Friday, February 15, 2013

Unveiled: Week 10 Notes

 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

I declared the former things long ago and they went forth from My mouth, and I proclaimed them. Suddenly, I acted, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3

Read Revelation 10:1-4

  • In Revelation 10:1-4, How is this angel described? What is in his hand and where did he plant his feet? List the sequence of events found in these verses. What did the pearls of thunder proclaim (trick question)? 
  • Read verse 4 again. What was John told to do with the words spoken? Why do you think John was told to seal up what He had heard? Read Daniel 8:26. Daniel was also told to seal up the vision. Why?
Read Revelation 10:5-11.
  • What did the strong angel swear and to who did he swear? Why do you think, this angel recalled these particular attributes of Jesus? Who created the heavens and the earth and holds together all things? Colossians 1:16
  • As of yet, do we know anything about this 7th angel? What is going to be finished when this 7th angel sounds?
  • Re-read Revelation 10:8-11. What was John told to do? Compare Revelation 10:8-11 to Ezekiel 2:8-3:4. This is truly amazing! Please take the time to pray for God to pour out His wisdom and understanding  on these two passages of Scripture. 
  • What do you remember about Revelation Chapter 9?  Do you remember the one woe proclaimed? Look back over your notes for remembrance. According to Ezekiel 2:9-10, what was contained in the scroll? What was Ezekiel told to do after he ate the scroll? He was told to PROCLAIM. What was John told to do after eating the scroll? He was told to continue to prophesy concerning many peoples, nations, tongues and kings. For how long according to Revelation 10:7? Until the 7th angel sounds... 
  • What were the words John was to proclaim? The words of John or the words of God, written on the scroll? What words are we to proclaim, our words or the words of God?
Read Revelation 11:1-19 and Zachariah 2 and 4.
  • How long is 42 months? Who is going to trample the city? What was handed over to the Gentiles?
  • Who is God going to give His power to and for how long? How does verse 4 described these 2 witnesses? Compare this with what you learned in Zachariah chapter 4. 
  • What does Zachariah 4:6 tell us? I also what you to remember what we discussed in the beginning of this study. The nature of prophesy, is a near fulfillment and a far off fulfillment. The verses in Zachariah refer to the time of Zerubbabel, the first governor and priest of Jerusalem who returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple in 536 BC after Cyrus sent a proclamation for the temple to be re-built. Cyrus was the servant referred to in Isaiah 45 and called by name about 150 years before the event took place. Zerubbabel returned with the first exiles after the 70 years of captivity in Babylon were completed. Zachariah was a prophet of Israel during the times of Zerubabbel from 520BC-489BC.
  • What will happen to those who try and harm them? What other powers have these two witnesses been given?
    • Just a little speculation, although we do not know the identity of the 2 witnesses. Several observations suggest they MIGHT be Moses and Elijah. 
      • 1. Like Moses, they strike the earth with plagues and like Elijah, they have the power to keep it from raining. 
      • 2. Jewish tradition expect both Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15-18) and Elijah (Malachi 4:5-6, John 1:21) to return in the future. BOth Moses and Elijah were present at the Transfiguration of Jesus, the preview of Jesus' 2nd coming. Elijah was taken into heaven and God buried Moses' body where it couldn't be found. 
      • The drought of the two witnesses is 3 1/2 years and this is the same amount of time as the drought brought on by Elijah. John MacArthur Commentary 2013
  • Read Revelation 11:7-10. What happens when their testimony is finished? Where do their bodies lay and for how long? How do the people respond to their death? What comes to your mind when studying these verses?
  • Read Revelation 11:11-14? These verses tell us what happens after the three days? Explain these events in your own words. What comes to mind when studying these verses? How do the people respond? What woe has passed? Remember this is the 2nd woe (the 6th Trumpet now complete).
The next set of notes will deal with the 2nd half of Revelation 11. The second half of the chapter deals with the blowing of the 7th trumpet. 

End your time thanking God for His continued revelation of Jesus Christ. This study is all about His revelation. May He continue to open our eyes to see and ears to hear as the Spirit enlightens our understanding of His powerful and might word. Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:7