QUESTION #12 – According to Revelation 5:13-14, ‘the One’ (God the Father) and the Lamb (Jesus) are both worshipped at the same time. The Bible is clear that only the one true God may be worshipped. How then can the Lamb (Jesus) be worshipped if he is not God?
ANSWER – Some might wonder why trinitarians go to such lengths to prop up a doctrine that is nonsensical to its core and has not a shred of scriptural support. There is a very good reason. The Father of the lie, the Devil, the original Slanderer of God, does not want people to understand or appreciate the fact that Jehovah has exalted Jesus and given him his throne as a reward for Jesus’ absolute subservience and loyalty. That is what the trinity is all about — denying Jesus’ obedience and Jehovah’s generosity. And it has a powerful liar, even a god, who pushes it.
From the very beginning in Eden the Devil accused God of not trusting his creatures. Later in the case of Job the Slanderer just came out and said it, accusing God of bribing his creatures with goodies in order to win their loyalty. Satan’s contention was that if God took it all away that any man would deny God to save his neck. By his sacrificial course Jesus proved that the Devil is a liar.
And to further demonstrate that Satan is an outrageous liar Jehovah not only brought Jesus back to life, he exalted him to be his virtual equal —giving Jesus life in himself, which is something that the Firstborn son did not possess in the beginning. That is why Jesus said: “For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man.”
Anyone who is not bent on pushing the Devil’s lie can readily see that Jesus plainly declared that God granted the Son to have immortality and he gave Jesus authority to judge. Nobody gives God life or authority. He has always possessed such. But by giving Christ immortality and indestructibility Jesus no longer needs God for anything. Besides that, God has given him everything, entrusting his very throne to the Son. There is nothing that Jehovah has held back, including the honor and glory that is given to God himself, contrary to what the Devil lyingly told poor Eve.
So, in his madness the Devil has duped the masses of the untaught to believe that Jesus is God, that he received nothing from God, that he has always been God’s equal. Truly, Satan is a masterful liar —the best there is.
As regards the verse in question, it should be understood that there are two separate entities pictured in the vision. “The One sitting on the throne” is obviously Jehovah God, the King of eternity. And then there is the Lamb in the midst of the throne. It should be evident to all but the most perverse that Jesus is the Lamb. But, equally evident is the fact that Jesus has not always been the Lamb. He became the sacrificial lamb of God when he was baptized by John. And John then introduced Jesus to the Jews as “the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.” —John 1:29
After Jesus was sacrificed as a blameless and innocent lamb, Jehovah resurrected him into the spirit world and exalted him to his right hand. And as Paul stated every knee will bend before him at some point in the future, including those in heaven.
Keep in mind that although John was given the Revelation almost 2,000 years ago, the vision itself is about the future —when Jesus begins ruling as the King. That is what the 5th chapter is Revelation is portraying. Call it the coronation of the King. That is why the 24 elders and all the angels are assembled around the throne —to hail the new King. And the vision focuses on the Lamb receiving the scroll and opening the seven seals of the scroll containing God’s judgments. In fact, it is at the very moment the Lamb receives the scroll that the elders and four living creautres fall down before him. Revelation states: “When he took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb, and each one had a harp and golden bowls that were full of incense. (The incense means the prayers of the holy ones.) And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”
The point is, the Lamb has not always occupied such an exalted place, being intimately connected to the very worship of Jehovah. That is why the elders are singing a new song. Jesus coming to power and wielding all authority in heaven and over the earth is something new. That is why all the angels declared in the vision: “The Lamb who was slaughtered is worthy to receive the power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
Although the trinitarian would have you believe that the Lamb is God and always has been worshipped, the angels give witness that the Lamb is worthy of the highest honors because he willingly allowed himself to be slaughtered.
So, the question is, who are you going to believe, God’s loyal angels or a trinitarian?