by Angela and Laura
Revelation 1:3 promised,
“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near”.
We were ready, way back in September, when we started this study with Bible Study Fellowship to experience that blessing! To see what this book had in store. The book of Revelation did not let us down.
1. After 20 years I (Angela) returned to teaching the Children in the Preschool Children’s Programs- some of my favorite main truths that the preschoolers learned this year in the Revelation Study :
What God decides is ALWAYS right. God uses hard times to make His people strong. God is Perfect! God calls His people away from sin. God’s Plans always show God’s Glory! And an excerpt from one of the Children Stories states this beautifully “That means when God does something God’s beauty, tenderness, goodness and love are clearly seen in what he He does”
2. Revelation 2:17 states that we will get a new name when we conquer. And Revelation 22:4 says that we will have God’s name on our foreheads. One of the hymns we sang with the children ends with, “Loves me every day the same, even calls me by my name”. Names are personal and intimate and special when called by loved ones.
3. Jesus knows, intimately knows about me and all that I do for Him even when no one else does. Revelation 2:1 “I know your words, your toil, your patient endurance”, Revelation 2:13, “I know where you dwell”. Revelation 2:19, “I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance”. Revelation 3:8, “I know that you have but little power and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
4. Jesus is the enthroned King of the Universe, with a mighty sword and power to throw all evil away forever. I, (Laura) don’t believe I’ve ever seen Jesus as he truly is. Whenever I read about him in scripture I must have been so accustomed to his humanely form.
But, he was so confined in that body! Jesus was riding on a donkey on earth and then he rides a white horse down from heaven. Jesus tells Satan to get behind him on earth, and Jesus throws Satan into the lake of burning suffer in Revelation. Jesus has a crown of thorns pressed down upon him on earth and now he is crowned the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
5.Revelation was also a comfort to me and THAT was unexpected. There are beasts with numerous heads, a great prostitute, and huge catastrophes that kill masses of people. But, through all of those warnings, judgements, and evil, we saw God was never absent and never uncaring.
This was a timely lesson for me as I watched the uncertainty surrounding the presidential candidacy this year. But, through Revelation I watched as Christians were not allowed to worship, not allowed to shop, not allowed freedoms as the world prepares for the final judgement. This occurs today-I just happen to live in a country where I can be a comfortable Christian.
So, with the election year in mind, I am still very concerned about America’s future, but I am no longer in fear. I know that the ushering in of evil is also the quickening of Jesus.
And in case we had forgotten, at the end of Revelation, Jesus words remind us “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book” Revelation 22:7.
Ah yes! Blessed many times over! There were many speculations leading into the study. It might be scary. It wasn’t. But the judgement was serious and sin is not to be taken lightly. We thought the study would give time lines and answers on End Times. Nope, no dates. It gave lots to think on and ponder.
The spot light focus was always on Jesus, the King of Kings. There might be a depressing study about the beast, hell, and the devil, but the Hope of Heaven shined even brighter!! Did you know, “We will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light” (Revelation 22:5)
Ephesians 6:17 says that the word of God is the Sword of the Spirit. It takes hours of practice to learn how to handle a sword. We have been blessed in this study to have learned how to better handle this part of the sword. It will give us new technique and knowledge in our handling of other parts of His Word.
So, take up your sword this summer. Plan out a book of the Bible, a study book, or a bible reading app on your phone so that your sword will not get rusty this summer. If you have never read Revelation,
we promise, God promises, the reader will be blessed.