BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 27, Day 2: Revelation 21:9-10

Summary of passage:  John is carried away by an angel to see the bride, wife of the Lamb.

Questions:

3)  He’s carried away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high to see the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

4a)  Revelation 1:10-11:  John was told to write what he sees and send it to the 7 churches.  Obviously important as Jesus has a message for the churches and the body of Christ.

Revelation 4:2:  John saw the throne in heaven.  Important to see God reigning on the throne of heaven and what heaven is like.

Revelation 17:3:  John sees the woman sitting on a beast covered in blasphemous names with 7 heads and 10 horns.  Important to see God’s enemies and what happens to unbelievers and His enemies.

Revelation 21:9-10: John’s carried away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high to see the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.  Important to see the future world, of what Christians have to look forward to, and how God wins.

b)  In Revelation 17, we see what happens to sinners and unbelievers and in Revelation 21 we see believers’ reward:  eternal life in the Holy City.  17 is a warning.  21 is a promise.

5)  Personal Question.  My answer:  I didn’t know there were so many ways to ask the same question (Similar questions in Lesson 22 Day 2 & Day 3, Lesson 23 Day 2.  I know this world is temporary and what I have to look forward to is infinitely better than what is here.

Conclusions:  Nice review of when John was “in the Spirit”.  Question 5 was a repeat.

End Notes:  Passages like this give scholars reason to suggest the Holy City is just a symbol.  However, it is not.  This is the place where all of God’s people are gathered.  It is beautiful like a bride.  We saw this in Revelation 21:2 as well–almost the same words and images.

This is another vision.  John is taken to watch God’s Holy City descend from heaven.  Revelation 19:7-8 says the marriage of the Lamb has come and the bride is ready.  The bride is the saints, God’s holy people, and the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.  So we have God’s people and now we see where God’s people shall dwell.

We’ll see more details of the New Jerusalem in the rest of this chapter.

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5 comments on “BSF Study Questions Revelation Lesson 27, Day 2: Revelation 21:9-10

  1. Lissette says:

    New Jerusalem is likened to a bride because the redeemed are forever united to God and the Lamb.

    The Lamb’s wife is described as the new city of Jerusalem. This magnificent city is where the bride of Christ (the Church) will live forever.

    The most dominant characteristic of the holy city is the presence of God’s Glory, which is God’s presence with His people.

    The Glory that departed from the Old Jerusalem is restored to the New Jerusalem of the future.

    What a beautiful picture that awaits us!!

  2. Anita ai. Teresko says:

    John was given a vision in to the future of the New Jerusalem
    To share with future generations. Revelation 17 tells us what happens to sinners and unbelievers this is the warning, Revelation 21 shows us the reward the promise of the New Jerusalem. ABA, Father your grace, love and redemption.
    To what awaits us is why we believe as your children the calling on our earthly lives.

  3. Sweet Mama says:

    Re: Question 5. My first read through was similar….here we go again. But I went back and reread all of Chapter 17 regarding the whore and outcome of Babylon and the merchants and so on. One of the women in my group has a new Brahmin purse. It is gorgeous. The color is beautiful. The leather work is exquisite. Last night I was bored and I realized I had been surfing my favorite department store sites online and was looking at Brahmin purses. Let’s be honest here. I wanted a purse just like hers! I could afford it if I made some choices. I even remembered a Children’s Leader who also loves beautiful pocketbooks, totes, and purses commenting on that very brand a few years ago and how she had been looking at one for a year and her husband had gifted her with it for Christmas but she felt convicted to return it and select a less expensive one and use the money for a ministry God had laid on her heart. The bottom line is different things of the flesh tempt all of us. I thought I was immune from coveting and there I was looking for a bag just like hers! I’m not judging her. She’s a wonderful, deeply spiritual Christian who has been a light in our group this year. She gives generously. They can really afford it without her thinking about it. It all comes down to choices. I can afford it but in my family, I would have to think about it. Does that make sense? That alone is a warning to me. Choices. We have choices. The rich young ruler…we have choices. For some of us the choice might be economic temptation. For others it might be a sexual temptation of books and visual media or the physical presence in clubs or potential illicit affair at work. For still others it might be the temptation of time spent endlessly in pursuit of extreme sports or exercise. Choices. Babylon will fall but we who belong to Christ need to stay alert to where we are making choices for the eternal kingdom of God and where we are making choices to live for Babylon.

    • atozmom says:

      Yep, great examples and explanation. Thanks, Sweet Mama!

      • Joe says:

        Agree! Sometimes dumb questions can produce Spirit-inspired answers. So maybe the Holy Spirit is working through BSF regardless of the repetitive and sometimes condescending questions? Hearing answers like this from Sweet Mama and from some members of my study group have convinced me to stick with the Fellowship and sign up for next year’s study of John.
        God moves in mysterious ways!

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