The Christian Life is a contact sport. Following Jesus is tough, and you have the bruises to prove it. A painful church conflict. Tight finances. A sinful habit that’s tough to break. You may be limping off the field, feeling defeated, not sure if you’ll return.
You need the book of Revelation.
Despite popular opinion, Revelation is not an end-times mystery to be solved. It’s a hard-times message to be embraced. Written to struggling churches, the book proclaims a powerful word of hope: at the end of the story, we win.
In this devotional study, Matt Proctor will uncover the major themes of Revelation. Discussion questions, an applicational focus, and a readable style all combine to make this a helpful guide for personal reading or group study.
Let the last book of Scripture shoot spiritual adrenaline through your weary soul. Revelation is good news: if we stay faithful in the middle of the story, we’ll be VICTORIOUS in the end!
Written by Matt Proctor for the 2013 North American Christian Convention.
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“At the end of the day, Revelation is a call to hope. Maybe you’re not facing physical persecution like those early believers. But maybe you do find yourself on the brink of defeat, crushed under an ocean of pain, sitting alone in the dark. This book is for you.
When you feel trapped in hopeless circumstances, Revelation is Morse code, tapping out a message, ‘Help … is … on … the … way.’ Stay faithful, says John because a hero is coming.
Until our rescuer arrives, Revelation gives clear instructions for the meantime, and in the pages ahead, we’ll explore those instruction. This study guide focuses on Jesus’ instruction for us while we wait—things like loving the church honestly (chapter 50, enduring suffering patiently (chapter 7), bearing witness boldly (chapter 8), and seeing evil clearly (chapter 9). Revelation teaches us how to hand on until help arrives.
But most of all, Revelation tells us that a day is coming when we will be rescued. A Savior will enter our world again (19:11). This time, he will come not as a baby, but as a warrior. Not humbly on a donkey, but triumphantly on a warhorse. Not to be delivered to his enemies, but to deliver us from our enemies. He will come with power, majesty, might and authority—to set us free from captivity, to release us from our circumstances and to take us back to a brighter, better world. He will snatch us from the edge of defeat and lead us into victory. What a day that will be! This is the message of Revelation: If we stay faithful in the middle of the story, we will be victorious in the end.” (pp. 12-13)
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About the Author
Matt Proctor has served as a youth minister, preaching minister, Bible college professor and is now president of Ozark Christian College. His writing includes two books, Finish-Line Faith and Victorious, and he serves as a contributing editor for Christian Standard magazine, as well as president of the 2013 North American Christian Convention. He enjoys reading, cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals, and travelling widely to preach about Jesus.
Matt is especially grateful to God for his wife Katie and their six children—Luke, Lydia, Clara, Carl, Conrad and Caroline.
Matt holds the MA from Lincoln Christian Seminary; BTh from Ozark Christian College; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; University of Iowa