Revelation: A Family Study



Notes from our family study of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.

John the Apostle and the book of Revelation
(Ref. 1, Chapter 1)

1. Revelation was written primarily to uncover the majesty and power of Jesus Christ!

2. Revelation affirms Christ's return and His reign over the earth.
7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen.

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
(Revelation 1:1-8)

3. Revelation should govern our conduct.
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...

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
(Revelation 1:3, 2:7)

4. Revelation tells us God's plan for the future and assures us that we are on the winning side.

Timing and Practical Thoughts for our Family Today

Assuming pre-tribulation rapture...

First, before the antichrist is revealed, there will be a great falling-away, apostasy, from the faith.

This is important to note as we disciple our children today. Why?

Because I think we are closer to the required technological, social, and cultural mechanisms needed for One World economy, One World government, and One World religion during the tribulation. (Ref. 2)

So what's most important is to instruct our children to understand the pressure they will be under to "fall-away" or turn away from the faith, and give them tools to stand strong in that day (or pass it on to their children!).

Jesus warns us, do not be deceived, led astray
3 As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” 4 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. 5 For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.

9 “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name's sake. 10 And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. 11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. 13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:3-14

Paul warns us, "Let no one deceive you in any way."
3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction 2 Thessalonians 2

My notes for family devotional and Bible study. Posted February 2016.

References:

1. "Agents of the Apocalypse: A Riveting Look at the Key Players of the End Times" by David Jeremiah

2. One World: Biblical Prophecy