Extracts and comments taken from Revelation Chps. 5, 6 & 15
(a)And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four Zoa and in the midst of the elders, (a)a Lamb standing as it had been slain, having (b)seven horns and (c)(seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God (Theos) sent forth into all the earth.
(a) The fact that the Lamb (see last verse comments), is standing in the most auspicious place, is a confirmation of His (CHRIST JESUS) qualification and eminence. The fact that He is standing (not sitting Psm. 110:1 & Heb. 1:13) implies imminent action, as His enemies are about to be made His footstool.
The "slain", refers to "the Lamb of God", (see notes V.5).
And (a)He came and took the scroll out of the (b)right hand of Him sitting on the throne.
(a) He (The Lamb of God, Christ in resurrection glory), Dan. 7:9-14.
(b) Right hand; from Scripture, the right hand of the Majesty (Almighty God) denotes favour, acceptance, grace, etc., but as in this case "the scroll", yet sealed with seven seals contains righteous judgements which are yet to be visited on the earth and peoples. This indicates that the ensuing judgements are perfect in timing and content, which will not be the human opinion, which is much used to compromise, bias, vested interest, and satanic control. The left hand on the contrary, speaks the opposite; i.e. disfavour, judgement etc. (Matt. 25:33-46).
(a)And when He took the scroll, the four Zoa and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one (b)a harp, and (c)golden bowls full of incense which are the prayers of the saints.
(a) As soon as the Lord takes the sealed scroll, there is an immediate reaction. The taking symbolises acceptance, (the worthiness has already been established and shown). The reaction is from very special, and eminent entities. The four Zoa and their special duties and guardianships, and the twenty four elders. The histories and duties of these beings allows them to be in the presence of the Majesty and the Lamb. Their whole being and purpose lean constantly towards the fulfilment of Jehovah Zebaoth's purpose and its mystery (Rev. 10:7). This further reinforced by the "prayers of the saints", which are, and have been prayed over many centuries, by those that sought out the purpose of God in Christ, and have come to love and yearn for its fulfilment.
(a)And they sing a new song, (b)saying "Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase to God by Thy blood out of every (c)tribe and tongue, and people, and nation;
(a) The Elders and Zoa praising the Lamb (Christ) for His great redeeming act. "New song"; this "new", not possible until the Lamb takes the scroll, and therefore the next part of His role. It also marks a new era, as the Lamb will no longer be passive.
(b) This is the first time the 'Zoa' have spoken. The last is Chp. 19:4.
Saying with a loud voice, (a)“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive the power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing”.
(a) This great seven fold ascription (compound praise) to the Lamb, by the innumerable heavenly host; by the sevenfold character acknowledges the perfection of the Lamb, for the purpose of the seal opening, and adoration due to Him for His faithfulness to the Will of Jehovah God!
And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seven Seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of (a)thunder, one of the four Zoa saying “come”, (b)(and see).
(a) The opening of the 1st Seal marked by the noise described as thunder. This is clearly the nearest description that John can give for us to begin to understand the drama that the first Seal opening will produce. The import of this action is the greatest since our Lord's death on the Calvary Cross, as it is the beginning of the Lord's direct dealing with the world, which later ushers in God's rule on earth for 1000 years.
And they sing (a)the song of Moses (b)the servant of God, and (c)the song of the Lamb, saying (d)Great and marvellous are His works, Lord God Almighty; (e)just and true are Thy ways,(f)Thou King of Nations.
(g)Who shall not fear O Lord, and glorify Thy name? (h)for Thou only art holy: (k)for all nations shall come and worship before Thee, (m)for Thy judgements were made manifest.
(c) “The Lamb”; “of God which takest away the sins of the world”, (John 1:20). The same “Lamb”, as (Rev. 13:8, and many other references). “The song of the Lamb”, (see Rev. 5:9). Clearly the two songs are related and linked to Israel's and some converted Gentiles deliverance as “Overcomers”, (Rev. 7:14, Psm. 86:9-12, Isa. 66:15-16-23, Zeph. 2:11 & Zech. 14:16-17 etc.). This servant suffered, knowing full well the cost. (See Gethsemane Matt. 26:38-39).