07 Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Last session, we saw inside God's throne room using language connected with the kings of Israel. At their coronation, they were told to make a copy of the scroll, which was God's covenant with the people of Israel. They were to read and obey it during their reign, resulting in blessings for their people or curses if they disobeyed.
John uses symbolism to describe the inauguration of Christ on His ascension to heaven and the throne room of God. To the nation of Israel, possession of the scroll and the ability to open and read it demonstrated a king's right to rule. Jesus is able to open the scroll and reveal its contents because He is the Lion from the tribe of Judah. In the breaking of the seals, we see a strong relationship to the covenantal blessings and curses God made with the nation of Israel.