I am a lover of lists. In fact, I pretty much live and die by a list.
Daily to-do items list
All kinds of lists in my head
Lists are my friends! You, too?
One of the most popular blog posts I have ever written (that was not published on my own site) was one that detailed my top 10 Bible studies for women. Here is the link to it over on my friend Arabah Joy’s site. It has been a while since I wrote that post and I have delved into many more Bible studies since then. So, I thought today would be a very good day to offer a new list of what I consider to be some wonderful Bible studies that would be worth your time and effort to dive into.
May I share with you that I believe studying the Scriptures is as vital to life as the air that I breathe? I know, I know…that seems a bit dramatic, but it really is true. As a Christian, the only way that I can know the heart of God is from the letter that He wrote telling us all about His heart, what pleases Him, those things that He hates, and how to draw up close to Him. God’s power, available to us through faith in Jesus Christ and the Bible, offers us ‘everything we need for life and godliness’. (2 Peter 1:3)
This issue of Bible study is one of the things in this life about which I am absolutely dogmatic. You and I cannot have an intimate relationship with Jesus without regular time hearing from Him through Scripture. Nope! Ain’t gonna happen!
I want to make it easy for you to find a Bible study that gets your head and heart into God’s Word. As your mentor and a Titus 2 ‘older woman’, I long to see you grow in the faith and knowledge of Jesus, and it is my biblical mandate to offer you whatever help I can to aid you in that journey. I hope this list is a blessing to you and I would love to hear back from you about any of these studies, or any others, that you have done.
Allow me to offer a few disclaimers before I begin my 10 (more) Bible Studies to Savor list.
Disclaimer #1, this list is in no particular order, and it was a huge challenge to stop at ten.
Disclaimer #2, this list does not supersede or discount the first list, but rather, adds to it. So, just because a study that I listed in the first post is not on this list does not mean that I no longer feel it to be a study of worth. I’m simply seeking to give you more whipped cream to add to the banana pudding!
Disclaimer #3, this post is chock-full of Amazon affiliate links. You may click any Amazon product picture in this post and be taken to a site where you can purchase the book. If you decide to purchase using one of my links, I will receive a small commission from Amazon. It is just one of the ways I help keep lights on and food on the table. Thank you!
10 (More) Bible Studies to Savor
Precept Upon Precept – Romans by Kay Arthur
My Tuesday morning small group has just begun Part 1 of 4 parts of this amazing study. Part 1 has us studying Romans chapters 1-5 for fourteen weeks. Seriously, y’all, we are digging deep and really learning these five chapters. (this is truly separate 4 studies, but I’m listing it as one.)
I was super excited when Kay led us to examine Romans 1:16-17 and told us that these verses were the theme verses for the entire book. Why was I so excited? Because, well…my tattoo is symbolic of Romans 1:16, so I bear the mark of the book forever on my body.
Can I be honest with you? I resisted Precept studies for many years because of some interactions with a few women who were rabidly adamant that if you studied anything other than Precept you were not really studying the Bible. God bless their ministries!! But, eventually I moved past it all out of necessity to find studies that my small group had not done. When I did, I found a wealth of opportunity for being deep in the Word. Precept is a very different format from many in-depth Bible studies, yet it offers an opportunity to really dig deeply into Scripture.
Job: A Man of Heroic Endurance by Charles Swindoll
If you have never gone through trials, then you can skip over this particular Bible study. However, if you are like me and have a few gray hairs in your head and wrinkles on your face because of trials and difficulties, then this study is one you need to get under your belt.
I am a major Swindoll fan and he did a marvelous job of teaching what is a difficult book of the Bible. In typical Swindoll fashion, there are lots of quotes that stick to your ribs and offer comfort for future trials. This study is appropriate for men and women.
Communication: Key to Your Marriage by H. Norman Wright
I get it. This is not a typical Bible study, but sweet mercy, there are tons of Scriptures in it that pertain to communication, both in marriage and in other relationships. If you have a desire to improve your marriage communication this is the book for you. It is SOOO good.
Precept Upon Precept – Revelation by Kay Arthur
Okay, so I offer this recommendation with a sizeable caveat. This study will eat your lunch and your Little Debbie snack cakes, but man, oh man, is it ever worth it!! It, like the Romans study mentioned above, is a four-part study that will take the better part of 2 years to complete. It stretched me in so many ways unlike any study I have ever done, yet sister (or brother), I learned so much about the book of The Revelation from it. No longer does Revelation frighten me. Rather, it is a source of encouragement and blessing. Find a Precept group in your local area and JUST DO IT!!
Finding I AM by Lysa Terkeurst
In this study Proverbs 31 founder, Lysa Terkeurst leads the reader through a study of the I AM statements of Jesus. The at-home work is rich and can be done in a short amount of time. As you study these statements, they become very personal to your heart and life. Jesus said them for our benefit and we are wise to delve into them.
What Love Is by Kelly Minter
What is not to love about a study of the books of 1, 2, and 3 John? There is so much goodness in this study by one of my favorite authors. The themes of love and light echo stunningly in a culture that has lost its way in the dark. This study, too, is time-efficient and pertinent to your life today.
Entrusted: A Study of 2 Timothy by Beth Moore
In recent years, Moore has added a delightful component to her already great studies. That component is writing by her youngest daughter, Melissa. I totally enjoy Melissa’s very scholarly portions of Beth’s studies and this study of 2 Timothy is no different. In 2 Timothy Paul is writing to his son in the faith to encourage him to not be ashamed of the calling that God has on his life. Is this pertinent to you and me? I think so. God has entrusted the gospel message to those of us who name the name of Christ. Let’s do this thing well.
The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer
Okay, so I’ve got a confession to make. I never studied the armor of God before this study. I think somewhere in my sub-conscious I felt like it was not really something I needed to study. Why? I have no idea! But, y’all, we all need to study this passage of Scripture, and Priscilla Shirer knocks it out of the park with this study. She makes practical application easy for the student and you will know the armor of God when you finish.
Rhythms of Rest: Finding the Spirit of Sabbath in a Busy World by Shelly Miller
This is not an in-depth Bible study like others mentioned here, but IT ROCKED MY WORLD last year and I would be hugely remiss not to include it in this list. I had never been obedient to observe a Sabbath rest until God had enough of my disobedience and put me flat of my back, quite literally. He forced rest, and on the back side of all, I can say that it was good. This book contains a world of Scripture and wisdom about the topic of rest and Sabbath. I’ve dog-eared and highlighted this book until it looks like it is twenty years old. Please, do yourself a favor and order it today.
Legacy: It’s What You Leave Behind by……..ME!
Please forgive me for tossing in one of my own studies, but there is a method to my madness. In 2017 I revised and re-published this 2010 study with the help of a sweet friend, Jen Stults. I adore the new cover and interior design. In my previous Bible studies to savor list, I had included the first edition of this study, which is now no longer available, so I wanted to offer the link to the new and updated version. This study encourages the student to be intentional in the creation of their legacy through examining their faith, their character, and their holiness. It is packed with real-life examples of legacy building that will encourage you in the creation of your legacy.
I would love to have you share your favorite Bible studies in the comments, OR share how one of these studies has impacted your life and faith. Friends, we will never be sorry we spent time studying Scripture. Never!
Have a great week!
Happy December! Can you believe that we are now into the final month of 2017? Where did the year go? And do you have your Christmas tree up yet? Greg and I took a trip to the local tree farm a couple of Saturdays ago and got a beautiful tree. I have loads of Christmas ornaments that I have collected over the years. So, when I drag out the boxes and begin pulling out ornaments, it is like a little party. I ‘visit’ with each ornament, remembering where it came from and the circumstances surrounding it. It truly is a walk down memory lane.
On to our Revelation post today. Last time we studied in Revelation 12 we looked at the first six verses. You can review that post HERE.
Today I want to linger a tad longer in verse 6. Take a look at it:
And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
If you are a grammar and word nerd like I am, you will see that virtually all of verses one through five of chapter 12 are written in the past tense. Then, when we get to verse 6 the verb tense changes in the final part of the verse to future tense, i.e. ‘is to be’. Verses 1 through 5 describe something that has already taken place, while verses 6 describes an event yet to occur.
I know all of you were sitting on the edge of your seats, so excited at the prospect of a grammar lesson! It is important stuff, even if it takes you back to your high school English class, which may or may not be a happy trip back in time.
Okay, now on to the focus of today’s study. Do you remember when we talked about the importance of numbers in Scripture? If not, here is a link to that post. In that post we looked specifically at a grouping of numbers that all reference the same amount of time: 1260 days, 3 ½ years, 42 months, and a time, times, and half a time. Twice in Revelation 12 we will bump up against a reference to this amount of time, so I thought it prudent for us to refresh our memories of the importance of it.
In Revelation 12:6 we are told that for 1260 days the woman, who we have established represents Israel, will be nourished or protected in a place that has been prepared by God. The same event is also referenced in Revelation 12:14, but the verbiage is different. In that verse the time frame is designated as a time, times, and half a time.
Allow me, if you will, to pull a quote from the April post on numbers:
After a decent amount of study, I believe (you may believe differently, and that is okay) that the 42 months/1260 days/time, times, and half a time/3 ½ years of intense persecution of Israel begins with the sounding of the 7th trumpet. I also believe that this time of persecution, what Matthew 24:21, Revelation 2:22 and Revelation 7:14 calls ‘the great tribulation”, takes place in the last half of what we call the tribulation period.
You may also recall from THIS post that I believe the Rapture takes place just prior to the sounding of the 7th trumpet and the beginning of the last 3 ½ years of the tribulation period. So, all of this tells me that God is going to take care of His people..both the Jewish people and Gentile believers. While Israel will be a huge target for Satan’s wrath administered through antichrist, God will protect her beautifully in a place and time set apart before the the foundation of the world.
That’s it for today. Next time we gather we will (probably) finish our study of Revelation 12. Have a great week.
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Hi there! I want to begin our time together today by asking you a question. Those who are reading this post will fall into one of two categories: those who have previously studied Revelation and those who have never done an in-depth study of Revelation. So, I have a question for each group.
To those who have previously studied Revelation: How did your study impact you?
To those who have never studied Revelation: Why have you never studied Revelation?
I want to address the last group first, because I once was one of you. The reasons I never studied Revelation were a few: I was frightened by the events of the book; I felt that there was no way I could understand what I studied because of all the symbolism in it; It seemed like even most pastors avoided the book of Revelation so maybe it was a book that was just in the Bible, but we really did not need to study it much.
In 2012-ish my small group began studying the book of The Revelation. Every last one of us entered the study ‘with fear and trembling’ because we had no idea if we could even do the study. The study was intensive and laborious, but boy, was it good! So, with that said, allow me to now answer the question I asked the first group. My study of the book of Revelation impacted me in two ways: It deepened my faith and trust in the sovereignty of God (God’s got this!) AND it encouraged me greatly to know that Jesus knows exactly what goes on in His Church. He will deal with any wrongs and He will reward faithfulness.
That is a perfect segue into why I am investing so much time and effort into writing this Revelation series here at LeahAdams.org. As a Bible teacher I believe God has tasked me with helping others dig into Scripture, and there is no Scripture that is less dug-into than Revelation. I am absolutely certain that God gave me the assignment of helping anyone who would happen by LeahAdams.org study the book of The Revelation. So, if you are new here, today’s post is the latest in an almost 2-year series. Would you like to read some of the past teachings? Please go here and you will find every teaching linked in the order in which they appeared on the blog beginning with Revelation chapter 1.
On to today’s study where we flip the page and journey into Revelation chapter 12. You may recall that my friend, Lisa Cockerham, graciously offered drawings of each chapter of Revelation. These drawings depict the major happenings of each chapter. You may click the following link to download and print the FREE drawing for chapter 12.
Beginning today and moving forward we will encounter much symbolism. Some of the symbolism’s meaning will be immediately obvious, while others will require some digging. Today’s passage includes symbolism that is pretty easy to understand and will not require much commentary from me. Take a look at Revelation 12:1-6 (ESV).
1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
2 She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth.
3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems.
4 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it.
5 She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne,
6 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.
Let’s break this passage down and take a look at the two signs that appeared in heaven detailed herein.
What does it say about this sign?
- A woman
- Clothed with the sun
- Moon under her feet
- Crown of 12 stars on her head
- Pregnant and in the throes of childbirth
- Gave birth to a male Child who will rule all the nations with a rod of iron
- Child was caught up to God and to his throne
- Woman fled into the wilderness to be nourished in a place prepared by God for her
The woman is generally accepted to represent the nation of Israel. The description of her being clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and the crown of 12 stars on her head draws our memories back to the vision/dream that Joseph had in Genesis 37. Recall that his dream was that the sun, moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to him. Ultimately his entire family (the beginning point of the 12 tribes of Israel) bowed to him in Egypt.
This woman (Israel) is pregnant with a male Child (Jesus) who will one day rule the nations with a rod of iron. Check out Psalm 2:9, Daniel 2:40, Revelation 2:27 and 19:15 for the prophecies linked to Christ ruling with an iron rod.
What does the passage say about this sign?
- Great, red dragon
- Seven heads
- Ten horns
- Ten crowns on his heads
- Tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to earth.
- Dragon stood before the woman as she gave birth in order to devour her child
The dragon is accepted to be Satan, and the reference to his fall and the subsequent fall of 1/3 of the heavenly hosts pretty much seals this identification. Satan desired to get rid of Christ and the cross was his tool for that, but Jesus rose from the dead, ascended to heaven, and lives today with God.
Let’s wrap up for today, but I will be back soon with more from Revelation 12. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friend.
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Welcome back to our study in the book of The Revelation. I know you must be thinking that we will still be studying Revelation when Jesus returns. Mmm-hmmm! You might be right. To be honest with you, my desire to write comes and goes…and by the look of my posting schedule, it goes more than it comes. So, with that said, here I am to offer you what the Lord has given me for this day. I have no idea when the next post will come, but Lord willing, we will move on and study Revelation more consistently in the coming days.
We have studied the book of Revelation up to our current passage of Revelation 11:15-19 over the course of almost two years. The last time we studied in Revelation 11, we finished our visit with the Two Witnesses from Revelation 11:1-14. In verse 14, we were told that the ‘second woe had passed, the third woe was soon to come’. These ‘woes’ correlate with the 5th, 6th, and 7th trumpets, and they signify an intensifying of the devastations of the earth. The 3rd woe/7th trumpet will take us on a journey from Revelation 11: 15 – Revelation 14:20, so buckle your seat belts, friends.
We took a break between the 6th trumpet/2nd woe and the 7th trumpet/3rd woe to study the Day of the Lord and the Rapture. Please go here to find those, and other posts in this series:
The End – Studying Revelation
The reason we studied the Day of the Lord and the Rapture at this point is because I believe, and I may be wrong, that the Rapture occurs just prior to the sounding of the 7th trumpet. So, here we are, hearing the blast of that 7th trumpet. Let’s read about it.
15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God,
17 saying, “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, who is and who was, for you have taken your great power and begun to reign.
18 The nations raged, but your wrath came, and the time for the dead to be judged, and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints, and those who fear your name, both small and great, and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.”
19 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
We were told in Revelation 10:7 that when the 7th angel sounds his trumpet that the mystery of God would be fulfilled. The Greek word for mystery is ‘musterion’ and it means private knowledge or a divine secret. So, let’s take a look at all that happens when this 7th trumpet sounds.
- There is an announcement in heaven saying: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.”
- There is worship in heaven
- God’s temple in heaven is opened and the ark of the covenant is revealed
- There is lightening, thunder, heavy hail, and an earthquake
- A sign appears in heaven pointing toward the increased persecution of the Jews
- Satan is thrown to earth
- The antichrist and the false prophet appear
- There is a harvest of souls from the earth
Never before has Christ physically reigned on the earth, but it seems that the sounding of 7th trumpet heralds his reign on earth, and with that comes His wrath. Does that mean Christ is physically present on earth, or that Satan simply no longer has jurisdiction over the world? It may be that this is also a reference to the Day of the Lord.
The first time we read about the wrath of the Lamb was in Revelation 6:16-17 which correlated to the breaking of the 6th seal. We do not find the full wrath of God poured out until the bowl judgments that begin in Revelation 15.
I cannot state strongly enough how very significant this 7th trumpet is in the entire end time story. So much happens here, and it really is the beginning of the end. You will notice that much of what happens at the sounding of the 7th trumpet takes place in heaven: the announcement, worship, the temple is opened and the ark of the covenant is revealed, and a sign. The things that take place on earth are natural disasters, Satan, antichrist and the false prophet appear and there is a soul harvest. Many of these things we will study in more detail as we move through the events of the sounding of the 7th trumpet.
One more thought. I find it so interesting that when the temple in heaven is opened that the ark of the covenant is revealed. Not the cross. Not the empty tomb. The ark of the covenant. Why?
This is purely my speculation and you may think differently…and that is okay. I believe with all my heart that the entire Scriptural canon was written for the Jewish people…God’s chosen people. From beginning to end, the Bible is God’s love letter to Israel. A letter designed to draw her heart to Him. Because of Israel’s refusal to recognize Jesus as Messiah, you and I, as Gentile believers, have been ‘grafted into’ the lineage of Abraham (Romans 4:13-17 and Romans 11) and experience the blessings of God through Scripture. The Bible is for us, as well, but still it beckons Israel.
The Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament tabernacle was where God met with the High Priest of Israel once a year. It was there that the priest offered a sacrifice for the sins of the nation. The Ark of the Covenant was the most holy part of the Old Testament tabernacle, and when the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed for the final time, the Ark was lost.
So, for the Ark to show up in the heavenly temple detailed in the book of The Revelation would be highly significant to a Jewish person. It would be God’s way to saying the Israelite, ‘this book, The Revelation, is for you! Pay attention!’ God continues to call Israel to Himself, even when they do not respond. It is a beautiful picture of love and faithfulness.
Okay, enough for today. I will see you back here soon.
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I would love for you to go back and review what we have studied thus far about two topics: The Rapture and The Day of the Lord. Here are links that will allow you to do that:
Go HERE to find every single post in this Revelation series.
Go HERE to find the first post on The Rapture.
Go HERE to find the first post on The Day of the Lord.
Go HERE to find the second post on The Day the Lord.
Go HERE to read the second post on The Rapture
Did you read The Left Behind series of books that were written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins? I read every single one of them and really enjoyed them. In case you did not, the Left Behind series is a collection of fiction novels that focus on events that might take place when the Rapture happens. The characters are interesting and very relatable. The events are catastrophic, and likely, very realistic. The ultimate goal of these books is to point the reader to the need for a relationship with Jesus by using the coming Rapture and other end-time events to point out that salvation through Christ is the only way to heaven.
In our post today I want to give you my assessment and thoughts about the timing of the Rapture. I could be wrong, and I know that many people have a different interpretation of these events than I. But, after a great deal of study about this topic under more learned teachers, this is where I fall on the topic. No one can know for sure when and how it will happen, but the Bible seems pretty clear that it will take place at some point, and Scripture gives us sign posts that we can watch for on the journey toward that day.
Let’s summarize what we know about the Rapture from our previous discussions:
From 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 we learned:
- The Lord will descend from heaven
- The dead in Christ will rise first (the bodies of those who have died as Christ-followers)
- Believers living at that time will be caught up together with the dead in Christ in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (this is NOT the second coming of Christ)
From 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 we learned:
- A trumpet will sound
- Dead will be raised imperishable
- Those who are alive will be changed, too
In 2 Thessalonians 2 we learned a few things that must take place before the Day of the Lord:
- An apostasy/rebellion/falling away
- The ‘restrainer’ must be taken out of the way
- The man of lawlessness (antichrist) will come on the scene in a big way
In 1 Thessalonians 5 Paul teaches on the rapture before he teaches on the Day of the Lord. Although we cannot write it in permanent marker, is it possible we can assume that the rapture precedes the Day of the Lord on the timeline of end-time events? I think it is highly possible.
Also in 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul, in teaching about the Day of the Lord, adamantly proclaims that believers in Jesus Christ are not appointed or destined to wrath. Scripture places the wrath of God within the events of the Day of the Lord, which begins at or shortly after the 7th trumpet. So, again, it seems that the rapture might take place before the Day of the Lord.
Although we have not studied the 7th trumpet yet, Scripture tells us that the man of lawlessness will be revealed at the 7th trumpet. (Revelation 13) So, it is reasonable to assume that the Rapture occurs prior to the 7th trumpet, perhaps?
Most people refer to the last 7 years/Daniel’s 70th week as the tribulation, and make no mistake, there will be horrors and tribulation. However, the judgments that come on the earth and on mankind ramp up significantly during the final 3 ½ years of this period. Matthew 24:21 records Jesus as saying there will be ‘great tribulation’ during this final 3 ½ year period. It seems that the trigger for this final 3 ½ year period are the events of the 7th trumpet.
It is my sincere belief, after much study, that the Rapture takes place just prior to the sounding of the 7th trumpet. Could I be wrong? Of course. Are there other rational explanations and timings for the Rapture? Absolutely. This is only my opinion, and my opinion is only worth what you paid for it. I do not write this in permanent marker,, and neither should you.
So, am I a pre-tribulation person? Well, yes, if you consider the last half of the 7 years to be the Great Tribulation. Maybe I am a mid-tribulation person. Yes, if you consider the entire 7 years to be the tribulation. Am I a pre-wrath supporter? Yep, if you believe that the wrath of God begins at the 7th trumpet and the 7th trumpet sounds in the middle of the 7 years. I am clearly not a supporter of the post-tribulation wrath hypothesis.
What I am is a woman whose faith rests in knowing that God has it all figured out and timed perfectly, so there is little reason for me to stress over the semantics and timing of the Rapture. I hope this teaching on the rapture has been interesting and informative for you. I strongly encourage you to search the Scriptures for yourself and formulate your own opinions on this, and other, end-time events. I also encourage you to give grace to those who belief differently from you.
Thanks for taking this journey through Revelation with me. We will continue our study back in Revelation 11 with a look at the events of the sounding of the 7th trumpet soon.
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Time gets away, doesn’t it? I looked back at the date of my last Revelation post, and holy moley, it was June 26th. I think it is time to get back to our study of The Revelation. I would love for you to go back and review what we have studied thus far about two topics: The Rapture and The Day of the Lord. Here are links that will allow you to do that:
Go HERE to find every single post in this Revelation series.
Go HERE to find the first post on The Rapture.
Go HERE to find the first post on The Day of the Lord.
Go HERE to find the second post on The Day the Lord.
In the last post I wrote I said that in our next time together we would finish our look at 2 Thessalonians 2 and the Day of the Lord. Hello! Here we are. Let’s refresh our memory about this passage.
1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers,
2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.
5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?
6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way.
8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.
9 The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,
10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,
12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
There are three things that must happen before the Day of the Lord:
- A restraining influence is removed (we dealt with this in our last post)
- The rebellion
- The man of lawlessness is revealed and responds
Let’s consider the rebellion. The Greek word used here for rebellion is ‘apostasia’ and it means defection from truth, falling away, forsake (Strongs).
Okay, so I see someone’s hand waving wildly in the air. Yes, you are right! We just might be living in the apostasia because we are living in a culture that calls good, evil and evil, good. Our culture has fallen away from, or forsaken, the truth of God’s Word. Even the church of the Living God has succumbed to the temptation to approve of things that the Scripture clearly calls sin. Paul said these days would come in 2 Timothy 3. Let’s take a gander at what they might look like. People will be:
- Lovers of self
- Lovers of money
- Disobedient to their parents
- Without self control
- Not loving good
- Swollen with conceit
- Lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God
- Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power
It does kind of make one wonder if we are living in the rebellion, doesn’t it? However, I don’t think we have seen anything yet. I think the world will grow more and more evil. I know. Aren’t you glad you stopped in today?
Let’s turn now to the third thing that must happen in order for The Day of the Lord to come.
The man of lawlessness must be revealed and respond. 2 Thessalonians 2:4 tells us that this man, whom we believe to be the antichrist, will exalt himself above every other person, god, and thing. He will set himself up on a throne in the Temple in Jerusalem and demand to be worshipped as God.
There currently is no Temple in Jerusalem, so we can be assured that this prophecy is yet to be fulfilled, but only after a temple has been built in Jerusalem. Guess what? Preparations are being made daily in Jerusalem to build another temple. The Jewish people do not know when that will happen, but they are prepared.
Let’s put a bow on this next time and see if we can figure out when the Rapture MIGHT take place in the whole scheme of the Revelation. Mind you, I am NOT saying that we can pinpoint a date. Nope, only God knows that, but we can watch for the signposts along the way. I’ll see you back here next time.