Over the last few weeks, the journey has taken us through the book of Revelation 17-19. Some say the great harlot in Revelation 17 represents the ultimate in godless world religion. In present times, we are witnessing corruption in local, state and national government. Truth will always be truth and wise leaders realize that honesty is the best policy.
A balance of power is healthy. The framers of the U. S. constitution realized the need for diversity and integrity. There are so many ideas on how best to govern a city, state, or nation but the system that seems to work best is the idea that the power belongs with its people under one God.
In the end, God will reign and the faithful will have the advantage because of trust in Him. We can keep a positive outlook because of remembering that God has helped in the past and believing that good things will happen in the future.
Revelation 18 introduced us to another angel who many say is Christ himself coming to destroy His enemies. He announces the fall of commercial Babylon; a place where wickedness was prominent throughout the city as it was a godless place. The people worshiped idols, sought luxury, were greedy, and desired pleasure.
Sometimes we get worn out trying to explain the dire consequences of not following God. The Bible lays out a path to follow which leads to peace of mind and eternal rewards but some choose not to follow even when not following leads to stress, chaos, and destruction.
Over the next few weeks, I will finish the journey through the book of Revelation. The Great Tribulation comes to an end and the mood will turn happy rather than somber in the previous chapters because the attention will now be on heaven. As we go through life, things can get messy but we can always imagine a day when we are surrounded by our Savior’s glory in heaven.
As the journey continues through God’s Word, below are questions for reflection to help in the study and to help focus some thoughts which I will share in posts over the next few weeks.
How is this vision similar to others John has described (See Rev. 6:9-11; 9:1-2; 11:3-12; 12:9) How do you know you will not succumb to the political, religious and economic pressures of the beast? What is the first resurrection (See Luke 14:14; 1 Cor. 15:20-26; Phil. 3:10-11; 1 Thess. 4:16)?
Who will lead the battle here (Ezek. 38-39)? From where will the forces come? What is their target? How far do they get? What can you do to add to the book of life?
Describe what John sees (See Rev. 3:12; Is. 60:11-22; 65:17-19; 66:22). What are new (See Rev. 2:17; 3:12)? What prophecy will finally be fulfilled (See Is. 7:14; Mt. 1:23)?
How are the bride and Holy City related? (See 19:7-8; 21:2)? Describe the glory of the city. From what source does the city derive its character? What is different about the heavenly city when contrasted with our modern cities?
Imagine you are being shown around the city. What impresses you the most? What are the city’s provisions (see 7:16-17)? For whom? What makes the separation of God and man unnecessary in this city (See Jer. 3:17)?
For whom is the revelation given (see v. 3, 16)? What will be the reward of those who are ready (See 7:14-17; 21:25; 22:2; Is. 40:10; Gen. 3:22)? To what extent is the Lord Jesus the Alpha and the Omega of your days? Of Your life? Of the history of the world?
Who is warned? Why is the completeness of this revelation so important? What can you say with certainty about the second coming after reading Revelation?
The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.
Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast