Friday, February 22, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (February 16-22): Satan, a defeated enemy

If there's one thing you learn from Revelation 12, it's that the devil is a loser.

A sore loser, to be sure.

But still, a loser.

The chapter opens, remember, with something that's straight out of the World Wrestling Federation:
  • In this corner: a great red cannibal dragon.
  • And in the other corner: a pregnant woman giving birth.
It looks like a sure win for the dragon, in other words.
But no, the dragon loses . . . 
Just as it loses its next two matches: 
  • one with Michael and his angels,
  • and the other: a rematch with the woman.
By the time you get to end of Revelation 12, as a matter of fact, the devil has been kicked out of heaven, and left to find whatever revenge it can on this earth.
And yes, it's still dangerous.
That's because losers usually are.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (February 9-15): the Seven Trumpets

Some prayers should not be answered.

Not right away, at any rate.

Consider the prayer of Revelation 6:9-11 -- the prayer in which the martyrs tell God to hurry up with the Final Judgment. Yes, they want God to hurry up and give the bad guys a good smacking.

And no, this is not an unusual prayer; many of the Psalms say much the same thing.

But the martyrs are told to wait . . . 

And even when God answers their prayer through the Seven Trumpets, it is still only a partial answer to their prayer, with "only" one-third of Creation subject to His judgment.

To be sure, that's still a lot -- but it's not as much as the martyrs wanted.

But near the end of the Seven Trumpets, something happens that is almost unbelievable -- in fact, some experts don't believe it . . . and that's when the survivors of all these judgments "give glory to the God of heaven" (Revelation 11:13).

Unlikely?

Yes.

Impossible?

Perhaps.

But God is willing to take that risk.

Yes, He's waiting to wait -- to delay His answer to our prayers for judgment -- in the hope that some people might still be saved. 

Friday, February 08, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (February 2-8): the Sealed People of God

When the Great Tribulation begins, God has 144,000.

And when the Great Tribulation ends, God still has 144,000.

In spite of all the World, the Flesh, and the Devil can do, in other words, God has not lost a single person who trusted Him.

And if God can get all of His people through the Great Tribulation . . . 

Then we can be sure that He will get us through today.

And not just some of us.

All of us.

Friday, February 01, 2019

Adult Sabbath School Lesson (January 26 - February 1): the Seven Seals

Having read Revelation 6, now read Leviticus 26:14-26.
  • Name some of the ways these chapters are similar in their use of the number seven, and in the events described.
  • What cause is given for the events in Leviticus? What does this suggest about the cause of the events in Revelation 6?
  • What hope do you find in Leviticus 26:40-46? Where can you find a reason for similar hope in the Book of Revelation?
  • Are the events listed in Leviticus 26 meant as punishment, or as warning? What does this suggest about Revelation 6?