To understand the story of the "seven seals" we need to
understand who is worthy to receive and open the "seven seals." No one was found
worthy before Jesus to "open the book, and to loose the seals thereof."
At last the "the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David,
hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof" (Revelation
The "Lion of Judah" does not actually open the
scroll. The metaphor changes. The "Lamb" who opens the seals, however, is the
same person. Hence, it was to be opened to our Lords eyes, for he alone was worthy
"to open the book" and "to look thereon." It is not our privilege to
do so. However, the Lamb has invited the John Class to share some of the insights of what
is contained on these scrolls.
We get a second-hand look at this sealed information through the
angel showing it to John. Not because we are "worthy" to look thereon. The
"worthy Lamb" has, in his mercy and kindness, allowed us a peek into these
We must always remember that this information was secured by the
"worthy Lamb" at great cost to himself. He alone "is worthy." It is
with great mercy and condescension on his part that we are given such information.
We must never forget this information was designed primarily for the
"Lamb" himself. He was to look upon the "scrolls" and to be privy to
the information contained therein. When he understands each "sealed" message, he
then sends a message to the "angel" of each church.
Admittedly, the story of the "seven churches" precedes the
story of the "seven seals" in the Revelation narration. In reality, however,
Jesus opened each seal and received the information contained therein before he wrote to
the angel of each "church."
Jesus cared for the saints in each period of the Church
through a chosen angel or messenger.
It was necessary for Jesus to receive and understand the information
on these "scrolls" so he could speak respecting the needs of each church. It was
his responsibility to care for the saints in each period. He fulfills that responsibility
by addressing each "church" through its angel.