1. Structure and outline

The way in which Revelation 5 links to what follows it

Revelation 5:1–14 (ESV)

1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

In Revelation 5 the Lamb is enthroned with God-given authority to open the seals of the scroll. In following chapters John records what happens when the Lamb actually begins to break the seals locking the scroll. The scene of Revelation 5, then, is vital for understanding the details revealed in the following chapters.