Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Unveiled, Week 7 Notes

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Lord, You are sovereign over the affairs of man and in complete control of all things. Right now, You are working all things according to your perfect will. I surrender to You today. I confess my many weaknesses and ask for your strength. I ask for peace as I've been struggling with anxiety and fear. I thank You for your promises, which are eternal and not based on our feelings but on faith. I thank you for your continual provisions in my weakness and your faithfulness to your infallible Word. I ask for You to take over this time, to multiply these moments and speak the Words You want communicated to your precious children reading this blog. I turn this blog and this time over to You, as this is your time, Your Word and Your eternal truths, for such a time as this. I ask for You, to surround those effected by Hurricane Sandy, with your peace and presence. Speak tenderly to them in their moments of fear and draw many unto Yourself. Comfort those who mourn and awake the church to the needs of those who are suffering. Lord, we thank You for Your truths found in Revelation and the overwhelming depiction of Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, depicted as the Lamb slain. I thank you for showing me that even in the midst of the chaos on earth, you are in complete control in the heavenly realm, working all things according to your perfect plan.

He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. By oppression and judgement He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living for the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due? But the LORD was pleased to crush Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong HIs days, and the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; by His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, as He will bear their iniquities. Isaiah 53:8, 10-11

We are going to begin where we left off last week. Read Revelation 6:1-17 and make a list of the seals and their judgements.
Seal 1: Revelation 6:1-2, White Horse: Most common interpretation: The rider symbolizes the Antichrist. Satan masquerades as an angel of light. Also, keep in mind, Lamb is in heaven opening the seals, not on earth. 
  • Compare Revelation 6:1-2 with Revelation 19:11-16. We are told about the Rider in Revelation 19:11-16? Who is He and how is He described? What is He wearing? Do the two riders have any similarities other than they are on a white horse? 
  • Revelation 6:1-2: The rider given a bow, notice no mention of an arrow. The bow is a symbol of war, but the absence of arrows implies that this victory is a bloodless one-a peace won by covenant and agreement, not by war. MacArthur Bible Commentary. Also see Daniel 9:24-27. The rider was also "given a crown". This crown was a victory crown similar to a crown given to one who won a race. This laurel wreath is given to him by the world's inhabitants when the world makes him king. He is elected by the inhabitants of the earth and will preach peace and safety to the world.  While they are saying, "peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 1 Thessalonians 5:3
  • Matthew 24:4-5: "See to it that no one misleads you, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many." Mark also gives a stern warning, "if possible, even the elect."
Seal 2: Revelation 6:4, Red Horse: Rider granted to take peace from the earth and men will slay one another and a great sword given to him. War.
  • Matthew 24:6,7: "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation and kingdom, against kingdom."
Seal 3: Revelation 6:5-6, Black Horse: Rider had a pair of scales in his hand. Scarcity of food and famine. A days wages to feed a small family. 
  • Matthew 24:7, "and in various places there will be famines." see seal 6 for the continuation of this verse.
Seal 4: Revelation 6:7-8, Pale Horse: Rider is named Death. Authority over a fourth of the earth given to this rider, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth.
  • Matthew 24:7, "For nation will rise against nation and kingdom and against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.  
Seal 5: Revelation 6:9-11, Souls of the Saints Under the Alter. A glimpse of what is taking place in heaven while the war is waging on earth. 
  • "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" Souls under the alter of incense...the prayers of the Saints, raising before the Lord. 
  • Read Leviticus 4:7 for the significance of under the alter. Notice the alter of fragrant incense. It makes me think of the golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints in Revelation 5:8. "How long until you avenge our blood," is also found in Luke 18:7-8 
  • What were these saints given and what were they told to do?
Seal 6: Revelation 6:12-14, Cosmic Disturbances. Great earthquake, sun turned black, moon blood red, stars fall to earth, sky recedes like a scroll, mountain and islands removed. 
  • Compare these verses to Isaiah 34:4, Isaiah 54:10 (An amazing promise to those who stand firm during this time)
  • Matthew: 24:7,8 "and earthquakes. But all these are merely the beginning of birth pangs."
Read Revelation 6:15-17. How do the kings and the inhabitants of the earth respond to these 6 seal judgments? What do they say? Do they repent?

End your time today in 2 Peter 3:1-11
  • What does Peter want his readers to recall in verse 2?  What does he want them to understand in verse 3? Are we seeing this more and more in our culture and in some churches?
  • What have the people forgotten in verse 5?  What strikes you by the word, deliberately? Do you think this is a message for the church in the last days? "Watch out that no one deceives you?"
  • In verse 10, how is the Day of the Lord described? What will happen to the heavens?
  • How then shall we live in light of what we are discovering in Revelation? How do these verses encourage you to live for the praise and glory of another and walk in a manner worthy of your calling? 
Picture above is of the Jezreel Valley in Israel.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Unveiled: Week 6 Notes

And I saw a Lamb, standing at the center of the throne, looking as if slain, having seven horns, seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out to all the earth. Revelation 5:6, paraphrased. Because God is infinitely holy, Jesus who was fully God and fully man, absorbed God's wrath, for those who are His, and became sin for sinners. He alone is worthy to open the scroll and break it's 7 seals.

Lord, You are holy and worthy of all praise glory and honor for you were slain and purchased for God with your blood, people from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. Give us eyes to see You and ears to hear your instruction. Use your infallible Word to bring peace and comfort to those who are afraid or who mourn or who are anxious about the future. You are sovereign and in complete control of all things. Every Word you have written down for our instruction, will come to pass, just as it is written. Bless this time, may these moments of study glorify you and may our prayers rise as incense before you as we continue to study your Word and ask for Your revelation. Reveal Yourself to us and take over these hands as I type what you have for us today. Amen

Read aloud Revelation 5:6-10:
  • How is the Lamb described in verse 6? The number 7 represents completeness. The Seven Spirits represent the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The 7 horns, horns represented power in the animal kingdom and this would signify the Lamb being complete and perfect in power. 
    • Read John 1:29, What did this Lamb do in His first coming? What is the Lamb about to do in His second coming. The Lamb is getting ready to open the 7 seal judgments of God. Remember Isaiah 61? The favorable year of the Lord and the Day of Vengeance of our God? 1 vision 2 comings.  
  • Read 2 Chronicles 16:9. This verse is an amazing promise but it's also a warning. Write down this verse and commit it to memory.
  • What does the Lamb do in verse 7 and how do the living creatures respond? What are the living creatures holding, 2 things. What are the golden bowls of incense and why are the living creatures holding them before the Lamb? 
    • Our prayers are as incense, worshipful and sweet to the Father. 
    • Think about what is taking place, the scroll representing the title deed to the earth, and the Lamb standing as if slain and taking the scroll. "Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." - the prayers of the saints- rising before the Lamb as He prepares to break open the 7 seals. 
  • Compare Revelation 5:9 to Revelation 1:4-6, how do these verses compliment one another?
I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides Me there is no God. I am the LORD, and there is no other, the One forming light and creating darkness, causing well being and creating calamity. I am the LORD who does all these things. Isaiah 45:5,6 paraphrased.

The Seal Judgements
Read Revelation 6:1-17 and list out the seals judgements. How is the 5th seal different from the rest? 
  • Seal 1: 
  • Seal 2:
  • Seal 3:
  • Seal 4:
  • Seal 5:
  • Seal 6:
Read Matthew 24:1-22, what similarities do you see between the seal judgements and Matthew 24? Watch for references to the 5 W's and a H of this chapter. Write down what you observe by asking, who, what, when, why and how. Who asked the question, what was the question and who is Jesus talking to in regards to the question? Why the Sabbath? Have these events happened?

We will spend next week really diving into these verses and studying them in greater detail. 
Before we close: How does knowing, God is Sovereign and Jesus, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, as depicted as a Lamb during this period of human history encourage you today?
The apostle Peter, stirs up by way of reminder, this amazing truth, "therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation. 2 Peter 3:14 
Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, "For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together we will live together with Him."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Unveiled: Week 5 Notes

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I have chosen to rename these notes from The Spirit of Prophecy to Unveiled. For one, it is shorter and secondly, I think it captures perfectly our purpose in studying Revelation. As I mentioned in our introduction and during the first week, our purpose in studying this amazing book is to see Jesus. Revelation literally means to uncover, it would apply to anything which before was 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. - Barnes Biblical Commentary. 
This amazing book focuses on the unveiling of Jesus Christ at His second coming. The Revelation of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:1 

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll or even look inside of it?" But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. "Do not weep! the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and it's 7 seals. Then I saw a Lamb looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures. Revelation 5:2-6
These verses will be our focus for today. Some of Chapter 5 and these notes will be a review but I know for me the more I look at previous scriptures the more my mind recalls what I've learned thus far.

Let's go back to Revelation 4:8 and read through 5:5. 
  • In Revelation 4:8, what were the four living creatures proclaiming and for how long are they proclaiming it? 
    • "Holy, Holy, Holy,"Jerry Bridges in his book, The Transforming Power of the Gospel, tells us that only God is infinite, and He is infinite in all His glorious attributes. Infinite means without limits and immeasurable. But it is only His holiness that is given the threefold ascription, "holy, holy, holy." We never read of God being "wise, wise, wise" or "powerful, powerful, powerful," though He is infinite in all His attributes, God's purpose is to magnify His holiness in a unique way. In fact, God's name is qualified by the adjective holy in the Old Testament more often than all other qualities put together. Page 20.
  • Read Revelation 5:1-5 again. What was in the right hand of him who sat on the throne and how was it sealed? 
    • Many interpret this scroll as the title deed to the earth. The Romans sealed their deeds 7 times -on the edge- of each roll to prevent unauthorized entry. The purpose of the scroll was the unleashing of the events that would soon take place. Remember how 4:1 opened up, "After these things," These seals and this scroll was the beginning of the end of human history. Jesus was about to be handed the title deed to the earth.
  • What was the mighty angel proclaiming? What was the problem? Why did John weep? 
    • How was Jesus described in verse 5? Now for a little review. Read Genesis 49:9 and Isaiah 11:1-11. Has Isaiah 11:1-11 been fulfilled? When do you think these events will take place? We will look at these events in greater detail later in our study.
  • Read Revelation 5:6-10
    • How was the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Root of Jesse described in verse 5? What was His appearance? Why do you Jesus is referred to as a Lamb standing as if slain? What do you think God wants us to remember as read about His judgements and wrath which is about to be poured out on the entire earth and it's inhabitants. (I could preach on this for hours)
      • Read Mark 14:1, what feasts were about to be celebrated? Feast of Unleavened Bread and Passover. Now read 15:25-38 note the chain of events and when they happened. These events happened days after the events in 14:1.
        • 3rd hour: Jesus crucified.
        • 6th hour: Darkness over the land until 9th hour (He who takes away the sins of the world. Sin poured out and placed on Jesus for three hours. Every sin you or I have ever committed or will commit was placed upon Him during this 3 hour time frame.) 
        • 9th hour: Jesus gives up His Spirit and the curtain of the temple torn in two from top to bottom. The Gospel of John tells us, Jesus stated, "It is finished." Jesus is Sovereign even in His death. He gave up His Spirit when He declared it was finished.  Before the foundations of the world,He knows those who are His. He ordained every one of our days before one of them came to be. 2 Timothy 2:19, Psalms 139:16
      • What is the significance of these above events taking place during Passover? For information about the Passover read Exodus 12:1-8. Compare these verses to Revelation 5:6. 
    • Read Isaiah 53: What do you learn about Messiah from these verses? What will Messiah do at His first coming? Again, how is Jesus described when He takes the scroll which is the title deed to the earth? Why was John weeping? How is God described in Revelation 4:8? 
    • Summary: Because of God's infinite holiness, Jesus who was fully God and fully man, absorbed God's wrath for those who are His and became sin for sinners. He alone is worthy!
This is where we will end for this week.  Next week we will look at Revelation 5:6-6. Again, please overlook all grammatical errors. I wish I could sit among you and discuss these amazing truths over a cup of coffee. It is my prayer that as you read these notes that God would further reveal His love for you through His Son, Jesus, who was the Lamb who was slain and is worthy to take the scroll and open it's seals because He was slain and purchased with His blood men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. Revelation 5:9
Picture above: My husband on the Sea of Galilee. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Unveiled: Week 4

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Write the things which will take place after these things....Revelation 1:19

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things." Revelation 4:1

Our finite and limited minds can't explain His infinite glory and holiness. Words fail us as we see Him as He really is and and the only words we can come up with to describe His glory and supremacy seemed veiled and insignificant.  Lord, You are all powerful from everlasting to everlasting, You created all things by your perfect and sovereign will and You reign. You hold all things together and by your will all things were created. Thank you for your sustaining power which is perfected in weakness. Lord, take away all my fears as I surrender to your will. Strengthen my faith and forgive me for my unbelief. Help me to believe. Fight the battle on my behalf as I continue to trust  you. For you are all powerful, all knowing from everlasting and to everlasting. What you have purposed comes to pass and what you have spoken will be fulfilled. I turn over this time to You. Take us where you desire for us to go. To you be the glory, honor and praise.

Read Revelation 4:1
  • Chapter 4, opens up with these words, "After these things". After what things? In chapters 1-3 the churches are mentioned 21 times. After Revelation 3:22 the churches are never referred to again in the book of Revelation. 
  • I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I heard, like a sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things."
    • Again after what things? Remember the purpose of Revelation. It is the unveiling of Jesus Christ. It is, in essence, something that was once hidden now being revealed. The veil is being taken away as the time is ushered in. 
Revelation 4:2 states, "Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 
  • The words "Come up here," and, "Immediately I was in the Spirit." are not veiled references to the Rapture of the church, but a command for John to be temporarily transported to heaven "in the Spirit" - MacArthur Bible Commentary.  But I do believe the wording does remind me of some verses in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. 
    • Read 1 Thessalonians 1:10 and 5:9. Compare these verses to Revelation 3:10.
      • Write down what you learn from these three passages. 
    • Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
      • In verse 13, what was Paul reminding the believers? What was he telling them not to do?
      • What is Paul describing to the brethren? If the Kingdom of Heaven is coming down, which it is, then why are the brethren going up? Did you notice in verse 16, how the sound is described? In verse 17 what happens and what is Paul telling them to do? "to comfort one another."
      • I mentioned the first week of our study, that the Old Testament Prophets saw 1 vision that contained 2 comings. Because of this, some of the prophecies seemed to contradict one another. For instance, you had a reigning King and a Suffering Servant. We know looking back, these visions contained two comings. I personally believe we need to study God's Word in the same way looking forward to future fulfillment of Christ's second coming and His Kingdom being established on earth. I want to again mention, I lean toward a more literal interpretation of Revelation and my reason being,  if Christ's first coming was literally fulfilled then I have no reason to believe that His second coming will be any different.  Because this book is an unveiling of Jesus at His second coming, until these events start to take place they will be shrouded in mystery, but as the time draws near, these pictures and shadows will begin to take a more concrete form. 
      • Read Acts:1:6-12
        • What were Jesus disciples asking Him? What was His response to their question? What did He tell them to do, specifically what did He tell them to do while they were waiting for the times and the seasons to be fulfilled (to be witnesses). How did He depart and How will He return?
        • We are right now to be His witnesses. This study is to get our focus on Him and His purposes and to encourage us to live our life with an eternal perspective with our eyes fixed on Him. His Majesty, glory and supremacy. 

Read Revelation 4:1-11 and mark every reference to the word throne and the word "like". 
  • How many times is the word throne mentioned in Revelation 4? Heaven is God-Centered. Worship revolves around the Creator and Sustainer of all things. 
  • Describe what is taking place in these verses. What do you think the rainbow represents? Genesis 9:8-19. God displayed His mercy in the midst of judgement by sparing Noah and his descendants from the wrath that was coming upon the earth because of the extreme wickedness. God provides Noah, his family and two of every living creature a dwelling, a holy sanctuary in the midst of total devastation and the earth's annihilation. God then establishes a Covenant with Noah and all descendants and living creatures, to never again destroy the earth by a flood. The rainbow was the sign of the Covenant. 
  • In Revelation 4:1-11, what do you learn from marking the word like. Our finite and limited minds can't explain His infinite glory and holiness. Words fail us as we see Him as He really is and and the only words we can come up with to describe His glory and supremacy seemed veiled and insignificant.
  • What were the four living creatures proclaiming? Describe their appearance.
    • Read Isaiah 6:1-8: What was Isaiah's response to God's infinite Holiness? How should our response model Isaiah's. How did the angel respond to Isaiah's confession. What did God tell Him to do?
    • God is infinitely holy. Our best efforts on our best days are like a polluted garment before an infinitely holy God. We only stand before an infinitely Holy God based on Jesus' performance for us. The only thing we contribute to our salvation is the sin that makes Jesus' death necessary. 
    • The Book of Ezekiel opens up giving us a little more detail about the 4 living creatures. Read Ezekiel chapter 1 and discuss what you learn about these powerful creatures. 
End your time thanking God for His revelation and asking Him to continue to pour out His wisdom and revelation as you begin to read the Bible not just for answers to all your questions but to see Him and grow in your love for Him through the reading of His Word.

Again, please overlook all errors. I'm speed writing and have no time to proof-read. I'm also dyslexic and catch many errors when finally getting around to proof-reading which is rarely ever. I did catch where I wrote right instead of write:). For those of you who are coming back week after week, thank you for being so gracious. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Unveiled: Week 3

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Write the things which are. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 1:19, 2:17

As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lamp stands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Revelation:1:20

If this is your first time to visit, Stones of Remembrance, I want to redirect you to the beginning of this series call, The Spirit of Prophecy. We are going through the Book of Revelation so each post builds on itself. I'm so glad you joined us.

Last week we saw John was to write three things. 1. The things which he has seen 2. The things which are 3. The things that take place after these things. Revelation 1:19.
Today we are going to look at, "the things which are," the seven churches of Revelation.

As I have mentioned before our purpose in studying the Book of Revelation is to grow in our love for Jesus and to see Him as He reveals Himself in this powerful book. The book itself means the unveiling of Jesus Christ. Some of these verses are wrapped in mystery but I do believe that as things start to take place and as the time becomes near these verses will make more sense. Jesus throughout this book tells us, "The time is near." In the Book of Matthew he talks about "the beginning of birth pangs." The purpose of this study is not to try and predict the time of Jesus' return, for we do not know the day or the hour, but we are to understand the season. Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem saying "They didn't regonize the time of their visitation". Because they failed to regconize Him as Messiah there was no hope for the people and the city. In AD 70 the city was destroyed along with the temple. But God in His faithfulness to His people and His land has brought them back into the land and has reestablished the nation. This amazing and miraculous event happened in 1948.
Jesus in Luke 19 says, "If you had known this day the things that would make for peace but now they have been hidden from your eyes." Jesus is the Prince of peace and now is the favorable year of the Lord. Revelation is the unveiling of Him. Let's take a moment to pray for God to open our eyes to who He is and to show us His glory as we study this powerful book and learn about the churches in Revelation.

He who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the churches...
These churches were specific churches doing specific things during a specific time but what God has to say to these churches He has to say to us. God's truths are eternal. God never changes, He is the same yesterday today and forever. I also believe they represent the types of churches throughout the church age. I also believe they speak to each of us individually and corporately. Take a moment to ask God to give you a repentant heart as you learn the specifics of each church. He longs to forgive you and draw you deeper into His grace.

The Church of Ephesus:
Read out loud Revelation 2:1-7

  • How does Christ describe Himself in verse 1? 
  • How does Christ commend the church of Ephesus in verse 2 and 3? 
    • John MacArthur states that the deeds of Nicolaitians was similar to the deeds of Balaam. Nicolas was made a deacon in Acts 6 but proved to be a false believer and became apostate; because of his creditials he was able to lead many astray. Like Balaam he led the people into immorality and sensual temptations. The name Nicolas means "one who conquers the people."- John MacArthur Bible Commentary pg. 1996
  • What is the rebuke in verses 4-6? 
    • What do you think it means to leave your first love? As we begin to put our focus on ourselves and how we are doing instead of on Christ and what He has done we sever ourselves from His perfection and love. We must daily abide IN Him. Remembering His work on our behalf. Growing in our love and knowledge of the gospel, that Jesus came to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. Daily walking in the grace of the Gospel. 
  • What does Christ promise to those who overcome in verse 7?
The Church of Smyrna:
Read out loud Revelation 2:8-11
  • How does Christ describe Himself in verse 8?
  • How does Christ commend the church of Smyrna? What is about to happen to some of His beloved and for what purpose and for how long? God foreknows and prepares us for what He allows. It is always for His glory and purposes. 
    • Read 2 Corinthians 4:17 and 1 Peter 5:10? What does Paul  and Peter write about suffering?
  • How does Christ rebuke the church of Smyrna? He doesn't!
  • What does Christ promise to those who overcome in verses 10 and 11?
The Church of Pergamum:
Read aloud Revelation 2:12-17
  • How does Christ describe Himself in verse 12? Compare this verse to Revelation 1:16 and 19:15. What do you learn about the two edge sword from these verses? What is also referred to as a sword in Hebrews 4:12?
  • How does Christ commend the church of Pergamum verse13? 
  • What is Christ's warning to the church verses 14-16? To learn more about Balaam read Numbers 22-25.
  • What is promised to those who overcome? Hidden manna, a white stone and a new name!! A name that is so personal that only the believer will know what it is. God is intimately aquainted with all your ways and lavishly loves those who are His. 
The Church of Thyatira:
Read aloud Revelation 2:18-29
  • How does Christ describe Himself in verse 18?
  • How does Christ commend the Church in 19?
  • What is His warning in verse 20? A woman like Jezebel. To learn more about Jezebel read 
    • 1 Kings 16:31, 21:25
    • 2 Kings 9:7, 22, 30
  • What does Christ promise to those who overcome?
The Church of Sardis
Read aloud Revelation 3:1-6
  • How does God describe Himself in verse 1?
  • What is Christ's warning in verse 1? I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive but you are dead!! These verses remind me of 2 Timothy 3:5.
    • Read 2 Timothy 3:5 and write down this verse. 
  • What does Christ tell the people to do in verses 2 and 3?
  • What is promised to those who overcome?
The Church of Philadelphia
Read aloud Revelation 3:7-13
  • How does Christ describe Himself in verse 7?
  • What is God's commendation and what has He promised his beloved and why? 
  • Read verse 10? What is God going to keep them from experiencing? Do you think this hour has come? Is this event still future? What does God remind them in verse 11?
  • What does Christ promise to those who overcome? What specifically will be written on His beloved in verse 12?
The Church of Laodicea
Read Revelation 3:14-22
  • How does Christ describe Himself in verse 14? How do these descriptions of God speak to you right now? The Amen, Faithful Witness, the Beginning of Creation...
  • What do we learn about this church in verses 15-17. How are the people described? How did the people see themselves? How did God see them? What does God tell them to do in verse 18?
  • How does God treat those He loves? What is the purpose of His discipline? How should we respond to His discipline?
  • What does God promise to those who overcome?
If you made it this far, I'm so proud of you!! One last thing before we end our time together. Which church could you relate to the most in this season of life? What commendation spoke to you personally and what warning rebuked you and why? Take a moment to fall on your knees before your Father in heaven and thank Him for giving you a Savior who longs to receive you and restore you to Himself. His disciple is ALWAYS for the purpose of restoration. 

BTW: This post is not going to be proof-read before posting. Thank you for overlooking all grammatical errors.
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