The Meaning Of The Scroll

Moses had a commission to tell the Israelites that God had sent him. 'Tell them I am that I am'. That I AM had sent him. He also had authority to pronounce judgments.

Jesus had the same commission to reveal the Nature of God to the people of God. And he had the authority to pronounce judgments.

In the End Times, it will be God's people in this role.

In Revelation 5, The Lamb who is worthy takes the scroll. Some claim that the scroll represents the decrees of God concerning the acts of judgment and redemption to occur in the last days. The seven seals represent the judgments and they are opened by Jesus, the Lamb, because he has the authority to initiate all the judgments to follow.

Other writers have claimed that the scroll is the 'title deed to planet earth' or a catalog of woe and sorrow. Kevin Conner says:

The opening of the Book in the Feast of Tabernacles is alluded to in the opening of the Seven-sealed Book in Revelation 5:1-5 and the opened little book in Revelation 10:1-11. The Book is God's Word, the Holy Bible, the Book of Redemption. [p. 92}

I too prefer to think of the scroll as representing the bible itself. The reasons for this are scriptural and provide a marvelous glimpse of the sheer genius of God in the construction of his word.

1. The Scroll is said to be written within and without or on the front and back side. Rev. 5:1

2. The stone tables of the Law given to Moses are said to be written on the front and back sides.

Ex 32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.

This identifies the scroll with the law, hence with the bible, and ultimately with the Word of God, Jesus. So, Moses coming down with the law is like the Holy Spirit coming to reveal Jesus.

3. Since part is on the back side, then clearly it's not all readily apparent. Some meaning is hidden. The sealed scroll clearly has only a part of the writing visible.

4. There are several references to books being sealed in the O T. [Isa 8:16, 29:11 -12, and Dan 12:4] Daniel says they are sealed till the end. Here opening the scroll is the unsealing of the books.

5. Opening the seals means revealing hidden meaning in the Word. So opening the scroll is one of many illustrations of the key concept summarized in the opening verse of Revelation. The Revelation of Jesus Christ.

6. Jesus is the only one who can open the scroll. No man is worthy. This shows that God reveals himself. Man cannot learn of these things on his own.

7. Each seal that is opened produces a judgment, and this also speaks of the Revelation of Jesus Christ since as Ps 9:16 says "The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: "

So, the Lamb that was slain is Jesus Christ. The Scroll is Jesus Christ. Opening the Scroll is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The Judgments that come forth are the Revelation of Jesus Christ. And the book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The Bible is The Revelation of Jesus Christ. In other words, it's all about knowing God.

Since the Feast of Tabernacles points to the opening of the Book, we may expect that God will reveal hidden meanings in the bible during the End Time revival. In fact, that's what is prophesied in Daniel 12.

Da 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

Da 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

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