The last few weeks has been used to study and write about Psalm 139-150. Now attention will be turned to the book of Revelation (or Apocalypse) which was written by the apostle John between the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and the end of Domitian’s reign in A.D. 95.
Revelation is an unveiling of something hidden. Whereas Genesis speaks of the creation of the sun, the entrance of sin into the world, and Satan’s triumph; the book of Revelation tells of a place where there will be no need of the sun, where sin is banished, where the curse is gone, and Satan is overthrown.
Revelation 1 is about Christ Speaking to John of the things already seen.This letter from John was written originally for the first seven churches in Asia but now for all Christian churches. Within the book of Revelation is discovered the love of God and the reward He has for His people.
Revelation 2 is about the things that are right now given in letters to the 7 churches. God is for us but Satan tricks us and there has been a battle since the days of Adam and Eve. The purpose of each church should be to explain the dilemma we face and share how to solve the problem. God gives us the upper hand because we can detect mistakes of the past and be faithful to build solutions for the future. Let us hope for and desire the treasures found by living in God’s Spirit.
Christ brings good days into the soul. He brings the light of grace and glory; His presence brings enjoyment because He is the Lord and Savior. Future rewards influence our present life because there is hope and this affects current behavior. If we can visualize the rewards and strive to do what needs to be done; praying for direction and determination, then the work we do will be efficient and victorious.
Over the upcoming weeks, I will use the questions below to help focus on each passage.
Follow the progression from person to person by which the revelation has come to the church. What is John’s place in this communication? Who are blessed and why? What truths mentioned in this passage encourage you?
How does John describe himself and his situation? What is the setting for the vision he receives? John is spending some time to reflect and pray, what and who does John see? Why is it important for us to spend time in reflection and prayer?
Who is addressed here? Who is the message from? What is the claim Christ has against the church? How is your love for Christ shown?
How does Christ’s description of himself bring hope and comfort to the church there? How will the Christians of Smyrna conquer (see v. 7)? Distinguish the first and second deaths.
Investigate the political situation in Pergamum at this time (Augustus built a temple here for emperor worship). How is Satan related to the city? What is the swords purpose? What is God’s attitude toward sin?
Describe the problem in the church. What should the people in Thyatira hold fast? Why? What will be their reward (See verses 7, 10-11, 17)? How do future rewards influence your present life?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast