5:4 And I began to weep greatly, because no one was found worthy to open the book, or to look into it;

And I began to WEEP GREATLY,

Imagine the alarm in heaven at the sounds of weeping! The normal sound in heaven, one would imagine, is the sound of worshipping, of praising, and of agreeing (AMENs) -- Revelation 4:8 and Revelation 4:10-11. But here John says he wept GREATLY. This isn't soft crying, this is gut wrenching loud sobs!

because no one was found WORTHY to open the BOOK, or to look into it.

Note the subtle difference between this verse and the previous verse. Previously, no one was ABLE to open the seals; here, John realizes that even if anyone was ABLE, that "person" also had to be WORTHY to open the seals. If the redemption of the sin-riddled, devil-controlled world was to take place, ONLY someone Pure (Matthew 5:8), Truthful (John 14:1-7), Holy (Luke 4:31-37), and Righteous (Jeremiah 23:5-6) could open the book.

John was thinking only in human terms. Even after being with Jesus personally, John still had not fully grasped the position of Jesus Resurrected. Now he sees the WORTHINESS of the One he loves.

The book must contain terrible things if one must be WORTHY to look into it. The process that Paul is referring to as "In Him.....the redemption of God's own possession" -- Ephesians 1:7-14 -- is soon to begin.

Consider what would be if the book is not opened: