Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The Triumph of the Lamb Over the Dragon - Revelation 14 - Part 1

REVELATION! - “Written To Us, About Us or For Us?” 
Lesson 44 - Student Questions
Chapter 14 –Part I – Primary Sources: The Holy Bible
and Homer Hailey’s REVELATION: An Introduction and Commentary
 Archdale church of Christ 04.07.16

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What are our 6 principles of understanding Revelation?  1) No __________________with other passages, 2) These events will take place _______ and 3) This letter is written to the 7 ___________ of ________ and are not written To ____or About ____.  4) Theses things are, however, written _________us!  5) This letter is written in highly ____________ language.  6) One will find Revelation most difficult to understand, comprehend and apply without always having open the ___________________________
The “Emperor Cult” was used as a _____________ tool to bind the empire together.  The emperor was “worthy” of worship because he “provided” things that no one ever had before such as world-wide __________, Trade and Travel on the high seas free of __________, a world-wide systems of ____________, fresh ___________ to cities and a world-wide _________________ system.  Universal worship of the emperor was used as a proof of _____________   to the state.  The most fervent followers of the emperor cult were found in ______________ in the area of the ______________, most notably ________________.  The _______________ is Satan, the 1st Beast is _____________ and the 2nd Beast is the _________________ of the worship of both the Beast and the Dragon.
1.      The contrasts of Revelation 13 and 14:
a.
b.
c.
d.
e.
f.
2.      What did John hear from heaven?
3.      How does John describe what he hears?
4.      Is Revelation 14.2 a “proof text” for instrumental music in worship? 
5.      What were the 144,000 singing?
6.      What certain group could even learn the song?  What 4 characteristics did they possess?
a.
b.
c.
d.

Teacher's Answer Sheet

What are our 6 principles of understanding Revelation?  1) No CONTRADICTIONS  with other passages, 2) These events will take place SOON and 3) This letter is written to the 7 CHURCHES of ASIA  and are not written To US or About US.  4) Theses things are, however, written FOR us!  5) This letter is written in highly SYMBOLIC language.  6) One will find Revelation most difficult to understand, comprehend and apply without always having open the OLD TESTAMENT.
The “Emperor Cult” was used as a UNITY tool to bind the empire together.  The emperor was “worthy” of worship because he “provided” things that no one ever had before such as world-wide PEACE, Trade and Travel on the high seas free of PIRACY, a world-wide systems of HIGHWAYS, fresh WATER to cities and a world-wide MAIL DELIVERY system.  Universal worship of the emperor was used as a proof of LOYALTY to the state.  The most fervent followers of the emperor cult were found in ASIA MINOR in the area of the 7 CHURCHES, most notably PERGAMUM.  The DRAGON is Satan, the 1st Beast is ROME and the 2nd Beast is the FALSE RELIGION of the worship of both the Beast and the Dragon.
1.      The contrasts of Revelation 13 and 14:
a.       DRAGON                           LAMB
b.       THE SANDS OF THE SEA   THE MOUNTAIN OF GOD
c.        ROME                                MT. ZION
d.       EMPEROR CULT                CHURCH OF CHRIST
e.       MARK OF THE BEAST       MARK OF THE LAMB
f.         666                                    144,000
2.      What did John hear from heaven?
3.      How does John describe what he hears?
4.      Is Revelation 14.2 a “proof text” for instrumental music in worship? 
5.      What were the 144,000 singing?
6.      What certain group could even learn the song?  What 4 characterisics did they possess?
a.      They has been REDEEMED (purchased)
b.      They were VIRGINS (discuss significance)
c.       They FOLLOW the Lamb wherever He gose
d.      They were PURCHASED from among men (James 1.18)



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