Seven Seals 3.1:Lamb Breaks 7 seals

There is a problem in heaven

A scroll bound by seven seals has been found

The problem seems to be that a scroll is sealed and cannot be opened, because no one is worthy to break its seals. 

The idea of a sealed scroll is encountered in the book of Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet. Jeremiah was a political prisoner under house arrest on charges of sedition. He was offered the chance to redeem a parcel of land (Jeremiah 32) because he was next of kin to its deceased owner. 

The practice or redeeming the title to ‘ancestral’ land and thus keeping it in the ownership of the family is outlined in Leviticus 25:25, 26, 48, 49, 54. This process involved the next of kin effectively paying the outstanding debts of the original owner of the land and thus being allowed to add his name to the sealed scroll that constituted the title deed to the property. 

In Jeremiah’s case, there was a certain amount of bitter irony in the offer. He had been telling the inhabitants of Jerusalem that they were about to be captured by the Babylonian empire and deported. So why would he want to buy land, from which he was about be separated? 

Then it came to him. 

Just as he was being asked to redeem the land of his family, so God was about to require the people of Israel to make atonement for their evil ways, before redeeming them after seventy years of captivity. (You can read that for yourself – Jeremiah 25:11, 12; 29:10)

But for now, let’s allow Jeremiah tell the story 
Jeremiah 32: 8-12  "Then, just as the LORD had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, 'Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.' 
      "I knew that this was the word of the LORD; so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver.  I signed and sealed the deed, had it witnessed, and weighed out the silver on the scales.  I took the deed of purchase—the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, as well as the unsealed copy-  and I gave this deed to Baruch son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the presence of my cousin Hanamel and of the witnesses who had signed the deed and of all the Jews sitting in the courtyard of the guard 
There is a similar example of redemption in the book of Ruth. The song Scarlet Tie refers to it. It is the story of an Israeli spy who married a Jericho whore. She had saved him from .being captured 

The son they procreated was Boaz, and you can read all about him in the book of Ruth. Boaz, who is the second closest next of kin to her deceased husband, is required by Moses’ Law to offer the right of redemption to the closest kin. This offer is refused, allowing Boaz to take over not only the land of his kinsman, but also his widow – you can read the law involved in such matters in Deuteronomy 25: 5-11, Leviticus 25: 25, and how they worked in practice in Ruth chapters 3 and 4.
So if you apply the idea that the rest of the bible gives meaning to the strange cavalcade of events recounted in the book of Revelation, you will appreciate that the heavenly consternation was down to the ownership of God’s creations having passed into the hands of some other entity (Lucifer, Satan, the Devil, the Dark Side, the Evil Empire – call it what you will). 

And it could only be restored to its creator by some form of payment to the current owner. The bible suggests that payment was the life of a just man – Jesus. But there was a sting in the tail of this arrangement. Satan could have Jesus killed, but he did not seem to realise that God’s spirit could bring him back to life.
The Lamb (Jesus), like Jeremiah and Boaz, puts himself forward as the kin redeemer. As a member of the human race, he is the closest thing mankind has to a kinsman redeemer. 

So the book of Revelation is about the idea of redemption. 

But it is not just redemption. Just as there was a price to be paid to restore humanity to its creator, so to there is a price to be paid by Satan, and those who seek to follow his ways rather than the ways of God.

But atonement is more than just Karma. 

Bad things happen to good people as well as evil people

In fact it could be said it is the way that people react to the bad things that happen to them that makes them either “good” or 
“bad”. Think about it. Both Hitler and Mother Theresa started as as nice little babies, screaming and kicking when they felt hungry or afraid. It was they way they reacted to the things that happened to them that made them what they became. 

The bible is full of stories about atonement and the role it can play in either refining the human spirit (like silver in a furnace, or destroying the human spirit, like the ore and dross that is removed as part of the refining process.

When it comes to the idea of atonement - you get to choose the kind of person you will become.

 And the intersection of atonement and redemption is writ large across the pages of the book of Revelation. Think about it. The point at which atonement intersects redemption - maybe, just maybe, there you have a definition of what people mean when they talk about God


Angel bore the scroll all sealed
The course of all men’s deeds revealed
The title deeds to all that lives and breathes
Proprietor: Lucifer, prince of thieves

Eye for eye and tooth for tooth
One sacrifice for all those that seek the truth
Lucifer, he missed the catch
Spirit life from death can snatch

Lamb of God Found Worthy to Break the Seals