Over the last few weeks, the journey has taken us through the book of Revelation 14-16. The vision of John tells us there will be a crushing blow for those who deny Christ. Reading in Revelation 14, the message is that we should strive to give the extra effort to please God by creating outcomes that glorify Him. Our purpose should be to put all our attention on making sure we are followers of Christ and help as many as we can to become followers.
Then the journey took us to God’s judgments and the end of the Tribulation. In Revelation 15, John records God’s judgment with plagues that will take place at the end of the Tribulation. Let us remember that the need for these plagues affect God too. He created this amazing world and now it has to be destroyed. He also has to give up His only Son for the sins of the world. There is power in God, value in His favor, and glory in His holiness. Be patient because things can only get better during bad times and tomorrow is only a day away. Want your tomorrow’s to be better by doing things right and keeping your eyes on the reward.
John explains that smoke fills the Temple (Rev. 15:7). The Temple expresses the very nature of God who is our hope. Like an anchor to help us hold course until the storm subsides or a candle that lights our path and lights other candles, our hope is in the Lord.
Revelation 16 gave us knowledge that should influence our values in life as we prepare for the future. Our purpose as we get closer to the time of the second coming when Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, will suddenly come again to judge the world is to share with others and provide the means for them to accept Him as their Lord. God reigns and so let us do everything for His glory.
Over the next few weeks, the journey heads to Revelation 17-19. Below are questions for reflection as the journey through God’s Word continues.
How is the great harlot depicted? Whom does she symbolize (See Jer. 51:7-14)? Is your city and nation a harlot? What is the extent of corruption in your local, state and national governments? How can you remain pure in the midst of your nation’s abominations and fornications?
What authority and power will the beast have? What indications do you see that God is active in the world when evil triumphs? To what extent is God active in your life when evil touches you? Why?
What is the mood of this chapter? Contrast the before and after pictures of the great woman (see 17:16)? Imagine a great city of today that suddenly has a catastrophic demise. What would be the political, social, economic, and religious repercussions?
What is the focus of attention here? Why? Will you join in the lament or the jubilation? What is your part in getting the bride ready?
What metaphors does John use to describe the sounds of jubilation? What aspects of God’s nature are portrayed by marriage (See Hos. 2:2-23 and 6:6; 6:6; Jer. 2:2-3, 32-35; 3:1-13; 5:7-8; 13:27; Ezek. 16; Eph. 5:21-33)? What is the angel’s role?
What are the names of the rider of the white horse? What is the weapon (see Rev. 1:16; 2 Thess. 2:8)? In what ways do you experience this war between the forces of good and evil in your daily living? What can you do about it?
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