Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Bible Studies From the Book Of Revelation
The material for this Bible study series was drawn from nay resources such as Adrian Roger's "Revelation",
Strauss "Revelation", Weirsbe's "Be Victorious" and many other resources.
There is an old story about a New England church that was suffering though time of dissension and backbiting. The people were constantly involved in petty feuds. One day, the people came together and consulted a former pastor as to how they could resolve their differences. The pastor agreed to think on the matter and send them a letter soon detailing his judgment.
A few days later, the pastor sat down and wrote his letter to the people, full of advice on how to make peace in their church. At the same time he wrote a letter to a farmer friend of his with advice about farming and especially about the trouble he was having with one of his bulls. Then the pastor called up two messengers, gave them the two letters, and sent them on their way.
You can guess what happened. The pastor accidentally mixed up the letters. The message for the church got sent to the farmer friend. The message for the farmer friend got sent to the feuding church.
An elder stood and read this letter to the congregation: "You had better see that your fences are put up well in the first place. Plow your ground deep; and sort your seed; be careful not to sow foul seed; and take care of that great, ugly bull. I think you had better poke him. The rest I will tell you when I come."
The church folks sat in silence for a long time, contemplating the pastor's strange message. Finally, one man stood and attempted to interpret it. The putting up of fences must refer to the rules of discipline in the church. The people had neglected these rules of discipline for too long. And plowing up the ground must be another way of saying the people need to open their hearts, to allow the good seed of brotherly love to be sown. The warning against foul seed was obvious: the members had an obligation to sort the truth from the untruth, and not believe every morsel of gossip they heard. And the great, ugly bull could only symbolize the devil, who had come into their midst and stirred up so much strife among them. The people realized this was the most wonderful letter they had ever heard.
The people were so moved by the pastor's advice that they began confessing their sins and offering forgiveness to one another. They opened up their hearts to one another and prayed for each other. And peace reigned in the once-feuding church. The story doesn't relate what the farmer thought when he got his letter.
The situation was something like that when the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to Corinth. In the letter of 1 Corinthians, we find Paul writing a letter to a divided church. When we read the rest of this letter, we discover that this was a church with problems with a capital P.
It really does remind me of that wonderful song from The Music Man where Harold Hills says:
"Ya got trouble, Right here in River city! With a capital 'T'
And that rhymes with 'P' And that stands for Pool.
We've surely got trouble! Right here in River City!"
It was something like that when Paul wrote to the Corinthians because they had a member living in incest, they had people speaking in tongues, they had people getting drunk at the Lord's Supper, they had people who did not believe in the resurrection, they had terrible divisions in the church, they had people who were proud of their spirituality and thought their gift was better than anybody else's. This was a church with trouble with a capital T and problems with a capital P.
(1) Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Jesus Christ... (2)to the church of God. . . to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… (9) God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord… (26) Consider your own call, brothers and sisters…
“THE BLESSING BOOK” “Revelation – The Edge Of Eternity” – Pt. 1 Rev. 1:1-3 & Selected
What is the Goal of Studying Revelation? 1. To fall more deeply in love with Jesus. 2. To gain a biblical perspective of what is to come. 3. To receive a divine blessing from God!
“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Vs. 3
I. The Central Character of the Book
“The revelation of Jesus Christ….” Vs. 1a “Revelation” = apacalupso = the uncovering or unveiling of something previously hidden.
II. The Clear Purpose of the Book
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants what must soon take place.” Vs. 1b Sureness of the Prophecy Nearness of the Prophecy
How God reveals the Prophecy to His servant John
III. The Comforting Promise of the Book
“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Vs. 3
7 Equally Wonderful Promises of Blessing in Revelation:
1. Blessed is the one who reads Revelation. (Vs. 3a)
2. Blessed is the one who hears Revelation. (Vs. 3b)
3. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord amid tribulation.
“Then I heard a voice from heaven say, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” Rev. 14:13
4. Blessed is the one who is awake and prepared.
“Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Rev. 16:15
5. Blessed are those who have dinner reservations.
“Then the angel said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” Rev. 19:9a
6. Blessed and holy are first resurrection participants.
“Blessed and holy are those who have part in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand
years.” Rev. 20:6
7. Blessed are the spotless!
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” Rev. 22:14
The Revelation of Jesus Christ Revelation 1:1-20
A. According to Revelation 1:1,9 what is this book about and who is its human author?
(II Peter 3:8).
B. How shall we study this book or what outline does God give us for studying the book in Revelation 1:19?
C. Why should we study this book and what promise does God make to those who study it in Revelation 1:3?
I The Work of Jesus – Revelation1: 4-8
A. Who is Jesus according to Revelation 1:4, 8?
B. What did Jesus do and what spiritual work did He accomplish according to Revelation 1:5?
C. What has Christ done for every believer according to Revelation 1:6?. As we seek to fulfill God’s will on the earth, who can be against us if God is for us (Romans 8:31).
II The Churches of Jesus – Revelation 1:9-12,20
A. To whom is God sending this book that John is writing according to Revelation 1:11?
B. What did John see in Revelation 1:12 and what was the purpose of the items that John saw?
C. What mystery does John reveal about these seven candlesticks and seven stars in Revelation 1:20?
III The Person of Jesus – Revelation 1:13-16
A. Who stood in the midst of these seven churches according to Revelation 1:13?
B. How does John describe Jesus in Revelation 1:13-16, also compare Daniel’s description in Daniel 7:13-14?
C. What was John’s response to this revelation of Jesus according to Revelation 1:17-19?
In what area of your life is God trying to work and change to improve your testimony?
Letters From God Revelation 2-3
These seven churches can represent seven church ages.
1. Ephesus - The Apostolic Church 30-100 AD
2. Smyrna - The Persecuted Church 100-313 AD
3. Pergamos – The State Church 313-590 AD
4. Thyatira – The Papal Church 590-1517 AD
5. Sardis – The Reformed Church 1517-1730
6. Philadelphia – The Missions Church 1730 - ?
7. Laodicea – The Apostate Church - ?
In Revelation 2:5 God gives us a pattern for our response to His letters; what do we learn from the letter to the church at Ephesus on how to respond to God?
I The Letter to Ephesus – Restore Our Love – Revelation 2:1
A. What did God find wrong with this church from Revelation 2:4?
B. From comparing Psalm 86:9, Philippians 4:8 and I John 3:16 how can we restore our first love?
II The Letter to Smyrna – Remain Faithful – Revelation 2:8
A. What challenge and encouragement did Jesus give to these people in Revelation 2:10?
B. What similar promise does God give to believers today in James 1:12?
III The Letter to Pergamos – Reject Error – Revelation 2:12
A. What aspect of Christ is pictured in this letter according to Revelation 2:12,16? (Hebrews 4:12).
B. What was the problem in this church according to Revelation 2:14-15?
the doctrine of Balaam
The doctrine of the Nicolaitans (Revelation 2:15) dealt with an unscriptural separation between the clergy and the laity. nicolaitan to conquer the people
IV The Letter to Thyatira – Remove the False Church – Revelation 2: 18
A. Comparing Revelation 2:20-22 with I Timothy 4:1 and I Timothy 3:5 why was God upset with this church?
B. What advice and encouragement does God give to believers in Revelation 2:24-28?
V The Letter to Sardis – Return to Life – Revelation 3:1
A. What challenge does God give to this church in Revelation 3:1-5?
B. From II Chronicles 7:14 and John 6:63 what is necessary for revival?
VI The Letter to Philadelphia – Ready for His Coming – Revelation 3:7
A. What challenge does God give to this church in Revelation 3:8?
" the door of opportunity swings on the hinges of opposition."
B. What promise does God make to this church in Revelation 3:10-11?
VII The Letter to Laodicea – Repent of Lukewarmness – Revelation 3:14
A. What is God’s problem with this church according to Revelation 3:15-17?
B. What rebuke and admonition does God give to this church in Revelation 3:18?
THE THRONE Revelation 4
1 After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
2 Immediately I was in the Spirit, and there in heaven a throne was set. One was seated on the throne,
3 and the One seated looked like jasper and carnelian stone. A rainbow that looked like an emerald surrounded the throne.
4 Around that throne were 24 thrones, and on the thrones sat 24 elders dressed in white clothes, with gold crowns on their heads.
5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings, and thunder. Burning before the throne were seven fiery torches, which are the seven spirits of God.
6 Also before the throne was something like a sea of glass, similar to crystal. In the middle and around the throne were four living creatures covered with eyes in front and in back.
7 The first living creature was like a lion; the second living creature was like a calf; the third living creature had a face like a man; and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.
8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings; they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop, saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, who was, who is, and who is coming.
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne, the One who lives forever and ever,
10 the 24 elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, worship the One who lives forever and ever, cast their crowns before the throne, and say:
11 Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.
1. Why would the vision of the Throne be important to the churches?
2. Who is on the Throne?
3. Who surrounds the throne? 1 Chronicles 24
4. What does the sound issuing from the throne represent? (Revelation 8:5; 11:19; 16:18).
5. Of what are the things before the throne representative? Isaiah 11:1-3.
How is this comforting?
6. What helps are there here for our Worship of God?
Revelation 5 Worthy Is The Lamb
5:1 And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. 4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. 5 But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” 6 And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne. 8 Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, And strength and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: “Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!” 14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped Him who lives forever and ever. NKJV
A scroll is presented. This scroll has writing on it and is sealed with seven seals. It is probably representing the title deeds of the world (Jeremiah 32). With each section of writing, a seal is placed, and the whole is unwound as each seal is broken and each new section is read.
The scene in heaven speaks to us of
The Tragic Weakness of Civilisation,
The Triumphant Worthiness of Christ
(His Power, Position And Prerogatives),
what does this mean?
The Tremendous Worship of Creation.
How does this affect us?
Revelation 6 The Opening Of The Seven Seals.
The seals are in the title deed of the earth (Rev 5). The time is when the Great day of Wrath is revealed (17, Dan 12:1). The opening of the seals precedes the 7 trumpet judgements (Rev 8) and the 7 bowel judgements (Rev 16).
Chronologically, the trumpets do not follow the seals and the bowls do not follow the trumpets. The first six seals are "a summary of the judgments distributed over the whole book; a brief summary of what will occur in 'the day of the Lord,' up the time of His actual Apocalypse or Unveiling in chapter 19." (Bullinger)
That span begins with the revelation of the Antichrist (the first seal) and it concludes with the revealing of the face of Him who sits on the throne (the seventh seal). "The wars and famines predicted in the second and third seals are not unfamiliar events in the history of the world, but never before since the time of Noah has a judgment so devastating been consummated as to destroy one-fourth of the earth's population at one stroke." (Walvoord) They will be an intense amplification of normality as God gives men over to their sins.
Seal 1. The antichrist revealed. Dominion
And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (2Thess 2:6-7)
Significantly, the first seal opened brings this dictator to prominence. We understand that the seventieth week of Daniel 9 begins when this dictator will confirm a covenant with [the] many, referring to the Jewish people.
Seal 2. (3-4) The red horse brings war and conflict. Division
Seal 3. (5-6) The black horse brings scarcity and inequity. Deprivation
Seal 4. (7-8) The pale horse brings death. Death
For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Mat 24:21)
Seal 5. (9-11) The fifth seal brings forth the cry of the martyrs. Determination
Seal 6 (12-17) The opening of the sixth seal brings cosmic Disruption.
The great day of the Lord is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out. That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers. (Zep 1:14-16) Joel 2:10-11: The sun and moon grow dark, and stars diminish their brightness . . . for the day of the Lord is great and terrible; who can endure it?
"What sinners dread most is not death, but the revealed presence of God." (Swete) The sixth seal concludes with a valid question: Who is able to stand? Only the believer can stand before this great judgment, the one who is justified by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Seal 7. Revelation 8:1-6. Seal 7 ushers in the commencement of the 7 trumpet judgements.
Revelation 7 The Saved During The Tribulation
There is a parenthesis between 6th and 7th Seal, the 6th and 7 trumpet and the 6th and 7th vial.
1. Who is sealed and why? Ephesians 1:13, 14 4:30, 2 Cor 1:21,22.
2. Why does it make sense to see these 144,000 as believing Jews?
3. What is the significance of these 144,000? Romans 11:25-29.
4. Who is this large group pictured standing around the Throne of God?
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 indicates who they will not be.
5. Matthew 25:32-46 speaks of some who may be saved during the Tribulation. Matthew 24:14.
6. Rev 6:9 says And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, 0 Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
How does this tie in with 7:14 And he said to me, These are they which came Out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
7. What Privileges are accorded these people?
8. What Provision is made for these people? John 6:35, 4:14.
9. How might this passage affect our understanding of worship?
Revelation 8 The Seven Trumpets of Judgement
When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
2 Then I saw the seven angels who stand in the presence of God; seven trumpets were given to them.
3 Another angel, with a gold incense burner, came and stood at the altar. He was given a large amount of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the gold altar in front of the throne.
4 The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up in the presence of God from the angel’s hand.
5 The angel took the incense burner, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it to the earth; there were thunders, rumblings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to blow them.
7 The first angel blew his trumpet, and hail and fire, mixed with blood, were hurled to the earth. So a third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.
8 The second angel blew his trumpet, and something like a great mountain ablaze with fire was hurled into the sea. So a third of the sea became blood,
9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.
10 The third angel blew his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from heaven. It fell on a third of the rivers and springs of water.
11 The name of the star is Wormwood, and a third of the waters became wormwood. So, many of the people died from the waters, because they had been made bitter.
12 The fourth angel blew his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them were darkened. A third of the day was without light, and the night as well.
13 I looked, and I heard an eagle, flying in mid-heaven, saying in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to sound!”
The last seal is opened (Rev 6 has the other 6 seals.. Rev 5 describes them on the scroll, the land title to the earth). The seal contains the seven trumpet Judgements.
1. Why is heaven silent?
2. What is the significance of the altar fire thrown to the earth?
3. What does this tell us about prayer?
4. God Judges the Physical world in Rev 8 and in Rev 9 He judges Man.
Revelation 9 A WORLD GONE WILD
According to the Bible, a "demon" is a created spirit being, a kind of angel. These beings sinned with Satan in heaven, and so are commonly called "fallen angels" or "unclean spirits." Satan is now their ruler (Matthew 12:24), and he has organized them into his army of evil (Ephesians 6:11-12). God created hell for them, where they will be with Satan forever: "Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41).
demons are real. Mark 1:34 says that Jesus "drove out many demons." They were real to the early Christians. Acts 5:16 records this scene from their ministry: "Crowds gathered also from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those tormented by evil spirits, and all of them were healed."
demons are evil and unclean
demons are stronger than we are Mark 5
demons always seek to destroy. We read of the demoniac in Mark 5, "Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones" (v. 5)
Revelation 9:1 The devil is the bright and morning star that falls to the earth and unleashes demons onto the earth.
These demons are
From the altar there is issued a decree and four powerful demons are unleashed. Daniel 10;12, 13, 20,21)
What is the significance of these demons?
What is the significance of the Euphrates?
What is the significance of the specific period of the release? (15)
Compare this army to the one in Revelation 16:12.
Why won’t people repent?
Revelation 10 SOMETHING EXTRA FOR THE EXTRA STUBBORN
Rev. 9: 20 The rest of mankind that were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
There are those in life that are stubborn, and then there are those like these in Revelation 9 that are extra stubborn.
An Extra Picture In Revelation 10:1-4, God gives an extra picture for the extra stubborn.
1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. 2 He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. 4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.”
Though the spiritually stubborn would love for God to change His ways to fit their ways, though they would love for God to reverse the hinges on His door to swing any way they want, in verses 1-4 God is making a strong statement with this picture. He’s saying, “I’ve never changed and I’m not about to change now.”
An Extra Promise
Revelation 10:5-7. Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! 7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”
Deuteronomy 32:40-42 and Daniel 12:5-7 when hands are raised to heaven and vows are made as though God is endorsing what’s being said. Then what is the promise that has God’s support?
They had asked God in Revelation 6:10, “How long…until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” In Revelation 8:3-5, they have been praying for this day to come and now God says there will be no more delay.
Conservatively there are 125 Old Testament prophesies that were fulfilled in the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus. Regarding the second coming of Jesus, it’s conservative to say that God has made 329 promises.
An Extra Effort
Revelation 10:8-11. 8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” 10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. 11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
Rule #1: DON’T GIVE UP ON THEM UNTIL GOD SAYS SO! Matthew 10:11-16
Rule #2: DON’T FOCUS ON THEM ALONE WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY MORE TO BE SAVED!
Rev 11 The Measuring Of The Temple Of God.
1. Which temple?
2. Why measure it?
When Habakkuk prophesies, He stood and measured the earth (Hab 3:6), the idea is that the Lord owns the earth and can do with it as He pleases. When this temple is measured, it shows that God knows its every dimension, and He is in charge.
i. God is in charge. This is one of the glorious, mighty themes of the Book of Revelation. Rev 11:17 again uses the title Almighty for God.
It is likely that this is the temple that must be on the earth for the fulfillment of what Daniel, Jesus, and Paul said about the abomination of desolation.
i. The prophet Daniel told us the Antichrist will break his covenant with the Jews and bring sacrifice and offerings to an end; the Antichrist will defile the temple by setting something abominable there (Dan 9:27, 11:31, and 12:11).
ii. Jesus said to look for an abomination standing in the holy place, which would be the pivotal sign that the season of God's wrath was upon the earth (Mat 24:15-16 and 24:21).
iii. Paul told us that the Antichrist would sit in the temple as God (2Th 2:3-4).
3. Who are the two witnesses? Who they are must not be terribly important, or we would have been told exactly who they are! Elijah, Moses, or Enoch? (Mal 4:5-6) (Mat 17:1-6) Jude 9,14
They prophecy In Jerusalem.
If, during the first three and one-half years, Jerusalem's leadership is in league with the Antichrist, it is easy to see how these titles apply. Any city in love with the Antichrist, or entering into a covenant with him, could be called Sodom, Egypt, and Babylon.
"The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!"
Psalm 2 will be fulfilled.
Presently the present kingdoms of this world are in Satan’s control. (John 12:21,14:30, 16:11, Matt 12:26) Then The Lord Jesus shall reign.
4. Why is mankind angry at the Revelation of the Lord Jesus’ rule? (18)
5. What is the implication of (18) for our rewards? (1 Cor 3:5-8)
6. Verse 19 introduces us to God’s plan for Israel spoken of in Rev. 12
Revelation 13 1-18 The Unholy Trinity
1. What is the Advent of the Beast like? Vs 1.
2. The Ancestry of the Beast. Vs 2
What is his family likeness? Note Rev.12:3.
Who is his father?
What is his family lineage? Note the lion the bear and the leopard images from Daniel 7.
What is his family legacy? Vs 2.. compare 2 Thessalonians 2:9
3. The Appeal Of the Beast vs 3 What makes him appealing?
4. The Ambition of the Beast: What is his ambition?
To Deify himself vs 4 How will he do this?
To Defy God vss 5, 6 Why will he do this?
To Destroy the saints vs 7 To Whom will he do this?
To Dominate the world, vs 7, 8. How?
5. The Agent of the Beast vs 11 The False Prophet What is his task?
How will he fulfil it?
The Master of Miracles vs 12-14
What mechanisms are in place for this today?
The Worker of Worship
Note 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
The Controller of Commerce
How will the Beast control the world?
What mechanisms are in place for this today?
Rev. 14:1-20 “tribulation saints”
How does Revelation 14 parallel Revelation 13? God’s people also contrast Babylon (Rev 17:3-6) What is the church like Eph 5:22-33?
Seven Characteristics of the 144,000:
I. Describe the sealing of the 144,000
“Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God. Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.” Rev. 7:3-4
II. The 144,000 Are Singing See Vs. 2-3 What songs thrill your heart? What do you think will be the theme of their song?
III. The 144,000 Are Separate and Pure Vs 4. What does this purity symbolise? 2 Corinthians 11:1-3.
IV. The 144,000 Are A Surrendered People Vs. 4 “I am the vine, you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him he will bear much fruit. Apart from Me you can do nothing.” Jn. 15:5
What is meant in Scripture when it says they follow the lamb?
“Go sell all you have and give it to the poor and come follow me.” Mt. 19:21
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” Jn. 10:27
What does it mean to you to surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ?
V. The 144,000 Are Singular in Purpose,
What does the idea of firstfruits mean? “ vs 4 See Deut. 26:1-11
VI. The 144,000 Speak with Precision Vs. 5a
“Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies.” Psa. 34:13
How important is this?
VII. The 144,000 Are Spotless and Perfect “They are blameless.” Vs. 5
What does the idea of blameless mean for you today?
VIII. The three last angelic declarations
The Final Gospel Presented – Gospel Angel
Describe the Good news this angel proclaims.
The Final Victory Proclaimed – Judgment Angel
God will be victorious over what? Vs. 8
The Final Judgment Declared – Damnation Angel
Describe the message of this angel.
What will hell be like?
Does a Christian fear hell?
14 Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and One like the Son of Man was seated on the cloud, with a gold crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.
15 Another angel came out of the sanctuary, crying out in a loud voice to the One who was seated on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap, for the time to reap has come, since the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
16 So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
17 Then another angel who also had a sharp sickle came out of the sanctuary in heaven.
18 Yet another angel, who had authority over fire, came from the altar, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from earth’s vineyard, because its grapes have ripened.”
19 So the angel swung his sickle toward earth and gathered the grapes from earth’s vineyard, and he threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.
20 Then the press was trampled outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press up to the horses’ bridles for about 180 miles.
1. Why does John use the symbolism of the harvest to describe the end of the world?
2. There are two harvests here.. what do you think they represent and why?
3. The sharpness and the swiftness of the Divine wrath are emphasised in this passage. How is God’s wrath swift and sharp?
4. Do we see God’s wrath displayed today?
5. How is a sense of finality displayed here in this passage?
6. Sometimes we Christians do not display the finality of God’s judgement very well.
How can we convey that finality to those who are lost?
7. What is conveyed in the symbolism of the great wine press?
Rev 15 The Song At The End Of The World
Chapter 11 of the Revelation brought us to the end of the world. Chapter 14 of the Revelation brought us again to the end of the world. The 15th and 16th chapter go together. They are part of the same vision and culminate in the seven last plagues, the last woe and the 7th trumpet.
1. What does the temple of God opened in heaven signify?
2. What does this passage teach us about the sanctity of the Worship of God?
3. What does the Song of Moses and the Lamb Signify?
Read Exodus 15:1-21 and notice the comparisons.
4. Why is singing so important to God’s people?
1Ch 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Psa 21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: [so] will we sing and praise thy power.
Psa 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Psa 59:16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
Psa 66:2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Psa 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations.
Psa 101:1 I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.
Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
5. The temple in heaven is opened. What does this signify?
Revelation 16 Seven Bowls of Wrath .
Contagious Sores Contaminated Seas Corrupted Streams
Consuming Sun Confounded Sinners Controlling Spirits
“seas to blood”
“rivers and springs to blood”
“intense heat from the sun”
“Euphrates River dries up”
“earthquake & hail”
1. What does Satan want to do in this world?
How does he go about his work?
2. Why do you suppose people will continue to reject God,
even in the face of disaster?
3. Have you ever known anyone who, when faced with disaster,
turned away from God in anger?
4. Have you ever known anyone who, upon experiencing disaster, moved considerably closer to the Lord?
What was the result in their life?
What was different about those two people?
5. When do you find it difficult to trust God?
What can you do to build up your faith?
6. Is there any encouragement you can take from Revelation 16?
7. What message does the Lord give us in verse 15?
8. What does Jesus mean when he says “It is done” in verse 17?
9. Does all this wrath mean God is cruel or unjust?