Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice,
“Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?”
This angel looked up into heaven and asked this one question. But no one—not even the archangels Michael and Gabriel—could open the book. Then he traveled all over the earth, especially checking out the early churches in Asia Minor, Laodicea, Thyatira, and Sardis. Although many of the elders were good candidates, no one was truly worthy to open the scroll. The angel even looked under the earth, asking this question. No one in hell—any corrupt demonic power or evil imp—was worthy.