Bible Study Notes on the Book of Revelation Chapter 5:1, 2-4

Posted by Elfriede Copple from the Study Guide: DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST



Revelation 5:1
1And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

Commentary on verse 1:   John sees in God the Father’s right hand the scroll sealed with seven seals. All the messages have been sealed by the authority of God. We know the Father is the One seated on the throne, because we learn in verse 6 that the Lord Jesus is standing in the midst of the throne, and He is in the midst of the elders. The breaking of the seals will reveal the message inside each part of the **scroll which contains the Tribulation judgments of God** (Ezekiel 2:9-10; Daniel 12:4; Revelation 6).

REFERENCE SCRIPTURE MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTARY:

Ezekiel 2:9-10   9Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. 10Then He spread it before me; inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.

In Ezekiel 2:9-10 the prophet *was forewarned that his ministry would be unpopular. We too are forewarned that a true presentation of the Gospel will be offensive to the unsaved. It is commonly known as “the offenses of the cross.” To some people we are the aroma of death* (2 Corinthians 2:15).

Daniel 12:4   “But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.”

Daniel 12:4 teaches us that *(quoting Tregelles) “many shall scrutinize the book from end to end.” Many will study the prophetic Word and knowledge of it shall surely increase during the Great Tribulation.*

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Revelation 5:2-4
2Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it.

Commentary on verses 2-4:   **No one among mankind or angels could be found to remove the seals and read the scroll.** Only Christ can do so. (Isaiah 29:11)

REFERENCE SCRIPTURE MENTIONED IN THE COMMENTARY:

Isaiah 29:11   The whole vision [of the false seers—false prophets] has become to you like the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is literate, saying, “Read this, please.” And he says, “I cannot, for it is sealed.”

People’s willful blindness brings judicial blindness upon themselves. God’s Word is unintelligible—indiscernible—to them (1 Corinthians 2:14). To some it is a sealedbook, to others it is illegible. Everyone who does not accept it has an excuse. The Revelation of Jesus Christ is hereby opened.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

*Quotations and paraphrased quotations marked *.. quoted text * taken from The Believer’s Bible Comentary by William MacDonald Copyright © 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995 by William MacDonald. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

**Quotations and paraphrased quotations marked **.. quoted text ** taken from The King James Study Bible. Copyright © 1988 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission of Thomas Nelson. www.thomasnelson.com

UPDATE ON OUR PROGRESS TO IMPROVE THE REVELATION STUDY GUIDE

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Mike and I are very excited that we are almost finished reformatting the “DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST” Study Guide. It is going to be more user friendly in its entirety.

Below is a screenshot of what it will look like:

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON DANIEL 9:21-27

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Today I am going to post a short Bible study Mike and I did on Daniel 9:21-27.

Daniel 9:21-23

Yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision:

Daniel did not understand the vision he had prophesied. He prayed for help and God sent Gabriel the angel to give understanding to Daniel what the prophecy was saying.

Daniel 9:24

“Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

Warren Henderson explains in his book Infidelity and Loyalty pg 391: “The Hebrew word shabua is translated “week,” but literally means “seven,” much like our English word dozen means twelve of something. The “something” is determined by the context. … Based on how the final week is described elsewhere in Scripture, we are able to conclude that a week is speaking of seven years”.

So the first phrase Seventy Weeks are determined is actually 7 x 70 which equals 490 years. The first 483 of the 490 years began when Nehemiah started re-building the wall of Jerusalem, and ended at Christ’s crucifixion.

The rest of verse 24 explains the same thing Romans 3:21-22 reveals that when Christ is believed upon the believers will have the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ. The anointing of the Most Holy means that the Father commissioned the Son to shed His blood and die for the sins of the world.

Daniel 9:25-26

“Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the command to restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, there shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, and till the end of the war desolations are determined.

Gabriel explains that Nehemiah’s rebuilding of Jerusalem shall be 7 weeks or 49 years, and then 62 more weeks or 434 more years until the crucifixion of Christ. 49 years plus 434 years totals 483 years. The prince who is to come will happen at a presently undetermined time. He is the Antichrist. In AD70 Nehemiah’s work was destroyed. And till the end: means the end of the Church Age—time of the Gentiles—rapture of the church—time that only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36).

Daniel 9:27

Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wind of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate.”

Then means after that—the rapture—he—the Antichrist—shall confirm a covenant—make a peace treaty—with many—all those who are left behind—for one week—seven years—the beginning of the Tribulation period. But in the middle of the week—three-and-a-half years—the Great Tribulation begins. Ezekiel Chapters 38 + 39 prophesy the war of Armageddon at the end of the seven-year Tribulation which matches what is coming in the Revelation of Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:13-16).

William MacDonald says: “Gabriel gave Daniel an outline for Israel’s future” (Daniel 9:21-27). God’s Word also gives us a prescription for eternal life.


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

BIBLE STUDY NOTES ON REVELATION 4:6-7 –continued-

Posted by Elfriede Copple

Revelation 4:6-7
Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.

Today we want to continue with verse 7.

According to William MacDonald “the four living creatures seem to be a combination of the cherubim in Ezekiel 10 and the seraphim in Isaiah 6.”

Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old & New Testament Words by W.E. Vine (page 177) describes the Cherubim as being “of one piece at the two ends of the golden lid on the Ark of the covenant inside the Holy of Holies. This signifies that the redeemed and glorified creatures were bound up with the sacrifice of Christ. Being in union with Christ then proceeds out of the Mercy Seat.”

What’s a description of the Cherubim and Seraphim?

They are created beings just as we humans are created beings. Therefore, angels are not from eternity past nor are they, or we, omniscient as is our God. We humans are like the angels bound up with the sacrifice of Christ. The function of the redeemed cherubim, seraphim, and humans is depicted as being in fellowship with God as well as being there for serving Him. The cherubim (cherubim is plural, with the letter im at the end, cherub is singular) compared to the seraphim are much the same except for primary duties. The cherubim are primarily guards, or attendants, “attached” – “united” – to God’s throne (Exodus 25:18-19), whereas the seraphim flew above and around (Isaiah 6:2-7) to attend God’s throne and offer praises to Him. God’s angelic court serves as an example to each believer: As redeemed created beings who are eternally thankful for being united with our Savior—in Him and Him in us—our primary purpose in our life now and eternal is to serve and worship God.


May we also serve and worship Lord with our life, prayers, songs and behavior!


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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN THE LORD JESUS SAYS: “BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE”, AND “WHITE GARMENTS”, USE “EYE SALVE”?

HOW DO WE BUY FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND WHY?

REVELATION 3:18 [Jesus speaking]
“I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.” (NKJV)

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WHAT IS DIGGING DEEP INTO THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST ABOUT?

Considering all the horrible, revolting things we hear in the news of these days, Digging Deep into the Revelation of Jesus Christ is not only fitting, but also incredibly necessary for eternal souls.

The Book of Revelation is difficult to grasp.  Nevertheless, Revelation 1:3 and 22:7 tell us that we will be blessed if we do.  Let’s have another look at the Scriptures:

Revelation 1:3 NKJV
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Revelation 22:7 NKJV
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”

This guide, first of all, contains the complete New King James Version Bible Scriptures of The Revelation of Jesus Christ and the reference Scriptures.  Secondly, an enormous benefit of the layout (which we discussed earlier) is that without turning any pages, the reader has four columns side by side to use time more effectively and to enhance ease of understanding.

Studying the Book of Revelation, we learn of both: God’s truths and His warnings – for the time is near-.  With all the madness going on in this world around us today, the time for Christ’s return is surely imminent.

This study guide points out that the Lord Jesus Christ is Almighty Jehovah God and that He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.  
“Of the 404 verses in Revelation, 265 contain verses alluding to 550 Old Testament references”.  The Book of Revelation points out how those who believe in God will literally be taken to heaven, and those who do not believe will undergo the tremendous tribulation events which are described in breathtaking detail. The ones who accept the Lord Jesus as their Savior during the tribulation will probably be killed for doing so, and the ones who continue to reject Him will suffer eternally in the lake of fire.

The overall theme of this study guide is for the readers and hearers to realize the eternal importance of believing the truth and to not reject Jesus Christ who, with His Father and Spirit, is the only God who saves us humans from His wrath.  His anger with us is caused by our offending Him.

All God asks, is that we know Him…that we believe in Him!

May God be honored and glorified!

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