Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Unveiled: Week 8 Notes

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 arises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19

Sometimes God allows tribulation and trials to come our way for the purpose of drawing us to Himself and reminding us of our need for Him. He disciplines His people for the purposes of reconciliation. Let’s begin by looking at the Book of Isaiah. These events are recorded for our instruction.  Isaiah’s very name points to Jesus. His name means, The Lord is Salvation. Isaiah was written 700 years before Christ and yet it is so applicable to us today. Although, Isaiah was a Prophet to Israel and spoke about the nation of Israel his writings and the Word of God speak directly to us today.
    • Let’s begin in Isaiah 1:4-6: In verse 4, how are the people described? How is God trying to get their attention and why? 
    • Read Isaiah 1:16-20,What does God call His people to do? What will happen if they return to Him? What will happen if they continue in their rebellion?
    • Let’s look at what God’s judgement on a nation looks like. Read Isaiah 3:1-6, What is God going to remove from His people? What is He going to allow and for what purpose do you think? Let’s go back and read Isaiah 2:22...Who are we NOT to fear? What does God remind us in these verses? How are the leaders of Israel described? How are the people described particularly the youth? What is lacking in the land according to verses 6 and 7? Verses 8 and 9 tells us why. 
    • Isaiah 3:10-15, What does God remind the righteous? Who are righteous now? 
    • But they did not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, nor did they consider the works of His hands. Isaiah 5:12 
    • Although, the people were faithless, God remains faithful. Read these amazing truths found in the midst of God's rebuke. Isaiah 1:18 and Isaiah 55:6-9
Let's review what we learned two weeks ago. Read through Revelation 6:15-17
    •  What do we learn about the kings and inhabitants of the earth from these verses? What were they doing and why were they doing it? According to verse 16, who is in complete control of the events on the earth?
    • I love this amazing truth found in Isaiah."Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; for why should he be esteemed."Isaiah 2:22
Read Revelation 7:1-3: 
    • What were the four angels doing and why? 
    • What did the one angel cry out in verse 2 and to whom was the angel speaking? 
    • What did you learn about the 4 angels? 
Read Revelation 7:4-8
    • How many were sealed and what do you learn about them?
    • Do you personally believe these numbers are literal or symbolic? Why? What did we learn when studying prophesies concerning Christ’s first coming
If you are in Christ and He is in you, you are also sealed! Read aloud these verses and write down what you learn.
    • Ephesians 1:13-14
    • Ephesians 4:30
    • 2 Corinthians 1:22
KEY VERSE: 2 Timothy 2:19-21: Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are HIs,” and ,“Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.” Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
    • How does knowing this powerful truth encourage you today?
Read aloud Revelation 7:9-17 
    • After what things? Describe the great multitude. What were they wearing, where were they from? What were they holding in their hands? What were they crying out? What did the angels do at their proclamation?
    • Who are those clothed in white robes? Read aloud verse 14.
    • Read aloud verses 15-17? What is their future? Compare these verses with Isaiah 49:10 and Isaiah 65. What do you think it means “He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them?
    • Compare Revelation 7:15 to Revelation 6:9-11 and the 5th seal broken. What do you learn when comparing these verses? How does this encourage you today?
Lord, Thank you for your faithfulness even when we are faithless. I thank you for the Book of Revelation and the comfort it brings knowing You are sovereign and in complete control of the events taking place on earth. We place our focus on You and Your Word, which You have given us for such a time as this. I thank you for showing us in this amazing Book the events taking place in heaven as chaos breaks forth on earth. It is so comforting to know and remember, You reign in heaven and on earth.

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