Week 1

  1. Who penned this book and who was the One who gave him the revelation? What is the specific promise given to those who read and hear the words of this book?
  2. The Apostle John will use multiple descriptions of the physical appearance of Jesus throughout this book (adjectives, similes, metaphors, word pictures).  What part of the description of Jesus in this chapter catches your attention the most? Why?
  3. According to verse 19, what are the three things John will be writing about in this book?
  1. What are the types of activities in the churches that the Lord approves? Which of these specific activities do you find challenging?
  2. Jesus talks to the churches about having ears that hear. What do you think that means? How can you and I actively demonstrate having ears that hear?
  1. This chapter contains several encouraging promises for followers of Jesus. Can you choose three specific promises that encourage you today?
Note: This chapter begins a series of chapters providing pictures and descriptions of “things that will happen after this.” Our understanding of biblical eschatology embraces a belief that the church of the Lord Jesus will be taken from the earth to be with the Lord prior to the time of the Lord’s Wrath or Tribulation. Therefore, we believe that the events described in chapters 4-5 refer to the church being taken into the Lord’s presence, and chapters 6-19 refer to the years of the Tribulation. There are Bible scholars who maintain that the church will remain during some (or all) of the Tribulation. However, the truth on which we all agree is that Jesus will return to rapture His church!
  1. Jesus seated on a throne is the first thing that John sees in Heaven! How do you think this revelation encouraged John and the first recipients of this book? And how does this picture encourage you?
  2. Many scholars agree that the 24 elders are representative of the Old Testament followers of God and the New Testament church of God. If so, how do the words of their worship encourage you?
Note: The Bible speaks of five crowns available to the followers of Jesus:
  1. The Crown of Righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8)
  2. The Crown of Life (James 1:12)
  3. The Crown of Glory (1 Peter 5:4)
  4. The Soul-Winner’s Crown (1 Thessalonians 2:19)
  5. The Martyr’s Crown (Revelation 2:10)
Note: Many Bible scholars believe the picture of a "scroll" refers to the right of ownership and authority over our planet. John sees this scroll is now in the hands of its rightful owner! What do we learn about the "prayers of the saints" in this chapter?
  1. What is the response of the saints and elders in Heaven when the Lamb steps forward to claim the rights to the scroll?
  2. How does that encourage you?