Pastor Hilmar Ochoa.
Revelation 5:1-3 (NASB)says, “I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.”
The answer to the question “Who is worthy” should be firmly established in our hearts. We can see that evenin heaven there was no oneworthy to open the book and its seals.
Revelation 5:4-5 (NASB)says, “Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it; and one of the elders said to me, ‘Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcomeso as to open the book and its seven seals.’”
The Lion from the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, is Christ. In the first scene, Christ was not there. However, the Lion suddenly appeared. We could be in a situation that makes us weep, like John, feel desperate or abandoned because we think no one can help us, but someone can suddenly appear and attract our attention and say “behold, the Lion from the tribe of Judah is here”.
God is sitting in His throne and has the book that can only be opened by the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah that has overcome every enemy. Christ faced many enemies, but overcome all of them. That is why He was the only one worthy.
Revelation 5:6-8 (NASB) says, “And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.”
Revelation 6:1 (NASB)says, “Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, ‘Come.’”
When John turns to see the lion, he does not see a lion, but a lamb. So who opened the book? The lion or the lamb? The lion and the lamb are the same person. The lion who was in the throne of God transfigured.
We know the enemy imitates what God does. One of the things that he does is disguising. The Bible says, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” This means it is not easy to identify them because they are disguised as sheep. Christ is a lion that wears lamb’s clothing sometimes, and the enemy has imitated that. Let’s remember that Christ came to the Earth as a lamb that should be sacrificed, but behind that lamb, there is a powerful lion.
When we celebrate the Lord’s Supper, we know the bread represents the flesh and the wine represents the blood, and we say we eat the lamb. We have done this many times. We have been taught that we eat the genetics of the lamb, which represents humbleness and meekness. This means we should be more humble and meek every time we eat the lamb.
If John saw the lamb when he turned to see the lion, this means that every time we eat the lamb, we are also eating the Lion from the tribe of Judah, so we are also participating in the genetics of the Lion from the tribe of Judah.
John 1:16 (NASB)says, “For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.”
Hebrews 2:11 (NASB) says, “For both He who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are all from one Father; for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren.”
2 Peter 1:4 (NASB)says, “For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.”
This three verses show that we have participated of his fullness and his nature. When we eat the word of God, we are participating in His divine nature.
Proverbs 30:29-30 (NASB)says, “There are three things which are stately in their march, Even four which are stately when they walk: The lion which is mighty among beasts And does not retreat before any.”
We have to become lions because our God has overcome every enemy, and we are His children, so we have to look like our father. The Bible shows how a lion is, and we will know how we should act. “The lion does not retreat before any.” When Jesus was in the cross, he didn’t back down.
Hebrews 10:37-39 (NASB)says, “‘For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.’ But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.”
We are not of those who shrink back. We have the nature of a lion, and part of that nature is our faith. “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power.”
Maybe, you are facing difficulties and trial, but God wants you to remember what you are made of. There is a powerful nature inside you that gives you determination. That’s why we sing, “I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back.”
Isaiah 31:4 (NASB) says, “For thus says the Lord to me, ‘As the lion or the young lion growls over his prey, Against which a band of shepherds is called out, And he will not be terrified at their voice nor disturbed at their noise, So will the Lord of hosts come down to wage war on Mount Zion and on its hill.’”
This means the lion, our God, will fight for Zion; He will fight for us. We can be surrounded by enemies, but as a young lion, you will see the lion next to you.
Joel 3:16 (NASB)says, “The Lord roars from Zion And utters His voice from Jerusalem, And the heavens and the earth tremble.”
Amos 3:8 (NASB)says, “A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?”
Balaam was hired to curse Israel, but in Numbers 23:20, he states, “Behold, I have received a command to bless; When He has blessed, then I cannot revoke it.” Maybe some enemies have cursed you, but nobody can revoke the blessings that God has ordered.
Numbers 23:23-24 (NASB) says, “For there is no omen against Jacob, Nor is there any divination against Israel; At the proper time it shall be said to Jacob And to Israel, what God has done! Behold, a people rises like a lioness, And as a lion it lifts itself; It will not lie down until it devours the prey, And drinks the blood of the slain.”
We are this people blessed by the Lord. We are that lion that has receive the genetics.
Numbers 24:9 (NASB)says, “He couches, he lies down as a lion, And as a lion, who dares rouse him? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, And cursed is everyone who curses you.”
Proverbs 28:1 (NASB)says, “The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.”
When we are resting, the enemy will not dare to rouse us. We are not cowards; we are determined and not of those who shrink back. There is no omen against the people of God.