Summary of passage: John sees 3 angels. The first proclaims the eternal gospel to the earth and says to turn to God because the judgment has come. The second says how Babylon has fallen. The third warns that whoever worships the beast or bears his mark will have God’s fury, be tormented with burning sulfur, and have no rest. God says blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.
9a) The mark of the beast appears on those who have chosen to worship Satan instead of God. They may prosper here but for eternity they will drink from the cup of wrath which Jesus did for believers and be tormented for eternity day and night by burning sulfur.
b) Personal Question. My answer: I touched on this last lesson about how I wish more churches would discuss the consequences of choosing Satan over God. Unbelievers face a grim, dismal, and undesirable future in hell. It is not a pretty picture. Fully understanding what unbelievers face (and we’ll see more details later on in Revelation and talk more about this) does make me more concerned especially about family members and loved ones who don’t believe. Yet at the same time, knowing we all have a choice, there are no excuses for not knowing Him, lends me little compassion at times especially when I read about indiscriminate killings and abuse.
10) Personal Question. My answer: God encourages the saints (those who accept Christ during the Great Tribulation) to be steadfast during the judgments and remain faithful and their deeds will be remembered in heaven. Same goes for us–our deeds will follow us to heaven. What we do here matters.
Conclusions: Good lesson. I like the emphasis on what happens to those who don’t believe. Very important since like I said a lot of churches these days focus on “kind, loving, and accepting Jesus” and ignore the wrath of God.
End Notes: See YESTERDAY’S notes.