There are two choices: either we know nothing about the scroll and we are going to find out the meaning of the scroll now, or this scroll is the same scroll that we have seen elsewhere in the scriptures. Typically, the book of Revelation has been studied as if this scroll has no reference to any scrolls in the Old Testament. Many scholars and writers do not examine the significance of this scroll in the scriptures. However, there are many reasons to consider that this scroll in Revelation 5 is the same scroll found in the book of Daniel.
The name of the book has the very idea built into it that this book is revealing previously concealed information. The scroll in Revelation 5 is the visualization of this truth. The scroll, something that has been sealed with seven seals, is now opened. The scroll has writing on both sides, but no one knows what the scroll says until the scroll is opened.
The scroll in Daniel 12 appears to be the same scroll that is in view in the book of Revelation. Turn to Daniel Daniel is told that the words of the book are shut up and sealed until the time of the end. Then we see a man clothed in linen standing above the waters of the stream.
Now look at Revelation and notice the image is the same. The angel is standing on the sea, just like the angel in Daniel The angel in Revelation raises his right hand and makes another oath, just as he did in Daniel This time the angel gives an oath that there will no longer be a delay when all these things would be fulfilled. The angel in Daniel said that there would be a delay. The delay was a time, times, and half a time a time marker that we will examine later in the study of Revelation. Now, the angel in Revelation says that there will no longer be a delay.
To show the connection further, this information in Revelation 10 comes after the seventh seal is opened on the scroll. The seventh seal reveals seven trumpets that are about to sound. The angel in Revelation says that when the seventh trumpet from the seventh seal sounds, all of these things are accomplished concerning the mystery of God. The mystery of God, that is, the things previously sealed by God, would now be revealed and fulfilled. In Revelation John is told to take the scroll and prophesy its contents. We will look more closely at these images when we get to Revelation But I want you to see right now the strong connection of the sealed scroll in Revelation 5 with the sealed scroll in Daniel Homer Hailey in his commentary on Daniel observes that the angel in Daniel 12 is the same angel in Revelation 10, speaking about the same things Hailey, Other scholars see this connection as well.
Beale continues later in his commentary making the same point. The metaphor of seals can be found outside Daniel elsewhere in the OT and Jewish apocalyptic, but the seals in Rev. These are descriptions of the time of the coming of the Messiah who would set up his kingdom. However, the book of Revelation is showing us that this revelation given to John is unveiling the sealed prophecy of Daniel. We come back to the imagery in Revelation 5. The one who is seated on the throne is holding the scroll that is sealed in his right hand.
Not even the strong angel can open this scroll. Verse 3 continues this thought. No one is able to open the scroll. No one in heaven or on earth or under the earth can open this scroll or look into it. Who has the right to go before the throne, take the scroll, and open the seals revealing its contents? No created being is even able to contemplate being worthy to open this scroll.
At the realization that no one can open the scroll, John begins to weep loudly. However, one of the 24 elders speaks to John and tells him to no longer weep. There is someone who is worthy to open the scroll and its seals. The one worthy is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David. He has conquered and he is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.
The Lion of the tribe of Judah comes from Genesis The context of Genesis 49 is Jacob is about to pass away and he is giving the blessings to his sons before his death. He stooped down; he crouched as a lion and as a lioness; who dares rouse him? Notice that the imagery of the lion is given to Judah and it is a reference to the eternal rule that will come from Judah. Want to Read saving….
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Pryse in this work, which seeks to uncover the hidden significance of the most misunderstood section of the Bible and reinterpret it from a modern theosophical perspective, uncovering its e The biblical Book of Revelation is not a cryptic history or prophecy, as is generally believed, but is, in fact, a manual of spiritual development. Pryse in this work, which seeks to uncover the hidden significance of the most misunderstood section of the Bible and reinterpret it from a modern theosophical perspective, uncovering its esoteric relationship to other ancient texts, including the Upanishads.
Pryse offers a new translation of the Apocalypse based upon undisputed meanings of the original Greek text and comments on it on a verse-by-verse basis to bring to light startling new meaning in a work that many readers will have believed fully explored. Students of comparative mythology, ancient religion, and the Bible will find this an intriguing read.
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Sort order. This is an old text from John Pryse from on the Book of Revelation, which he understands as depicting "the initiation of Ioannes" or John. The book's main points can be summarized as follows: 1 Revelation or "Apocalypse" is actually an esoteric guide to Enlightenment under the figure of the raising of Kundalini where each of the seven "seals" and corresponding lamps, various cities, etc.
The first point, that of Enlightenment, the author gives various corresponding symbols beyond the 7 chakras, including the formation of the deathless solar body, the transcendental self-conquest, the evolving of a self-luminous immortal body, and other terms that are similar to many general occult notions. In Chapter 69 of Aleister Crowley's 'Confessions', he discusses his preliminary but never completed work on a Greek Qabalah, essentially an equivalent of "Sepher Sephiroth" but for Greek instead of Hebrew. He writes, "That this Cabbala exists is nevertheless certain.
The correspondences in the Apocalypse in connection with the series to is undeniably intentional. The real error, I think, is that he essentially believes or writes as if he believes that Revelation is basically a Hindu text in Christian code. The two witnesses can refer to the thieves crucified beside Christ, they can refer to the two pillars of the Tree of Life and the Temple of Solomon, they can refer to the entwined snakes of the Caduceus, etc.
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