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Revelation's Sealed Scroll (Revelation 5.1)

"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." (Revelation 5.1)✞

With Seven Seals

Open ScrollJohn of Patmos was seeing a similar vision to what he had most likely read in Ezekiel 2.9-10 "Then I looked, and I saw a hand stretched out to me. In it was a scroll, which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe." In John's day, books were written on papyrus or animal hide scrolls. Pieces of papyrus or vellum were sewn together up to 30 feet long, rolled up and sealed with clay or wax. The scroll which John sees of the Revelation book would have been about 15 feet long.✞

Dead Sea Scrolls

Ancient ScrollWe must note that the scroll in the hand of God was a roll and not a book. This is similar to the Dead Sea Scrolls found in a desert cave high above the Dead Sea. In the ancient world, down to the second century AD, the principal form of literary work was the roll, not the book. "The scroll" was normally made of papyrus or vellum, manufactured in single sheets of about ten by eight inches. The sheets were sewn together to form a long roll and placed on a wooden roller.✞

"Revelation's Sealed Scroll"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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