Revelation 5: 7 horns and 7 eyes by Mark Creech for The Christian Post
Over 60 years ago, the Soviets made their first space journey around the globe. Atheistic cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin returned puffed-up with pride, boasting, “I went up to space, but I did not encounter God.” W.A. Criswell, the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas, had a classic response the following Sunday. He said, “Ah, if that cosmonaut had stepped out of his spacesuit, he would have seen God.”
In Revelation 5, the Apostle John didn’t have to die to see the Lord. He was miraculously transported to stand before God’s throne in Heaven and report what he witnessed to us.
Around God’s throne, the apostle said he saw various orders of beings, four creatures, 24 elders and an innumerable host of angels in concentric circles around the throne. He also caught sight of seven torches ablaze, a sea of glass and an emerald rainbow.
As he gazed in awe at this other-worldly scene, John heard a mighty angel shout, “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” (v.2).
With its seven seals, the scroll would be the title deed to earth with commissions to complete God’s redemptive purposes for the world. At first, it appeared no one was worthy of taking the scroll. Consequently, the apostle wept bitterly, fearing all was lost for humanity. But one of the elders told him to stop lamenting and not to despair, for the Lion of the tribe of Judah had proven himself worthy to break the seals and open the scroll.
When John looked to see the Lion, he said he saw a lamb instead — the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, who shed his blood on the Cross to atone for the sins of humankind. God’s judgment fell on Christ for everyone who believes the Gospel and receives him as Savior and Lord. The Lamb has redeemed everything that was stolen by the Evil One and foolishly surrendered by humanity.