Understanding Its Message of Encouragement
Description: This 8-page handout explains that the Book of Revelation is a loving, personal message from God, with a glossary of the meaning of its symbolism.
Perhaps one of the reasons that the last book of the Bible is so mysterious, so confusing, or so fearsome, is that we focus on its meaning for the world and try to interpret it as a warning about a destructive and inevitable end. We search for clues about the timing of the Anti-Christ and the Second Coming of Jesus, while forgetting that the Word of God always has multiple levels of meaning, and that God always wants to speak to us individually in every scripture.
The theme of the Book of Revelation is “Stand firm in your faith!” A summary of the book would be: Avoid compromises with paganism, don’t cave into adversity and martyrdom, wait patiently for the fulfillment of God’s promises, God has triumphed over evil through Jesus, and we must let God triumph through each of us as we follow the way of the cross.
Ideas for use: Faith formation programs, Bible Study classes, RCIA, etc.