Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Explore the Bible: The Final Act

Imagine you are the Apostle John and you have just been given a glimpse of the final battles and judgment of God. In Revelation 16, the bowls of God's judgment had demolished the old earth. At the beginning of the final judgment, The Great White Throne Judgement, "earth and sky fled from his presence" (Revelation 20:11).

What would happen now that the first heaven and the first earth had passed away? After all the rebellions, tears, and temporary setbacks recorded in the book of human history and the Bible; after all the seemingly successful attacks of Satan; after all the plagues and bowls of wrath described in Revelation 8:1–19:21; and after the final defeat of Satan and the great white throne judgment of Revelation 20:11-14, there will be a glorious happy ending.

This glorious, happy ending is introduced to us in Revelation 21:1-7 which is the focus of our study this week. There aren't any visuals or videos that I felt adequately captured the message of these passages so I have provided quite a few discussion questions for guiding the study.

The conclusion of the study actually ends with the group going to 2 Peter 3:10-14 in order to determine how we, as believers, are to respond today to Christ's promise of a new heaven and earth and the New Jerusalem.

This response is the TARGET of the study:
Knowing God's final redemptive plans for the future
should change how we live today!
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