Revelation - Part 26
Here Comes the King l Revelation 16:1-16
“Realism has taken the place of (easy) optimism, and men have been forced to turn to eschatological considerations as the source of hope for a sin-cursed world. The Bible and the revelation it contains proves to be the one source of hope and confidence in the future, and men are turning more and more to it for light in the present darkness.”
J. Dwight Pentecost
“There is one thing we haven’t learned to do, even though God’s Word repeatedly calls us to the task. We haven’t learned how to rescue the oppressed.”
Gary Haugen, IJM
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When _______ Jesus ________ All His Subjects Must ______
Questions for the Heart and Spirit
- Do you ever think about Gods final judgment of the earth? What do you picture in your mind that it will be like? Will there be believers on the earth at that time? Will they be spared? Discuss.
- If we were to assume that we believers are present at the beginning of chapter 16, how would you prepare for such an eventuality? What are you doing to prepare your friends and neighbors for the coming judgment? Or do you really believe it is coming in your lifetime?
Questions for the Mind
- READ: Rev 1:10; 5:2, 12; 6:10; 7:2, 10; 8:13; 10:3; 11:12, 15; 12:10; 14:7, 9, 15, 18; 16:1 - What is going on with all the loud voices? Can you discern a purpose for them? There’s a lot of them.
- READ: Rev 8:7; 16:2; 8:8; 16:3; 8:10; 16:4; 8:12; 16:8-9; 9:1-3; 16:10-11; 9:13-14; 16:12 - compare chapters 8 and 9 with those from 16, what similarities do you find? What differences? It has been postulated that the bowl judgments are chronologically linked and not subsequent to the trumpet judgments. What do you think? Why?
- READ: -20 - If the earth is harvested in Chapter 14, who is left to experience Chapter 16? Or are Chapter 14 and 16 not chronological? Discuss.
- READ: Gen 17:1; Ex 6:3; Ez 10:5; Rev 16:7; - The term God Almighty is a translation of the Hebrew name for God, El Shaddai. It comes from a word meaning mountain, the picture of a mighty one standing on a mountain. It’s rare, why here?
- READ: Rev 16:14-16; 2 Chron 35:20-22; Zech 12:1-11; Rev 19:17-21 - The term Armageddon appears only once in the NIV, here in chapter 16 verse 16. This place is also referred to as Har-mageddon, or the Plain of Meggido in other translations. According to -16, it is to be the site of “battle on the great day of God Almighty”. Who will be the participants, and who will be the victors?
- Read a book about the end times to gain further insight into the answer to the above question 5. The Final Battle by Hal Lindsey, or What in the World is Going On by David Jeremiah are suggested.