Archive for Revelation

Daily Walk for Aug 9-15, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010 Revelation 21:1-14
Describe one of the most beautiful places you have ever seen. How does it compare with the description of the holy city in these verses? Will the new world be on the existing earth (see Romans 8:18-21 and 2 Peter 3:7-13)? Who will be the residents of this holy city? Imagine living without fear, pain or death! How do you feel about this place that Jesus has prepared for you? Think about how that promise changes your lifestyle now. How would you sum up the central truth of this book?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Revelation 21:15-27
What is the significance of the foundations and the gates? How big is the city? Compare it to the related vision in Ezekiel 40:2, 40:5, and 48:30-35. Considering the world in which John’s readers live, and the conditions they are under, what is especially impressive about this city? Think about when you’ve needed the vision and promise of the holy city. Has studying Revelation enhanced your view of the Bible? What do you hope to carry with you from this study of Revelation?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Revelation 22
What words of Christ are repeated three times in this chapter (7, 12, and 20)? Read 22:12-17. How is the final state of humanity determined? Is it ever too late for people to change their ways and come to Christ? Why or why not? Think about the second coming of Christ. How is your lifestyle in keeping with verse 7? Have your perceptions of Jesus, Satan, heaven and hell changed as you’ve studied Revelation? How? Will these new perceptions affect how you live, how you worship, and how you serve? Spend time in prayer asking God to give you clarity in your understanding Revelation, and wisdom and strength to change anything that needs to be changed in your life.

Thursday, August 12, 2010 John 1
In this Gospel, John wants us to understand that Jesus is indeed the Son of God. John shows Jesus as fully human and also fully God. What do we learn about the Word in 1-5 and 10-18? What is the Word (see Psalm 33:6, Hosea 4:1 and Psalm 119:11)? To John, understanding this new meaning of the Word is the beginning of understanding the good news of Jesus Christ! Does knowing that God created the entire universe help you understand that, since God created you, nothing will ever happen to you that is too difficult for God? We, like John the Baptist, are here to reflect God’s love and light. Are God’s love and light showing through you to others?

Friday, August 13, 2010 John 2
Verses 13-24 describe Jesus clearing the temple. The sellers and moneychangers are set up to provide sacrificial animals for those coming from far away. But this well-meaning custom had become a scam, and the money changers charge exorbitant exchange rates. Jesus is very angry about this. What else might Jesus be angry about (see Psalm 69:9)? How is Jesus challenged in verse 18, and what effect does his response have? Are there rooms in your spiritual house that Jesus would want to have cleaned up? Think about where changes need to be made in your life. Spend some time in prayer.

Saturday, August 14, 2010 John 3
Nicodemus is a Pharisee, but he is searching for answers. He believes Jesus has them. What is significant about Nicodemus coming to Jesus? Why does he visit at night (19-20)? What point does Jesus make when he compares spiritual birth to the wind (8)? How does Jesus account for Nicodemus’ lack of understanding (10)? What does Jesus claim about himself (13-15)? Think about what verses 16-18 say about God, and what God wants us to do. How will belief show itself, according to 15-21? Consider where you are right now in the birthing of your spiritual life. Belief is more than an intellectual agreement that Jesus is God. It is putting our trust and our confidence in God, and putting God in charge of our lives, our present plans and our eternal destiny. It is saying with all our hearts: “Spirit of the Living God, fall afresh on me!”

Sunday, August 15, 2010 Psalm 127
This psalm tells us that a life without God is senseless! God must be the foundation for everything. What does Solomon say about work done without the Lord? Is God building all of the parts of your life, all of your endeavors? Are you worn out, or invigorated, as you are being led by God? This day, this week, make God your highest priority, and let God do your building!

Daily Walk for Aug 2-8, 2010

Monday, August 2, 2010 Revelation 16
The bowl judgments are God’s final and complete judgment of the earth. The end has arrived. What contents are in each bowl of wrath? Why are these plagues worse than the ones ushered in by the trumpets? The angel in charge of the waters reacta to the outpouring of God’s wrath not with pain or sorrow, but with a recognition of divine justice (5-6). Verses 9-21 tell us that the people realize these judgments come from God, but they still refuse to recognize God’s authority and repent of their sins. Instead, they curse him for sending the judgments. How would you explain the necessity of these plagues to someone who is not a Christian? What are you doing to “stay awake” in preparation for Christ’s return (15)?

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Revelation 17
The destruction of Babylon, mentioned in 16:17-21, is described in greater detail here. The great prostitute represents the early Roman Empire with its many gods and the blood of Christian martyrs on its hands. Compare the woman and the beast to the first and second beasts of chapter 13. What here is the ultimate sin (5-6)? It is easy for Christians to become infatuated with worldly power. Which wrongs in our society today have entrapped you from time to time? How has God enabled you to escape the snares of the great prostitute? Are you seeking a mind with wisdom (9)? What wisdom will you seek in the next few weeks? If you do not understand the meaning of the various beasts, have you at least been frightened by the power of evil? How will you change that fear into action and hope?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Revelation 18:1-14
This chapter shows that everything trying to block God’s purposes will come to a violent end. How do the voices from the world greet the fall of Babylon (9-20)? Why do they mourn? Why does God judge Babylon so harshly (20, 24)? How are believers treated by the world today? Being wealthy, powerful, or famous often leads people to believe that they have no need for God, or anyone else. Why is that? What “items of merchandise” have you bought and valued more than God? Is there a part of your life that is falling apart or eroding right now? Ponder the most important lesson you have learned from this passage.

Thursday, August 5, 2010 Revelation 18:15-24
Compare this passage with the following Old Testament prophecies about the fall of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19), Babylon (Isaiah 13:47) and Tyre (Ezekiel 27-28). How are they examples of the fall of this spiritual Babylon? God’s people should not live for that which is worthless in eternity. This, then, is how you should live: Matthew 22:37-40! What actions will you take based on this insight?

Friday, August 6, 2010 Revelation 19
Silence came with the fall of Babylon (18:22). What characterizes the new scene in heaven? Who participates in the praise? What is the most frequent refrain in the songs of praise? What do you learn about God’s character? How do you express your gratitude to God? Has your interest in worshipping and praising God increased or decreased since the beginning of your study of Revelation? Why? Do you think it is fitting that Christ has a name “that no one knows but himself ” (12)? The rider wields a sharp sword in his mouth (15). Who are the combatants of this war (19-21)? Who wins? What hopes and fears does this triumphant picture bring out in you? How has Jesus been your deliverer?

Saturday, August 7, 2010 Revelation 20
Why is Satan bound, and then freed for awhile (1-3)? What do you think life will be like without Satan deceiving the nations, but “the souls of those who had been beheaded for their testimony to Jesus and for the word of God” reigning with God instead? What is the final fate of the beast, false prophet, and Satan (7-10)? In 12-15 we are told the books will be opened. Who will be judged, and who will be exempt at the “great white throne” judgment? What do you find comforting and disturbing in this chapter? Imagine a book made of your life, with every thought and deed recorded and then read by all, including Jesus. How would you feel? Does that call for some changes in your life, beginning today? Spend time in prayer.

Sunday, August 8, 2010 Psalm 105
Like Psalm 78, this psalm is a lengthy run-down of Israel’s ancient history. The writer suggests that a valuable way to find God is to become familiar with the way God has helped his people in the past. Do you find comfort in remembering God’s wonders? How has God come through for you when you saw no way out? Consider howthe Lord provides for you beyond your expectations. This is the day the Lord has made; give thanks to God and proclaim his greatness! Praise God for his love overflowing!

Daily Walk July 26-Aug 1, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010 Revelation 10
The purpose of this mighty angel is clear: to announce the final judgments on earth. What do you suppose his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land mean in contrast to the seal and trumpet judgments? What is the “mystery of God” (7; see also Romans 11:25-36, 16:25-27, and Ephesians 1:9-14)? John was stopped from revealing certain parts of his vision. Why? John is instructed to eat the scroll. It was sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach. How has God’s word been both sweet and sour to you in your life?

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 Revelation 11
What is John commanded to do in this passage? Why? Who will be measured, or protected, and why? What do the two indestructible witnesses represent? The beast from the pit makes war on the witnesses and kills them (7), but they are resurrected. What results from their death and their resurrection? What do you learn from this passage about being a witness? What part of living out your faith and witnessing to others has been toughest for you? Why? The seventh trumpet reveals that the kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord. What does that tell you about God’s power? Verses 15-18 tell us of God’s sovereignty. God will judge evil, reward faithfulness, and rule forever. Does this bring you hope or fear in your life right now?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Revelation 12
Some scholars believe that the woman represents God’s faithful believers who have been awaiting the arrival of the Messiah, and the crown of 12 stars represents the 12 tribes of Israel, the nation that gave birth to the Messiah. The large red dragon has been interpreted as Satan, and the stars that fell to earth have been interpreted as the angels who fell with Satan. What do you learn here about conflict between the Christian church and demonic evil? When has Satan seemed very real to you? How do you overcome the powers of evil (12:11)? What do you need to become stronger for spiritual battle? (Also see Ephesians 6:11). We need not fear if we truly serve God, who alone brings us victory (Romans 8:34-39). Spend some time in prayer.

Thursday, July 29, 2010 Revelation 13
Chapter 13 introduces us to two evil accomplices of Satan: the beast of the sea (1) and the beast of the earth (11). What is the source of power for these two beasts? “The whole earth” worships the beasts. What impact do each of these beasts have on Christians? How should they respond? Why? How are true government and true religion connected by these two beasts? What are some of the “beasts,” or idols, in your life? What tests your allegiance to God? How do we recognize false prophets? Pray that God would give you wisdom and discernment in these matters.

Friday, July 30, 2010 Revelation 14
Following chapters 12 and 13, what comfort do you find in verses 1-5? What do the sights, sounds and emotions in these verses make you feel? Who is the Lamb, and who are the people following him? What is the essence of the eternal gospel proclaimed by the angel? What response is called for? By contrast, what message does the angel of doom spread (8)? Verses 14-16 present an image of judgment. Christ is separating the faithful from the unfaithful, just like a farmer harvesting his crops. This is a time of joy for Christians; it tells us that Christians should not fear the last judgment. Are you awaiting or fearing Christ’s return? Why? This is the day to be sure your values are right in line with God’s values. Decide today to produce fruit that will last forever.

Saturday, July 31, 2010 Revelation 15
The seven last plagues are also called the seven bowl judgments. Why does John say these are the last plagues? Compare Moses’ song of deliverance from Egypt (Exodus 15: 1-18) with the song sung by those delivered from the beast (3-4). In verse 8, John sees the temple filled with the power and the glory of God. How does this passage make you feel? What mighty and great deeds has God done in your life for which you desire to praise him and thank him? Spend some time doing just that.

Sunday, August 1, 2010 Psalm 49
This psalm reminds us of the futility of worldliness: riches, pride, fame. You cannot take your possessions with you when you die, and they cannot buy you forgiveness. This psalm is echoed in Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:25-34. How do both teachings challenge your current lifestyle and your priorities? How can you avoid being like the “beasts?”

Daily Walk for July 19-25, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010 Revelation 5
In John’s day, books were written on scrolls: pieces of papyrus or vellum up to 30 feet long, rolled up and sealed with clay or wax. What do you think makes the scroll so significant? (See Jeremiah 36:2-32.) Why is Christ the only one worthy enough to open it (4, 9; also see John 1:29)? What does it mean that he is both a lion and a lamb? Does that have meaning for you? Review the three songs (9-13). How is the lamb described? Who are the three singing groups? Who are the true kings and priests on earth? Develop your own prayer and praise to offer God in singing and in word.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 Revelation 6
This is the first of three judgments. The trumpets (8-9) and the bowls (16) are the other two. Four horses appear as the first four seals are opened. How are the horses and the horsemen alike? How are they different? How do the second and third lead to the fourth? What is revealed when opening the fifth seal (9)? How is this related to the suffering of the Christians in John’s day? In our day? What occurs when the sixth seal is broken (12-13; see also Mark 13)? How does this make you feel about end times? Why? How might these words affect your actions this week?

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Revelation 7
The sixth seal has been opened and the big question is this: Who can stand the wrath of God? How? Do you think the four angels are a new “woe,” or an affirmation of chapter 6? What sense does chapter 7 make after chapter 6? What is the message of the angel (3)? Is the number 144,000 a symbol or a statistic (4)? Why? (see 7:9 and 14:1-5). When the multitude cries out, how do the angels, elders and four living creatures respond (10)? What qualifies those robed in white to stand before God (14)? Is the safety and service of these Christians a present-life experience, or a promise to be realized in the distant future? Or both? Why? What sort of seal has God placed on your life? How is this seal evident to other Christians? To non-Christians? Does this chapter bring you comfort and hope in your sufferings and tribulations?

Thursday, July 22, 2010 Revelation 8
When the seventh seal is opened, the seven trumpet judgments are revealed. Chapter 8 reveals the judgments of the first four trumpets. What events follow the sounding of each of the first four trumpets (8: 7-12)? What parallels, or repeated patterns, do you see between the opening of the seals and the sounding of the trumpets which suggests that these two scenes are, in reality, two sides of the same coin? The trumpets reveal what will happen to the unbelieving world, while the seals focus on what will happen to the church. Do you think these seals and trumpets refer to datable, sequential events, or to aspects of the world’s condition, which may be true at any point in history? Are you finding that all this imagery seems far removed from you? Pray that God would give you eyes and ears to hear what he is saying to you through his Word.

Friday, July 23, 2010 Revelation 9:1-12
What happens when the fifth trumpet sounds? What does the abyss represent (1)? What power do the locusts have? Who are they allowed to torture? (Most likely the locusts are demons, evil spirits ruled by Satan. God limits what they can do; they do nothing without his permission.) But these verses tell us that God’s judgment on the world will be so severe that people will desire death over life. God’s people know that he has sealed us from his final judgment. Knowing that, what is your fear level right now? Your trust level? Pray about that.

Saturday, July 24, 2010 Revelation 9:13-21

Are the angels in 14 good or evil? What is God’s role in their actions? How does the power of the locusts differ from the power of the horses? What events are implemented by the sounding of the sixth trumpet? Immorality and evil don’t happen to us suddenly; we slip into their grip a little bit at a time. Any of us allowing sin to take root in our lives will end up in the same predicament. Temptation becomes sin, sin becomes habit, and the result is separation from God forever (see James 1:15). Take time to acknowledge your sins before God and to thank him for his grace and forgiveness.

Sunday, July 25, 2010 Psalm 36
In this psalm, the righteous seem to be those who may do evil, but are generally seeking to please God. The wicked are those who, despite the good that they may do, are generally rejecting God’s ways. What aspects of your life do you see in these verses? To what do you compare God’s love? God’s faithfulness? God’s justice? (Refer to verses 8-9.) Have you tasted of God’s feast lately? How has God refreshed you? Thank God for how he pours out his love on those who know him!