(These are the brief notes from Bible study on Sunday evening January 28.)
1. Primarily, the Revelation is a book of worship, comfort, and encouragement.
2. From the letters to the seven churches, we are reminded that every church has specific strengths and weaknesses, unique blessings and challenges.
3. Trials and tribulations much like those from the era in which the Revelation was written have occured at various times in history and will likely occur again in the future.
4. God is the only unchanging presence or factor in the drama. Seasons change. Circumstances come and go. The character and mission of God is steadfast and dependable.
1. The testimony: Jesus is the root of David, a messianic reference, and the Bright and Morning Star. God is described as Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. v. 16
2. The invitation: The Spirit and the bride, that is, the church, give the invitation, “Let whoever is willing come and take of the water of life freely.” v.17
3. The warning: The warning for adding or taking away from these words is that you will encounter the plagues listed therein. v.18
4. The promise: “I am coming soon.” Soon is a relative term but certainly indicates an affirmative promise. It could be a specific term referring to Jesus receiving a believer immediately at the time of death, and/or a reference to Jesus returning to retrieve believers at a future point. v.20
5. The benediction: The grace of God be with God’s people. v. 21
Be assured that your circumstances in life may change several times but God’s grace will be with you in all seasons.