Today we continue to look at an excerpt from my Bible study on Revelation titled Revelation in Seven Weeks: A Bible Study. The portion we study today is the content from the first day during the second week of the Bible study devotional. In my next post I will list the answers from the manual called Revelation in Seven Weeks: A Bible Study: Teachers Manual.
This is designed to give those leading Bible studies on this subject some deeper insight, allowing them to take their group a bit deeper, and it is suggested to purchase this book if you are studying Revelation on your own.
Over the next few weeks we will unpack some of the confusing subjects that lie within any study of Revelation. This will include taking a big bite into things like the Millennium. You can find the books at Writeious Books. A blog series on the Bride of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb has already been published. So dig in. And don’t be shy! Send along your comments and questions and let me know what you think.
Book Sample: Revelation in Seven Weeks: A Bible Study
Now the study moves into the initial scenes in heaven, where the colorful and sometimes terrifying mysteries begin. It is strongly suggested for the reader to chart, sketch or map these events and to step back to look at them to gain a fuller view. If you take the time to do this, you may be amazed how this book will suddenly open up to you. Jot down ideas, thoughts, anything you think will help you further this study and personalize it to you. Turn this book into your personal newspaper or journal and record events as you think they might be unfolding in proper respect to these things to follow.
Keep in perspective that most generations have thought they were the final generation, but in context to the book of Revelation, this could not be so. However, today it is very possible that these generations are the last since the events of Israel regaining their independence in one day as prophesied in Ezekiel 37-39.
Read these chapters. Read Isaiah 66:7-8. In 1948 this prophecy was fulfilled.
Isaiah foretold the rebirth of Israel describing a woman giving birth before going into labor; he speaks of a country being born in one day. On May 14, 1948 the Jews declared independence for Israel as a united and sovereign nation for the first time in nearly 3000 years. During that same day, the United States issued a statement recognizing Israel’s sovereignty. The United Nations mandate expired ending Britain’s control of the land only hours beforehand. In a single day modern Israel literally was born. Recognize that most of the prophecies of the Bible have now been fulfilled. But that does not make them insignificant. With this in mind, not just believing what Jesus is saying but being strongly convinced of the things to come and the urgency here, study on.
Read each passage two and even three times, slowly. Review Chapter 1:20. This will give you the start of a picture. Seven lampstands, seven stars and the right hand of God.
But look at Revelation 4:1. The first voice sounded like a trumpet. There are many sounds in heaven ascertained from this verse. Describing a voice that sounds like a trumpet is used all throughout the Bible to describe the voice of God. The trumpet was used in Israel over history to sound an alarm. Something was to immediately follow.
1-What do you surmise will happen after this trumpet?
Look at the opening of Chapter 4.
2-After what things? The church is mentioned 19 times in the first 3 chapters, then no more. After Chapter 3 the church is never mentioned. To say the church is gone would be biblically supported. And one might believe, according to the information supplied, Jesus has come and claimed his bride!
Reading verse 2, the reader can see the words “at once” or “immediately.” Throughout the Bible, there is a sense of leisure. Jesus lived his life this way. One of the attributes of God is long-suffering. The believers have to be reminded by Peter that God is not slow to keep his promises. This is no longer true in Revelation. Everything is being revealed in an instant. Without delay. God’s glory and holiness is ablaze and there is no more darkness. All things revealed. All things exposed. It is the ultimate time for reward: forgiveness or condemnation.
Concentrate on verses 2-4. Here there is a glimpse of the bride united with Christ in his kingdom. The reader gets to share the awesome vision of the Creator with the writer John. What is happening around the throne is exciting.
3-What is the first thing seen in heaven? Note the next six things seen. The throne is heaven’s logo.
4-What are the three gems mentioned here? Refer to Ezekial 1:25-28.
Jasper represents glory. Sardius, or the ruby, represents joy. It also represents a physical sacrifice. The emerald represents a sacrifice of praise. And all around this throne there exudes this sacrifice and the glory and the joy of God in Christ Jesus, the crucified.
Also, it is worth noting the stones here. They are significant. Each of the 12 tribes of Israel had a stone that symbolized their tribe. Each stone was specifically placed in the breastplate of the high priest. The diamond represented the firstborn of Israel, Rueben, which translates to “the light of the sun.” The last stone, the sardius, belonged to the tribe of Benjamin, the last born, and it represents the blood sacrifice of Christ and means “the son at the right hand.” The jasper was actually more like a diamond. It was pure and clear. The priest wore the stones over his heart.
5-Who do the 24 elders represent?
6-Can you think of other passages in the Bible where the number 12 is significant? Read Matthew 19:28.
7-What are these saints clothed in and what do they represent?
Put these images all together below by diagramming, mapping or sketching.