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How do I explain Revelation 5:7?

Submitted: 11/2/2011
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Question: Hi and God bless... I am struggling with being able to explain a scripture in Revelation 5:7, which states 'And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.' I have been able to disprove, through the word of God, and trinity beliefs, because I know and believe that Jesus is the one true God of the Bible, and there is none other. So please explain this scripture to me so that I can help others to understand. Because someone that believes that there are 3 separate persons will think that this is Jesus physically taking the book out of one of the other persons' hands in the trinity. So I would really appreciate some feedback on this as soon as you are able too...and thank you so much.

Answer: In Revelation 5 we see a figure called 'the Lamb' taking a book from one who sits on the throne of heaven. Clearly the term 'lamb' is referring to humanity, one who is capable of being a blood sacrifice. This is God's manifestation in human flesh, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This verse is portraying the reality that the supreme God will judge the world as man, in particular as the man who was crucified for our sins. This is in line with what Paul said in Acts 17:31, that God has 'appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.' It does not say that God the Father will judge the world by God the Son. It does not say that the first person of the trinty will judge the world by the second person of the trinity. If says that God, who sits on the throne of heaven, will judge the world by 'the Man.' This Man is represented by 'the Lamb' in Revelation 5.