It has been great fun finding Jesus in every chapter in the book of Revelation. Below are chapters 15-22.
Some may wonder how I’ll find Jesus in chapters containing the seven last plagues and the scarlet woman sitting on a seven-headed beast. Well, praise the Lord, Jesus promises to be with his followers always, even to the end of the world. Matt. 28:20
Read below to see where Jesus is even in the middle of great trouble.
This chapter has a beautiful song called “The Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb”. Remember, the lamb in Revelation represents Jesus. So this is Jesus’ song. I’d like to learn that song. Here are the words.
“Great and amazing are your deeds,
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O Lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who will not fear, O Lord,
And glorify your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship you,
For your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Revelation 15:3-4 (ESV)
I’m glad I serve a God who is great, amazing, just and true!
Seven angels pour out vials of the wrath of God upon the earth and terrible things happen. But right in the middle of this chapter, Jesus speaks.
In “red letter edition” Bibles, Jesus’ words are written in red. So I knew Jesus was speaking when it said, “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Rev. 16:15
What does it mean to watch and keep your garments?
First, watch for signs of Jesus’ coming. Did you know Jesus’ coming will not be like a thief if you are watching for Him. 1 Thess. 5:4-6 By reading and studying His word the Bible, including the book of Revelation, you are watching for Him.
Secondly, keep your garments. This represents the armor of God (truth, righteousness, faith, salvation, the word of God) as explained in Ephesians chapter 6. It also represents the salvation that comes from accepting Jesus. Eph 6:13-17 Isaiah 61:10.
If we give our hearts fully to Jesus, we will not experience God’s wrath when He pours it out on the earth. If we follow Jesus, we will be saved! 1 Thess. 5:9 Now that’s good news!!
Here John, the writer of Revelation, sees a wicked woman wearing purple
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and red sitting on a scarlet beast with seven heads and 10 horns. Whatever this woman and beast represent we know it’s bad because many followers of Jesus are killed. Rev. 17:6
However, Jesus will be victorious in the war between good and evil. The Lamb – that’s Jesus – will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and those who are with him are called chosen and faithful. Rev. 17:14
Will you join me in faithfully following Jesus? He will be victorious!
This chapter describes the fall of Babylon the great. Rev. 18:2-3 Then Jesus calls his people to come out of Babylon. “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Rev. 18:4
What is Jesus trying to tell us? It must be mighty important, because it determines if we receive the last plagues or not. While this could be a VERY long study, I will keep it short with two main points. We will look for clues in other parts of the Bible to understand what “Babylon” represents.
Clue number 1, Isaiah 21:9: Isaiah uses the same exact words as Revelation, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”. Then he talks about Babylon’s gods, which are broken on the ground. The first of the 10 commandments is “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exod. 20:3 Is there anything in your life that has become more important that Jesus? Anything can become a god if it takes away our time and attention and worship from the God of heaven. Jesus is calling you to let go of the things of this earth that will fade away, and focus on heavenly things that will last.
Clue number 2, Dan. 4:30-32 & Proverbs 16:18: There is an interesting story in the Bible about King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He had great pride in his heart and stood up one day and announced how great he was because
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he had built this great empire of Babylon by his own power. It was the mightiest empire in the world at that time. But God decided to give him a lesson in humility. The same hour, King Nebuchadnezzar was driven from his palace and became like an ox in the field. For seven years he had to eat grass and live outside like a wild beast. When the time was up, Nebuchadnezzar admitted that all people are really nothing. Only the King of heaven is worthy of praise and honor. The Bible says pride goes before destruction. As Christians, it is easy to be prideful. We must humble ourselves before God and realize that none of us deserve to live. Jesus has offered us life, because He is worthy, not because of anything we have done. Praise His holy name!
Leave your “gods” and pride at Jesus’ feet and come out of Babylon today!
Jesus has a wedding feast and you are invited. Are you ready? Rev. 19:7,9
All who follow Jesus’ are called his bride, or the church. Eph. 5:25
Jesus himself helps us get ready for this great wedding party. He cleans us up and gives us fine, bright, clean clothes to wear. Rev. 19:8
Use this clue if you want to find out one way Jesus’ washes his church. Eph 5:26
Are you reading His Word, the Bible, everyday? Jesus wants you to be ready for that great wedding feast up in heaven!
Those who stay faithful to Jesus will reign with Jesus a thousand years. Rev. 20:4
A blessing is promised to this group of people who are part of the first resurrection. Rev. 20:5, 1 Thess. 4:16 The second (or final) death has no power over them. Rev. 20:6
Dear Jesus, please keep me faithful to you so I can be a part of the first resurrection!
Here, the holy city, the new Jerusalem, comes down from heaven to a new
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earth. Rev. 21:1-2
Where is Jesus? He is right in the holy city. Jesus’ presence lights up the whole city so there is no need of the sun or moon. Rev. 21:23
God comes to live with his people. Heaven is now on earth, the new earth.
Wow! That’s incredible! God’s moving and he’s coming to live with us someday. I sure want to be there! Don’t you?
Jesus confirms that He, for certain, sent these messages in the book of Revelation to us, his church. Rev. 22:16
Jesus also says, “Surely I come quickly.”
Jesus is coming soon! He has sent us a special and important message in the last book of the Bible – Revelation. The more we read and study it, the more we will learn about the wonderful love of Jesus and how much He wants to save you and me and live with us forever!