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It's my opinion that a good place to start with Chapter 5 is with a quick explanation of a scroll and how the seals work. A scroll in Biblical times was usually written on papyrus paper, and was one continuous piece of paper. Later scrolls were written on parchment paper (animal skins). An important scroll would be rolled up and would have seals placed on it so the designated reader would be the only one reading the contents. It wasn't uncommon for important scrolls to have many seals on them. Each seal would designate who the person was that would have the authority to break the seal and read it. For instance, a scroll could be given to a secretary of an important person and the secretary would unroll it to the point where the following seal would then designate who the next person is to read the next set of directions on the scroll. So, the more you unrolled a scroll the more important the information, and the more important the person is that's reading it.
John's futuristic vision
Most modern churches teach a replacement theology which replaces the nation of Israel with a false concept that denies Israel's role in Revelation. Instead, they teach that if anyone believes in and loves Jesus, they suddenly become “Spiritual Israel.” When a reader reads the book of Revelation from the view point of this Replacement Theology, Revelation suddenly becomes a confusing book full of mysterious symbols that's difficult to interpret.
The Bible is clear that the tribes of Israel existed during the time of the writing of all the books of the Bible including the end of the age in the book of Revelation. The evidence of Israel not having been done away with is profound and undeniable. Paul hammers away about this very subject of physical Israel being the literal Israel of the Bible in Romans Chapters 9,10, and 11, especially Romans 11:1 when he clearly wrote:
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.”
John saw in the right hand of the Messiah, a scroll that was sealed with seven seals. This scroll is the same scroll that Daniel closed up and he “sealed till the time of the end” Daniel 12:9. This scroll of Daniel's needed to have a very important person to be able to break all the seals and read it in its entirety. One of the elders brought it to John's attention that the Messiah was the only one that was qualified to read the scroll. In Revelation 5:6 the Bible states that in the midst of the beasts (represented by the symbols of the tribes of Israel), stood a lamb which was slain with seven horns and seven eyes representing the Seven Spirits of God; Isaiah 11:2.
When he took the scroll, the four beasts and 24 elders all representing the patriarchs, Apostles, Matthew 19:28, and all of Israel; Numbers 2, praised the Lord as their kinsman redeemer forever. A good read in regards to a “kinsman redeemer” is the book of Ruth which is only 4 Chapters long. We know that the Messiah redeemed Israel as their kinsman redeemer, because in verse 9 and verse 10 it clearly states that he has both redeemed us and “made us unto our God kings and priests”; Exodus 19:4-6, Deuteronomy 7:6, and Deuteronomy 14:2.
Revelation Chapter 5 is a powerful demonstration of the nation of Israel worshiping the Father and following his laws. When Israel does not seek the will of the Father 2 Chronicles 7:14 by seeking the will of God, curses will come upon both Israel and all the world; Deuteronomy 28 and Leviticus 26. It's not by accident, but rather is by design that we have the problems we have today in this country; Isaiah 45:7.
We may complain about the person that our media tells us is some how our President and is leading us (a leader is someone that goes first). However, it's realistic that after this we will get two terms of Hillary next time around simply because she would be the worse thing that could happen. Then of course after Hillary, we absolutely will get someone even worse and it's totally by design as we are being cursed; Deut 28. It's up to us to bring freedom to ourselves by following Yahweh's laws before we can help others. For the time being, we have both the President that God put over us and the one we deserve as a nation. It's only when we follow God's laws when we will become free from Babylon. Just keep in mind that it matters not if your in Babylon, but rather what's really important is if Babylon is in you.
“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” Romans 8:19
Praise the Lord!