Read Chapter One of A Laymens Commentary on Revelation. Use it as a textbook. Underline, highlight, and consider keeping a journal of how God is speaking to you. Write notes or questions in the margin of the commentary or in this study guide. If you are teaching the lesson to a group or mentoring one on one read over the lesson answering the questions before your meeting. This is not a study where you can expect to show up with the students and bluff your way through the teaching process. Expect many questions about when and how long and who. If too many questions pop up right away in chapter one, put these off for now, many of these will be answered as we study the book of Revelation systematically.
Pray for the members of the group or for the one that you are mentoring. Pray for God to use this study to grow them to be more like Christ and to live with more urgency. Look into your own life to consider if you have grown complacent and no longer look for the second coming of the Lord.
Memorize Rev 1:3. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
Many choose to study without memorization because it is easier. But hiding Gods word in your heart is how it becomes yours and memorization comes with many promises. Memorizing this verse will be an encouragement to you in the days to come during this study. Pray now and ask God to fulfill His promise found in Rev. 1:3. Dont keep this blessing to yourself. Consider a friend or someone that God has put on your heart to ask to go through this study with you.
There are at least five reasons every believer should study the book of Revelation.
The word REVELATION itself means (p. 1)
The entire book is about _______________________________.
He is the central figure of the book and His second coming is the _______________________________ (p. 1)
REVELATION is an exciting New Testament letter of Prophecy that God the Father has sent to _______________________________ (p. 1)
REVELATION contains special blessings for those who _______________________________ and _______________________________ the words of this prophecy. (p. 3 and Rev. 1:3)
Next to the plan of salvation and mans responsibility to live for the glory of God, the _______________________________ is the most important teaching in the Bible. (p. 7)
When reflecting upon Reason #4 (above) for studying the book of Revelation and how we can receive Gods blessing? Consider that there are actually seven Blessings or Beatitudes found in the book of Revelation.
What is the Biblical meaning of the word blessed? _______________________________ (p. 3)
Name the seven blessings shared in the book of Revelation.
Remember as you study on your own to use the tried and true, age old method of Biblical Interpretation called the Literal Approach (p. 2) this will keep you from getting too far from the true and certain meaning of the passage. Some wishing to make every detail stand for something have dug deep theological holes from which they can never recover. And remember that the first law of holes is: When you are in one, quit digging.
In Revelation 1:12-16 The Apostle John records a seven part description of Jesus Christ. This passage is one of 88 references to Jesus as the Son of Man. In most of those references we find that it is Jesus referring to Himself. This was one of Jesus favorite designations for Himself. Some theologians wishing to discredit the gospel message have suggested that for Jesus to call Himself the Son of Man means that He never considered Himself deity. Since most of those references also occur in the Gospel of John, it is interesting again to note that John is the writer of the book of Revelation. This particular passage, however, takes away all doubt that the Son of Man was never considered a title for deity. The Son of God was 100% fully and completely God. Yet, He also was fully and completely 100% man. The Lord of Lords and the King of Kings is also the Son of Man.
Consider the seven-fold description of Jesus. (p. 11-12)
What does this description say to you about who the Lord is?
How does this description compare to other Biblical descriptions of the Lord?
What does this description motivate you to do or to be?