QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
- Compare the Prologue of Revelation (1:1-20) with the Epilogue (22:6-21). What themes and statements occur in both sections?
- Contrast the Prologue of Revelation (1:1-20) with the Epilogue (22:6-21). What statements or events are similar yet different?
- What is the significance of the words of Revelation being “trustworthy and true” (Rev. 22:6)?
- What does “soon” (ταχύς) mean or refer to in reference to Christ’s coming (22:7)? Support your answer.
- What does the word “prophecy” primarily mean in the Bible? Support your answer.
- One of the primary messages of Revelation is only to worship God (22:9). What things beckon us to “worship” them?
- What is the difference between what John is told to do with the scroll (22:10) and Daniel was told to do with his scroll (Dan. 8:26; 12:4)? What is the reason for the different instruction?
- How do you understand the command to “let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy” (22:11)? Explain your understanding.
- Besides Rev. 22:13, what other texts in Revelation use the word pairs “the Alpha and the Omega,” “the first and the last,” and “the beginning and the end” (the pairs may occur individually or together)? Who are pairs used in reference” What is the significance of these word pairs?
- What are the seven blessing statements of Revelation? 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7; 22:14
- According to Revelation, how does one “wash his robe” (Rev. 22:13)? How does the fact that “wash” is a present, active, participle influence your answer?
- Who do you think the “you” (plural – “you all) is in Revelation 22:16? Support your answer.
- What does the warning to not “add to” “take away from the words of the prophecy of this book” (Rev. 22:18-19) refer to?
- Do you desire for the Lord to return?
15. How has your understanding of Revelation changed (hopefully been enhanced) because of the time we have spent in Revelation?