These readings bring us to the end of the Bible and the end of the E100 readings. It all started “in the beginning” (Genesis 1:1) and ends with Jesus’ assertion that “ I am making all things new” (Revelations 21:5). In Revelation, we glimpse a cosmic contest between good and evil that has been going on since the beginning. Although Revelation was written 2,000 years ago for God’s people who were suffering horrific persecution, it gives us some wonderful glimpses of the final victory of the Lord Jesus over all evil, suffering and death. This book was written by John, a young disciple of Jesus who has now grown old and who knows what it means to follow the Lord. There’s so much we can learn from him.
Purpose: To understand how the end of this age will herald the beginning of the next, and to see how Christ and his followers continue to be an integral part of God’s plan for the world.
- What would you say are the benefits and dangers of wanting to know more about the future? What can and can’t we know?
- What do you learn about Jesus in the first chapter of Revelation? Does any of it surprise, confuse or upset you? Explain.
- After reading John’s letters to the seven churches, how do you think Jesus would feel about your church and churches in your area? What might he say to them?
- What’s your view of heaven? What is it like and who is it for?
- If God asked you “Why should I let you into heaven?,” what would you say? Are you confident you’d get in? Why or why not?
- The later chapters of Revelations speak of the final judgment and the return of Jesus Christ. Do you think this could happen in your lifetime? Explain.