Revelation

January, February, March 2019

Want to learn more about Revelation? Use these Bible Studies for personal devotion, group Bible studies, or teaching a church class. Below are links to the lessons in this 13-part series.

Lesson 1: The Gospel From Patmos (Revelation 1:1-8)
Exciting days ahead! We are studying the Book of Revelation. Frankly, I prefer studies of a book, rather than a topic. Of the books in the Bible, Revelation is one of the most interesting, exciting, and complicated. Our challenge lies ahead! Let's plunge into our study and see what we can learn from the Book of Revelation!

Lesson 2: Among the Lampstands (Revelation 1:9-2:7)
Would you like to know the future? The worrisome part is that you might not like your future! Our study this week has a slightly different approach. Instead of merely giving us information about the future, it tells us that our future is in the hands of Jesus, who not only has all power, but He cares for us. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more!

Lesson 3: Jesus' Messages to the Seven Churches (Revelation 2:8-3:22)
We have a lot to cover this week! Scholars believe that John's message to each of the local churches is also a prophetic message to the Christian church at various times in its history. Each local church has certain characteristics and problems that reflect the overall church during certain historical periods. Of course, these statements are general descriptions, and I suspect that each of us will identify with some of the problems outside our "time." The last church is Laodicea, and it represents the church before Jesus' Second Coming. I trust you agree with me that is our time in history. Let's dive into our study and learn what God has for us in these descriptions of His church!

Lesson 4: Worthy is the Lamb (Revelation 4 & 5)
Have you visited a beautiful home and noticed a partially open door? Did you want to peek inside? What pulled you to look? That is how our study of Revelation this week begins! What we will see inside is amazing! Let's dive into our study of the Bible and see what God has to teach us!

Lesson 5: The Seven Seals (Revelation 6)
Last week we learned something glorious: Jesus opened the scroll that no one else (including our Father in Heaven) was "worthy" to open. The idea that God the Father was not worthy seemed ridiculous, until we thought about it a little more. Jesus saved us eternally by His perfect life, His sacrifice on the cross, and His resurrection on our behalf. Jesus opened the future for us! This week we learn more about this scroll and our future. Let's plunge into our study of Revelation and learn more!

Lesson 6: The Sealed People of God (Revelation 7)
When we studied the "Seven Seals" last week, did you notice that we were missing a seal? That is right, Revelation 6 ended with the sixth seal! It turns out that the seventh seal is found in Revelation 8. We study Revelation 8 next week. Revelation 6 ended with momentous signs taking place in the heavens. What is happening in the galaxy causes world leaders to realize that Jesus is coming and the "day of wrath" is beginning. Revelation 8 begins the discussion of a horrible time on earth. So what is Revelation 7 about? As we will study this week, it is about those who are saved! Note that there are important points in Revelation 7 that are difficult to understand. Let's dive into our study of the Bible and see what we can learn!

Lesson 7: The Seven Trumpets (Revelation 8-11)
This week we come to the seventh seal! In Revelation 6 we saw that Jesus opened the first six seals. Last week, in Revelation 7 we studied God's sealed people. The sealed are those who choose to follow Jesus. This week Jesus opens the seventh seal to our study. Why would God provide the information to us in that order? Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and see if we can find the answer to that question and unravel the meaning of the seventh seal and the seven trumpets!

Lesson 8: Satan, a Defeated Enemy (Revelation 12)
I hate to lose! Lawyers are not supposed to take their cases personally. Instead, lawyers are supposed to do their best job of presenting the evidence, and a judge decides who is right. Since nearly all of my cases involve defending my client's religious liberty or free speech, I take winning or losing personally. Why? Because the outcome not only affects my client, it affects the freedom of many others. That is one reason why I'm glad I'm a winner when it comes to the ultimate religious liberty fight! Satan will be defeated! Let's plunge into our Bible and study that defeat!

Lesson 9: Satan and His Allies (Revelation 13)
Today in the United States, we have all these silly warnings about obvious dangers. These warnings are the unfortunate result of the work of lawyers. As you all know, I'm a lawyer and law professor, so let me give you a warning about something that you probably already know. The studies today and last week are based on my reading of the Bible. Many Bible scholars disagree with me. I readily admit their superior training in all areas except logic. With that warning, let's dive into our study of Revelation 13!

Lesson 10: God's Everlasting Gospel (Revelation 14)
This week Revelation turns to one of my favorite topics: the everlasting gospel! While I've been warning you that I might not be right in my understanding of some of our past studies in Revelation, I feel confident about the gospel. Let's dive into our study of the Bible and learn more about end times and the everlasting gospel of Jesus!

Lesson 11: The Seven Last Plagues (Revelation 15-16)
Do you love God? Are you grateful for what He has done for you and those you love? Our study this week reveals the opposite side of the spectrum. We see in great detail what happens to those who hate God and who harm His saints. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of a God who meets out justice! Let's dive into Revelation and learn more!

Lesson 12: Judgment on Babylon (Revelation 17)
When we left Revelation 16 last week we closed with the enemies of God assembling for the Battle of Armageddon. This week we are introduced to a new character, the "great prostitute." War and sex, this is beginning to sound like a modern novel. Let's plunge into our study of the Bible and learn more about what God has in mind for the future!

Lesson 13: I Make All Things New (Revelation 19-21)
Our series skips over Revelation 18. That chapter tells us that there is a lot of sadness on behalf of people who make money profiting from evil. With the fall of Babylon, they are out of business. This week the tone changes. We start with Revelation 19 and the happiness of those who are now victorious through the power of Jesus. They have suffered greatly under evil, but evil is fast disappearing. Let's jump into our study and learn more about our joyful future!

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