Please read Revelation 11, 12, 13, and 14. Revelation in under a week is a little crazy – but the entire Bible in a year? We’ve covered a lot of ground together! There’s so much in here – I’m glad we’ve been honest this year about the blog being to short to dig in deep…. I’m just going to point out a couple of things – what stood out to you as you read today?
“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.” Revelation 12:7-8
In chapter 12, the battle described here is prophecy – it hasn’t happened yet. The “woman” is Israel, the “child” is Jesus, the “dragon” is the devil. As we saw in the Old Testament, when the angel Michael shows up, he is there to protect Israel. He is Israel’s guardian.
“Time, times and half a time” (12:14) means three and a half years. Everything has a prescribed time period – the Lord has a plan and means to protect His remnant. What seems long to us is not long to Him, He has a purpose. It’s kind of funny – when we describe time, it’s always “running out” or “going”. For the Lord, time is always coming.
“And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months” Revelation 13:5
Do you remember Daniel 7? I think of that when we read 13:5. If you have time to go back, go back – I’m probably beyond my word count already!
“I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.” Revelation 14:2-3
I love any description of worship in Revelation – we get a small glimpse of heaven. If you miss anything else, highlight those passages for sure!