The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                                  CHAPTER 5

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.”

The words “under the earth” are still a mystery.  This phrase is used a few different places but no
explanation is given.  One can only guess and that is not a good idea.  However it is mentioned so it
must apply to some beings who are under the earth.   They can’t be dead because “the dead know
nothing”.   They must be living beings that can reason and communicate but who they are and where
they live we don’t know.   Are they the aliens living in the deep underground bases or are they
beings living
under the earth (caves and tunnels)?

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the
four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven
spirits of God sent out into all the earth.  He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who
sat on the throne.  And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell
down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which
are the prayers of God’s people.  And they sang a new song, saying:  “You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons
from every tribe and language and people and nation.  You have made them to be a kingdom and
priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”   Then I looked and heard the voice of many
angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled
the throne and the living creatures and the elders.  In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the
Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and
praise!”   Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and
all that is in them, saying:  “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and
glory and power, for ever and ever!”   The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down
and worshiped.

This is a description of when Jesus is given his power, authority, and rulership in Heaven as a reward
for what he did by dying on the cross.  All of heaven and earth agreed with this decision and
submitted to his rulership.  At this point, it was clear to all of heaven and earth as to why the
judgments would come on the earth.  The story that started in the Garden of Eden and even before
the world was created was going to have an ending and this was the final chapter.  

The reference to under the earth is similar to that found in Philippians 2:10
"that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow in heaven and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord."
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