This Week’s Continued Bible Study-10.25.15
A Glimpse of Heaven
Warm-Up Question: Tell about an event you attended that you had a hard time waiting for because you were so excited! Choose any time period of your life.
Main Point: The main attraction in heaven is God and the Lamb.
Sermon Topic: A Glimpse of Heaven
Scripture: Revelation 7:9-17
Observation and Interpretation Questions:
1. Read Revelation 7:9-10.
-Describe the great multitude and what they were doing.
-Who do you think the great multitude is?
-Why do you think the “great multitude” had palm branches in their hands? See Leviticus 23:40.
What connection does this have, to you, with Palm Sunday? Does it evoke any special memories?
2. Read Revelation 7:11-12.
-Describe the arrangement of angels, elders and four living creatures. How do you picture it and the action that takes place?
-Who are the elders? See Revelation 4:4, Revelation 5:8-10, and John 14:1-4. Some have described the 24 elders as a representation of all believers since it might be a picture of the 12 tribes from the Old Testament and the 12 apostles from the New Testament. What do you think?
-The 4 living creatures, like the elders, make their first appearance in Revelation 4. They are often thought to represent the 4 gospels; Matthew Mark, Luke, and John. In verses 11-12, what are they doing? If the living creatures do represent this gospels, what does this say about the Gospels in relationship to the God they are worshipping? Think about how Jesus is The Word. Comments?
-How would you compare this worship in heaven with worship that you have experienced on earth?
3. Read 7: 13-17.
4. Who are those that are in the white robes and what is the great tribulation? Discuss. Nowhere in scripture does it use the word “great tribulation” in connection to 7 years. Some churches teach the church is raptured out for a 7-year period of “great tribulation.” Jesus speaks of tribulation in these last days (Matt. 24:15-28), which is a period that can include from his ascension to his second return!
5. In verse 15 what is the “therefore” there for? What do they do in response to having washed, white robes?
6. What does it mean that their robes are white, because they have washed them in the blood of the Lamb? Think about what we celebrate in communion and in baptism. Did you wear a special white outfit when you were baptized? Is there any other time you or a loved one wore special white (or ivory, or eggshell, or some other variation of white) clothing?
7. What is the great tribulation (verse 14)?
8. What promises are given to those who have come out of the great tribulation, and how does this encourage you today (verses 16-19)?
- What does it mean to you to be one who is “coming out of the great tribulation?”
- What does it mean to you to be one whose robes are “washed white in the blood of the lamb?”
- How do you imagine heaven to be similar to or different than the exciting event you talked about in the opening question?
Pray as a group for how you can worship God today and be an example to others of true worship to God Almighty.
Group Prayer: Pray as a group for how you can worship God today and be an example to others of true worship to God Almighty.
Father in Heaven, You have promised to me no more pain, suffering, hurt or tears. Help me to worship You through the suffering I have on earth today, knowing the great magnitude of worship that I will give You when I am standing in Your presence.
Prayer: Father in Heaven, You have promised to me no more pain, suffering, hurt or tears. Help me to worship You through the suffering I have on earth today, knowing the great magnitude of worship that I will give You when I am standing in Your presence.