Posted by: heisourstrongtower | May 7, 2013

THE NEW TESTAMENT 93-DAY CHRONOLOGICAL READING PLAN – Day 89 Assignment

Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 89

I am going to suggest that you look back at the Praying the Names of Jesus studies that we did on Jesus as the “Alpha and Omega”, Jesus as “Judah the Lion”, and Jesus as the Lamb today as you work on our assignment.  The easiest way for you to find each of these studies is to go to Many Strands of One Accord facebook page and click on photos…look for the pictures that were shared for each week of the Name suggested above.  I truly believe that there is some important insight shared that will help you as you read today’s assignment – Revelations 1 – 5. 

Please do not feel like you have to rush the reading and answering the questions.  The book of Revelations is too important to just gloss over.  I will post the assignments over the next four days, but I, personally, intend to meditate on each of the last four assignments and take my time working through them.  I believe it is very important to invite God into our study of this book; asking for wisdom and discernment and understanding of what we are reading.  

Dear Lord,

We come to You this morning and we want to thank You and praise You for bringing us into this study of Your word.  Your word is truly a lamp unto our feet and a light upon our paths.  Guide us on the way You want us to go and provide us with wisdom, discernment, understanding, truth and a godly perspective as we read this last book in Your word, Revelations.  It is only through You and with You that we are able to find the things that we need to walk in righteousness until Jesus comes again. I love You Lord, I trust You and I am waiting patiently for Your revelations.  In the Name of Your Son, Jesus that we pray, Amen.

 I also want to suggest that you listen to “Revelation Song” as sung by Kari Jobe…get yourself into a mind of worship and then begin today’s assignment.   Remember the author of this book is right there with you and He wants to walk with you through every word. 

“When I saw him, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last.  I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.” Revelations 1:17-18

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Study Questions for Revelation 1 

Prologue (1:1-3)

What does revelation mean? (1) To whom is this revelation for? How did the revelation that follows come to us?

In what way did John receive this revelation? (2) What does it mean to be blessed? (3) What is prophecy? How is one blessed by this prophecy? What is near?

Greetings and Doxology (1:4-8)

Where were the churches that seven letters that follows were addressed to? (4) From whom does grace and peace come from? How is Jesus described in verse 5? How is our relationship with him defined?

What does it mean that Christians are a kingdom? (6; Dan. 2:44-45) That we are priests? (5:10, 20:6; 1 Peter 2:5, 9-10)

How is Jesus’ soon appearance described in verse 7? Why will some people morn when he comes again? (Matt. 8:11-12, 13:40-43, 49-50, 22:13-14, 24:48-51, 25:28-30)

What does it mean that the Lord God is the Alpha and the Omega? (8) What does it mean that he is, was and is to come?

Our Defender Jesus Christ (1:9-20)

What is the Christians state before Jesus comes? (9) Why was John on the island of Patmos?

What does it mean that John was “in the Spirit”? (Luke 4:1; Acts 6:3) What does it mean that the voice was like a trumpet? (10; Isa. 58:1) What do you know about the seven cities? (11) Why might churches be represented by lampstands? (12, 20; Matt. 5:14-16)

What does it mean someone was “like a son of man”? (13; Matt. 17:1-2; Phil. 3:20-21) How do verses 14-15 further explain this title? What does this say about the future of those who are in Christ? (1 Cor. 15:51-54; Phil. 3:20-21)

What does the fact that he holds seven stars in his hand reveal? (16; John 10:28-30) What does it mean “out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword”? (Heb. 4:12-13; John 1:14) Who was this one “like the son of man”? (17-18) What is Jesus about to tell John? (19)

“But I also have a message for the rest of you in Thyatira who have not followed this false teaching (‘deeper truths,’ as they call them—depths of Satan, actually). I will ask nothing more of you except that you hold tightly to what you have until I come. To all who are victorious, who obey me to the very end,

To them I will give authority over all the nations. They will rule the nations with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.

They will have the same authority I received from my Father, and I will also give them the morning star!” Revelations 2:24-28

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Study Questions for Revelations 2

In Ephesus (1:1-7)

What does it mean “to the angel of the church”? What do you know about Ephesus? (Acts 18:19-21, 24-26, 19:1, 17, 26; 1 Cor. 16:8-9; 1 Tim. 1:3-4) What was true about them that were commendable? (2-3)

Who is a Christian’s first and forever love? (4; Matt. 22:36-40) How do we show are love? (5; John 14:15) If they, which started out good, fell back into a sinful life isn’t it possible for us to do the same? (1 John 2:1, 5:18-20)

Who are the Nicolaitans and what did they practice? (6) What is promised him who overcomes? What is the tree of life? (Gen. 2:8-9, 3:22-24; Prov. 3:18-19, 11:30, 13:12, 15:4)

In Smyrna (1:8-11)

What do you know about Smyrna? (8) Who does God call his people, whether Jew or Gentile? (9; Matt. 12:48-50) Why were some Jewish Christians talking about their Jewish heritage?

Where does some suffering come from? (10) Why? What is promised the faithful? What is the second death? (11, 20:6, 14-15, 21:8)

In Pergamum (1:12-17)

What do you know about Pergamum? (12) What is a double-edged sword used for? What does it mean that Satan lives in their city? (13) How can believers keep their faith in Jesus under severe persecution and corruption?

What is Balaam’s teaching and what does it mean that some teachers in their church were teaching his teachings? (14; 2 Peter 2:15-16; Joshua 24:9-10) What should we do if we fall into the trap of those false gospels? (16) What does Jesus promise if we don’t? How does and will Jesus fight with the sword of his mouth? (John 18:3-6)

What is the first thing promised to the overcoming believers? (17a; John 6:63) What is the meaning of second gift? (17b)

In Thyatira (1:18-29)

What do you know about Thyatira? (18) What are the purposes of eyes and feet and why does Jesus mention his? What good deeds did Jesus see in their congregation? (19)

Who was Jezebel in Israel’s history and what grace was given to her New Testament counterpart? (20-21; 1 Kings 18:4) When she and her followers refused to repent what was promised to come? (22) What can we learn from verses 23-25 about Jesus was what he wants from his own?

What is promised him who overcomes? (26) How does Jesus’ dealing with Jezebel foreshadow how sin will be dealt with in the Millennium kingdom? (27) What else is promised? (28-29) Notice that in verse 29 church is plural.

“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other!  But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!  You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.  So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.  I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Revelations 3:15-19

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Study Questions for Revelations 3

 

In Sardis (1:1-6)

 

What do you know about Sardis? (1) What does it mean by “the seven spirits of God”? How can churches have a good reputation, but be dead?

Why does it matter that our deeds are complete in the sight of God? (2) How does verse 3 explain what it means to strengthen what is about to die? How is Jesus like a thief? Why will some Christians be surprised at Jesus’ second coming?

What does it mean when some in a congregation has soiled their clothes? (4, 18, 16:15; Gen. 3:6-7) Why would a follower of Jesus need to overcome? (5-6; John 15:18-21) How can someone in a congregation like Sardis have their name blotted out from the book of life? (1 John 2:18-19)

In Philadelphia (1:7-13)

What do you know about Philadelphia? (7) What is the key of David? What is promised this congregation and why? (8) Why is it so important to acknowledge the love of Jesus? (9)

What are we enduring patiently and why is it a command? (10) What is the hour of trial and why is it a test? How is it that we are given a crown and what does it mean that it can be taken? (11, 2:11; 1 Peter 5:2-4)

What is promised him who overcomes in verse 12? What is the “new” Jerusalem? Why does Jesus say the same thing at the end of each letter? (13)

In Laodicea (1:14-22)

What do you know about Laodicea? (14) What is Jesus called in verse 14?

What does it mean that our deeds can be either hot or cold? Why does Jesus wish his congregation is one or the other? How can our deeds be lukewarm? (16) What does Jesus mean that he is going to spit lukewarm congregations and people out?

Why might this church think God was happy with them, even blessing them? (17) How does Jesus correct their perspective? How can we buy true riches from Jesus? (18)

When is rebuke and discipline good? (19) What is the result of them? What can we learn about Jesus who knocks and doesn’t burst in? (20) What does he mean when he said he will eat with us? What does Jesus promise us in verses 21-22?

“You are worthy, O Lord our God,

    to receive glory and honor and power.

For you created all things,

    and they exist because you created what you pleased.” Revelations 4:11

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“And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang: 

“Blessing and honor and glory and power

    belong to the one sitting on the throne

    and to the Lamb forever and ever.”

And the four living beings said, “Amen!” And the twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped the Lamb.” Revelations 5:13-14

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Study Questions for Revelations 4 – 5 

The Throne in Heaven (4:1-11)

What had John been doing with Jesus just before this? (Rev. 1:10-11) What does the fact that Jesus said “what must take place after this” tell us about the seven letters that precede this event? (1)

What does it mean that John was “in the Spirit? (2) Who was on the throne? What does jasper and carnelian look like? (3a) What does the fact that the elders around the throne have thrones and crowns reveal? (3b-4)

Visioning the scene around Jesus’ throne what can you conclude? (5-6) Who were the “four living creatures”? (7-8; Eze. 1:4-9, 22-28) What do they reveal about Jesus?

What can we learn about Jesus in verse 9? How do the twenty-four elders react to Jesus? (10) What do they do with their crowns and what does this reveal?

What does the elder’s praise of Jesus reveal about him? (11) Why is it important for us to remember these things about Jesus especially in times of trouble and distress?

The Scroll and the Lamb (5:1-14)

What did a sealed scroll in the hand of a ruler in John’s day usually mean? (1) Why did it have seals? (2; Matt. 27:65-66) What does it reveal that no one could be found to open the scroll? (3)

Why would John weep? (4) Who did the elder describe? (5) How did he triumph?

How did the appearance of the one on the throne change? (6) What does it mean that he was a Lamb? (John 1:29-30; Exodus 12:1-11) Who took the scroll from whom? (7)

What can we learn about our prayers in verse 8? What does it mean that we were purchased? (9) What did he do with those he has purchased? (10) What is revealed about our future?

Who else was around the throne? (11) What can we learn about the worthy from Jesus? (12) Who can sing praises to Jesus and his Father? (13) What is revealed about the heart that worships from verse 14?

 

 

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