This week for the Revelation online Bible study we are discussing chapters 10, 11, and 12. Grab your Bible and lets review Revelation. As we learned from Daymond Duck, “serving God requires doing, not just hearing.” We enjoyed talked about this in our Bible Cafe™ community.
Serving God is motivated by love, not paychecks or pride. We serve Him by making disciples and sharing our testimony of His goodness. We serve Him by putting on the character of Christ. As we learned this week too, serving Him is an act of obedience and love.
Here in our study about Revelation, we saw John serving God in many ways. He wrote down words when permitted. He ate the words when commanded. He risked his reputation and relationships by writing the words of Revelation. Perhaps a good prayer for each day is asking God how we may serve His kingdom. For today.
“Spiritual food comes from hearing, believing, and abiding by the Word of God.” We keep our spiritual plate full as we pray, worship, read Scripture, and fellowship with believers. The Bible Cafe™ encourages these opportunities.
John is a New Testament prophet, writing about the destruction of Satan. Can you imagine the risks from such a task! The old man was already banished to an island, yet willing to risk pain and death. In historical context, this first century man was a troublemaker for the religious and political systems. Unafraid, John speaks truth.
The benefits to his obedience impact Christians for more than 2,000 years. His timeless message is passed from generation to generation. His warnings about the false trinity are easily accessible in our modern world. I’d imagine that when the Antichrist takes up his authority, he would censor these prophetic words. For today, we have wisdom without censorship.
And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne. Revelation 11:4b-5 NKJV
Let’s wrap up our week with a closer look at Revelation 12:5. In this passage, the woman figure symbolizes the mother and not the bride. Let’s look at the different roles.
A mother and a bride give and receive love, A mother nurtures a child, carries a child, protects her child, provides for her child, and educates her child. In contrast, a bride leaves her home to start a new family. She is romanced, intentional, and committed to her decision. She has matured.
Later in our study we will encounter the Bride of Christ. Here in Revelation 12, we encounter the mother figure, Israel.
Welcome back to the Bible Cafe™ as we continue our Revelation study. I am very impressed with your desire to learn and share insights in your small groups. Well done my friends! Let us give a big appreciation to our volunteer leaders who make the Bible Cafe™ experience enjoyable for all. We love our leaders very much.
Revelation Online Bible Study
This is my favorite week in the study. Author Daymond Duck clears up the confusion about tribulation, rapture, the four horsemen, and the seven scrolls. He writes, “Because human words cannot describe what John saw, he used symbols to help us.” You do not need a theology degree to understand this. Remember the Bible says those who read Revelation are blessed. The blessing comes as you put your heart and eyes on the Word of God. He will guide you to understanding… verse by verse.
As we study the future described in Revelation, John reminds us about the promises of God. As further encouragement, Daymond Duck observes five people who have been raptured: Enoch, Elijah, Jesus, Philip, and Paul. None of these men died a physical death. Eyewitnesses saw the men “taken up.” Based on historical evidence, we know the possibility of the rapture is real for Believers.
Notably, Lazarus is not included in the list. He died twice, physically, and was not taken up (raptured without a physical death) as the other men were. Do you understand the significance and importance of this happening before the Tribulation Period? It gives us hope for the future.
What other religion had their leader experience physical death, and then come back to life again? Absolutely none. Jesus demonstrates unselfish love. The Antichrist will try to mimic Christ, buts it’s not in his nature to be unselfish and so he will be exposed.
Our study this week is helpful for your understanding of the kinsman redeemer. Some observations to remember: He is a family member, and He pays off a debt. That’s Jesus. In the Old Testament, this was told through the story of Ruth and Boaz. If you want to study this further, open a Bible concordance such as YouVersion or BibleGateway, and in the search box type “redeemer.”
For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth. Job 19:25 NKJV
In Revelation, we are blessed to realize Jesus is our kinsman. He is a member of our spiritual family. With unselfish love, He has prepared a future home for us in eternity.
If Jesus is the kinsman redeemer, then Jesus is your family member. Pause and think about that. He is your family…not some supernatural guy in an ancient book. Not only is He your family, but He is also your Bridegroom. Which symbolizes an eternal “transaction sealed in love.”
Assignment For the Next Week
Read chapters 7, 8, and 9 in the book Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible by Daymond Duck
Welcome to the Bible Cafe™ Revelation study. This week we are studying Revelation chapters one, two, and three. It’s not too late to get the study book and join us for online Bible study. Many women are doing this study with their husband, adult children, or friends. We hope you are blessed by the Revelation online Bible study!
Revelation Online Bible Study Week 1
In Revelation, John was told to write about what he had seen in a vision. As I thought about this fact, in historical context that was probably difficult. How do we describe future things? As we read through Revelation we begin to see John use symbols of his generation. He writes about the trumpet because his original audience will understand. Yet, here in my modern life, I have never owned or heard a trumpet.
John writes about stones and religious garments. Here in my modern church, my pastor wears denim jeans and not religious garments. And in Revelation 4, John writes about the symbolic promise of the rainbow. Where I live, rainbows are political symbols. These are examples of the difficulty in describing the future.
My friends, to help you understand Revelation a bit better, you need to read this book in sequential order. The events of these first three chapters, set the framework for subsequent chapters.
We might think the book begins with an elderly man on a deserted island. But as I researched Patmos, I learned it was a rocky mountain island, ten miles long by six miles wide. Hawaii, in comparison, is 93 miles. When my grandpa lived in Hawaii, he said you can drive the entire island in a day. And get bored very easily! Imagine John exiled on Patmos, smaller than Hawaii.
Patmos was not barren. It had two temples for Greek gods, a gymnasium, and several ports. With this information, it appears John was not a lonely guy on an island. And, he had Jesus in his heart!
When the resurrected Jesus appeared, John met Jesus face-to-face and collapsed. I think I would be humbled too! Wobbly knees, trembling, and holding my breath just a bit too long… that would most likely be my response.
Someday, we will enter Heaven’s door. Are you ready for that?
As we continue our Revelation study, we are instructed by Jesus. He warns the seven churches and corrects them. His angels are on assignment, watching the churches. Are you inside the church worshipping God when Jesus comes? Or hiding in a cave with empty lanterns?
As a modern society, we might stand in line for the latest movie or celebrity. The Queen of England was just honored with an extravagant jubilee. But, when Jesus comes, He warns us not to have a lukewarm reception. We need to be ready with a vibrant love!
Let’s get our hearts back on Him.
Assignment For the Next Week
Read chapters 4, 5, and 6 in the book Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible by Daymond Duck
Welcome to the Revelation study! We are glad that you decided to join this summer study. It’s not too late to join us-just get the book Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible by Daymond Duck. We meet virtually in small groups with women around the world. During this Introduction Week, you will meet your leaders. You’ll notice each group has two or more leaders to keep the conversation flowing. To join our study- click here.
We provide our leaders with ten discussion questions each week. These questions are helpful to understanding and applying what you have read in the book. When you share your answers, we learn and grow together. Each week, we expect you to read three EASY chapters in the study book.
When it comes to the Book of Revelation, people tell me they are “scared” to study it. Sometimes they’ll say, “the world is ending in our generation.” These thoughts are emotional and can magnify fear. Yet, when we open the Bible and start reading this important book, we are blessed!
My friends, fear is unhealthy. We’ve watched the entire world experience an unhealthy fear for the past two years. Instead of bringing us closer together, it pushed people further apart. Fear divides.
Our loving God does not desire unhealthy fear in His family. If you are a Believer in Christ, you are part of a worldwide spiritual family. What unites us is a mutual love for Jesus. Opening our Bibles we find the words “grace and peace.” Those words are for you. And me.
Reading Revelation together is an opportunity for unity in our spiritual family. Instead of finger-pointing, judging others, and dividing further apart, this beautiful Book draws us closer. When the world is saturated by fear, the Book of Revelation gives us hope and direction. It’s a place to grow spiritually, no matter when the end comes.
For the next two months, I want you to challenge yourself to ignore fear. If you tell people you are studying Revelation, you might trigger a spirit of fear in someone who does not study Scripture. Or, if you know a Pharisee, they can make you feel inadequate by elevating their religious spirit. Don’t take the bait of discouragement!
Stand firm, open your Bible to Revelation, and be blessed.
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Assignment For the Next Week
Read chapters 1, 2, and 3 in the book Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible by Daymond Duck
Join me in a Bible Cafe™ study group, and you’ll find some interesting conversations. Today we discussed discernment in the Gideon Bible Study. As I listened to one of the participants share her life story, I thought more about her words. And so, we pulled out Bible dictionaries and researched the meaning of discernment in the Bible. It seemed like a good time to practice what we learned. In Bible study, this is called “application” as we seek to apply the Scriptures to our life.
After agreeing on the meaning of discernment in the Bible, I asked, “When do you plan on writing books?” Because she has a long history of working in the education system, it seems likely she has a heart for children. Her expression on the other side of the Zoom screen was priceless! This has been on her mind since she retired five years ago.
We continued our conversation about her hesitancy to publish books. Like many people, she wondered if she was ‘called” to write, or if this was her own will and desire. We talked about this with our small group and saw how Gideon struggled with discernment too. In the well-known Bible story, Gideon lays out the fleece and asks God for a sign. He is unable to discern God’s will because of his novice spirituality. He was not struggling with unbelief. Discernment is the opportunity to seek God for confirmation.
Then Gideon said to God, “If you are truly going to use me to rescue Israel as you promised,prove it to me in this way. I will put a wool fleece on the threshing floor tonight. If the fleece is wet with dew in the morning but the ground is dry, then I will know that you are going to help me rescue Israel as you promised.”And that is just what happened. When Gideon got up early the next morning, he squeezed the fleece and wrung out a whole bowlful of water. (Judges 6:36-38 NLT)
As my friend in Bible study shared her testimony, I asked her another question: “Do you want to take your testimony to publication (writing or blogging) or the grave? That’s not hard to answer. She knows her Bible and she knows Jesus. Without hesitation, she quoted the Scriptures about giving testimony.
Do you want to take your testimony to publication or the grave?
As a group, we examined our hearts and answered this same question. Once we realize we are living for today- not the grave- our hesitancies evaporate. We move forward, share our stories, and give glory to God. Our love for Jesus inspires us to give a testimony.
If you have attended my Bible Cafe™ groups, then you will see me illustrating the “measure of sin.” What I have learned after leading 100 online Bible studies is this: people measure one another based on their sins. And it frustrates me. Because of this, my life work is to disciple people to be more like Jesus and less like the hypocrites.
Because I encounter this often, I wanted to share my understanding of the measurement of our sins. What does Jesus VIEW when He looks at sin? And I looked in the Bible to find the answer: is one sin worse than other?
Measuring Our Sins Video
What Does The Bible Say About Measuring Sin
Keep in Step with the Spirit
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:16-26 ESV)
People today are measuring one another by their sin rather than their love- Christine Abraham
This reminds me of the hypocrites in the Bible. Some might call them Pharisees. These are people who use legal rules to create a religious spirit over their congregations.
What Happens When Sins Are Judged?
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery.The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. (John 8:4-8 NLT)
My friends, Jesus knows YOUR sin. Stop measuring others by what you did. Let Jesus be the Judge.