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4.3 Opening the Books of Judgment.

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Opening the Books of Judgment is in Progress

Opening the Books of Judgment is in Progress

Heaven Praises God and the Son: Revelation 4:1-11 :5:1-14

Something special happens in Revelation 4 and 5. After all if the process was not important, why would Jesus Himself go through the effort to give us this book!

We are seeing the beginnings of the process that will start the events as described in Revelation, we are seeing the process that will end pain and bloodshed and allow peace to reign everywhere in the universe.

Point 1

Notice that before either God or Jesus chooses to do something, that all of heaven praises Their worthiness to do what They are about to do.

Remember, there is a war of trust! It was Satan who accused both God and Jesus of being selfish in not letting the angels do anything they want to do. Read Paul's description of what Satan has done:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God." 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

In addition we can see that Satan has succeeded in deceiving one third of the angels of heaven:

"And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:3-4,9

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 and Revelation 4:11; 12:3-4,9 indicate the following points

1) That Satan's plot will be discovered, "that man of sin be revealed"

2) Satan wanted to be God yet without the Godly character.

3) In the process of wanting to be God he has turned himself into a dragon having:

.a) deceived a third of the angels of heaven so that they would get the same reward of death as himself.

.b) deceived the whole world.

4) In the process His character has been revealed to the whole of the universe

5) God has created all things. It is evident that even God's pleasure is good

A third of all heaven did not trust God originally to stay with Him, instead they chose to follow Satan.

However, as described in Revelation 4 and 5, we see that the angels in heaven are fully decided. They are declaring both God and Jesus as the winners in the contest because of their character and power.

This action on the part of the angels was part of God's plan. God chose that not He but His creations decide who was to be worthy to sit on the throne. God chose to wait until all of heaven could exclaim with their voices that He was indeed worthy to sit on the throne. Read the following verse: "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." Revelation 4:11

Point 2

Immediately after God is declared worthy, we see that He has a scroll. It seems to be very important because the cry is made: "who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals."

Since heaven has just finished praising God for being worthy, it stands to reason that God Himself wrote the words in the scroll. Only God could write something that could cause all of heaven to wonder who was worthy enough to open it.

As heaven is waiting for the answer to who is worthy to receive the scroll, the angel gently informs John that one has prevailed. The angel must be hinting at Christ's prevailing against Satan on earth in spite of everything that Satan could do to Him.

Jesus, standing with those at the throne of God reaches out and takes the scroll. The response is immediate. The creatures and the 24 elders fall before Christ (the Lamb) and declare Him worthy to take the scroll.

Only after Jesus is declared worthy is He able to open the seals of the scroll.

We can only wonder what is in the book. It is not clear what is in the book that has the attention of all heaven. Could it be the book that has the names of all the righteous? Maybe the message and purpose of the trumpets are in the book, or maybe it contains the mystery of God that is spoken of later in the book.

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Officially posted June 2, 1999
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