“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy,”-Revelation 1:3 (KJV)
In modern times, the word apocalypse has come to refer to the end of the world or a major catastrophe. It is a word people fear. But that is not the use of the word in the New Testament. The Greek word apokalypsis is the first word John wrote in the book we call Revelation. It simply means; an appearing, an uncovering, or a revealing. John’s book is about the second coming of Jesus. But that is really a small part of the prophecy. John is pulling back the curtain on events that will happen on earth. The book of Revelation is about the sufferings and eventual triumph of the church.
John was writing to Christians who are under persecution. It seems as if the kingdom of God will be destroyed by the kingdoms of men. Jesus sends a message to John of comfort for those living at the time. Is the Apocalypse about the Lord’s second coming? In places it is. But for the most part, the book is meant, “to show his servants what must soon take place.”-Revelation 22:6. It is revealed to us that Jesus will triumph over Rome, Satan, persecution, and death. The message of Revelation is simple. We win!
Lord willing, we will start a five-week study of John’s Apocalypse next Sunday. To prepare for the study, I am asking you to read the book. More importantly, God is asking you to read his Son’s message (Revelation 1:1-3). Our study will not be a verse-by-verse explanation of every point. To understand Revelation, it is important to always look at the big picture. Therefore, it is important to read the text before beginning any study.
I would recommend a reading schedule that breaks down the chapters like this: Chapters 1-3, 4-7, 8-11, 12-14, 15-20, and 21-22. Revelation is a book of prophecy similar to those from the Old Testament. I think it would be helpful to remind ourselves of what prophetic language sounds like and what the symbols represent. Brushing up with Daniel chapters 2, 7-8 and Ezekiel chapters 2-3:15 will be helpful. The dates for our study are below.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.”-Revelation 22:17
May God bless us as we drink from the fountain of life!
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January 25th Numbers, Symbols, and Dates
January 25th PM The Throne and the Lamb
February 1st Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets
February 8th The Dragon, Beast, and False Prophet
February 15th The Dwelling Place of God