And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.
God has organized this life like a great adventure film series. Over thousands of years the plot has twisted and turned. What began as an eternal future promise to his chosen people would become a promise to those who would become chosen by virtue of their faith. Review the account of life in the Garden of Eden before the fall of mankind, and you will see that the perfection in that place would not have led us to think that our world would turn into what we see today. This is a thick plot, and the ending is what we all seek. We are able to endure this part of the story faithfully because we know that one day all secrets will be revealed at the story’s end. Who would want to leave the theater before seeing the finale of this epic?
John is in the throne room, and the anticipation is reaching a crescendo. He has spotted the script of the final act. The scroll is sealed, and its secrets can be revealed only by the one who is worthy. All of a sudden, it seems in that moment like the story has stopped. The search is on to find the one who has earned the right to explore the secrets in that scroll and disclose them to all creation. This is the fate which God recorded in times past to be the destined future of all things. The revelation of the ending to the epic we call the fallen order of things is reserved for the one who has earned the right to usher out this imperfect system because He has opened the door for the redemption of all creation. The one through whom this perfect future hope has come is the one who will make imperfection flee.
As the scroll is sealed, so is the fate of all creation sealed. The Father has ordained that this order of things will end at its appointed time, a day and an hour which only He knows. That ending will be great for some and terrible for others, but it will be just and good according to his holiness and righteousness. The Father will not change is mind on this; it has been recorded and memorialized in the scroll. We can be confident that his grand dénouement will check all the boxes of a great epic finale. The secrets stored away in the throne room this day will be ours to know when that time comes. Father, thank You for the future promises on which we can rely and for the future revelation of your secrets we can await.