Resources: Revelation (Read a book in a month)

In August 2016, our Minister, Andy, challenged the church to read all of revelation within month. This is an archive of all the daily posts containing a brief devotional, reading and prayer for each day, along side this you can read and post your own comments.

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August 1st The Revelation of John

Reading: Revelation 1:1-8 Today we start a new journey reading through the book of Revelation. The author identifies himself as John (1,4,9;22:8). It is widely understood to be written by the Apostle John, the son of Zebedee, the writer of John’s Gospel and the letters of John. It is written to seven First Century churches, […]

August 2nd Mighty Saviour

Reading: Revelation 1:9-19 This is an amazing passage of scripture. John has been placed on Patmos, a Greek island used as a prison camp. Incarcerated for preaching the word of God. However, his prison becomes an open Heaven as Jesus steps into his reality! I love that even prisons, our places of difficulty, pain and […]

August 3rd Do You Love Jesus?

Reading: Revelation 2:1-7 The first message is to the angel of the church in Ephesus. Paul founded this church in about 52 AD (Acts 18). In approximately 65 AD Paul’s apprentice, Timothy, became the pastor (1 Tim 1:3). Tradition tells us that after Timothy, the Apostle John himself became their pastor. After John, at the time […]

August 4th We Shall Overcome

Reading: Revelation 2:8-11 The second divine message is to the Church in Smyrna. Each of the letters have a similar rhythm:an introduction, a commendation, a complaint or concern and finally a correction. There are a couple of exceptions, Laodicea has nothing to commend it, only concerns and corrections while Smyrna and Philadelphia appear to have […]

August 5th Faith that Endures

Reading: Revelation 2:12-17 The church at Pergamum lived in the midst of a corrosive pagan culture, Jesus goes as far as to call it the city where ‘Satan lives’. Pergamum was home to temples dedicated to the Emperor, the goddess Roma and to Asklepios (the god of healing, symbolised by a serpent), and even a […]

August 6th Being Too Tolerant of Tolerance

Reading 2:18-29 I recently heard a speaker at Parliament talk about the pervasive, current culture we find ourselves in. The speaker’s analysis was that we currently live in a ‘victim culture’: a culture where the majority of people feel they are victims. As a result of this mentality, it could be said that disagreement is […]

August 7th Awake or Asleep?

Reading Revelation 3:1-6 I find the words of Jesus to the Church in Sardis terrifying. “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.” (1) In the New Testament Jesus always reserves his harshest words for those who claim faith, and for the religious establishment. He calls the Pharisees […]

August 8th Perseverance and Open Doors

Reading: Revelation 3:7-13 This is the second church that Jesus finds no fault with, the first being Smyrna. Philadelphia was a church who held on to God, despite having a number of circumstances we may see as negative: they had little strength (8), suffer persecution (8) and face opposition from some hostile and unbelieving Jews. […]

August 9th Open Hearts For Jesus

Reading: Revelation 3:14-22 Today we examine the seventh and final church: Laodicea. Perhaps Laodicea has the worst rebuke from Jesus; he labels them the church that nauseates him! (16) Ten miles to the east of Laodicea was Colossae, renowned for refreshingly cold springs. Six miles to the north was Hierapolis, famous for its medicinal hot […]

August 10th Here I am to Worship!

Reading: Revelation 4:1-11 The name of the book, ‘Revelation’, is a description of what the book is: it’s an unveiling, a looking behind the scenes of what is going on in Heaven. We often think of Heaven being the place we go when we die, and I suppose it’s not bad short hand. However, the […]

August 11th The Lion

Reading: Revelation 5:1-5 Chapter five begins with devastating heartbreak. As John looks on the heavenly throne his eyes catch sight of a scroll (1) in God’s right hand. This scroll is obviously very special. It is described as having seven seals and is written on on both sides – normal scrolls could only be written […]

August 12th The Lamb of God who takes the away the sins of the world

Reading Revelation 5:6-14 Having found one who is worthy to open the scroll, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, there is a sudden change. Instead of a lion, John looks and sees a lamb, a lamb that looks slain. Shockingly, where once there was a magnificent, regal and noble lion there is a broken, […]

August 13th Putting Things Right

Reading: Revelation 6:1-17 This chapter does not make for easy reading. It describes the opening of the first six seals of the scroll that Jesus was worthy to open, the same scroll that John saw originally in the hand of God. In the Old Testament Ezekiel is given a similar two sided scroll, in which […]

August 14th Sealed and Safe

Reading: Revelation 7:1-17 Chapter six finished with a question in the light of the catastrophes unleashed by the sixth seal: Who can stand? It seems that the answer is, ‘God’s servants will stand.’ Jesus told us that he had come for the lost sheep of Israel, (Matthew 15:24) here, in Revelation, we see the fulfilment […]

August 15th Silence in Heaven

Reading Revelation 8:1-13 Chapter 8 and some of the following chapters deal with what happens as Jesus opens the seventh seal. The first part of this chapter is encouragement for the church. Their prayers are heard and are precious. There is silence in heaven for half an hour. (1) This is an incredibly awesome thing. […]

August 16th The Trumpet Blasts

Reading Revelation 9:1-21 In chapter 8 we were introduced to the seven angels who are given seven trumpets. (8:2) After the silence of the Seventh Seal there is now a great cacophony of trumpet blasts, each with its own woes and judgements. The language here is highly provocative causing our imaginations to be inspired. Also, […]

August 17th Sweeter than Honey?

Reading: Revelation 10:1-11 Chapters 10 to 11:14 provide a kind of interlude between the sixth and the seven trumpets and we are introduced to another mighty angel. I find John’s description of the angel compelling and resonant of other Biblical passages. There are descriptive links with this angel and God; he has come straight from […]

August 18th Being a Faithful Witness

Reading 11:1-14 Today’s reading is full of symbolism and imagery; there are also similarities between today’s reading and chapter seven. Both of these readings focus on the faithful. In chapter seven they were numbered (144,000) and countless (the great multitude). Here, in chapter 11, the followers of the Lamb are depicted as the temple of […]

August 19th Our Ancient Enemy.

Reading Revelation 12:1-13:1 Today we are given a view behind the scenes of the great battle going on in heaven and earth and are introduced to one of the great sources of evil: the great red dragon sometimes called the ancient serpent, who we know as the devil or Satan (9). John sees the dragon […]

August 20 Mark of the Beast

Reading Revelation 13:2-18 Another chapter full of imagery and symbolism. However, if we hold to the view that Revelation is a drawing back of the curtain on events that have been happening ever since Jesus took the throne in heaven, this chapter becomes much easier to understand. Much of the imagery of this chapter is […]

August 21st I’ll Fly Away

Reading Revelation 14:1-13 This is the fourth of seven visions in this section of the book. John sees the Lamb (5:6) and the 144,000 (7:4). I love the picture of the redeemed standing with their Lord, now participating in heavenly worship. Again we are reminded that when we worship here on earth we are participating […]

August 22nd Amazing Grace!

Reading Revelation 14:14-15:8 So far in our studies we have been seeing events that are happening behind the scenes in heaven ever since Jesus took the throne. As the writer to the Hebrews puts it “After making purification for sin he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high!” (Heb 1:3). However, […]

August 23rd The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath

Reading: Revelation 16 We are moving with great speed ever closer towards the great climax of Revelation. In this passage we see that seven angels are commanded by God to pour out seven bowls of his wrath on the earth. Yesterday we saw that when these seven bowls have been poured out, God’s wrath will […]

August 24th Standing Firm Under Pressure

Reading: Revelation 17:1-18 When I read the book of Revelation sometimes the words are so vibrant that I can see the pictures in my mind’s eye vividly, like today’s. Revelation began with a powerful image of Jesus – one that is both beautiful and memorable. Here we have another vivid picture: the Woman on the […]

August 25th The City of Doom is Fallen!

Reading: Revelation 18:1-24 In his musical work “Unveiled Hope” American Christian singer-songwriter Michael Card sings of this City. In his song “City of Doom” he says of this city it is the ‘queen of every dark desire’. I like that; God’s kingdom can be portrayed as Zion or Jerusalem, whereas the enemy’s kingdom can be […]

August 26th The Wedding Supper

Reading Revelation 19:1-10 Earlier in the Book of Revelation we saw silence in heaven. In today’s verses there is an incredible cacophony of worship. Crescendos of worship are sung and said through out God’s throne room. First a large crowd (1-3), then the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures we met in chapter 5 […]

August 27th Satan is Defeated – Forever!

Reading Revelation 19:20:15 Wow! These words are AMAZING. In a nut shell – The Lambs wins! Satan is bound then defeated forever! Dead followers of the Lamb are resurrected. Satan and unrepentant sinners are doomed to eternal destruction. The Lamb wins! Satan may be a powerful foe, especially for those living in the shadow of […]

August 28th Every Tear Wiped Away!

Reading: Revelation 21:1-4 At Welcome Baptist Church, I have been privileged over the years to work alongside Mary Dicker, a Christian Counsellor, who specialises in working with children and teenagers. We often ‘hot desk’ my study and over the last 17 years I have found her a constant source of encouragement and wisdom. Knowing today’s […]

August 29th Making All Things New

Reading: Revelation 21:5-27 Chapter 21 is one of the most beautiful chapters in the Bible, our tears are wiped away and all things are made new. The New Heavens and the New Earth are completed and God’s dwelling is with humanity. He is our light, our source and the relationship broken in Genesis is restored. […]

August 30th Paradise

Reading Revelation 22:1-6 In AD 70 the earthly Jerusalem was destroyed at the hands of the Romans. In Chapters 21 and 22 we are given a view of the new, everlasting, true Jerusalem, of which the earthly one was but a dim reflection. Here, in the new Jerusalem, God lives with his people, and because […]

August 31st Come All Who Are Thirsty

Reading: Revelation 22:1-21 The overriding theme for me in this book is that of the Lamb. In the final chapter we have the final picture of him, having won. We see him enthroned, with the waters of life flowing from his throne, with the tree of life from the original garden standing on either side. […]