Congratulations! You have studied 1/2 of the challenging book of Revelation!
You deserve a cheer!
So many, including me, for decades, avoided this book for deep study for it just seemed too hard. Yet I was missing a blessing. We did it with the help of His Spirit, one another, and godly preachers and teachers.
You deserve a cheer!
This week we will review what we have studied in Revelation 1-11 with the help of a great video three of you sent me – two silent followers, and our own Bing. On Wednesday, Paige Benton Brown will live stream her first lecture on Romans, which we will be watching in preparation for next week. You can watch her live or watch her on you-tube for the six days following. But questions will begin next Sunday, so take good notes whenever you listen, remembering that when the clock strikes midnight the following Tuesday, Paige removes her video and, just like Cinderella, you need to have accomplished your purpose! Some of you may want to do the whole Revelation review (which is short) before you watch Paige — but up to you!
We are taking a “Romans break” until mid November, but we will simultaneously review Revelation so that we don’t lose momentum. I am asking God to show me how to link Romans to Revelation each week, and will give our Revelation’s group review questions in purple. Romans only students can ignore the purple questions or plan to join us for the second half of our Revelation journey, beginning in November.
Here is our review video for Revelation 1-11.
Sunday: Apocalyptic Literature
- What stands out to you from the above, or, what is one big truth you’ve learned so far from Revelation?
- Watch up to 2.10 from the above video. What kind of literature is Revelation, and what does this mean?
- There are, we know, varying views of Revelation. One big difference is whether you interpret the pictures and numbers primarily literally or symbolically. The Hebrew word translated “show” or “reveal” in the opening verse is deiknyō which is from a root word for metaphor. Is this helpful to you?
G. K. Beale says that the usual dictum in Scripture is to interpret it literally unless forced to interpret it symbolically, in Revelation this is turned on its head. With apocalytpic literature you should interpret symbolically unless forced to interpret literally.
4. What do you think about the above?
Monday: The Churches
5. Watch the video from 2:10 to 3:45 and answer:
A. One thing that was new to me is that he called this a circular letter –I think meaning it went to all the churches. There is a message in them for all of them to contemplate, just as it is relevant to us. Share two things that stood out to you from our study of the churches.
B. What were some of the weaknesses and strengths in the churches according to the video? What was a warning or encouragement to you?
C. The video says this sets up the storyline for all of Revelation. Explain, if you can.
Tuesday: The Temple, Scroll, Lion and Lamb
5. Watch from 3:45 to 5:30 and answer:
A. What vision does John see of the Temple and the Scroll?
B. Why does he weep?
C. First he sees a lion, but then a lamb. This is significant to the whole mystery of Revelation, which means Someone very different than expected is going to conquer in a way that is very different than expected. Explain.
Wednesday: Sevens — and The Seals (And Paige is live today)
Today at 10 Central Paige will stream her first teaching from her church: https://westendcc.org/paigebrown After this you can find this lesson on You-Tube by googling Paige Benton Brown Romans. It comes down Tuesday night. The questions on her teaching, along with some review questions for Revelation, will begin next Sunday.
6. Listen from 5:30 to 8:09
A. What do you learn about the number 7?
B. What reasons does he give to support that these 3 series of 7’s occur simultaenously rather than linearly?
C. What question is asked at the end, and what is the surprising answer for conquering?
D. Revelation is going to get to this — but what does this tell you about conquering in this life? (Take a good guess!)
Thursday: The Trumpets
7. Listen from 8:10 to 9:52
A. How do the trumpet judgments parallel the plagues of Exodus?
B. How is the response of the people similar?
C. If you interpret the vision of the temple and the outer courts and the trampling symbolically, what does it mean?
Friday: Winning Through Losing
8. Listen from 9:53 to the end
A. Why does he interpret the two witnesses as God’s people rather than two literal men?
B. What is the mission of the church — and how is this the way Jesus conquered?
9. What is your take-a-way and why?
10. Have you started listening to Paige? What are your thoughts?