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Title: A quick glance at Revelation


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A quick glance at Revelation
  • The hidden book of the bible.

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At the Start
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Main Takeaways
  • Revelation is different than the rest of the New
    Testament
  • The Artist content is high- Great source for
    music, art and other artistic elements
  • Strong message about two alternatives Good and
    Evil Heaven and Hell God and the Devil- No gray
    area.

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Revelation requires you to go through a change in
perspective.
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Revelation is different.
  • The book was written in a different style
  • -Apocalyptic
  • There are lots of codes in the text. Words and
    images can mean many things
  • The numbers 7 and 12 have meaning
  • You have to use your artistic side to understand
    the text- dont take it literally
  • One scene has a sword coming out of Jesuss
    mouth. That cannot be taken literally.
  • More than one understanding could be correct.
  • If someone claims they have the key, dont
    believe it.

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A few bits of intro
  • It was written by John. Some think the apostle
    John and others a respected bishop.
  • It was written between 50 and 110 AD. The exact
    date gets scholars all worked up. If it was
    before the destruction of the temple in
    Jerusalem, one set of interpretations is wrong.
    If after a different set is wrong.
  • It was written on the Island of Patmos.
  • There are many different groups of
    interpretation

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Revelation 1
  • A Vision of the Risen Lord
  •  9 I am John, a follower together with all of
    you. We suffer because Jesus is our king, but he
    gives us the strength to endure. I was sent to
    Patmos Island, because I had preached God's
    message and had told about Jesus.

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We are going to make a scary climb.
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Rev. 1
  • 10On the Lord's day the Spirit took control of
    me, and behind me I heard a loud voice that
    sounded like a trumpet. 11The voice said, "Write
    in a book what you see. Then send it to the seven
    churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira,
    Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea." 12 When I
    turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven
    gold lampstands. 13There with the lampstands was
    someone who seemed to be the Son of Man. He was
    wearing a robe that reached down to his feet, and
    a gold cloth was wrapped around his chest. 14 His
    head and his hair were white as wool or snow, and
    his eyes looked like flames of fire. 15 His feet
    were glowing like bronze being heated in a
    furnace, and his voice sounded like the roar of a
    waterfall. 16 He held seven stars in his right
    hand, and a sharp double-edged sword was coming
    from his mouth. His face was shining as bright as
    the sun at noon.

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  • 17When I saw him, I fell at his feet like a dead
    person. But he put his right hand on me and said
       Don't be afraid! I am the first, the last,
    18and the living one. I died, but now I am alive
    forevermore, and I have the keys to death and the
    world of the dead. g 19Write what you have seen
    and what is and what will happen after these
    things. 20I will explain the mystery of the seven
    stars that you saw at my right side and the seven
    gold lampstands. The seven stars are the angels
    of the seven churches, and the lampstands are the
    seven churches.

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What codes are in this photo?
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An example of a code word
  • 20I will explain the mystery of the seven stars
    that you saw at my right side and the seven gold
    lampstands. The seven stars are the angels of the
    seven churches, and the lampstands are the seven
    churches.
  • Seven also means complete or all
  • So 11The voice said, "Write in a book what you
    see. Then send it to the seven churches in
    Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis,
    Philadelphia, and Laodicea."
  • Becomes 11The voice said, Write in a book what
    you see. Then send it to the complete church.

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After our break, back
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Rev. 1
  • 10On the Lord's day the Spirit took control of
    me, and behind me I heard a loud voice that
    sounded like a trumpet. 11The voice said, "Write
    in a book what you see. Then send it to the seven
    churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira,
    Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea." 12 When I
    turned to see who was speaking to me, I saw seven
    gold lampstands. 13There with the lampstands was
    someone who seemed to be the Son of Man. He was
    wearing a robe that reached down to his feet, and
    a gold cloth was wrapped around his chest. 14 His
    head and his hair were white as wool or snow, and
    his eyes looked like flames of fire. 15 His feet
    were glowing like bronze being heated in a
    furnace, and his voice sounded like the roar of a
    waterfall. 16 He held seven stars in his right
    hand, and a sharp double-edged sword was coming
    from his mouth. His face was shining as bright as
    the sun at noon.

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Does this text drawn on something similar in the
Old Testament?
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Daniel 10
  • 2Daniel wrote For three weeks I was in sorrow.
    3I ate no fancy food or meat, I drank no wine,
    and I put no olive oil on my face or hair.
    4Then, on the twenty-fourth day of the first
    month, I was standing on the banks of the great
    Tigris River, 5when I looked up and saw someone
    dressed in linen and wearing a solid gold belt.
    6His body was like a precious stone, his face
    like lightning, his eyes like flaming fires, his
    arms and legs like polished bronze, and his voice
    like the roar of a crowd. 7Although the people
    who were with me did not see the vision, they
    became so frightened that they scattered and hid.
    8Only I saw this great vision. I became weak and
    pale, 9and at the sound of his voice, I fell
    facedown in a deep sleep.

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Notice the half-eaten fish?
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Much of Revelation has bad things happen. Rev. 19
  • The Rider on the White Horse
  •  11I looked and saw that heaven was open, and a
    white horse was there. Its rider was called
    Faithful and True, and he is always fair when he
    judges or goes to war. 12He had eyes like flames
    of fire, and he was wearing a lot of crowns. His
    name was written on him, but he was the only one
    who knew what the name meant.     13The rider
    wore a robe that was covered with blood, and he
    was known as "The Word of God." 14He was followed
    by armies from heaven that rode on horses and
    were dressed in pure white linen. 15From his
    mouth a sharp sword went out to attack the
    nations. He will rule them with an iron rod and
    will show the fierce anger of God All-Powerful by
    trampling the grapes in the pit where wine is
    made. 16On the part of the robe that covered his
    thigh was written, "KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF
    LORDS." 17I then saw an angel standing on the
    sun, and he shouted to all the birds flying in
    the sky, "Come and join in God's great feast!
    18You can eat the flesh of kings, rulers,
    leaders, horses, riders, free people, slaves,
    important people, and everyone else."
  •     19I also saw the beast and all kings of the
    earth come together. They fought against the
    rider on the white horse and against his army.
    20But the beast was captured and so was the false
    prophet. This is the same prophet who had worked
    miracles for the beast, so that he could fool
    everyone who had the mark of the beast and
    worshiped the idol. The beast and the false
    prophet were thrown alive into a lake of burning
    sulfur. 21But the rest of their army was killed
    by the sword that came from the mouth of the
    rider on the horse. Then birds stuffed themselves
    on the dead bodies.

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Revelation also talks about other topics
  • The four horsemen
  • The end of the earth
  • The Prostitute
  • 666
  • The two watchman.
  • But two that I want to cover are the throne and
    heaven.

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While some think likes are thrones..
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And some think their phones are hot..
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And others worship cars
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Revelation 4
  • 1After this, I looked and saw a door that opened
    into heaven. Then the voice that had spoken to me
    at first and that sounded like a trumpet said,
    "Come up here! I will show you what must happen
    next." 2Right then the Spirit took control of me,
    and there in heaven I saw a throne and someone
    sitting on it. 3The one who was sitting there
    sparkled like precious stones of jasper and
    carnelian. A rainbow that looked like an emerald
    surrounded the throne. 4Twenty-four other thrones
    were in a circle around that throne. And on each
    of these thrones there was an elder dressed in
    white clothes and wearing a gold crown. 5Flashes
    of lightning and roars of thunder came out from
    the throne in the center of the circle. Seven
    torches, which are the seven spirits of God, were
    burning in front of the throne. 6Also in front of
    the throne was something that looked like a glass
    sea, clear as crystal.    Around the throne in
    the center were four living creatures covered
    front and back with eyes. 7The first creature was
    like a lion, the second one was like a bull, the
    third one had the face of a human, and the fourth
    was like a flying eagle. 8Each of the four living
    creatures had six wings, and their bodies were
    covered with eyes. Day and night they never
    stopped singing,
  •    "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord,  the
    all-powerful God,  who was and is and is coming!"
  •     9The living creatures kept praising,
    honoring, and thanking the one who sits on the
    throne and who lives forever and ever. 10At the
    same time the twenty-four elders knelt down
    before the one sitting on the throne. And as they
    worshiped the one who lives forever, they placed
    their crowns in front of the throne and said,
  •     11"Our Lord and God, you are worthy to
    receive glory,  honor, and power.   You created
    all things, and by your decision they are  and
    were created."

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What about hunger and other pains?
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Revelation 21
  • 1I saw Heaven and earth new-created. Gone the
    first Heaven, gone the first earth, gone the sea.
  • 2I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descending
    resplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as a
    bride for her husband.
  • 3-5I heard a voice thunder from the Throne
    Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood,
    making his home with men and women! Theyre his
    people, hes their God. Hell wipe every tear
    from their eyes. Death is gone for goodtears
    gone, crying gone, pain goneall the first order
    of things gone. The Enthroned continued, Look!
    Im making everything new.

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Rev 22
  • Then the Angel showed me the Water-of-Life River,
    crystal bright. It flowed from the Throne of God
    and the Lamb, right down the middle of the
    street. The Tree of Life was planted on each side
    of the River, producing twelve kinds of fruit, a
    ripe fruit each month. The leaves of the Tree are
    for healing the nations. Never again will
    anything be cursed. The Throne of God and of the
    Lamb is at the center. His servants will offer
    God serviceworshiping, theyll look on his face,
    their foreheads mirroring God. Never again will
    there be any night. No one will need lamplight or
    sunlight. The shining of God, the Master, is all
    the light anyone needs. And they will rule with
    him age after age after age

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My view
  • Theme 1 The Power of God
  • Theme 2 Christ is our Savior
  • Theme 3 The relationship between God and humans.
  • Theme 4  The War between Satan and God.
  • Theme 5 Our God is Just, but to be just, God has
    to Judge.
  • Theme 6 Heaven is an Incredible Place!
  • Theme 7 We must act.
  • Want to know more about my commentary?
  • Commentarybye.org

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Main Takeaways
  • Revelation is different than the rest of the New
    Testament
  • The Artistic content is high- Great source for
    music, art and other artistic elements
  • Strong message about two alternatives Good and
    Evil Heaven and Hell God and the Devil- No gray
    area.

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Question for small groups
  • 1) Have you ever had a dream that was very
    unusual?
  • 2) What does the images of Jesus and God tell you
    about who they are?
  • 3) Why is Revelation so black and white? How do
    you react to this?

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