Monday, September 24, 2012

Unveiled: Week 2

And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. - 2 Peter 19-21

Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord am with the first and the last of them - I am He! Isaiah 41:4

Last week, we learned that the word Revelation comes from the Greek word, Apocalypse, which means to uncover. It would apply to anything which had once been covered up so as to be hidden from view, as by a veil of darkness or ignorance. It may also be applied to the disclosing or manifesting of anything which before was obscure or unknown. Revelation is the revealing of Jesus Christ as He is coming again in great glory and triumph as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

Today we are going to be looking at Revelation chapter 1. 

Read Revelation 1:1-5
  • Who gave the revelation and to whom was it given? Who are his servants mentioned in verse 1? When are these events taking place? 
  • Who is the blessed one? Why are they blessed? 
  • To Him who is, who was and who is to come? Read Isaiah 41:4 and record what you learn about God from these verses.(This verse is one of my favorite verses in the Bible because it reminds me of God's supremacy. He is the One who calls forth the generations, from the first generation to the last generation.)  
Since the Book of Revelation is an unveiling of Jesus Christ. Let's take a moment to see how the book of Revelation describes Him and the titles given to Him throughout the book. Take some time reading the passages below and record what you learn about Jesus from these verses. Mark the verses in a special way in your Bible.  
  • Revelation 1:4-5, Revelation 1:8, Revelation 1:13-15, Revelation 1:17-18, Revelation 2:18, Revelation 3:7, Revelation 3:14, Revelation 5:5, Revelation 5:6, Revelation 6:1, Revelation 7:17, Revelation 11:15, Revelation 14:1-2, Revelation 15:3, Revelation 19:11,13,15,16, Revelation 21:6, Revelation 22:16
  • Why is it important to look at how Jesus is described in the Book of Revelation? How has looking at who He is and how He's described encouraged you today? How have these descriptions of His character and supremacy challenged your current theology? 
Read Daniel 2:20-23. 
  • What do you learn about God from studying these verses? 
  • Take a moment to pray for God to direct your time and reveal to you the deep and hidden things found in the Book of Revelation. 
Read Revelation 1:6-7
  • What have we been freed from and how have we been freed? What have we been made into and for what purpose?
    • We have been purchased by His blood and for His glory and purposes. We now belong to a new Kingdom and our purpose for living is to serve Him and bring Him glory, honor and praise. We have been brought with a price, His precious blood.
  • According to verse 1:7 How is Christ's coming described? How are people going to respond to His coming? Who specifically is going mourn? Read Zechariah 12:10-13? What do you learn about the mourners? Who are they? We are going to learn so much about the tribes of Israel and the people of every tribe, nation and tongue. Two groups of people referenced throughout the book of Revelation. 
Read Revelation 1:8-19
  • Why was John on the island of Patmos? What did the voice speaking to him sound like and what was John told to write and to whom was he to send it?
  • I know I had you write the descriptions of Jesus earlier in the lesson but again how is He described in Revelation 1:12-17? According to verse 17, how did John respond to his vision of Him? Remember, this is the same John who reclined on Jesus during the Passover feast before His death.
  • How does Jesus respond to John in verses 17-18
  • What is John to write? There are three things he is told to write. This is really important to understand. 
    • 1 - What you have seen: Chapter 1, the visions John had just seen. This reminds me of other verses John's penned in the Bible. Specifically, 1 John 1:1-4. 
      • 1 John 1:1-4 That which was from the beginning, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched - this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared ; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. 
    • 2 - "What is now" or the "things which are": Which refers to the Church Age or the times of the Gentiles referred to in Romans 11:25-26 (The 7 churches of Revelation are found in chapters 2-3)
    • 3 - What will take place after these things: The revelation of future history (Revelation 4-22)
  • According to verse 20, What do the seven stars represent? What do the golden lamp stands represent?
  • In verse 20 the angels could be literally translated "messengers".
Next week we will discuss the Church Age and look briefly at the 7 churches of Revelation. End your time in prayer thanking Jesus for His revelation. Ask Him to give you a love for His Word and to grow you up in wisdom and understanding of who He is and why He came. Ask Him to open your eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit says to the churches....

Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the Lord am with the first and the last of them - I am He! Isaiah 41:4

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