The Study of Revelation

Date Title "Revelation, Part 3"  Chapters 15 through 22
Dec. 9
9:30 a.m.
The Seven
Final Plagues

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

"The Seven Final Plagues"
(15:1–16:218)

Chapters 15 and 16 present the specific phenomena of the final outpouring of God's wrath before Christ's return. Chapter 15, the shortest in Revelation, forms an introduction to those rapid-fire judgments.

Listen to chapter 15 recited by Max McLean of The Listener's Bible.
Listen to chapter 16

MacArthur comments: "The wrath of God ... displayed earlier in Revelation in the seal and trumpet judgments, reaches its devastating climax with the bowl judgments described in this chapter. Those rapid-fire judgments will take place in a very short period of time, marking the final hour of the Day of the Lord. They are the final outpouring of God's wrath on the unbelieving world before the return of the Lord Jesus Christ."

For review and application: Click here1. Each of the Egyptian plagues ridiculed an Egyptian god (the Nile god Hopi, the frog god Heqt, etc.). How are the bowls directed against the gods of the unbelievers?
2. What do and don't we know about the battle at Armageddon from the information given in Revelation?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

Dec. 16
9:30 a.m.
The Destruction of
the Final World
Religion

"The Destruction of the Final World Religion" (17:1–18:24)

Listen to chapter 17 and Listen to chapter 18

John MacArthur explains the purpose for chapters 17 and 18 in the Revelation narrative: "Chapters 17 and 18 are inserted into the chronological flow of Revelation, which continues in chapter 19. The pouring out of the seventh bowl (16:17) is actually followed immediately in time by the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to end the great world battle (19:11). Chapters 17 and 18 digress to look not at God's specific judgments, but at what is being judged. Those two chapters go back to describe the world system led by Satan, Antichrist, and the false prophet, before recording its destruction. John had already heard harbingers of Babylon's destruction (14:8; 16:19); now the details of that destruction will be given in these remarkable visions."

For review and application: Click here1. Why do you think idolatry is described as adultery? Why is materialism a form of idolatry?
2. Why do you think the beast who supported the prostitute (17:3) later attacks and destroys her (17:16)? What is the significance of this?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

Dec. 23 No class Snow cancellation today
Dec. 30
9:30 a.m.
The Glorious
Return of Christ

"The Glorious Return of Christ" (Chapter 19)

Listen to chapter 19

John MacArthur: "God's people throughout redemptive history have eagerly anticipated the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to defeat His foes and set up His kingdom. That will be the time when the destruction of Satan is completed, when the true King receives the ruling scepter, when God will establish the throne of David's greater Son, when the Son will rule the earth with a rod of iron, when the armies of Gog and Magog will be shattered, when the nations will be judged after their defeat in battle by the returning King, when Jerusalem will be the center of Messiah's kingdom, when the angels will gather the wicked for judgment, and when the Lord Jesus Christ will descend visibly from heaven in flaming fire, bringing retribution on the persecutors of His people."

For review and application: Click here1. What is your impression of the battle in 19:19–21? Does it seem to be much of a contest? Why or why not?
2. Do you think there is a significance in the fact that the beast and the false prophet are thrown into the lake of fire alive, while the rest are killed (19:20–21)? If so, why?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

Jan. 6
9:30 a.m.
Man's Last Day
in God's Court

"Man's Last Day in God's Court" (Chapter 20)

Listen to chapter 20

MacArthur: "No one at the Great White Throne judgment will have the slightest grounds for complaint about his or her sentence. Those who reject God's grace and mercy in this life will inevitably face His justice in the life to come.... Unrepentant sinners will experience God's justice at the Great White Throne judgment."

For review and application: Click here1. What are the four chief traits of the thousand-year period?
2. On what basis are the dead judged (20:11–13)?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

Jan. 13
9:30 a.m.
Special Class

Special Class

Meet Jan and Debbie Gossner: Chapel-sponsored missionaries serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators in the Solomon Islands.

Jan. 20
9:30 a.m.
The New Heaven
and
the New Earth

"The New Heaven and the New Earth" (21:1–27)

Listen to chapter 21

MacArthur: "Just as a person preparing to travel to a foreign country desires information about that country, so believers long for a glimpse of that glorious place where they will live eternally. Knowing their eager sense of anticipation, God has provided believers with a description of heaven. Though only a select few details are given, they are staggering, mind-boggling, and overwhelming."

For review and application: Click here1. What is implied by the fact that the city's gates will never be shut (21:25)? For what reasons does a city shut its gates?
2. According to 22:3, what will be the chief occupation of God's people in the Kingdom? What are the implications of this for our lives today?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

Jan. 27
9:30 a.m.
The Believer's Immediate Response to Christ's Imminent Return

"The Believer's Immediate Response to Christ's Imminent Return" (22:1–12)

Listen to chapter 22

MacArthur: "In a series of rapid-fire, staccato statements that move breathlessly from theme to theme, verses 6–12 delineate the responses every believer should have to the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. These verses convey a furious rush of energy, a wild flurry of excited effort to call forth immediate reaction to the vital truth they communicate. The text is pregnant with urgency, pressuring every reader to take action based on the truths it presents."

For review and application: Click here1. Why do you think there is such an emphasis on the authority and reliability of the one who testifies to this book of prophecy (22:6, 16, 20)?
2. What do you think is the point of 22:11 in context?
to read the questions Tim will ask.

Feb. 3
9:30 a.m.
God's Last Invitation

"God's Last Invitation" (22:13–21)

Listen to chapter 22

MacArthur: "In its concluding verses, the Bible comes full circle. It opened with the promise of a coming Savior, who would redeem His people from their sins.... Just as the Bible opens with the promise of Christ's first coming, so it ends with the promise of His second coming."

For review and application: Click here1. How does "let him who hears say, 'Come!'" (22:17) apply to you? How can you make this petition a part of your prayers and actions?
2. Explain who is blessed and what is promised them in 22:14.
to read the questions Tim will ask.

See the previous study page of Revelation: Part 2 (Chapters 7–14).

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



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   Worship and prayers begin at 9:15 a.m.
   Class begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends by 10:30 a.m.

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