Friday, January 18, 2013

Unvieled: Week 9 Notes

I wanted to repost, Unveiled, Week 9 notes for review. As I am hoping to start posting notes again in the next couple of weeks but until then, here is were we left off in December.

When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the alter the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" And there was given to each of them a white robe, and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as the had been, would be completed also. Revelation 6:9-11
God will never ask us to do anything which He hasn't already done Himself. God's love came down. Jesus, the Word of God, clothed Himself in humanity so we might wear His robe of righteousness. Jesus didn't only become that, which He created, but His purpose in coming, was to do for us what we could never do for ourselves. Perfect obedience to the Father, an unblemished sacrifice for the totally depraved human condition, sinless perfection becoming sin for sinners. He drank from the cup of God's wrath and absorbed in Himself our sins becoming the very embodiment of sin. These things, we couldn't do and wouldn't do but He did and right now intercedes on our behalf.

"What shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God's elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:31-37. And they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as thy had been, would be completed also....Revelation 6:11
Let's take a moment to review what we have learned from studying Revelation 6. Read through the 7 Seal Judgements listed below.

  • Seal 1: 6:2 - White Horse: Antichrist goes out conquering and to conquer.
  • Seal 2: 6:4 - Red Horse: Rider is War
  • Seal 3: 6:5 - Black Horse: Famine
  • Seal 4: 6:7-8 - Pale Horse: over 1/4 of the earth death with sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts.
  • Seal 5:6:9 - Souls of Saints Under the Alter
  • Seal 6: 6:12 - Great Cosmic Disturbances
  • Seal 7: 8:1-5 - Silence in heaven for about half an hour: The seven trumpets and seven bowls.
Read Revelation 8:1-6
  • Who broke the 7th seal and describe what immediately happened? Why do you think this is significant? 
  • Read verses 3-6 slowly and thoughtfully. 
  • Describe what happens. What was the angel given? Where is this angel standing? 
  • What comes to mind when you read about the alter and about incense? 
  • What did we learn in Revelation 6:9 about the alter of incense and the souls of saints under the alter? Read Revelation 6:9 to remember what we have learned? Compare this verse with Revelation 8:3-6
  • What was added to the golden golden censer? What went up before God? Our prayers are as incense and rise before an All Powerful, Sovereign, gracious and merciful God, who breaths in our prayers and comforts us. He answers us in His time for His purpose. 
  • God begins to answer the prayers of the saints and the souls under the alter, "How long, O Lord, Holy and True will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood?" 
  • What happens in Revelation 8:5-6?
The 7 Angels Sound the 7 Trumpets and the One Woe Judgement
Read Revelation 8:7-9:21 and record what you learn about these 6 trumpets and 1 woe. We will look at these events recorded in Revelation 9 in greater detail next week. We will also discuss the 7th trumpet in a later chapter. 
  • Angel 1: 8:7
  • Angel 2: 8:8-9
  • Angel 3: 8:10-11
  • Angel 4: 8:12 
  • What happens in verse 13?
  • Angel 5: 9:1-12
  • Angel 6: 9:13-21
According to Revelation 9:20-21, how did the people respond to these 7 trumpet judgements? 
End your time today thanking God for His Son Jesus and asking Him to pour out His wisdom and revelation as you continue to learn about Him in His Word. I pray that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10

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