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Does the book of Revelation tell us that the end of the world is near? Does the book of Revelation tell us anything about the end of the world? Did you know that the book of Revelation repeatedly says that it is about events that were to come to pass soon after it was written? How can we hope to understand this beautiful book if we ignore those clearly stated time frames for its fulfillment? Revelation was written to provide comfort and encouragement to those first century Christians who were being persecuted and killed by the Roman empire. They must have wondered if God had forgotten about them, and they must have wondered how the church could possibly prevail against the might of Rome. The book of Revelation was written to answer those questions. Please join us in our study.

How NOT to Interpret Revelation
Domitian Coin
A Timeline for Revelation
Domitian Coin with Seven Stars
Timeline for Revelation Chapter 12
The Twelve Caesars

Lesson 53

Revelation 22:8-21 & Conclusion

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Lesson 2

Introduction, Continued

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Lesson 3

Introduction, Continued

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Lesson 4

Introduction, Continued and Revelation 1:1-3

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Lesson 5

Revelation 1:4-19

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Lesson 6

Revelation 1:20 - 2:29

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Lesson 7

Revelation 2:18 - 4:3

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Lesson 8

Revelation 4:4 - 5:10

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Lesson 9

Revelation 5:9 - 6:11

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Lesson 10

Review and Revelation 6:12-17

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Lesson 11

Revelation 7:1 - 8:2

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Lesson 12

Revelation 8:3 - 9:12

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Lesson 13

Revelation 9:3 - 10:7

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Lesson 14

Revelation 10:8 - 11:10

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Lesson 15

Revelation 11:11 - 12:4

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Lesson 16

Revelation 12:3 - 13:2

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Lesson 17

Revelation 13:1-2

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Lesson 18

Revelation 13:3-18

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Lesson 19

Revelation 13:18 - 14:12

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Lesson 20

Revelation 14:13 - 16:11

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Lesson 21

Revelation 16:12 - 17:18

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Lesson 22

Revelation 18:1 - 19:3

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Lesson 23

Revelation 19:4 - 20:3

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Lesson 24

Revelation 20:4 - 21:14

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Lesson 25

Revelation 21:15 - 22:21 and Conclusion

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God's Plan of Salvation

You must hear the gospel and then understand and recognize that you are lost without Jesus Christ no matter who you are and no matter what your background is. The Bible tells us that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Before you can be saved, you must understand that you are lost and that the only way to be saved is by obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2 Thessalonians 1:8) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:17)

You must believe and have faith in God because “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6) But neither belief alone nor faith alone is sufficient to save. (James 2:19; James 2:24; Matthew 7:21)

You must repent of your sins. (Acts 3:19) But repentance alone is not enough. The so-called “Sinner’s Prayer” that you hear so much about today from denominational preachers does not appear anywhere in the Bible. Indeed, nowhere in the Bible was anyone ever told to pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” to be saved. By contrast, there are numerous examples showing that prayer alone does not save. Saul, for example, prayed following his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:11), but Saul was still in his sins when Ananias met him three days later (Acts 22:16). Cornelius prayed to God always, and yet there was something else he needed to do to be saved (Acts 10:2, 6, 33, 48). If prayer alone did not save Saul or Cornelius, prayer alone will not save you. You must obey the gospel. (2 Thess. 1:8)

You must confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. (Romans 10:9-10) Note that you do NOT need to make Jesus “Lord of your life.” Why? Because Jesus is already Lord of your life whether or not you have obeyed his gospel. Indeed, we obey him, not to make him Lord, but because he already is Lord. (Acts 2:36) Also, no one in the Bible was ever told to just “accept Jesus as your personal savior.” We must confess that Jesus is the Son of God, but, as with faith and repentance, confession alone does not save. (Matthew 7:21)

Having believed, repented, and confessed that Jesus is the Son of God, you must be baptized for the remission of your sins. (Acts 2:38) It is at this point (and not before) that your sins are forgiven. (Acts 22:16) It is impossible to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ without teaching the absolute necessity of baptism for salvation. (Acts 8:35-36; Romans 6:3-4; 1 Peter 3:21) Anyone who responds to the question in Acts 2:37 with an answer that contradicts Acts 2:38 is NOT proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ!

Once you are saved, God adds you to his church and writes your name in the Book of Life. (Acts 2:47; Philippians 4:3) To continue in God’s grace, you must continue to serve God faithfully until death. Unless they remain faithful, those who are in God’s grace will fall from grace, and those whose names are in the Book of Life will have their names blotted out of that book. (Revelation 2:10; Revelation 3:5; Galatians 5:4)