Have you ever wondered why the knowledge of both good and evil were both on the same tree in the garden of Eden and were both restricted by God for consumption? And more importantly how does Adam & Eve's fateful decision still impact our understanding of good and evil to this day.
As the song says, signs, signs everywhere a sign, and in a world filled with signs, it's easy to miss a sign from God. And as it is with all signs, what's most important in a sign from God isn't the sign itself, but what it's pointing us to. In this teaching from Revelation chapter 12 we will consider two signs that point us to an important message from God to prepare for the end of days.
With the sounding of the seventh trumpet, we "begin" to see the third and final woe come to a conclusion. As you will see, verses(15-19) of chapter 11 are a summation of the events connected to the seventh trumpet, taking the reader directly to climax and fulfillment of one of the greatest prayers God's people have been prayed.
Chapter 11 of the book of Revelation brings to a close the sixth trumpet AKA the "second woe." It also introduces us to some key characters who will be upon the earth during the last days. Scary stuff if you don't know and walk with the Lord, but stuff that must happen before God comes to establish His Kingdom upon the earth. Read verses 1-14 to prepare for this study.
Chapter 10 of Revelation is an interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets and sets the stage for the fulfillment of the "mystery of God". The nature of this mystery and how you are part of it are essential in understanding God's plans and purposes. Read Revelation chapter to prepare yourself for this study.
As you study this week's passage and see God's wrath continue to unfold, ask yourself, why does God want me to know about all of this? You might think, I won't even be around when it happens, but is it possible that God is trying to get your attention, maybe even trying to redirect your life to prepare you for what's coming? Read Revelation chapter 9 and consider the study questions to prepare for this Sunday's teaching.
In this third piece of our Advent mosaic we discover how to find joy in our discouragements. In this study we see another unlikely group given a very powerful announcement about Jesus' birth. Their journey through excitement and disappointment gives us valuable insight into finding joy and rediscovering Christmas for ourselves.
In this first installation of Rediscovering Christmas, we look at a couple of first century nobodies who have a lot to teach us about how to find hope in the midst of uncertainties. Read Luke chapter 2, verses 22-38 to prepare for this study.
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