I don’t understand most of Revelation, but I love the first few chapters (and the last few!). I picture all of heaven, who have been watching this life unfold for thousands of years, on the edge of their seats as the final defeat of Satan they have been waiting for begins to take place. They know some of what is going on and how it will ultimately end, but they don’t know the timing or exactly how it will take place. I imagine the heightened anticipation as it all starts to unfold. “It is finally happening,” they must be thinking.
Then this… “Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it.” (Revelation 5:1-4),
“We are so close,” I imagine the heavenly beings thinking, “but who is worthy to open the scroll and break the seals…who can bring it to fruition?” I imagine the anticipation continuing to grow at an almost unbearable pace. “The seals must be broken; the scrolls must be opened. We can’t wait a minute longer,” they must be singing between their refrains of worship to the One seated on the throne.
Then this… “And one of the elders said to me, ‘Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’” (Revelation 5:5)
The response… “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.’” (Revelation 5:9-10)