Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Unveiled: Week 5 Notes

Sundown over the Sea of Galilee-1
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. 

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