Read Revelation 5:1-14
At the time the apostle John wrote this apocalyptic book, he was likely in his 90’s. His life had been filled with loving service for his Savior. He had certainly suffered for the name of Christ. Historical records indicate that he had been sentenced to death in a cauldron of boiling oil…but he survived! And, even as John took pen in hand here, he had been sent into exile on the island of Patmos.
It was Sunday. While worshiping, John saw a vision of the glorious Christ. He was instructed to write what he had seen, letters to seven key churches, and then about things yet to come. At the beginning of the fourth chapter, he was translated to heaven. There, he was permitted to see what man had never before seen. There was an amazing throne surrounded by twenty-four other thrones occupied by twenty-four elders – perhaps reminiscent of the twelve descendants of Jacob in the Old Testament and the twelve apostles of the New Testament. There were four living creatures with similarities to a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle. And yet each had multiple sets of wings and could fly. But John also witnessed innumerable angels, more than 100,000,000 (10,000 x 10,000). This must have been an awe-inspiring experience!
But not one of these – not the creatures, not the elders, not the angels – was worthy to open a special scroll. Only the Lamb was worthy. Only the Lion of the tribe of Judah was qualified. Only the Root of David had the right. Before Him, the four creatures and the elders bowed. To Him, these created beings lifted their voices in praise. And, in what must have been a thunderous voice, the millions of angels chanted in unison, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (v. 12)
One of the important responsibilities of angels, you see, is to worship God. As we, in this study, draw attention to the existence and ministry of angels, don’t lose sight of the fact that there is One greater. He is the One that even the seraphim and cherubim worship. He is the One before whom you should bow!