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    John had been taken in the Spirit into the presence of God. In the fourth chapter he describes the appearance of the throne; this is followed by a view of the work of Christ and others connected with the plan of salvation. The fifth chapter is only a continuation of the subject introduced in the fourth;-it is an introduction to the history given in the sixth chapter.SSP 101.1

    Finite man may think himself separated from his Creator; but “there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether.” “Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?” John was made to understand this truth in a most solemnly impressive way. He says, “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.” The right hand of the Father holds the record of our lives, and unless one can approach within the inner circle of the majesty MarginRevelation 4:1-3.
    All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18.
    Psalm 139:1-12.
    Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. Job 14; 5.
    And I saw in the right hand or him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. Revelation 5:1.
    The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Psalm 25:14.
    of the Eternal One, he cannot look within this book. It is written both within and without. Within, is the life which is known only to God,-the secret, known only to the soul and its Creator. Without, is the reflection of that inner life, the outward part which is open to the gaze of others. As the condition of the individual, so is the condition of the church of God. The one created in the image of Jehovah, has received of His Spirit, and the soul history can be understood only by Him of whom it is a part. This connection between God and man, is the mystery of the Gospel.
    SSP 101.2

    As the host of heaven gazed upon the One on the throne, a strong angel proclaimed with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” Heaven’s arches rang as the challenge was given. It was not a reproof, but a call to all the universe of God, to witness anew the glory of the Son of man. This was a fresh unfolding of the plan of salvation. John, a representative of the fallen race, was near, and he wept when “no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.” Must the work of earth cease? Was the sacrifice a failure? Would history cease even after Christ had died? Hosts of angels, marshaled under their leaders, bowed before the throne. They had known of the mighty power of Jehovah, they had watched the work of creation, and had ministered in the utmost bounds of space; but they were silent when the herald’s voice was heard.SSP 102.1

    Though angels held their peace, one of the elders broke the silence. He who had once lived MarginThen hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men.) 1 Kings 8:39.
    Ephesians 3:16.
    This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Ephesians 5:32.
    And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? Revelation 5:2.
    And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
    And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. Revelation 5:3, 4
    Revelation 19:14.
    Genesis 32:1, 2.
    Psalm 103:19-22.
    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. Revelation 5:5.
    on earth, who was born in sin, who had fought and conquered in the name of Christ, and who had risen with Him a victor over that last and greatest enemy-death-spoke to his fellow man. He knew the full meaning of life on earth; he knew the terrors of the grave, and he could also speak from experience of the righteousness of Christ, for he was clothed in the white garment, and on his head was the golden crown of victory. He approached John, saying, “Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book.” The elder, who had seen the mighty power of Christ so often manifested, took the strongest objects in the vegetable and animal kingdoms to represent His power,-the root and the lion. Massive rocks are torn asunder by the noiseless power of the root. Hidden beneath the soil its power is mighty. So the power of the Root of David, hidden in the heart, can break the strongest bands of sin. The Saviour speaks of those who had no root in themselves as not being able to endure tribulation. The Root of David bears the tree of righteousness. None can be trees of righteousness who have not this pure and holy Root hidden in the soil of the heart. The elder used language familiar to the prophet, for John was a Jew, and from infancy, had listened to the prophecy of Christ read from the book of the law. He was promised as the “Lion of the tribe of Juda,” the King for whom the nation looked as temporal ruler. The sure mercies of David were repeated in the synagogue services as the prophecies of Jeremiah were read. “Behold ...I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, ...and this is MarginMatthew 27:52-53.
    1 Corinthians 15:26.
    When the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 1 Peter 5:4.
    I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. Revelation 22:16.
    What is stronger than a lion? Judges 14:18.
    That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
    That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love. Ephesians 3:16, 17.
    Matthew 13:6, 21.
    The root of the righteous shall not be moved. Proverbs 12:3.
    The root of the righteous yieldeth fruit. Proverbs 12:12.
    Galatians 5:22, 23.
    That they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified Isaiah 61:3.
    For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. Acts 15:21.
    Jeremiah 23:5, 6.
    Zechariah 3:8.
    Isaiah 11:10.
    His name whereby He shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.” “I will bring forth My servant the Branch,” the Lord had said through the prophet Zechariah. “In that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people.” Christ, in the presence of John, had used these same symbols to designate His own work in the earth. As a lion of the forest, He was born to rule, and the power of the Spirit within drew all men unto Him. Like the tree, which, springing from a seed hidden in the cemented vault, burst asunder the tomb of the dead, so the Root of David prevailed to loosen the seals and to open the book. It was not the simple reading of the book that was called for. The angel’s call was for one whose life could accomplish what was written therein. There, was written the work of God in the earth. This is seen when the seals are broken, as given in the following chapter.
    SSP 102.2

    As John watched, “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.” In the center of all the glory, in the very presence of Life, before adoring angels and witnesses from earth, stood a Lamb, slain, its life-blood dripping from its veins.SSP 104.1

    There was a time when sin did not exist; MarginAnd the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Micah 5:8.
    I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:18.
    As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. John 10:15.
    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, hauing seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. Revelation 5:6.
    when the harmony of perfection reigned supreme. Man broke the chord. Life began to ebb. All nature mourned. Slowly, one by one, the stately trees shed their leaves; the flowers faded. Each blossom as it fell, sounded a death knell throughout the universe of God. But Christ had already covenanted with the Father. His life was offered for this very time. And man,-penitent, sorrowful man,-brought a lamb from the flock, slew it; and its life-blood became a token of the life of Christ. Every creature, from the highest form of creation, down to the insect mote in the sunbeam, lives in the life of God; and when death occurs, a vibration is felt in the heart of the Eternal. In every lamb, slain in all the sacrificial offerings, God saw the blood of His own Son. The heart of the Father was broken when the first lamb was slain; and every time the knife was stained with the blood of an offering, it brought afresh to the mind of God the death of His Son. Christ died of a broken heart. Heaven knows the meaning of a broken heart,-of a life spent,-of hopes blasted. “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”
    SSP 104.2

    So when John watched for one to open the book, there appeared, as it were a Lamb slain. That all power was given to the Lamb, that all heaven was poured out in this sacrifice, is shown by its seven horns and its seven eyes. “He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne”; for not even Christ could do the work alone. The power came from the Father. Father and Son unite in the work of Redemption. “And when He had taken the book, the four beasts (living MarginGenesis 1:31.
    Genesis 3:1-7.
    1 Timothy 2:14.
    Cursed is the ground for thy sake: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
    Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee. Genesis 3:17, 18.
    Revelation 13:8.
    Genesis 4:4.
    In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:10.
    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:17.
    Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12.
    Psalm 51:17.
    Being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21.
    And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. Revelation 5:7.
    Matthew 28:18.
    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. Revelation 5:8.
    Revelation 8:3-8.
    creatures) and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors (incense), which are the prayers of saints.” Here is given the work of the elders and the living creatures. As the Lamb ministers constantly before the throne of God, these who have been redeemed to God “out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation,” bow before the throne, offering to Him who sits thereon the prayers which ascend from the earth. With the prayers, is a cloud of incense. “This holy incense is the merits and intercession of Christ, His perfect righteousness, which, through faith, is imputed to His people, and which alone can make the worship of sinful beings acceptable to God.”
    SSP 105.1

    In the tabernacle service on earth, the altar of incense burned continually before the ark of the covenant, where shone the visible presence of God. When the high priest entered on the day of atonement into the Holy of Holies, he made his offering for the people with much incense, a cloud ascended from the censer as long as he remained in Divine Presence. To-day in heaven those who once lived on earth, representatives from every kindred, nation, and people, having passed through every phase of earthly experience, take the prayers offered by penitent sinners, and present them before the Lamb. Repentance is a sweet odor before our God; for it tells of sorrow for sin, and the acceptance of the life of Christ. Since the death of Christ, the lamb is no longer slain; but the morning and evening prayers, when the blood of Christ is presented by faith, touch the heart of God, and from His throne angels speed their way on MarginWherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25.
    The whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. Luke 1:10.
    He shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations. Exodus 30:8.
    Leviticus 16:2.
    And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail:
    And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not. Leviticus 16:12, 13.
    Revelation 8:3, 4.
    Revelation 5:8.
    Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2.
    Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. Psalm 55:17.
    rapid wings to fulfill the petition. If to prayer there does not seem to come an immediate answer, there is still the assurance that no earnest petition escapes the notice of our Father. They are represented as preserved in vials, in “bottles,” as David says; and when the family of the redeemed is at last gathered on that crystal sea with the Lamb and the four and twenty elders, it will be found that every prayer of faith is answered. The lowliest believer, the most burdened sinner, who turns his face heaven ward, can see the rainbow of promise above the throne. For him the Lamb was slain, and in his behalf, some one in that company of elders, who surround the throne, can plead, “I have passed over this same road and I have been rescued by the Saviour.” Look up, and take heart; for all heaven is working for the redemption of man!
    SSP 106.1

    In anticipation of the final cleansing of the universe from sin, and the restoration of man to his place beside the Father, there is sung in heaven the song of the redeemed. The four beasts and the four and twenty elders sing a new song,-a song of Redemption; for they have been raised from the depths of sin to the position of kings and priests unto God. Those now in heaven, look forward to their reign with Christ on the earth made new. When the plan is completed, the few who now minister in heaven, together with the multitudes who come forth at the first resurrection, will reign as kings and priests on the earth. “Thine is the kingdom, Thine is the power, and Thine the glory,” will be the grand chorus when Christ as King of kings receives His everlasting dominion, and the redeemed reign with Him. To the earth MarginGabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. Daniel 9:21.
    Jeremiah 10:25.
    Revelation 5:8.
    But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6.
    The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
    Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:18, 19.
    Daniel 8:14.
    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;
    And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
    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. Revelation 5:9-11.
    renewed, and reflecting again the glory of God as when it first came forth from the hand of its Creator; with the discord all gone, and the music of the spheres rolling in ceaseless pæans through endless space; is the scene which heaven looks forward to in anticipation.
    SSP 107.1

    The redeemed sang, “Thou art worthy,” and from ten thousand times ten thousand of angel voices there rang the response: “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.”SSP 108.1

    And then in the chorus of voices, angels, elders, and every creature from earth and sea and sky, joined in singing, “Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” And the four beasts answered, “Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down, and worshiped Him that liveth for ever and ever.” If man but caught a glimpse of the joy of salvation, his lips would repeat the songs of heaven. Angelic beings are looking forward to the completion of the plan. So may we. MarginRevelation 11:15.
    Isaiah 35:1-10.
    He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody. Isaiah 51:3.
    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. Revelation 5:12.
    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. Revelation 5:13, 14.
    SSP 108.2

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