Numbers are significant in apocalyptic writing. Two is the number for strength. Three is the number for God or divinity. Four represents the world or the universe. Five and ten are the numbers for human completeness. One thousand means absolute completeness (10 x 10 x 10). Six is man's number, particularly mankind without God. Seven is the number for divine completeness and is the most popular number in Revelation. Three and a half is the number meaning incomplete. (Half of seven. Also stated as 42 months, 1,260 days or times, time and a half a time.) Twelve stands for God at work on earth, the organization of God's people.
This information will prove helpful today as you read Revelation 5-11.
One of the elders told John not to weep in Revelation 5:5 because "the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome." This is referring to Jesus, the stalwart lion who fearlessly and utterly dominates His spiritual jungle. Jesus is a lion. Yet when John turned to look, he did not see a lion but rather a lamb. So which is Jesus, the lion or the lamb? He is both. Write down the attributes of Christ that make Him like the lion. Then describe how Jesus is also like the lamb.
What you are witnessing in the book of Revelation is the response of God to the prayers of the church (Revelation 5:8 & Revelation 8:3-4). God hears your prayers. You do not ever need to doubt that. Pray to God this morning. He hears you.