“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne, a book (scroll) written within and on the backside, 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 heavn, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereupon.
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 Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof.
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.
And HE came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne….and I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noice of thunder, one of the four beasts saying:
“Come and see!”
This Scroll represents the ‘Earth Lease’….Jesus, the Second Adam, will complete the unfinished commission of the First Adam.
God, the Creator & Owner of this world, gave to the First Adam a ‘lease’, a period of time in which he was to be God’s under-ruler here on planet earth. God knew that Adam was not going to obey His command not to eat of the ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil’, so He limited the time of this earth least to six ‘days’ or 6,000 years.
Adam, through his disobedience, sub-let his ‘home’ to the Devil, the enemy of God and man, and this world is currently ‘lying under the influence of the Wicked One’, 1 John 5:19. But he knows his time is short and is doing everything he can to cause chaos in this world and take as many souls to a Christ-less eternity as possible.
Even before Adam’s ‘high treason’, God prepared a “Lamb”…. slain from the foundation of the world, (Rev. 13:8) From Barnes Notes:
“The meaning here is, not that he was actually put to death “from the foundation of the world,” but that the intention to give him for a sacrifice was formed then, and that it was so certain that it might be spoken of as actually then occurring.”
The Scroll John saw represents the ‘earth lease’, and the 7 seals represent the 7 final years of the age of that lease. The end of the lease, means the end of the Wicked One’s ‘influence’ in this world.
John in Revelation 5, wept much when he saw the ‘scroll sealed with 7 seals’…he did not realize that the One on Whose Breast he had leaned, was to be the One to ‘break’ each seal and bring the plan of God to its finish.
He didn’t know that Jesus was the ‘Second Adam’. It had to be a Son of man to finish the work and cut it short in righteousness.
Daniel 2 & 7, Revelation 13….describes the human ages on earth under the Lease given over to the Devil. Daniel 2 & 7 also tell of the ‘Kingdom’ that the Ancient of Days would set up in the days of the rulers of these ages (both human and demonic). That this Kingdom would be ruled over by the “Son of man” and that His Kingdom would be an everlasting Kingdom, never to be overthrown.
Daniel concludes by telling Nebuchadnezzar that this ‘thing is sure’!