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Revelation 5 - Choir Practice

Choir practice begins today. Will you sing willingly, or under compulsion?

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Revelation 5 Summary

John is being given a glimpse into the throne room of God during a very dramatic moment: a scroll, sealed seven times over, which contains God's plan of salvation for His sin-cursed world, has been brought out.

Tragically, nobody in this throne room full of elders and angels is worthy to unseal this scroll and execute the plan of salvation it contains. John weeps at this prospect, because unless the scroll is opened and implemented, there's no hope for humanity.

But then an angel points John's attention to the coming Savior, described as the conquering Lion of Judah who can open the sealed scroll (v5). You can imagine the mighty creature John was expecting to see!

But the creature that appears isn't a powerful predator, rather it's a humble lamb, which even though it looks slain, confidently stands and takes the seal from the One on the throne.

At this a crescendoing doxology (words of praise; we often finish our worship services by singing a doxology) breaks out, starting with those immediately around God's throne, and radiating out until every creature joins in (v13).

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It's easy to understand that Christians - people redeemed by the blood of this Lamb - will be joyfully singing His praises around God's throne. But John indicates it's far more than just people who will be singing, including every creature in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea and all that is in them (v13). Imagine the tremendous sound that will be! Birds singing, animals bellering, whales calling out, all praising God at the top of their voice!

And it won't be just some people. This choir isn't limited to just Christians! John's vision here is consistent with Paul's statement that every knee will bow and every tongue confess (Phil. 2:10-11).

But there's a big difference between those who voluntarily sing praises and those who are compelled to against their will!

So know that you will be part of this choir. Which group will you be part of - those eager to sing, or those forced to bow down?

AAA Prayer :

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise (v12)

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask God to continue preparing you to joyfully sing His praises in this tremendous choir.




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