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Bible Reading Plan: Revelation

With God—the Alpha and the Omega—what we may perceive as an end is also the beginning of something greater. The Book of Revelation is packed with bizarre symbols, from lions and locusts to gates and gold. And while these images may seem strange to us, they are a means for challenging and providing hope to all future generations of Jesus-followers, as we eagerly wait for Jesus to return. Revelation is the culmination of the entire biblical story, and we hope you’ll dive in headfirst with us to this rich and robust book.

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Revelation Reading Guide: Overview

Looking for a helping hand as you begin reading Revelation? This guide will get you up to speed on what Revelation is and how to read it.

Revelation Reading Guide: God & the Ancient Roman Olympic Games

Did you know that John casts his vision in Revelation against the backdrop of the Olympic games? Check out this visual guide to learn about the part we play in this cosmic competition.

WEEK ONE

Key Thought/Summary

The revelation of Jesus given to John blends vivid apocalyptic imagery with the present-day context of seven first-century churches. John has a vision of Jesus standing among seven lampstands representing local churches, and he sees God seated on his throne, surrounded by creatures and elders who praise Him. This imagery shows us the cosmic reality of a future day when all creation and humanity will give their allegiance to God. In between these two visions, John addresses each church pastorally, offering warnings and encouragement. As you read, pay attention to language about victory and rewards because this section sets the stage for the central question of the book: How will Jesus' followers overcome and inherit the new world God promises?

WEEK TWO

Key Thought/Summary

Into the heavenly throne room of God walks a bloody, slain lamb. He alone is worthy to open God’s scroll with seven seals, which contains a message about how His Kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. This lamb is our crucified King Jesus, and like him, his followers paradoxically conquer by laying down their lives. As the lamb peels off the seven seals, we see flashes of the evil and suffering in the world, with Christian martyrs crying out to God, “How long, Lord, until you bring justice?” Amid today’s tragedies, we join their plea. As you read, consider how you can conquer with our lamb and emulate his sacrificial love within our broken world.

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