Summarize what you read in one paragraph:
After relaying Jesus’ letters to the seven churches of Asia things start getting weird. John shares his vision of God, which resembles the vision Ezekiel saw; full of lightning and thunder, fire, and four faced creatures with lots of eyes. He explains that the four-faced creatures were worshiping God constantly along with 24 elders. After this he talks about a scroll which was sealed with seven seals, and which nobody appeared worthy to open until a slain Lamb appeared and took the scroll, after which point the four-faced creatures and the elders began worshiping the Lamb. Then the Lamb began to open the seven seals of the scroll. At each of the first four seals a horse with a rider was released, first a white horse whose rider came to conquer, then a red horse whose rider took away peace from earth, then a black horse with scales whose rider talked about inflated grain prices, then a pale horse whose rider’s name was Death, you can imagine what he was given authority to do. At the opening of the 5th seal John saw the souls of all those who had been martyred for the word of God, and at the opening of the 6th seal there was an earthquake, the sun was darkened, the moon turned to blood, the stars fell out of the sky, and the rich and powerful people of the earth all hid in caves for fear of the Lamb. After this it talks about how 144,000 of Israel, 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes will be sealed with a mark on their foreheads. Then an uncountable multitude from every nation stood before the Lamb and worshiped him.
What is one key verse?
“After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the lamb’”
How does what you read change your vision of God?
It reminds me that it was always God’s plan to include people from every nation, tribe, and language in his kingdom family, and that the salvation of God is powerful enough to unite even the most different of people.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself or others?
It helps me remember that God desires all people to be saved, and that he considers me a co-worker in that task. God has chosen us as helpers in bringing about this vision that John sees.
How will you Go With God because of this reading? (What is an action step?)
I want to be more intentional about reaching out, especially even to those who are different than I am.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters? (What made you think about Jesus?)
I see Jesus in the Lamb, slain for our sin, and the only one worthy to open the scroll, “worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”