.’ With the eighth-day celebration, there is vision for something ‘new’ to begin. Within Jewish and Messianic congregations, this is the day that the Torah scroll is rolled up and unrolled in order to begin a ‘new’ yearly cycle of reading first five books of the Bible.

However, there is a hidden gem within the Shimini Atzeret –– the promise of new beginnings. Yochanan was given a vision of the ‘eighth day’ new heavens and a new earth when all things will be restored to as they were ‘in the beginning’ and should have remained. This is truly the good news of salvation: the restoration of all things.

What will this ‘eighth day’ look like? First, it will be a completely restored eternal Sabbath –– a Sabbath without end. However, it will have some order of time according to the prophet Isaiah. There will be delineations for weeks with the Shabbat and months with the Rosh Chodesh. These delineations will be put in place for worshiping the yod-hey-vav-hey.

“For just as the new heavens and the new earth that I am making will continue in my presence,” says Adonai, “so will your descendants and your name continue. Every month on Rosh-Hodesh and every week on Shabbat, everyone living will come to worship in my presence,” says Adonai” (Isaiah 66:22-23).

There we will be a New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven prepared as a Bride. This vision is the culmination of Bride of Messiah becoming resplendent not just before her King as in the Messianic Era, but having an eternal place next to her Bridegroom reigning with him forever.

“Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).

Even more wonderful will be God, Elohim, Ha Shem, El Shaddai, El Gibbor, El Elyon, the Creator making His dwelling with His people. Everyone will see His face, His glory without fear of death because there will be no more death. The ‘old order’ of things will pass away bringing the Kingdom of God to us.

“I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4).

“The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.  Night will no longer exist, so they will need neither the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because Adonai, God, will shine upon them. And they will reign as kings forever and ever” (Revelation 22:3-4).

There will be no Temple in the New Jerusalem for Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh and Yeshua will be its Temple. There will be no sun or moon in the New Jerusalem because the Glory of yod-hey-vav-hey and Yeshua will be its light.

“I saw no Temple in the city, for Adonai, God of heaven’s armies, is its Temple, as is the Lamb.  The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s Sh’khinah gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. Its gates will never close, they stay open all day because night will not exist there,  and the honor and splendor of the nations will be brought into it” (Revelation 21:22-26).

The nations will walk by this light, earthly kings will bring their splendor into it, the gates of the city will never close because there will be no day or night in the city.

“Next the angel showed me the river of the water of life, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. Between the main street and the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, a different kind every month; and the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations” (Revelation 22:1-3).

The River of Life, sparkling like crystal, will flow through the New Jerusalem pouring out from the Throne of I AM and Yeshua. The Tree of Life will produce a unique fruit each month and its leaves will heal the nations. The Torah is known as the ‘Tree of Life’ because of its life-giving teachings and instructions from Adonai to His people. This ‘Tree of Life’ was in the center of Gan Eden, but Adam and Eve chose not to eat its fruit. With the restoration of everything, the ‘Tree of Life’ will be available to everyone. The fruit it produces heals the nations; the Torah will no longer be in force in the new heavens and earth (Matthew 5:17-18).

It is with hope for the new heaven and new earth that the ‘appointed time’ of Shimini Atzeret is celebrated. The eighth day will restore Eternity and the nations will walk by the light of the Lamb in the New Jerusalem. Shimini Atzeret is the ‘new beginning’ when yod-hey-vav-hey will live with His people and they will see His glory ‘face to face.’

“For now we see obscurely in a mirror, but then it will be face to face. Now I know partly; then I will know fully, just as God has fully known me” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

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