The Study of Revelation


Date Title "Revelation, Part 2"  Chapters 7 through 14
July 8
9:30 a.m.
Survivors of
the Wrath of God

† To see study notes on the first six chapters, click here.

"Survivors of the Wrath of God" (7:1–8)

Chapter 7 forms a parenthesis between the sixth and seventh seals. It answers the question from 6:17: "The great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?"

Listen to this chapter recited by Max McLean of The Listener's Bible.

Two groups will survive the fury of divine judgment. The first group consists of Jewish evangelists who will be preserved on earth, having survived the wars, famine, unprecedented natural disasters, disease, rampant unchecked sinfulness, and savage persecution; they will enter the millennial kingdom alive.

In the second group to escape divine fury are those who will be martyred and thereby ushered into the blissful rest of heaven where they will be preserved. After the horrific events of the sixth seal, and before the opening of the seventh seal in chapter 8, the Holy Spirit provides this chapter as an interlude for the reader to catch his breath. It is also a reminder that in the midst of His wrath, God will remember mercy."

For review and application: Click here1. Why is it important for us to know that God's servants will be sealed before God afflicts the land and the sea with the final judgments (7:3)?
2. Why do you think the opening of the last seal is interrupted by the two visions of chapter 7? What purpose do they serve at this point in the story?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

July 15
9:30 a.m.

Special
Teaching
"The Cry for Mercy and the Delight of Restoration" by Pastor Dick

Pastor Dick will call attention to the eloquence of Psalm 51 and the delight that David expresses in his Psalm 38.

Please read Psalm 51 and Psalm 38 in your preferred version (or listen to both: Psalm 51 and Psalm 38) before Sunday's class teaching and discussion begins.
July 22
9:30 a.m.
Tribulation
Saints

"Tribulation Saints" (7:9–17)

Listen to this chapter

MacArthur (a futurist) comments: "There have been many times of great response to the gospel throughout history, including the church's birth on the Day of Pentecost, the Reformation in Europe in the sixteenth century, and the Great Awakening in America in the eighteenth century. During those powerful movements of God's saving grace, thousands came to faith in Jesus Christ. It has ever been the prayer of God's people that God would bring in such great harvests of souls, and often He has answered.

But there is coming in the future a worldwide response to the gospel that will far exceed any other in history and maybe all others combined. It will sweep the globe in just a few short years and produce a vast multitude of redeemed people from all the nations, making it the greatest movement of God's saving power the world will ever see."

For review and application: Click here1. Why do you think the opening of the last seal is interrupted by the two visions in chapter 7? What purpose do they serve at this point in the story?
2. What personal relevance and encouragement do you find in 7:16–17?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

July 29
9:30 a.m.
The Seventh Seal "The Seventh Seal" (8:1–5)

Listen to this chapter recited by Max McLean of The Listener's Bible.

MacArthur (a futurist) observes: "When the Lamb opens the seventh and last seal on the little scroll that was the title deed to the earth (5:1), the judgments of the Day of the Lord will intensify and expand dramatically. This final seal contains within it the full sweep of the remaining divine judgments of the time of the Great Tribulation, including the trumpet and bowl judgments. The seventh seal encompasses all of God's final wrath, up to the triumphant return of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory."

For review and application: Click here1. What happens when the Lamb opens the seventh seal (8:1–5)?
2. When the seventh seal is opened, there is first silence, then prayer. How do you interpret the heavenly response to the saints' prayers (8:5)?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Aug. 5
9:30 a.m.
The First Four Trumpets "Divine Destruction of Earth's Ecology: The First Four Trumpets" (8:6–13)

Listen to this chapter recited by Max McLean of The Listener's Bible.

MacArthur (a futurist) observes: "...the damage man has done to the earth pales in comparison to what God will one day do to it.... The first four trumpets all deal directly with the earth. They do not symbolize political, social, or economic judgment: those types of judgment come later in Revelation.

"Nor do they describe any judgment that has ever happened in history in some locale or region. The trumpet judgments are actual, literal, physical events that will affect the whole earth. God will use nature to punish sinners in that day."

For review and application: Click here1. God sent plagues on Egypt to deliver His people from slavery, reveal His power, judge the Egyptians for idolatry, and prove that the gods of Egypt were false. Compare the plagues in Exodus 7:14–11:10 to the judgments of trumpets and bowls in Revelation. What echoes of Exodus do you observe in Revelation? What do you think God is saying by planning these echoes?
2. How do the first four trumpets compare (8:7–12)?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Aug. 12
9:30 a.m.

No Class Today Because there will be only one church service today at 10 a.m., Sunday school will not be held today. A second service will be held at Spicer Lake, also at 10 a.m.
Aug. 19
9:30 a.m.

Special
Teaching
"Words to Live By" by Lee Vahle

Tim will be on call; Lee will substitute for him.
Aug. 26
9:30 a.m.

Special
Teaching
"Happiness is Not a Journey — It's a By-product of the Way to Serve"
by Jim Wagner

To prepare, please read Philippians 1:1–11.
Sept. 2
9:30 a.m.
The Fifth Trumpet "The Fifth Trumpet" (9:1–12)

Listen to chapter 9.

MacArthur (a futurist) observes: "In the future, Satan will serve God's purpose by being permitted to launch another deadly assault against the human race. That attack will come at the sounding of the fifth trumpet, during the time of God's judgment in the Great Tribulation (7:4).

"There is coming a day when the siren call of hell will be so loud as to be all but irresistible. The people of that time will ignore the repeated, powerful preaching of the gospel and the warning conveyed by terrifying, devastating judgments from God. Having rejected all offers of grace and mercy, they will see death come upon mankind through the trumpet and bowl judgments, which will deliver death on a scale unprecedented in human history. Yet even then they will not repent; in fact, they will curse God. People at that time, they will have made the irrevocable choice to side with the forces of hell.

"Like the fifth trumpet (9:1–12), the sounding of the sixth trumpet heralds another, more severe demonic attack on sinful mankind. This attack, unlike the previous one, brings death."

For review and application: Click here1. What do you think the locusts of 9:1–12 are? Literal locusts? Demons? Symbolic of the torments of life that make unbelievers want to die
2. What difference does it make to you that the locusts are freed with God's permission (9:1) and that God chooses what they are and aren't allowed to do (9:3–5)?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Sept. 9
9:30 a.m.
The Sixth Trumpet "The Sixth Trumpet" (9:13–21)

Listen to chapter 9.

MacArthur (a futurist) observes: "There is coming a day when the siren call of hell will be so loud as to be all but irresistible. The people of that time will ignore the repeated, powerful preaching of the gospel and the warning conveyed by terrifying, devastating judgments from God. Having rejected all offers of grace and mercy, they will see death come upon mankind through the trumpet and bowl judgments, which will deliver death on a scale unprecedented in human history. Yet even then they will not repent; in fact, they will curse God. People at that time will have made the irrevocable choice to side with the forces of hell."

For review and application: Click here1. Do you think God is cruel to send such awful afflictions on the inhabitants of the earth? Why or why not?
2. How are the visions of the first six trumpets relevant to us in our time? What lessons do they have for us (about God, the Kingdom, suffering, patient endurance, ultimate reality)?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Sept. 16
9:30 a.m.
God Breaks
His Silence
"God Breaks His Silence" (10:1–4)

Listen to chapter 10.

MacArthur (a futurist) observes: "All the pain, sorrow, suffering, and evil in the world cause the godly to long for God to intervene. A day is coming when He will break His silence, a day when all the purposes of God concerning men and the world will be consummated. At that time, the Lord Jesus Christ will return and establish His earthly kingdom."
Sept. 23
9:30 a.m.
No More Delay,
and
John Eats the Book
"No More Delay" and "John Eats the Book" (10:5–11)

Listen to chapter 10.

MacArthur (a futurist) observes: "All the pain, sorrow, suffering, and evil in the world cause the godly to long for God to intervene. A day is coming when He will break His silence, a day when all the purposes of God concerning men and the world will be consummated. At that time, the Lord Jesus Christ will return and establish His earthly kingdom. ...All the atheists, agnostics, and scoffers who mocked the thought that Christ would return will be silenced. The millennia of sin, lies, murders, thefts, wars, and the persecution and martyrdom of God's people will be over. ...The sounding of the seventh trumpet, which heralds the imminent return and reign of the Lord Jesus Christ, will usher in that long-anticipated day."

For review and application: Click here1. How is the vision of Revelation 10:1–7 like that of Daniel 10:4–12:13?
2. Why is the oath of Revelation 10:6–7 important for us to know about?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

>>> By 10:30 a.m., volunteers who will help serve refreshments will go to the kitchen.
Sept. 30
9:30 a.m.
The Two
Witnesses
"The Two Witnesses" (11:1–14)

Listen to chapter 11.

MacArthur: "In the future, during Earth's darkest hour, God will raise up two exceptional and powerful preachers. They will fearlessly proclaim the gospel during the three and one-half years of the seven-year Tribulation, the period that Jesus called 'the great tribulation' (Matt. 24:21; Rev. 7:14). During that time of horrific divine judgments on the earth, of rampaging hordes of demons terrorizing and slaughtering millions of people, and wickedness rampaging unrestrained, their gospel preaching, along with that of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists (7:1-10), the 'angel flying in mid-heaven' (14:6), and the testimonies of other believers alive during that time, will be a final expression of God's grace offered to repentant and believing sinners."

For review and application: Click here 1. Why is it important for us to know that the Temple is measured before the city is given over to be trampled (11:1–2)? What do you think is the relevance for us?
2. Recall how people responded to the first six trumpet plagues (9:20–21). How does three and one-half years of testimony from the two witnesses affect these people (11:3–12)?
to read the question Tim will ask.
Oct. 7
9:30 a.m.
The Seventh
Trumpet
"The Seventh Trumpet" (11:15–19)

Listen to chapter 11.

MacArthur: "The seventh trumpet sets in motion the final consummation of God's redemptive plan for the present universe. During its tenure will come the final fury of the Day of the Lord judgments (16:1–21), the final harvest of judgment on earth (11:18; 16:19), and the Lamb's defeat of the kings of the earth (17:12–18), culminating in the final, climactic triumph of Christ at Armageddon (19:11–21). The sounding of the seventh trumpet signals God's answer to the prayer, 'Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven' (Matt. 6:10). That answer sweeps through chapters 12–22 as God finishes His mighty work of reclaiming creation from the usurper, Satan."

For review and application: Click here1. Earlier, God was called Him "who is, and who was, and who is to come" (1:4,8; 4:8). Why do you suppose "who is to come" is dropped in 11:17?
2. We might have expected the seventh trumpet to usher in the third woe (18:13; 9:1, 12–13; 11:14). Instead, we get a heavenly chorus of joy. What do you think this signifies? Why is Heaven singing when we still have six chapters before John describes the return of Christ?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Oct. 14
9:30 a.m.

The War of
the Ages:
The Prelude
(Part 1)

"The War of the Ages: The Prelude" (Part 1) (12:1–6)

Listen to chapter 12.

MacArthur: "Though chapter 11 records the sounding of the seventh trumpet, the effects it produces are not described until chapters 15–18. The seventh trumpet will sound near the end of the Tribulation, launching the brief but final and devastating bowl judgments just before Christ's return in power and glory. Chapters 6–11 describe the events of the Tribulation up to the sounding of the seventh trumpet; chapters 12–14 recapitulate that same period, describing events from Satan's vantage point. In addition, the latter section takes the reader all the way back to the original rebellion of Satan (12:3–4). The chronological narrative of the Tribulation events then resumes in chapter 15."

For review and application: Click here1. In your own words, explain what you think is the meaning of John's vision in 12:1–6.
2. Who is the woman? Who is the red dragon??
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Oct. 21
9:30 a.m.
The War of
the Ages:
War in Heaven
(Part 2)

"The War of the Ages: War in Heaven" (Part 2) (12:7–12)

Listen to chapter 12.

MacArthur: "The epochal, long, supernatural war of Satan against God reaches its climax in this profound passage. The sounding of the seventh trumpet in 11:15–17 will anticipate Christ's triumph over Satan, although the final battle will not yet have been fought (cf 19:11–21). The effects of the seventh trumpet's sounding will be described beginning in chapter 15. The intervening chapters, 12–14, recapitulate the events of chapters 6–11, viewing them from Satan's perspective. They recount the beginning of the war of the ages with Satan's initial rebellion against God and describe its climactic battle during the Tribulation. They also chronicle Antichrist's rise to power and the ultimate failure of Satan's efforts."

For review and application: Click here1. Who are "they" in 12:11 who have overcome the accuser?
2. How have they overcome Satan?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

Oct. 28
9:30 a.m.
The War of
the Ages:
War on Earth
(Part 3)
* * * Includes a Special Guest Presentation by Missionary Rob Darby

"The War of the Ages: War on Earth" (Part 3
) (12:13–17)

Listen to chapter 12.

MacArthur: "Satan's onslaught against the Jews during the Tribulation will begin with the rise to power of Antichrist. During the first three and one-half years of the Tribulation, Satan will work to extend Antichrist's power. Once he becomes the ruler of the world, Satan will make use of him for his evil purposes. Thus, the Antichrist will pose as the protector of the Jews during the first half of the Tribulation. The covenant mentioned in Daniel 9:27 is a protection pact with the Antichrist that he will break in the middle of the seven-year period. At that point, Antichrist will become Israel's persecutor for the last half of the Tribulation. ...
"This passage describes three attacks that Satan's forces will mount against Israel during the Tribulation".

For review and application: Click here1. Why is it important for you to know that when he is hurled from Heaven and cannot destroy the woman, the dragon makes war against those who obey God's commands (12:12, 17)?
2. What important truths about God and His people are conveyed in 12:6, 14-16?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Nov. 4
9:30 a.m.

The Beast
Out of the Sea

Taught by
Rob Sullivan

"The Beast Out of the Sea" (13:1–10)
by Rob Sullivan

Listen to chapter 13.

MacArthur: "Chapter 12 records the beginning of Satan's long war against God and His people; chapter 13 follows logically to record that war's culmination. In chapter 12, Satan is seen being cast from heaven to earth; in chapter 13 he is described beginning his massive effort on earth to defeat God and His purposes. Satan will try to prevent Jesus Christ from setting up His earthly kingdom by setting up his own under Antichrist."]

MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2000). Revelation 12–22. MacArthur New Testament Commentary (40). Chicago: Moody Press.

For review and application: Click here1. Who is this beast, and what are his intentions?
2. This looks overwhelming: what are we (as saints, set apart for Him) to do?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Nov. 11
9:30 a.m.
The Final
False Prophet
"The Final False Prophet" (13:11–18)

Listen to this chapter.

MacArthur: "Just as the false christs who have plagued mankind will culminate in the final Antichrist, so also will the false prophets culminate in a final false prophet. He will be Satan's last and most powerful lying deceiver. Alone with Satan, the counterfeit of the Father, and Antichrist, the counterfeit of Jesus Christ, the false prophet will form the satanic false trinity. He will be the counterfeit of the Holy Spirit. The false prophet will be Antichrist's partner in Satan's massive final deception of the world. While Antichrist will be primarily a political and military ruler, he will also claim to be God. The false prophet will be his high priest, the religious leader who will lead people into the satanic religion of worshipping Antichrist. The false prophet will deify Antichrist and convince unbelievers that he is the only hope for the world's salvation."

For review and application: Click here1. How did God want His people to mark themselves? [See Genesis 17:9–14; Deuteronomy 6:4–5]
2. What kind of marks did God forbid? [See Leviticus 19:28]
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Nov. 18
9:30 a.m.
Triumphant
Saints

Taught by
Rob Sullivan

"Triumphant Saints (14:1–5)
by Rob Sullivan

Listen to this chapter.

MacArthur: "The opening verses of Revelation 14 introduce the most triumphant group of men the world will ever know. Scripture describes other faithful, godly, uncompromising, committed men, such as Joseph, Daniel, and Paul. But never will there be such a large group at one time. They will emerge from the worst holocaust in history, the Tribulation, battle weary but triumphant; they will be like 144,000 Daniels."

For review and application: Click here1. What did John see here? What did he hear?
2. Why do you think only the 144,000 are able to learn the new song of praise (v. 3)?
3. Do you "follow the Lamb wherever he goes" (14:4)? What would it mean for you to do this?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Nov. 25
9:30 a.m.
Angelic Messengers "Angelic Messengers" (14:6–11)

Listen to this chapter.

MacArthur: "Angels will play a major role in the end-time events. They will gather the nonelect for judgment (Matt. 13:41–42, 49–50), the elect for glory (Matt. 24:31), and accompany the Lord Jesus Christ when He returns to earth in triumph (Matt. 25:31; 2 Thess. 1:7). In Revelation, angels are involved in the outpouring of God's wrath. Unlike those angels, however, the three angels described in verses 6–11 do not bring judgment. Instead, they bring astounding proclamations from God concerning the consummation of the age."

For review and application: Click here1. The first of the three angels is flying and proclaiming "the eternal gospel" to the inhabitants of the earth (14:6). What is the eternal gospel (14:7)?
2. What do the other two angels proclaim?
to read the questions Tim will ask.
Dec. 2.
9:30 a.m.
The Final
Reaping
of the Earth
"The Final Reaping of the Earth" (14:12–20)

Listen to this chapter.

MacArthur comments: "The phrase 'the perseverance of the saints' introduces one of the most important and most comforting doctrines in Scripture. It expresses the truth that all those whom God has elected, called, and justified will never lose their faith, but will persevere in it until death. That reality provides assurance, hope, and joy to every true believer in Jesus Christ and brings an end to fear and doubt. It also reveals that believers' deaths are blessed because death ushers them into the glories of heaven.

"God's final judgment on the earth is the theme of 14:6-11. Verses 12 and 13 form a brief respite, presenting the encouraging, comforting truth of the perseverance of the saints. After the brief rest to encourage the faithful, the theme of divine wrath resumes in verses 14-20....After years of enduring Antichrist's oppressive rule, demonic assaults, and the terrifying, devastating, staccato judgments of God, people will wearily hope that things are about to get better. It will seem as if life couldn't possibly get any worse, but it will. Cataclysmic 'Day of the Lord' judgment is about to fall on Satan, his demon hordes, Antichrist, and all the wicked, unrepentant people of the world. That judgment is depicted in this passage as the final reaping of the earth. In an unprecedented holocaust, the full fury of the Lord Jesus Christ will be released in devastating judgment."

For review and application: Click here1. Why does the announcement of 14:9–11 call for "patient endurance on the part of the saints" (14:12)?
2. Why are the dead who die in the Lord from this point on blessed? Has this any relevance to you? If so, what is it?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

See the previous study page of Revelation: Part 1 (Chapters 1–6).

See the continuation of Revelation: Part 3 of this three-part study.



Adult Sunday school classes are taught by in House #1.
   Doors open at 9 a.m. for fellowship.
   Worship and prayers begin at 9:15 a.m.
   Class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends by 10:30 a.m.

Please invite people who you feel would appreciate learning about Apostle John's book of Revelation.