In my last blog I posted a sample from my book, Revelation in Seven Weeks: A Bible Study. It was coverage of the first day during the second week of the seven-week devotional on the book of Revelation. Today I am leaving you with the answers and points for discussion or, if you are studying alone, meditation. This study is comprehensive, but not exhaustive.
As well as this, you can find a blog series on the Bride of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb which has already been published. Send along your comments and questions and let me know your thoughts. If you can add to this blog and strengthen it, you are most welcome to participate.
Below are the seven questions along with the answers or key points. Enjoy.
Book Sample: Revelation in Seven Weeks: A Bible Study
Answers from the Revelation in Seven Weeks: A Bible Study: Teachers Manual
Below you will find the questions for day one of the second week during the seven-week devotional, as well as the answers. This is a sample of the Revelation in Seven Week: A Bible Study: Teachers Manual study guide. It is prepared to help the Bible study teacher delve further into the book of Revelation to bring further insight into the group. This is all structured to encourage and develop conversation amongst the group and to get everyone involved.
1-What do you surmise will happen after this trumpet? Many believe this is the trumpet sound for the rapture, and that the archangel and Jesus will descend as mentioned in I Thessalonians 4:16-18.
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! Quite possibly this is referring to the rapture. Also discuss how “these things” takes the read back to Chapter 1 and the church age in history. After the church is removed, the Holy Spirit is removed from the earth. What the reader now sees is a vision of what is taking place in heaven.
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. The throne. The Creator, the crowned ones, the crystal sea, four creatures, a scroll and the Crucified.
4-What are the three gems mentioned here? Refer to Ezekial 1:25-28. Jasper, sardius and emerald.
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? The twelve tribes of Judah and the twelve disciples. This is sometimes disputed in that if John is getting a glimpse of heaven, he could not be then sitting on one of the thrones.
6-Can you think of other passages in the Bible where the number 12 is significant? Read Matthew 19:28. The number 12 is said by some theologians to represent governing bodies or authority. Genesis 17:20, Exodus 15:27, Leviticus 24:5, Numbers 7:84. There are many more. See if you can locate them. Also note there are 12 seasonal signs, or signs of astrology, and 12 months in a year.
7-What are these saints clothed in and what do they represent? The saints are clothed in white robes. They are symbolic of imputed righteousness and eternal life.
Put these images all together below by diagramming, mapping or sketching.
By Jori Sams