Have you ever watched a TV show that ended with a cliff-hanger? You may have been engrossed in the story, wondering if good would prevail, only to have the show come to an abrupt end with the words, To be continued
Youre left without an ending. What happened! Was justice reached?
Today Pastor Miles continues with our study of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. This book reveals to us what happens in the worlds final conflict of good and evil. But first we have to answer some questions about this book
1. To whom is the vision being given and on whose behalf?
Answer: The vision is given to John on behalf of the seven churches. (We learned this in Revelations 1:4 and 11.)
2. Determine whether the images and/or characters are acting on behalf of God or Satan.
Jesus acts on behalf of the Father. Revelations 5:5 says, Do not weep, Behold, the Lion of the tribe o Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.
In verse 6, Jesus is revealed as a lamb. Pastor Miles pointed out a fascinating fact about how the Old Testament points to Christ. In this case, we can go all the way back to Moses as he tries to convince his brother the Pharaoh to release the Israelites. As Pharaoh continues to deny Gods request time and time again, God sends ten plagues upon Egypt. The last plague would kill the first born child of every household, yet the Jews are given instructions to save their own children. God tells them to sacrifice a lamb and place its blood above their door posts. In doing this, the Israelites are passed over when the angel of death comes upon the people (and hence, the remembrance of this event becomes the celebration of Passover). The lamb intercedes in death by its blood for Gods people to save them from death, just as Jesus becomes the lamb who saves us from our sin and allows us to live eternally in heaven.
3. Describe what the images and/or characters are doing or accomplishing.
Jesus takes the scroll of judgment from the Father.
In Revelations 5:2, a strong angel says that no one on earth or in heaven is worthy to open the scroll, save the Son.
4. How does the passage or scene fit Gods overall story of eternal judgment and restoration?
God the Father has delegated eternal judgment to Jesus. Pastor Miles pointed out that no matter what else you say or what you do, you will still answer to Jesus. Since this is the end of the story, we read to find that God sends people to one of two places after judgment. Those that have accepted Jesus as their Savior enjoy eternal life. But those that havent
5. How does the revelation impact your faithfulness to God?
Since eternal judgment is in hands of Jesus, receive His loving offer of salvation. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
That says it all!
- Part 1, The Journey
- Part 2, Foundations
- Part 3, Preparations
- Book One: Warriors (Week 1)
- Book One: Warriors (Week 2)
- Book One: Warriors (Week 3)
- Book One: Warriors (Week 4)
- Book Two: Loyalty (Week 1)
- Book Two: Loyalty (Week 2)
- Book Two: Loyalty (Week 3)
- Book Three: Soul Food (Week 1)
- Book Three: Soul Food (Week 2)
- Book Three: Soul Food (Week 3)
- Book Four: Law Enforcement (Week 1)
- Book Four: Law Enforcement (Week 2)
- Book Four: Law Enforcement (Week 3)
- Book Five: Twists and Turns (Week 1)
- Book Five: Twists and Turns (Week 2)
- Book Five: Twists and Turns (Week 3)
- Book Six: Letters (Week 1)
- Book Six: Letters (Week 2)
- Book Six: Letters (Week 3)
- Book Seven: Vision (Week 1)
- Book Seven: Vision (Week 2)
- Book Seven: Vision (Week 3)
- Book Seven: Vision (Week 4)