Book that no one except Christ can open? Are these things told to magnify Christ?
Those sentences which are colored in orange are from Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati book Satyarth Prakash (The Light of Truth) and those which are colored in black are Jerry Thomas’s response.
"And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and n the backside, sealed with seven seals…Who is worthy to open the book, and loose the seals thereof? And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. And I wept much because no man was found worthy to open and read the book neither to look thereon." (5:1 – 4)
C. ~ What a fine picture of the Christian heaven! There are thrones, and throngs of men and a book sealed with many seals whom no man in heaven or on earth could open or look on; then, there was John who began to weep because 'no man was found worthy to open and to read the book'. Upon this an elder tells him that Christ is able to open it. As the proverb runs 'men's songs are sung in praise of one whose marriage it is,' all these mighty things are told of Christ, in order to magnify him. But they have no legs to stand on.
Answer: For the interpretation of the symbolic language in the prophetical books, please read the article Introduction to the Revelation and Figurative Language of Prophetical Writings.
Maharishi missed on the prophetical language in most of the questions in revelation due to which I have to repeat and remind the same thing in almost all answers in Revelation.
One wonders on what basis Maharishi assumes these not to have legs to stand on. In fact, Maharishi’s objections do not have legs to stand on.
The Holy Bible makes it very clear on the accounts that LORD Jesus Christ won over.
Works of devil has been defeated by LORD Jesus Christ:
1 John 3:8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Death is swallowed up in victory:
1 Corinthians 15: 54- 58 “So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Sin has been defeated by LORD Jesus Christ:
Romans 7:23-25 “But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God–through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Now, who else except LORD Jesus Christ among all human beings can claim these?