Series: Understanding the Book of Revelation
Message Title: “It all points to Jesus”
Q: Why study the book of Revelation?
1. The book of Revelation is a _______________(“blessing”)
Revelation 1:3 (NIV)
3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
o Because the major theme of Revelation is Jesus Christ, describes his second coming, explains how Satan will be defeated forever.
Q: Who wrote Revelation?
2. Apostle _____________(John) on the Island of _____________(Patmos)
Revelation 1:9 (NLT)
9 I, John, am your brother and your partner in suffering and in God’s Kingdom and in the patient endurance to which Jesus calls us. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and for my testimony about Jesus.
Q: To whom was it written to?:
3. Jesus tells John to write the letters and send it to the ___________(Seven churches)
( in the province of Asia located in what is now southwestern Turkey)
· For believers in Christ everywhere and for all time.
Revelation 1:10-11 (NLT)
10 It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet blast. 11 It said, “Write in a book everything you see, and send it to the seven churches in the cities of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
Q: Why was Revelation written?:
4. To _____________(encourage) the churches facing persecution
· To address the spiritual “complacency” of Christians
· To deliver a warning to a rebellious world
BEGINNING CHAPTERS OF REVELATION TALKED ABOUT
THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS DESCRIBED-
Revelation 1:7-8 (NLT)
Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him—
even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him.
Yes! Amen! 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end,”[a] says the Lord God. “I am the one who is, who always was, and who is still to come—the Almighty One.”
A VISION OF JESUS DESCRIBED-
Revelation 1:10-16 (NLT)
12 When I turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven gold lampstands. 13 And standing in the middle of the lampstands was someone like the Son of Man.He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash across his chest. 14 His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow. And his eyes were like flames of fire. 15 His feet were like polished bronze refined in a furnace, and his voice thundered like mighty ocean waves. 16 He held seven stars in his right hand, and a sharp two-edged sword came from his mouth. And his face was like the sun in all its brilliance.
Do you remember?:
1. What does the seven gold lampstands refer to? ____________(Seven Churches)
2. Who is the “Son of Man”? ____________(Jesus)
3. Long robe with a gold sash across the chest represents a ____________(High Priest)
4. Hair were white like wool that represents ________________(holiness)
5. His eyes were like flames of fire represent ____________(wrath)
6. His feet were like polished bronze that represent _____________(power)
7. The seven stars in His right hand represent _________________(angels) *of the seven churches—vs. 20
8. Go back to the Seven Churches:Sharp two-edged sword from his mouth represent______________(judgment)
Ephesus: “the loveless church”
Jesus commends their hard work, patient endurance and discernment of evil and false teachings, but they lost their first love (Jesus Christ). Jesus said come back to your first love.
Smyrna: “the (suffering) persecuted church”
Jesus encourages them to not be afraid of what they are about to suffer. And if they hang in there through it all they will receive the “crown of life” (Eternal life) No complaint or correction given.
Pergamum: “the compromising church” (the Church of Satan’s City)
Jesus commends them for their loyalty in not denying Christ, but they were tolerating false teachers, false doctrines—basically being “two-faced”. Repent or face judgment.
Thyatira: “the (adulterous) corrupt church”
Jesus compliments them on demonstrating love, faith, service and patient endurance. But they were being led astray into immorality and ungodly worship. Repent or face judgment.
Sardis: “the dead church”
Jesus gives them a backhanded compliment—they appear all spiritual on the outside but in the inside they are dead. Jesus tells them “Wake up”, “Go Back” (to what you believed at first, “Repent” (turn back to Jesus)
Philadelphia: “the faithful church”
Jesus commends them for obeying His word and not denying him even though faced with persecution. No complaint or correction given.
Laodicea: “the disgusting church”
No compliments—Jesus has nothing good to say about this church. (Ouch!) They were like lukewarm water to spit out!-disgusting (useless no value and complacent and self-absorbed)
HANDOUT PAMPHLETCorrection: basically turn from your pride and materialistic ways and back to Jesus that offers spiritual riches.
The Chapters in Revelation can be broken into 3 sections
Chapters 1-3: “What God Expects of Us Now”
Chapters 4-18: “ What We Can Expect in the Future”
Chapters 19-22: “Our Eternal Home in Heaven”
More helpful ways to understand Revelation
o It was written from a Jewish mindset.
(we often take apart things, dissect it, etc.) Jewish thinking was broad.
o Question to ask: “What did THEY think?”-not how we think today, 2000 years later
o What was it like to be a Jew, living in Jerusalem at that time.
o The Book of Revelation was given to help steady the church in these turbulent times. (Ex. Russia and Usa, Haiti?)
o It helps us learn about the future through prophecies in hopes that you and I will live a godly life in the present--- and cause us to share the love of Jesus Christ with others. Amen?