Revelation 7:17 – The Lamb in the Midst of the Throne

Because the Lamb in the midst of the throne will shepherd them, and will lead them on living springs of waters; and God will wipe off every tear from their eyes. – (Revelation 7:17, Green’s Literal)

This scripture is sometimes cited as proof that Jesus is Jehovah, although most do not state exactly what it is in the verse that they imagine to mean that Jesus is Jehovah.

Evidently, some seem to think that Jesus is here depicted as He who sits on the throne of Revelation 4:2,9,10; 5:1,13; 6:16; 7:10,15; 21:5.

Apparently, some see the phrase “in the midst” the meaning that Jesus is sitting in the middle of the throne, and Jesus is thus Jehovah the shepherd of Psalm 23:1. We should note that Revelation 4:6 speaks of others in the midst of the throne: “In the midst of the throne and around the throne were four living creatures, full of eyes before and behind.” (Green’s Literal) Obviously, this is speaking of having a favored position before the throne, not sitting on the throne. It depicts a position of great honor before He who is sitting on the throne.

That Jesus is NOT He who is sitting on the throne is seen from Revelation 5:6,7, where the Lamb is depicted as taking the scroll out of the hand of Him who is sitting on the throne. Jesus was worthy to open this scroll because he had been faithful to his God even to death (Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 3:2), for which death he us figuratively depicted as the slain Lamb in Revelation.
See also our studies:
Who Is, Was, To Come – Jesus?
The Unipersonal God Exalted Jesus

The great multitude are pictured as being led by Jesus to living springs of water. Some have claimed that this scripture says that Jesus IS the living waters. That is not, however, what it says. Rather it states that the Lamb leads this great multitude to these living waters, representing truths, and probably also healing, especially spiritual healing.

There is nothing, however, in the verse that states that Jesus is Jehovah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Jesus, as the “one shepherd” over Jehovah’s sheep, is not Jehovah who has placed him as this “one shepherd” over the sheep. — Ezekiel 34:23,24; John 10:7,11-16,29; 17:2,6,9.

See our study:
The One Shepherd

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