Isaiah 35 & Revelation 5

Isaiah 35

    The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad;
        the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus;
    it shall blossom abundantly
        and rejoice with joy and singing.
    The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
        the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
    They shall see the glory of the LORD,
        the majesty of our God.
    Strengthen the weak hands,
        and make firm the feeble knees.
    Say to those who have an anxious heart,
        “Be strong; fear not!
    Behold, your God
        will come with vengeance,
    with the recompense of God.
        He will come and save you.”
    Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
        and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
    then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
        and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
    For waters break forth in the wilderness,
        and streams in the desert;
    the burning sand shall become a pool,
        and the thirsty ground springs of water;
    in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
        the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
    And a highway shall be there,
        and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
    the unclean shall not pass over it.
        It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
        even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
    No lion shall be there,
        nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
    they shall not be found there,
        but the redeemed shall walk there.
    And the ransomed of the LORD shall return
        and come to Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
        they shall obtain gladness and joy,
        and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

(Isaiah 35 ESV)

Revelation 5

    Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

    And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying,

    “Worthy are you to take the scroll
        and to open its seals,
    for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
        from every tribe and language and people and nation,
    and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
        and they shall reign on the earth.”
        Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,

    “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
    and honor and glory and blessing!”
        And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

    “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
        And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

(Revelation 5 ESV)

Revelation 5: After His ascension into heaven, Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Father to rule and reign over the Kingdom that He had inaugurated through His life, death and resurrection. Our Lord is seated on His throne next to the throne of His Father in heaven reigning as the King of the Christians. And one day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is in fact the Lord of All, but until that Day, heaven is the place that continues to worship Him as He is meant to be worshipped.

Again using apocalyptic imagery to describe the indescribable, John describes the Lamb of God approaching the heavenly throne in order to receive authority over the eternal Kingdom of God. Only Christ is worthy to open the scroll containing God’s purpose and will for human history. Christ alone is the one possessing the power to reveal and enact the mysteriously disclosed will of God. He is the Lion from Judah and the Root of David who has conquered the powers of sin and death. He will one day return to complete His conquest over His enemies and establish His eternal reign as the Savior-King over the New Heaven and New Earth. Therefore, as those living in between our deliverance and our ultimate Promised Land, we are to worship our Father in heaven who sits on His throne and Christ our Savior-King, the Lamb who was slain and who alone is worthy to receive ultimate power, wealth, wisdom, might, honor, glory and blessing.