Revelations 1 Week Study
I will do the Revelations book over the course of a few weeks. There will be new excerpts on Sunday’s! These are just summaries and opinions on how I took in the book and chapters.
“Don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life. ” Revelations 2:10
Revelations is the book of end times and it can be a little scary. It’s hard processing the bible. It is written by man so it’s your choice to whether you believe or not. I think my biggest fear as a believer is not trusting that it will actually be there when I do finally go. It’s hard to wrap my head around that fact that when I go, I’m scared that it will just be darkness and that eternal life won’t be there. It’s crazy to think about and it gives me anxiety. If I took anything from revelations, it would be that the end doesn’t have to be scary if you just believe and trust in the Lord.
The verse above spoke to me when I read it. Sometimes we go through things that are other than death, and it can be a death of a old chapter, or something physical, emotional, or mental. I am going to start by breaking down this verse first. This is verse is from Revelations 2:10. This is just my opinion and what I feel/think when I read this verse. When it says “don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer”, It gives me some reassurance because throughout the entire bible, God continues to reassure you. It means that everyone goes through sufferings, and everything normally is okay after and happens for a reason. It then says, “the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days.” When I read this part, it struck me that the devil is constantly on your other shoulder saying do this, do that. He oppresses your faith. You get tested on the daily with problems and trying to find solutions. There are days that he adds to your discouragements. The last part reads, “be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life.” What I got from this, is to be trustful. Trust that the Lord is there and will triumph everything you are feeling. It will all soon be over and he is going to make it better. This quote is like a three in one. It describes the pressures we feel from every day life, and this will apply in our lives when it comes to judgement day.
In Revelations it explains the seven stars and the seven lampstands. The seven stars are the angels and the seven lamp stands are the assemblies. The angels of the assemblies are as follows: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatria, Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea.
I think what is happening when he is explaining all of these angels and assemblies, is that he is explaining what will happen if you deny him or don’t believe. I haven’t quite figured this part out yet, but I’m doing my best by researching and understanding. At least my understanding of it. There is no right or wrong. You take in these stories however it will help you in life.
I think the whole point of the first three chapters is explaining what will happen if you don’t accept Jesus as your Savior. It says in 3:5, “he who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments and, I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my father and before his angels.”
Really if you think about it, it isn’t about being perfect. It’s about living life respectfully and morally to it’s fullest. Accepting that their is a God and that he is there to guide you. Even though it doesn’t feel like it sometimes.
The next verse that stuck out to me that I’m going to end with, and pick back up on chapter 4 when I post next Sunday, was “ I am coming quickly! Hold firmly that which you have, so that no one takes your crown!” This was 3:11. The way I take this verse is that if you believe and you stand tall in what you believe in, in which you should always stand your ground, then no one can take your crown from you. This is something that can be remembered all the time through different scenarios of your life. Never let that crown slip. Never let go of what you believe in because someone else doesn’t like it or agree with it. Stand firm in your thoughts and beliefs.
I hope you took as much from the first 3 chapters of Revelations that I did. It’s not hard to get into heaven from my understanding. I took three points from this study.
3. Be Firm.
What did you take from this?