Study Revelation With Us | 1:1-2:7

Hi friends! I want to share something absolutely amazing with you involving my sister.

She has daily Bible time, though it’s almost always on her phone. Occasionally a video or another book is involved, but that’s it. She usually gets Bible time done in the morning as well, so then in the evening, she has time to squeeze in watching Heartland or Boy Meets World or a Marvel movie.

When evening arrives, I walk into the living room to see my sister has pulled out her study Bible, a highlighter, & has started playing the next Revelation video. Not only do I never see her have her Bible out, I have never witnessed her hunger for the Word until last night. What a feeling that was to witness, and what a small sliver of being blessed with what I assume God feels when He sees us hungry for Him.

Personally, I actually watched two videos last night because it was sooo good. I am grateful for the age of media where I can just binge theological sermons without having to wait a week. I’ll share both videos below but before I do, I’ll share the favorite thing I learned.

Before I do, I want to clarify that this pastor does not practice eisegesis, which we all have been guilty of. He focuses on the exegesis of scripture. He also tends to list the most common interpretations, then marking which of those interpretations he believes in. I think those practices are extremely important, especially in the Book of Revelation. If you have no clue what eisegesis vs exegesis is, I have included a multi-picture chart below.

Anyways, I’ll get into what my favorite insight was in these two videos I watched yesterday.

The verse is Revelation 1:7.

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,” and “every eye will see him, even those who pierced him”; and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.” So shall it be! Amen.”

So at first glance, it’s not too hard to guess that John is writing about Jesus’ 2nd coming. A footnote after the word “cloud” leads us to Daniel 7:13:

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.” -Daniel‬ ‭7:13‬

John was referencing Daniel in this text and many believe that it means that He is going to come down with the clouds.

However, there’s a verse in Hebrews 12:1 that mentions clouds in a different viewpoint. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”

Another interpretation, one that this Pastor takes on, is that Jesus will be coming down with a “cloud of witnesses”…a cloud of saints…a cloud of believers who have been raptured from the grave and from the Earth, to work alongside him during his 1,000 year reign on Earth to destroy evil in The Last Battle (anyone read the last book of Chronicles of Narnia? I haven’t gotten to it yet).

Regardless of the interpretation, I can’t wait for that day that Jesus comes with the clouds.

Here are the two videos if you’d like to watch.

Study Revelation With Us | Intro

Hi friends! My sister and I are jumping into an in-depth study of Revelations and I decided to share those resources on here.

I often find that churches opt to swerve away from preaching on Revelation. It’s the most confusing of all 66 books of the Bible, and frankly, many are anxious to even attempt to read it. I know many, myself included, have been scared of the contents of Revelations in the past. Perhaps we are scared of what we don’t know. Here’s why we shouldn’t be afraid.

Not only does God calls us into true peace “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV), He calls us into peace through the Book of Revelation! If He calls us away from fear and anxiety, yet also gives us the Book of Revelation, we must be viewing the Book wrongly because God does not contradict Himself. No contents of the Bible should not insight anxiety. He didn’t call John on the island of Patmos to write a script of the scariest apocolyptic horror story we’ll ever read. He gifted John with these visions to comfort us! Yes, this apocalyptic book provides comfort!

Revelation shouldn’t scare you because we already know Jesus wins…He already won. It shouldn’t scare you because the Bride is reunited with her Groom, the Garden of Eden is restored, the curse no longer, Scripture fulfilled. Revelation isn’t scary because it’s the ending of a fantastic story and it’s ending starts the beginning of eternity with our Lord.

It’s also a call to action, as much as it is a call to peace. Revelation is God’s final call, the world’s last chance to run to Him.

If anyone is interested in our study, we are watching a multi-part series by Pastor Gary Hamrick from Cornerstone Chapel Church in Leesburg, VA. In addition to Sunday services, the church also offers Wednesday services, which are more in-depth and theological. You can watch it below if you’d like.