What does it mean to be worthy?

The Book of Revelation, or The Revelation to John as it is rightly called, is an amazing story about us, about our psychology. It helps us understand ourselves and others like no other book can. I studied it word by word for three years, each week writing 800 word essays based on the meaning of the Greek words used to write it. These essays can be a helpful guide when dealing with the complexities of our modern world. They need not be read in order, you can open up the book and read the page you land on and I know you will receive some insight that will be most useful.

I saw a strong 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 wept much that no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, “Weep not; lo, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Rev 5:2-5

It is extraordinary to think that no one but one, in heaven or earth, was worthy – does that include God? Can we ever plumb the depths of the mystery of the evolution of mankind? To become worthy it seems that we are continually required to strike the balance between our connection with matter and our connection with the spiritual worlds. If we are too connected with one or the other we are not worthy. Only one, the Lion who became the Lamb, was able to strike the right connection.

It all gets back to the way we think, feel and use our will in the various areas of our being. If we don’t quite get this then it helps to imagine how Jesus completed his journey to the cross without becoming depressed, losing his temper, yelling out in pain or even giving up and playing the Roman or Jewish game. This is the kind of conqueror we must become, but now in our consciousness.

Since the Lamb, the only one worthy, is opening the seals then they are shown in their purity. As each seal is opened the innate nature of the different areas of our being is revealed and this becomes a benchmark for us. As we try to imagine these different areas or levels it helps to experience them as forces. This could be why they are described as horses. We could say that the four horses represent the forces that we have developed so far in our evolution. That they have a rider could indicate that our Higher Self has conquered and controls the horse.

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