Let's Talk About God's Future Timing

by Rose Taylor

Every week you’ll find different types of posts here on the ABS blog. Today’s post is for teachers, to encourage conversation and reflection in your Bible study group. Each “Let’s Talk About” activity can be used at any time during your meeting and lasts approximately 10-15 minutes.

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GOD'S FUTURE TIMING

Revelation 21:1-7

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “Look! God’s dwelling is here with humankind. He will dwell with them, and they will be his peoples. God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more. There will be no mourning, crying, or pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “All is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will freely give water from the life-giving spring. Those who emerge victorious will inherit these things. I will be their God, and they will be my sons and daughters.

 

Key Verse:

Then the one seated on the throne said, “Look! I’m making all things new.” He also said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “All is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” —Revelation 21:5-6b

 

Commentary:

As an elderly man, the apostle John experienced troubling times of persecution and was exiled to the Isle of Patmos, a place believed to have been a brutal work quarry. At this time in John’s life, Christ gave him a panoramic view of the future, including the Savior’s return and the ushering in of the eternal kingdom. Christ instructed John to record his words because they are true and trustworthy. He also told John that everything had finally been accomplished. Alpha is the first letter in the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last letter. By stating that he is “the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end,” Christ revealed that his existence was before the beginning of time and would continue beyond the end of time. His eternal nature assures us of his lordship over every moment: past, present, and future. Christians can rest in the assurance of his return.

 

Questions to discuss:

Do you think this vision gave strength and assurance to John?

What type of assurance does this Scripture give you?

What does this passage reveal to you about God’s timing?

 

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