Lord, as I come to Your Word, please allow me to see what You have for me to learn today."
"And I saw in the right hand of Him Who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?" And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it." (Revelation 5:1-3).
The next thing that captures John's attention after he is caught up into heaven is a scroll in the right hand of the Majesty on high. This is the title deed to all the earth. It is the official document that is going to determine the outcome of human history.
In Bible times, when property was purchased, a scribe might record the transaction in writing. The document would then be rolled up and sealed so there would be no tampering with it. This scroll then belonged to the one who had paid the price and therefore had the legal right to open it and reveal what was inside. There was also a principle that allowed a person to legally regain property they had lost to someone else. If a person, through some foolish or unfortunate circumstance, were to have to turn over his property, a near kinsman who was able to pay the price could redeem his possessions for him.
When God created the world, He gave Adam and Eve complete dominion. But they turned that dominion over to satan when they allowed him to deceive them in the Garden of Eden. They sold the farm to him, as it were, and he slithered away with the title deed to all creation.
To regain possession of what was legally lost by Adam, someone is needed who can redeem, revive and rule this world. There must be a near kinsman who can pay the redemption price. The challenge is thrown out to all humanity and all recorded civilization ... and no one anywhere is able.
No wonder John weeps openly when it appears that sin and satan have conquered and the world will not be redeemed.
[John was wrong in his thinking. Continued with next post].
~Adrian Rogers~ "Tapestry Promises and Prophecy"