Devotion Time: November 15-21, 2010

Suggested Instructions

Read the assigned passage for the day and answer the reflection question(s) provided.  There are no memory verses. Click here to download DT Packet.

Daily Devotion and Bible Reading Plan

Monday              11/15                 Revelation 9:13-21
Tuesday              11/16                 Revelation 10
Wednesday        11/17                 Revelation 11
Thursday            11/18                 Revelation 12
Fri-Sun               11/19-21            Nahum, Habakkuk

Reflection Questions

MONDAY, 11/15 Revelation 9:13-21

vv. 14-15

  • These verses reveal that there have been destructive fallen angels, or demons, bound at Euphrates (the river from which Israel’s enemies traditionally invaded), which are released at a specified time.  What implication does this have on my view of life and history?

vv. 20-21

  • What does the fact that these verses note that mankind did not repent reveal about God’s desire in the midst of judgment?  What does it reveal about man?

TUESDAY, 11/16 Revelation 10

v.4

  • What can I learn about boundaries of man’s knowledge from this verse?  What is my responsibility regarding the knowledge that I have been granted?

vv.6,7

  • What does the declaration of “no more delay” remind me of?
  • Why does God delay bringing forth the final revelation of His “mystery”?  What should be my perspective regarding the will of God and the waiting period that I need to go through?

vv.9,10

  • What are the two effects of eating the scroll?  What lessons can I draw from this regarding God’s word and the role of His prophets/messengers?

WEDNESDAY, 11/17 Revelation 11

vv.3-8

  • The imagery employed bring to mind Elijah and Moses, but in the New Testament context, “the most common view is that the two witnesses represent the prophetic witness of the church” [1] What example and challenge do the two prophets serve for the church today?
  • What kind of life should I expect if the church is to fulfill its prophetic role in our world?

vv.9-10

  • What will be the response of the inhabitants of the earth to the death of God’s two witnesses?  What truth about human nature is revealed from their response?
  • Why would they think that the two prophets were “tormenting” them?  What is my attitude towards those who play the prophetic role in my life?

vv.11-13

  • What truths about the ultimate outcome of spiritual warfare can I learn from these verses?  What steps of faith am I emboldened to take because of this truth?

v.15-18

  • Reflect on that day when “the kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”  How much am I living today with this day in mind?
  • Who will be rewarded on that final judgment day?  Am I living to receive reward now or on that day?

THURSDAY, 11/18 Revelation 12

vv.1-6

  • The dragon represents Satan and his demonic forces, the woman represents God’s faithful people who have been waiting for the Messiah (the crown of 12 stars represents the 12 tribes of Israel), and the child represents Christ.[2]
  • How does the power of the dragon compare to the apparent power of the woman and child?  What is ironic about this contrast in power?
  • 1,260 days represent the period of persecution (cf., 11:2; 13:5).  What is the inherent promise of God to the persecuted church in this verse?

vv.9-11

  • What are the activities of Satan?  What accusations from Satan do I face?  What are some evidences that Satan is leading the whole world astray?
  • How did the early church overcome the accuser?
  • What is the relationship between loving one’s life and shrinking back?  What do I shrink back from?  How does the blood of the Lamb embolden me not to shrink back?

[1] Craig S. Keener, Revelation, NIV Application Commentary (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1960) 291.

[2] Life Application Study Bible, study notes (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan, 1991) 2260.

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