The Book of Revelation 5:7

The Lamb and the Throne

“And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.” (Rev 5:7 KJV)

Jesus is not literally standing in front of God. This would either make Jesus apart from God, showing that He is not God, or it would show one God standing in front of another making two Gods. Any attempt to use this passage to demonstrate that Jesus in His Deity is distinct from the Father would make Jesus not God or would make two Gods.

Other passages in Revelation describe that Jesus is the one on the throne.

“And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (Rev 22:1 KJV)

3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”

(Rev 22:3-4 KJV)

This passage describes God and the lamb as ‘Him’ and talks about ‘His’ face and ‘His’ name when referring to God and the lamb.

The glory of God and the lamb are the light of New Jerusalem.

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” (Rev 21:23 KJV)

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Rev 22:5 KJV)

To see this verse literally would show a separation from Jesus and God. This passage is symbolic of the dual nature of Jesus. Jesus is God and Jesus is the lamb of God. Jesus as the lamb of God was worthy to open the seals of the book. Revelation 5 describes Jesus as the one on the throne, the lion of the tribe of Juda, the root of David, and the slain lamb of God. This is not showing four members of the Godhead. It is showing the characteristics of Jesus, showing that He is qualified to open the seals. Revelation 5 shows there is one God that was manifest in flesh to become our kinsman redeemer. It shows the dual nature of Jesus as God and man; lion and lamb.

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