Then I saw a scroll in the right hand of the One seated on the throne,
written on both sides and sealed with seven seals.
I saw a powerful angel
proclaiming loudly, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to break its seals?”
But nobody in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the
scroll and look into it.
Then I wept bitterly because no one was found
who was worthy to open the scroll or look into it.
One of the elders said to
me, “Stop weeping. Look, the lion from the tribe of Judah, the shoot of David, has overcome, so he is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
I then saw standing in the middle of the throne area, among the four
living creatures and the elders, a Lamb looking as if it had been killed. He
had seven horns and seven eyes. The seven eyes represent the seven spirits of
God sent out to the whole earth.
He came and took the scroll from the right
hand of the One seated on the throne.When he had taken the scroll, the four
living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each
of them had a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which represent the
prayers of the saints.They sang a new song with these words: “You are
worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were killed, and
with your blood you purchased for God people from every tribe, language,
people, and nation.
You constituted them as a Kingdom and priests to our
God, and they will reign as kings on the earth.”
11 Then I looked and heard the voices of many angels around the throne,
the living creatures and the elders. There were thousands and thousands of
12 singing loudly together, “Worthy is the Lamb who was killed to
receive power and wealth, wisdom and strength, and honor, glory, and
praise!” 13 Then I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, under the earth, in the
sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To the One seated on the throne and to
the Lamb be praise, honor, glory, and ruling power to the ages of the ages!”
four living creatures responded, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and
These centrally important verses beautifully summarize the Christian faith. The words were applied first to the nation of Israel (Exod. 19:6) and are now applied, as are other OT Israel texts, to the New Covenant international “Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16; Phil. 3:3; contrast the “Israel of the flesh” of 1 Cor. 10:18).