The Lion

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Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:1–5, NIV 1984).

“Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight. At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more. When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death. And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

My Musings – It seems lately that the Lion is beginning to bare His “teeth” and shake His “mane.”  Only He is able to break the seals that will begin the most devastating period of tribulation the world has ever seen, or will ever be seen again.  Why would John weep that there might not be anyone worthy to open the scroll that would unleash the beginning of such devastation?

  • Because what was not sufficiently accomplished in the Church age, the age of God’s grace —“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you.’”  (Matthew 7:13, 14, 22, 23, NIV 1984).
  • Will be significantly accomplished in the Tribulation, the Age of God’s wrath — “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.  These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”  (Revelation 7:9, NIV 1984).

My Advice – Respond to God’s grace now, “enter through the narrow gate.”  One cannot be sure they’ll be among those who “have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb,” during the great tribulation.  If they make it until then.  As I wrote in yesterday’s musings, we may not even make it to tomorrow.