Over the last few weeks, I’ve continued to study the vision of John as revealed to us in Revelation. After the seventh angel sounds his trumpet in Revelation 11, victory is proclaimed and predicted is the thousand year reign. This day with God, there are reasons for giving thanks. He rewards His servants with freedom, there is joy; there is victory because we have been given a path to peace. God is concerned about our future my friend and there are huge dividends for doing God’s work. If we are a blessing, we will be set apart because He’s working out our future so there’s no need to be overly stressed.
After the study of Revelation 12, the main thought for me was that there is a spiritual war going on between Satan who leads the world astray and God who leads in the right direction. What must be done is to maintain faith in God’s way and to go the extra mile as we step ahead; to be a friend to those that need a friend and to help each other along life’s journey. It is good to know that Jesus has given us the opportunity for victory and a place prepared for us by God.
The disciplined path of God; growing day by day makes us into the person He wants us to be. Let us be self-disciplined to work hard and live the way God wants us to, treating others right, and having integrity. We are no longer flawed after being led to the Cross and receiving strength from the One who was slain for us; Jesus is His name. Let us be disciplined to know the Word and worship the Lord in this way. Take pride in being marked with His name and an example for others to follow.
This vision revealed by John in the book of Revelation tells us there will be a crushing blow for those who deny Christ. Our mission therefore is to put all our attention on making sure we are followers of Christ and help as many as we can to become followers. With this thought in mind, below are questions for reflection as the journey through God’s Word continues.
Where is the scene now (See Heb. 12:22-23)? Are you one of the redeemed? Do you think John is literally referring to celibates or symbolically referring to purity here (See 2 Cor. 11:2)?
What messages are given in chapter 14 and in chapter 13 and what are the purposes of these messages (see verse 12 with 13:10)? Where do the angels come from and what are their actions (note the verbs in Joel 3:13; Is. 63:3)? Define vintage. How ripe do you think the earth is now?
What is being culminated? Who are singing (see Rev. 12:11)? What attributes of God are extolled?
In what ways does the Temple express the nature of God (See 11:19)? What qualities of the presence of God stand out in this vision?
Who or what experience the judgments? To what extent? What is their response (see vv. 9:20-21)? Describe the demonic spirits (See v. 13). What is their goal? How does your knowledge of the future influence your values in 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