Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 1 – Introduction

It’s exciting to begin another Bible study with the intensity that Chuck Missler brings to the teaching.  I love that he constantly reminds his audience to pour over the Scriptures, themselves, rather than believing what he tells them.  In fact, I do the same in my own teaching ministry.  He did provide some instruction on how to research the Scriptures.  He mentioned different resources like commentaries and concordances, and if you don’t know how to use them, you can check with a pastor or Bible teacher.

So, the book of Revelation (singular, not plural) is a treasure hunt.  It is in a code that touches virtually every other book of the Bible.  It’s the only book that promises a blessing to those who read it and those who hear the words of this prophecy.

Dr. Missler gives an overview of the author and a mini-lesson on eschatology (they study of last things) to set the stage for what is to come.  He begins what promises to be an exhausting list of “sevens” found in the book.  He also shares several study helps that will prove to be incredibly valuable if you use them.  The Secret Journal is one of my favorites.

In the Secret Journal, you purchase a journal – a bound book with blank pages, lined or unlined.  It’s called Secret because it’s just for you.  Don’t ever show it to anyone so you can be candid in your writing.  When you come across a verse of Scripture that is unclear, record the date, the verse/address and WHY the verse is confusing.  Then close the journal and pray to God.  He has promised that the Holy Spirit will reveal all things to you, so ask Him to fulfill that promise by clarifying your understanding.  This may not happen right away.  But when (not if) it DOES happen, go back to that page of the journal and write the date and HOW God brought you understanding of the verse.  This will be an invaluable map of God’s footprints in your life that you can look back on.

One thing I learned during this video teaching is if you’re confused about the meaning of a passage, place Christ at the center of it and it will become clear.  I can actually think back to times when this technique was proven absolutely true.  So I will definitely use this in the future.

Homework for next time:  Read the entire book.  Carefully examine Chapter 1.  List the identities in chapter 1.  What do the seven lampstands represent?  List some of the churches that weren’t included in the seven.  Why these seven churches?

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