Know Your Bible – December 31, 2015

Revelation

Unique and Unusual

Revelation is an example of “apocalyptic literature,” the only such book in the New Testament.  Apocalyptic implies “revealing secret information.”  The book of Revelation identifies Jesus Christ as the “Alpha and Omega” (1:8) and reveals the number 666 as a sign of “the beast” (13:18).

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Know Your Bible – December 29, 2015

Revelation

Details, Please (Part 4)

After a brief release to instigate a worldwide war, Satan is thrown into “the lake of fire and brimstone,” where he will be “tormented day and night for ever and ever” (20:10).  God unveils “a new heaven and a new earth” (21:1), where He will “wipe away all tears” (21:4) from His people’s eyes.

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Know Your Bible – December 28, 2015

Revelation

Details, Please (Part 3)

The satanic forces and the people who follow them incur seven “vials of the wrath of God” (16:1), which bring plagues, darkness, and huge hailstones on the earth.  The upheaval destroys “Babylon the great,” the evil and arrogant world system, just before an angel from heaven seizes Satan, “that old serpent” (20:2), and imprisons him for one thousand years.

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Know Your Bible – December 27, 2015

Revelation

Details, Please (Part 2)

Then the vision turns to the actual throne room of God, where a Lamb, looking “as it had been slain” (5:6), breaks seven seals from a scroll, unleashing war, famine, and other disasters on the earth.  A dragon and two beasts, allied against God, arise to demand the worship of earth’s people who have not been killed in the earlier catastrophes.

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Know Your Bible – December 26, 2015

Revelation

Details, Please (Part 1)

Jesus Christ Himself arranges for John to receive a “revelation” of “things which must shortly come to pass” (1:1).  First, in chapters 2-3, Jesus gives John words of challenge and/or encouragement for seven churches – the good, the bad, and the in-between.

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