Revelation 12

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Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

– Revelation 12:10-11

Many of us believe that the words of Revelation 12 have not yet come to pass. That means that the accuser of the brethren (the Devil) still has access to God, before whom he accuses us day and night. How do we overcome such constant testimony against us? “By the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.”

Face it; the word spoken against us by the accuser of the brethren is pretty much all true. We are wicked through and through. We have no standing in and of ourselves. But we have been justified, because Jesus died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). That’s our testimony, and in the court of Heaven, that’s sufficient evidence to acquit.

Today’s goal

Stand firm in the liberty by which Christ has made you free. (Galatians 5:1)

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 11

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Devotional

Recounting the vision of the two witnesses of Revelation, John writes…

And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

– Revelation 11:8

It is heavy to contemplate how the (once) Holy City of Jerusalem could become Sodom and Egypt, Spiritually. During the Time of Isaiah, 2,800 years ago, it was no different. Because of injustice and sin, the faithful city had become wayward.

How the faithful city has become a harlot! It was full of justice; righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers.

– Isaiah 1:21

It’s a striking reminder to me that I cannot live on the right behavior (i.e. righteousness) of the past, expecting that to be my enduring legacy.

Today’s goal

Praise God for His forgiving grace that teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts, and to live soberly, righteously, and godly, today. (Titus 2:12)

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 10

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Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

— Revelation 10:10

There is a bitter/sweet nature to the Revelation of God. Sweet in the sense that God’s glory will be revealed in fullness. Bitter in the sense that with it will come indignation and wrath against all ungodliness and unrighteousness. Sweet in the sense that all injustices will be justly dealt with. Bitter in the sense that many will refuse to repent of their unrighteousness and be judged.

In seeing the injustice and wickedness of our fallen world, it is only right that we say “Come quickly Lord Jesus.” But uttering those words is also sobering, as His coming will bring with it an unescapable judgment upon many in the world.

Today’s goal

Pray not only for the return of the Lord, but also for the opportunity to extend the grace of the gospel to those who remain lost, and an openness of heart for them to receive the good news of forgiveness and salvation.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 9

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One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming after these things.

— Revelation 9:12

The apocalyptic judgments of Revelation are shocking, and they’re meant to be. They are intended by God to shock readers out of complacent apathy. I wonder if sometimes we’re to busy trying to decipher the cryptic metaphors of apocalyptic passages such as these that we miss the ultimate point. What’s the point?

But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.

— Revelation 9:20-21

God’s ultimate point in the plagues and woes of Revelation 9 is the repentance of lost men and women.

Today’s goal

Don’t miss the forest for the tress of Revelation.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 8

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And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are about to sound!”

– Revelation 8:13

As with many of the images presented in Revelation, this is a frightening picture of the wrath of God that will one day be revealed from heaven against all unrighteousness. We can do our best to interpret the trumpet judgments of Revelation 8, but our best guesses are still mere speculations. The clearest interpretation just may be the best; the simple explanation that the wrath of God is devastating. The clearest application may be the best too; avoid the devastating affects of the wrath of God.

Today’s goal

Experience (personally) and extend to others the shelter from God’s wrath, in and through Jesus Christ.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 7

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After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!

– Revelation 7:9-10

This is the future, and one of the great hopes of every Christian. We look forward to the fulfillment of this prophesy one day. A day when representatives of every nation, tribe and people group are standing before the Lord, worshiping Him for His great salvation.

It is this verse that stirs the heart of every missionary. It is their constant reminder that the work of Gospel proclamation among unreached peoples is not in vain. Therefore we press on to one day see this vision come to pass.

Today’s goal

As Jesus instructed His early disciples, “pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (Luke 10:2).

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 6

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And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

– Revelation 6:10

This is a striking question of justice. The Apostle John receives a vision of the souls of the faithful martyrs in heaven. There before the throne of God they ask, “How long until we receive justice?” Considering the rampant injustice we witness on a daily basis in a fallen world, it’s an honest question. But if anything, the Book of Revelation reveals the justice of Jesus.

The day of His just wrath, against all unrighteousness, will come. It is a sobering thought.

Today’s goal

Be thankful that God is gracious and slow to anger. Ask God to enable you to be the same.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 5

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Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.”

– Revelation 5:5

Revelation 5 pictures a scene in heaven that is believe by many (including myself) to be yet future. But I find verse 5 to be applicable at so many times and in so many ways.

In looking at the world around us and experiencing the trials and difficulties of life in a fallen world, there are many times in which we are tempted to weep. But the word of the elder in Revelation 5:5 is a glorious exhortation and reminder.

There are horrible things that happen in this fallen world. But we need not despair or weep. Jesus has prevailed!

Today’s goal

Set you mind and heart upon the risen and victorious Jesus.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 4

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“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.”

– Revelation 4:11

The Book of Revelation is the revelation of Jesus Christ, and here in chapter 4 He is revealed in awesome wonder. He is majestic, glorious, mighty, everlasting and worthy of constant and continual worship. Around His throne are four living creatures, and they do not rest day or night in their worship of Him saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

Today’s goal

Take a few minutes and remember the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Then spend a few more minutes in quite worship of Him. He is worthy!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. A Case for Amillennialism by Kim Riddlebarger
  5. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Revelation 3

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Devotional

for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

— Revelation 3:8b

Of the 7 letters of Jesus written to the Churches of Asia, only two are without rebuke. This short letter to the Church at Philadelphia is one of those two.

Every church (corporately) and Christian (individually) wants to have the testimony of Philadelphia. They, in the midst of a lost culture, maintained strength; albeit little. In that strength they kept God’s word and held the line, refusing to deny His name.

The Philadelphian church is a beautiful reminder to every Christian. You don’t have to be super saint. You just need to have a little strength, to keep His word.

Today’s goal

Strengthen yourself in God. Hold fast to His word.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

Download the YouVersion Bible App

My Teachings on the 7 Churches of Revelation

Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson