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The Revelation – The Angel and the Little Scroll – Rev. 10
God knows that the church will be tempted to shrink back from its commissioning in face of its persecution. This is why the message is given by an angel in the form and likeness of God and why the commission must be fully consumed and internalized.
The Revelation – Demonic Locusts – Rev. 9
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star (Heb. Lucifer), son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! . . . But you are brought down to Sheol, to the depths of the Pit.”
The Revelation – The Seventh Seal – Rev. 8
The seven trumpets are part of the seventh seal. These trumpets announce God’s coming judgment and war against the forces of evil.
The Revelation – Washed in the Blood – Rev. 7
It is the blood of the Lamb that cleanses the temple and the people to receive the presence of God (Ex. 24, Lev. 4). Therefore, it is only through the blood of the Lamb that salvation is received.
The Revelation – Six Seals & Four Horsemen – Rev. 6
Rather, judgment, harm, and destruction are simply the natural consequential result of turning away from God and the Lamb. When we reject the Lamb and the source of its power, we experience disorder, death, and destruction.
The Revelation – Worship of the Lamb – Rev. 5
The Lamb is more than something extraordinary and worthy of this world. The Lamb is more than the descendant of Judah or of David. The Lamb is, in some way, God as well.
The Revelation – The Vision of God – Rev. 4
John wants to draw these parallels between God and Ceasar to create a binary choice so choosing both is not an option.
The Revelation – Oracles to the 7 Churches (pt.4) – Rev. 2-3
The challenge in reading these letters is to see ourselves as the recipient.
The Revelation – Oracles to the 7 Churches (pt.3) – Rev. 3
A book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and thought on his name. Mal. 3:16
The Revelation – Oracles to the 7 Churches (pt.2) – Rev. 2:12-29
As you read through each of these seven oracles to the seven churches – their proscription, praise, and promises – see yourself. Where do you meet the expectations of Christ and where do you fall short? Most importantly, how do Christ’s promises speak to you?
The Revelation – Oracles to the 7 Churches (pt.1) – Rev. 2:1-11
As we read through these seven letters, the challenge to us to see ourselves as being spoken to within these seven oracles. Continuously ask yourself how have I earned Christ’s commendation and how have I deserved his condemnation. Most importantly, however, see yourself as the recipient of the promises made in…
The Revelation – Preparatory Vision – Rev. 1:9-20
Within this vision, John introduces himself to his audience and introduces three reoccurring themes in Revelation of security, hope, and discipleship.