December 31, 2021
DAY 363: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we conclude our journey through the book of Revelation. Babylon falls, the beast is defeated, judgement is rendered, and the new Jerusalem is erected.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Revelation 18-22. Read Revelation 18-22. Let’s journey!
This last book of prophecy was written by the Apostle John, while he was in exile on the island of Patmos, during the later part of his life. The book contains a prophetic revelation of what was to come, like some of the books of prophecy in the Old Testament. This prophetic revelation was sent as a letter to seven churches in the Asia Minor, to address issues they had. In order to understand this book, we need to remember whom John is addressing and what meaning it holds for them. Throughout the book, there is an underlying warning that history repeats itself and all kingdoms come to reject the Lord. Only through Jesus can evil be removed from the world.
Revelation 18-22: Our journey today begins with the fall of Babylon, her king, and those who refuse to leave the city. Heaven rejoices in the destruction of Babylon and her blasphemous ways and the beast is defeated by Jesus Christ. Satan will be defeated and trapped for a 1,000 years. His release will reveal his true nature, as well as human kind who will still follow him. Judgement will be final. A new Heaven, new Earth, and new Jerusalem will be established and Eden restored. (Revelation 8:1-22:21)
After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: Revelation is a very difficult book to read and understand. There are multiple interpretations of the imagery and symbols used throughout the book. Consider what John sees and hears in his vision. What is it? What can be learned from today’s reading? How could this book have provided hope to the churches who received it? How can it provide hope to you?
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