In my last blog I posted a sample from Week Four from my book, Revelation in Seven Weeks: A Bible Study. The idea of this devotional is to prompt the reader to take in a deeper look into the prophetic book of Revelation to help answer questions that generally arise from studying this mysterious book. This study is comprehensive, but not exhaustive.
In this post, I have posted the answers to the study questions. You can find a further reading at my post on the Bride of Christ and the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. 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
1-How is this angel described and what does it signify? This angel, rising with the sun and a rainbow signifies God’s mercy, which always comes after judgement.
2-Where else in Revelation have you read about a description like this? He reflects the way Jesus is described in the opening scene of heaven. Some would claim this is Jesus. While the angel has the image of Christ, Christ is made above the angels. Angels are ministering servants of God. Jesus is God. This must be another mighty angel like the ones read about in the previous chapters of this book.
3-Where else in Revelation have you read about a book? Make note of the differences. In Revelation 4 there is the scroll, or the title deed to the earth. Here he eats the scroll, and it is bitter going down after being sweet in the mouth. In Ezekiel the prophet is told to eat a scroll, to digest the word. Here the contents make John ill. Some theologians surmise this could be what it written to happen during the remaining 3 ½ years.
4-What is the significance of one foot on the sea and one on land? This angel is claiming the whole earth for the Kingdom of God. There is a similar image of this in II Kings 18:19.
Refer to Isaiah 31:4 and Hosea 11:10.
In this first passage, you see it described that shepherds come together against this lion, whom you may understand to be Jesus. In Scripture there are sheep and goats. God’s nation and the pagan world in the Old Testament; God’s elect and those separated from God in the New.
5-Who leads sheep and who are the people going against Jesus in this passage? Jesus is described at the Great Shepherd. It would seem the Assyrians are battling against the Israelites, and they will be unable to save themselves. The Word of God makes it clear the enemy will not fall by the sword of man.
In II Corinthians 12 the apostle Paul also speaks of a moment where he was in heaven and was not permitted to speak what he saw.
Deuteronomy 29:29 reminds the believer that the secret things belong to God.
Read again Daniel 8:18-27.
Study Daniel 12. This entire chapter, especially verse 13, sums up Revelation and the end of times. Take notice here of the things you have already seen prophesied.
In Revelation 10:5 you see this angel raising his right hand to heaven. Recall the significance of the right hand.
It’s the hand that holds power and weapons.
6-Who does this angel swear by in verse 6? Refer to Exodus 20:11. He swears by the name of God.
This verse in Revelation is speaking of the account of creation. And then there was rest.
7-What is the context of verse 6? It may well be symbolic that God rests during the sixth and seventh trumpets. He is proving his point of his purpose for creation and his sovereignty.
It may well be that the things the Lord is revealing to you through this study leave you quiet and contemplative. Don’t rush through these feelings. Meditate and pray all you need so that these truths are absorbed.
By Jori Sams