Summary of passages: Various passages for the day.
8a) “I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
b) Personal Question. My answer: It means we will rise again with him and live forever. It helps me to keep an eternal perspective in our transient world.
9a) I could write pages and pages to answer this question. Murder, abuse, rape, incest, untimely or needless death, hard financial times, broken dreams, death of a loved one, war, famine, fights with friends, guilt, physical disabilities and struggles, etc
b) Personal Question. My answer: I should have an eternal perspective and not worry over trivialities. My reward is in heaven, not here. Here is merely for Him, not me. Live for Him. Live to the fullest. Let the trivialities fall away. Pray for the fallen and broken. Leave the world to Him.
Conclusions: Like yesterday, lackluster. Maybe it’s my mood. Didn’t like 9a. I could go on forever. Some questions are just depressing. This is one. Admittedly, I answered 9b before I looked up the passages. The passages merely state Christ is coming back (like the question does).
Conclusions on Lesson 2: We once again spent another week looking at the Book of Revelation as a whole before we begin to study the passages. Days 2, 4, & 5 all point to hope. We will all once again be with God here on Earth. God will defeat all evil.
Day 3 was the most useful in my opinion. Understanding who John was writing to is critical in trying to interpret the text. Putting ourselves back 2000 years is hard enough. What we can’t reproduce is the mindset, perspective, and the knowledge the average first century Christian had. This is partly why understanding Revelation is beyond so many of us and why it is so confounding and why we’ll never have 100% answers.
Keep in mind: In this study, there will be variances amongst all of our answers and that is to be expected and to be the norm. Some of us will be guessing. Some of us will have our own beliefs. Some of us will have no clue. Some of us will have a lot of knowledge. Wherever you fall on the continuum, that is okay. We are all here to learn from each other. It should be a great ride!