Revelation: The Scroll and the Lamb

What might we expect to gain from a sealed scroll with writing on both sides of the page?

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Revelation 5:1 In his right hand, the One on the throne held a scroll with writing on both sides of the parchment, and it was closed with seven seals.
King James
Revelation 5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

Why couldn’t anyone be found to break the seals and open the scroll?

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Revelation 5:2–3 With a majestic voice, a mighty messenger cried out, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” Nobody in Heaven or on Earth was qualified to open the scroll and read its contents.
King James
Revelation 5:2–3 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

Why was John so concerned about the contents of the scroll that he would “weep bitterly”?

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Revelation 5:4 I wept bitterly because nobody had been found to open the scroll and reveal its contents.
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Revelation 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

Why could Jesus open the scroll when others could not?

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Revelation 5:5 One of the elders said to me, “Don’t cry. The Lion of the tribe of Judah, of the family of David, has won the victory. He can break the seven seals and open the scroll.
King James
Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

Why is the sacrificial lamb before the throne described as having seven horns and seven eyes?

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Revelation 5:6 Among the four creatures and the elders, a sacrificial Lamb was standing in the central area before the throne, having seven horns and seven eyes, which is the sevenfold Spirit of God, who was sent to Earth.
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Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

What did the twenty-four elders have to say about the Lamb taking the scroll? How did they know this?

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Revelation 5:7–10 He stepped forward and took the scroll from the right hand of the One on the throne. After the Lamb took the scroll, the four creatures and twenty-four elders knelt before him. All had harps and gold bowls of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. They sang a new song: “You are worthy to receive the scroll and break its seals, for you were crucified and with your blood redeemed people to God from every race and language, every town and every nation. You made us to reign on Earth as kings and priests unto God.”
King James
Revelation 5:7–10 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Who were the messengers around the throne, who added their words to what the elders had said?

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Revelation 5:11–12 Besides the creatures and the elders, a multitude of messengers surrounded the throne, and I heard their voices—a hundred million of them, thousands upon thousands. “Worthy is the Lamb who was sacrificed,” they said with a loud voice, “worthy to receive might and power, wisdom and riches, honor and glory and praise.”
King James
Revelation 5:11–12 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

How could “every creature” in Heaven and on Earth be praising the Lamb at this time? Where were those who did not know the Lord?

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Revelation 5:13 I heard every creature in Heaven and on Earth saying, “Blessing and honor and glory and power to the Lamb and to the One who sits on the throne forever.”
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Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

What did the four creatures around the throne have to say?

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Revelation 5:14 The four creatures said, “That is absolutely true.” The twenty-four elders knelt before the One who lives forever, worshiping him.
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Revelation 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.