Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Who Is Worthy?
Rev. 5:1-14
KJV 1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof. 6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.  8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 
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; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. 11 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; 12 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.  13 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. 14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. (KJV) 
NASB 1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals.  2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?" 3 And no one in heaven, or on the earth, or under the earth, was able to open the book, or to look into it.  4 And I {began} to weep greatly, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look into it; 
5 and one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals." 6 And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. 7 And He came, and He took {it} out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8 And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.  9 And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood {men} from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. 10 "And Thou hast made them {to be} a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth."  11 And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." 
13 And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, {be} blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever." 14 And the four living creatures kept saying, "Amen." And the elders fell down and worshiped. (NAS) 

INTRODUCTION
 
 
 

1. The .. Appeal for One Who is Worthy. v 1-4
 

A. The . . Scene of the Appeal. v 1
    1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

        1. The . . Place of the book. v 1 a
        2. The . . Printing of the Book. v 1 b
        3. The . . Pasting of the Book. v 1 c
 

B: The . . Sounding of the Appeal. v 2
        2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

    1.    The . . Search of the Appeal. v 3
        3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
 

D. The . . Sobbing of the Appeal. v 4
        4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
 
 

2. The .. Appearance of One Who is Worthy. v 5-7

A. The Appearance . . Announced. v 5
    And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

    1.    The . . Plead
        "And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not:"

    2.    The . . Presence
        ". . . behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,"

    3.    The . . Prevalence.
        "hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

B. The Appearance . . Analyzed. v 6

    1.    The . . Place Analyzed.
        And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the
        midst of the elders,

    2.    The . . Person Analyzed.
        ". . . stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are
            the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

        v 6, The 7 Spirits mentioned also, 1:4, 3:1, 4, 5:6

        Seven mentioned 55 times in 31 verses

        Spirit* mentioned 22 times in 22 verses
 

C. The Appearance . . Actualized. v 7
        And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
 
 

3. The .. Applause for One Who is Worthy. v 8 - 13

    A. The 3 Phase Applause, Elders and Eagles.
            Elders and Eagles, 2. Angels, 3. All Creatures.

        1.    The Applause of the Elders and Eagles. v 8-10
            8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 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; 10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

        a. The . . Players of harps. v 8 a
        b. The . . Prayers of Saints. v 8 b
        c. The . . Praise in Song. 9 - 10
            1) Their Four Phase Praise Song.
                1. It is for God, primarily--"thou didst purchase them unto God."
                2. It is through Christ's blood--"thou wast slain. . .
                3. It is unlimited--"men of every tribe, and tongue, and people, . . .
                4. It makes the redeemed a kingdom-

Down here many denominational churches are taking out of their hymn books all references to His blood, but in heaven they will be put back in the hymn book. (JVM, p.937)

Illustration
Christians are always singing. There are many songs in this book of Revelation, despite the judgments, because Christians can sing when other people weep. And finally, it affirms: It responds to God's great promises with an "Amen" and a "Yes" from you.

Interestingly, of all the songs in the Book of Revelation, not one is a solo. The twenty-four elders sing and cast their crowns before His feet, the united voices of countless angels resound, every living creature in heaven and earth and under the earth and all that is in them are joined in one song. Those who are victorious over the beast are given harps and a song to sing. In every case multitudes of people or angels unite in the same song with absolute unity. -- Graham Kendrick. Leadership, Vol. 15, no. 2.
 

    2. The Applause of the Angels. v 11-12
        11 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; 12 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.

        a. Un-numbered Angels. v 11
        b. Sevenfold Applause to the Lamb. v 12
                1)Power . . refers to Omnipotence.
                2)Riches. . refers to Possessions.
                3)Wisdom . . refers to Omniscience.
                4)Strength . . refers to Ability.
                5)Honor . . refers to Reputation.
                6)Glory . . refers to Praise
                7)Blessing . . refers to Worship.

    3. The Applause of all Creatures. v 13
            13 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.

        a. A fourfold Applause to God and the Lamb
            1) Blessing . . refers to Worship.
            2) Honor . . refers to Reputation.
            3) Glory . . refers to Praise.
            4) Power . . refers to Omnipotence.
        b. Applause to God and the Lamb Repeated.
            1) 1:5-6; 4:9-11; 7:9-17; 11:15-18; 14:1-5; 15:2-4; 19:1-7
 

4. The .. Amens for One Who is Worthy. v 14
        14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever. (KJV)

A. Amens; from the Beast and Elders. v 14
        Sometimes all you can say is: Amen, Amen, Amen!

Illustration Stedman
During a time of worship we had a tremendous song service. These people were really singing their hearts out with songs such as we have sung this morning. "Majesty" was one of the choruses they sang. Another was "Our God Reigns." I rejoiced with them as they were belting out the chorus of "Our God Reigns." But, in the midst of it I began to smile to myself, for my eye had fallen on the chorus sheet that had been handed out to us and I noticed that the typist had made a mistake in the title of the song. We were singing "Our God Reigns," but what the sheet said was "Our God Resigns!"

I was grateful that they were not singing it as it was written, but unfortunately that is the way many people seem to sing today: They sound as if our God had resigned. But he has not.

Our God reigns! That is the theme of Revelation.
 

Who Is Worthy? Worthy Is the Lamb!
 

1. The .. Appeal for One Who is Worthy.

2. The .. Appearance of One Who is Worthy.

3. The .. Applause for One Who is Worthy.

4. The .. Amens for One Who is Worthy.