Revelation 5:2-4 and the Search for a Scroll Opener

(2)  And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

(3)  And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

(4)  And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

    An angel, who John distinguishes as “strong,” calls out with a voice, which he describes as “loud.” Think of yourself at a gathering of many people, and in order to make an announcement, you don’t ask the most soft-spoken man in the room to get everyone’s attention now do you? Not if you want everyone to hear the announcement. Now, what if you have an announcement to make so that everyone in heaven, on earth, and in every coffin (v.3) could hear and be attentive? So here, a “strong” angel with a “loud” voice makes an unmistakable announcement which all could hear: “Who is worthy to open the book?” The fact that no one in heaven or earth, dead or alive, could respond to the declaration of the angel demonstrates the impossibility of the task to be worthy enough to open this scroll. This also displays the importance of the scroll; so important that no one is found to have the clearance and authority to open it. Such unfortunate news that John begins to cry… a lot. I cannot imagine the height of John’s emotions throughout his witness of these visions of God; this “Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Was there ever a moment in the visions of this book where his eyes were dry?

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