This study, taught by Pastor Barry Forder, is the 48th and final session of our ‘Through-the-Bible-in-a-Year’ series recorded during 2014 as part of our Sunday morning family services. In this study we review chapters 12-22 of the Book of Revelation.
The book is the Revelation of Jesus. It ‘unveils’ Jesus in all His glory and majesty. Rather than being ‘too hard to understand’, as many would claim, we are expressly given the purpose of this book: “to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass”! (1:1). This tells us two things: 1) we are intended to understand; and 2) this book records in advance events that will take place in the future. This is not picture language or allegory. Without this book the Bible would not be complete. As Genesis is the book of beginnings, so Revelation is the book of endings. If foretells the end of this order of things – i.e. the way the world is at present. It also foretells the end of Satan’s rule on planet earth, and the end of the false religious and political systems of the world. It clearly shows the destiny of the Church, the nation of Israel and of all unbelievers. It ties together all the Old & New Testament prophecies and leads us into eternity with Jesus enthroned as the universal KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Chapters 12-22 take us from the unveiling of ‘the man of sin’ aka Antichrist, and his accomplice, the ‘False Prophet’ (ch 13), through the 7 trumpets and 7 bowels of wrath (chapters 14-16) taking us through the last 3 1/2 years of the Tribulation. John then sees a vision, that seems to jump back to the first 3 1/2 years, of the Apostate Church system, known as ‘Babylon The Great’. John sees her downfall which paves the way for the final world religion which will be the all-out worship of Antichrist himself. The book concludes with the Second Coming of Jesus (ch 19) which ushers in His 1000 year millennial reign on the earth that then gives way to the eternal kingdom with the New Heaven and New Earth.
May this overview prompt you to undertake your own study of these divinely inspired books.
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