(From radio broadcast of Bro. Julius Adewumi)
Revelation chapter 5
“Blessed is he that readeth and they that keepeth the prophecy of this book for the time is at hand”.
We said in chapter 4, that the Lord took up apostle John in the spirit to see a throne that was set in heaven which was depicting how the Lord Himself will sit on the throne, even in the new heaven and in the new world or new kingdom to come and how the throne will be set:. There will be twenty-four elders who are human beings that were elevated to that position, that will be sitting round about the throne of God.
Who is He that is on the throne? God Almighty. But who is this God Almighty that is on the throne? It is God Almighty that created all things, which is the God that all the religions are trying to worship. But who is this God? When you compare the book of Revelation chapters 1 and 4, you can say that it is the same God that manifested to human beings in the form of a person, Jesus Christ. He said He was, because He died and was crucified. He could say ‘He was’, because we use past tense for people that died. He also said He is, which means He rose again and is still alive today; and He said, “He is to come” because He is coming back again, the Lord Jesus Christ whom we are all expecting. Even some other religions are expecting that it is Jesus that will come back. In the Islamic religion, they also believe that it is Jesus that is coming back even though they don’t believe He is God. But we know that He is God that manifested in the form of a human being, according to the book of Revelation, and according to all the letters and according to all the prophecies. “God with us”, (Emmanuel) is what the bible said in the book of Isaiah that God will visit mankind. When Jesus Christ came, He said that unless ye believe that I am He; I am who? I am He that was expected. They said who was this messiah going to be? They thought He was to be a son of David and Jesus Christ said how come David called Him Lord; if He is to be the son of David, then How come David called Him Lord, which means He is not son, He is Lord of David and they couldn’t answer Him because that was beyond their comprehension. (Mat.22:42-45).
God manifested in the flesh, seen of angels, preached unto the gentiles, received up into glory. That is what Revelation chapter 4 was pointing to us. The one on the throne is said to be the Lord God Almighty who was, and is, and is to come. How can you use past tense for God that is our father? He said He was, which means He came to the world to die for mankind. He is, because He rose again from the dead and is alive today; and he is to come, because He is the one that we are expecting to come back as the Lord Jesus Christ. God bless your heart to believe.
Now let’s go to chapter 5 and see what is planned for the redemption of mankind.
“And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back side sealed with seven seals.
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.”
What is this book that is in the right hand of him that sits upon the throne? The fact that it is in His right hand symbolizes something. The right hand is the hand of power, you must be strong to come and take it from His right hand; you must be acceptable in His sight for you to come to His right hand and take it. You must be acceptable before Him before you can come and take this letter. That is what this book is symbolizing. Now who is bold enough and who is acceptable enough? Who is confident enough that He is acceptable before this God on the throne? And no man would do it. You may say why did they say man, why didn’t they say angels? Are angels not acceptable before Him? Because this book is about mankind, this book has to do with mankind, it is only a mankind that can take it. Who would be the champion for mankind is what we are saying.
In many of my sermons, I have presented the fact that the devil, Satan and all his cohorts of hell, have been killing mankind and taking mankind in death since Adam. They take the souls of people out of them in heart attacks and in many deaths, and they lock them up in hell and in prison yards everywhere. Now that is what has been going on for mankind. It is Satan that has been killing man, not God. It is Satan and all his satanic spirits that have been implementing the wrath that God put upon mankind. Now who is going to be our champion? Who is going to defend mankind? Who is going to go against that enemy and defeat him and take back the rights that we lost in the Garden of Eden?
God gave this earth to mankind through Adam, and Adam was to be the overseer and the ruler over the earth, but Adam lost it and Satan was in charge since then, and Adam became like a slave to Satan. But who is going to be our champion? No man had been able to be our champion. Everyman, no matter how powerful, when death strikes, they run; they can’t defend anybody. But one came, that was what was prophesied that the seed of the woman will come and this is the true seed that bruised the head of the serpent. That was why God came, and no angel can do this; God has to come in the form of a human being with power and with the same gentleness and holiness that He will not fall into temptation. He became the champion for mankind. How did He become the champion for mankind? He surrendered Himself to be killed just like Satan has been killing human beings through many forms of death. He allowed Himself to be crucified on the cross.
Jesus Christ said it before He died. He said, “I have the power to lay down my life and I have the power to take it up again, no man takes my life from me”. (Jn.10:18). So what happens was the Lord Jesus Christ had to go and fight our enemy. He had to go and defeat that enemy for us, if He is to be the champion indeed. He had to surrender Himself to death. The devil took His soul out of the body to take Him to where he takes other captives. He had to defend mankind and beat that devil, that death angel, and come back alive by Himself, and take the keys of death and of hell with Him. That was what Jesus Christ did on the cross to become champion for mankind. Before He went to the cross, He had been calling people out of the grave by His voice until death attack Him Himself. He let the death angel take Him away and then He whipped them and He took the keys of death and of hell. He came back alive by Himself. Not just by Himself, He even took some other people out of the grave with Him. That was what the bible said in Mathew chapter 27:50-53 that some saints that were dead rose with Him when He rose again. He took them out of the grave to show that He is the champion.
The champion has to deliver those whom He has come to save, and not only that, He has to deliver Himself first and arrest the enemy and then deliver some other captives. That was what Jesus Christ did. Now He has manifested Himself as the champion for mankind.
Let’s see in the book of Revelation chapter 5, this book that was in the hand of Him that sat on the throne, the right hand of God Almighty, who is worthy to come and open this book? Who is going to be the champion for mankind? And there was no man that could come forward. And let’s see what went on. No man could come forward to be the champion for mankind.
v.4: “And I wept much because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book neither to look thereon. And one of the elders saith unto me, weep not. Behold the lion of the tribe of Juda, and the root of David has prevailed to take the book and to open the seven seals thereof.”
Now let’s see what drama is unfolding here. God was seated on the throne. In his right hand was a book. Sealed with seven seals. Who is able to take the book and to open it? This is the book that is going to save human being. This is the book that is going to bring redemption for mankind. Someone has been our Champion against Satan, what more is left to do? I’ll tell you what more to be done. Somebody has to be our Champion before God. Because when Adam and Eve offended, and God put the punishment upon mankind, our enemy, Satan, which is right here upon earth with us took over and was beating mankind down to the dust. That was what was going on. Even if we have the power and the strength to overcome Satan and his army here, we are not completely free until we can go back to God whom we offended. That is why Christ came. Now we have the Champion who has beaten down the enemy for us, now he has to go before God and plead our case.
Who is acceptable before God to plead for us? Who is holy enough? That is why apostle John wept when no man was found. But one of the elders said, “the Lion of the tribe of Juda has prevailed to take the book”. He was expecting to see a lion.
v.6: “I beheld and lo, in the midst of the four beasts and in the midst of the elders stood a Lamb as it has been slain having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”
v.8: And when he had taken the book, the four beasts, and the twenty and four elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
v.9: 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; v.10: And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”
As I said, we have the champion on earth that defeated the devil for us, and he came back out of the grave and even took some souls with him from the grave when he resurrected. That was the Lord Jesus Christ. Now he has got to appear before the God of heaven whom we really offended. That is what is transpiring here. Who is holy enough? Who is worthy enough to stand before God? But the Lord Jesus Christ our champion is worthy. What is occurring here is what I have been preaching for some time, to make you know who the Lord Jesus Christ really is. “The root of David has prevailed to take the book”. When John looked, he saw a lamb. The lamb represents Christ, the Messiah. Why didn’t apostle John see the Lord Jesus Christ? He knew the Lord Jesus Christ. He walked with him for three years preaching the Gospel. If he had seen the Lord Jesus Christ appeared before the throne to take the book, he would have written: “And I saw our master, Jesus, came forward to take the book”. No! He saw a Lamb, the lamb symbolizing somebody. Why was just a symbol used and not the physical Jesus whom apostle John knew? I’ll tell you why. Because the Lord Jesus Christ is the one on the throne! Amen. The Lord Jesus Christ that apostle John knew has gone back to the Father position. He is the one on the throne.
In his regalia like a jasper and sardine stone. That is him. That is why he didn’t show up as the man Jesus to take the book. He showed up in his representation as the lamb. The Lamb that was crucified, as slain.
The Lamb went forward and took the book out of the hand of him that sit on the throne. When he took the book what happened? The four beasts and the twenty four elders fell down and worshipped the Lamb. Wait a minute! I thought you can only worship God. How come the twenty four elders now worshipped the Lamb? Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and only him shalt thou serve. How can the elders before the throne of God began to worship another person? No it’s not another person. They know that he is the one on the throne who is also the Lamb. That is why they could worship him. I want you to get this revelation. It was the same person on the throne that was looked upon like a jasper and sardine stone, the same God the Father who came upon the earth as God the Son, as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world. You can see why the twenty four elders are worshipping the Lamb and it is not idolatry.
Like I said, if the president of the country changes his dress into another attire, those who know will still honor him as the president. The twenty four elders know that the one on the throne is the same person who is the Lamb of God, so they worshipped the Lamb.
One Lord, One Spirit, One God.
v.9: “And they sang a new song, saying, thou art worthy to take the book, and to loose 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.”
Consider this: these twenty four elders said, “the Lamb has redeemed us to our God”. That means these twenty four elders are human beings also. They are representing a selection of heroes of the bible whom God has elevated.
V.11-14 “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.
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.
And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.”
That was the end of the drama in rev.5. The drama was pointing out that he that is on the throne came as the Lamb of God to earth and died for mankind. That is why the worship was transferred from the one on the throne to the Lamb and there is no problem. “I and my father are one”, saith the Lord Jesus. “No man knoweth who the Son is but the father; and no man knoweth who the Father is but the son, and whosoever the Son will reveal him.”
The Lord Jesus has revealed it to us. He has revealed who the Father is to us and we are showing it to you, that the Father manifested as the Son, put on flesh, died for mankind, went back to glory, and he is the God Almighty that was, and is, and is to come.
“And without controversy, Great is the mystery of Godliness. God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” (1Tim.3:16)
Do you believe him? Accept him as your Lord and Savior and let him fill your life with himself because He is the Holy Spirit that now fills all the saints. “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. The God whom the world says they worship is the same Lord Jesus whom they crucified on the cross. Christ said, “the day cometh when they that kill you will think they do God service, because they had not known me nor my Father.”
I invite you right now to come and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and let him fill you with the Holy Ghost. Christ in us the hope of Glory.
I pray that you will receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost and walk with him in the newness of life, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Bro. Julius Adewumi
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