Monday, June 13, 2016

Revelation, Day 1 Readings

A Vision of the End & The Throne Room of Heaven  

Today's first reading is the beginning of Revelation, which offers a vision of the end of the world.  The opening chapter provides the context for the terrifying vision that follows.  The writer, John, was worshiping on Sunday when he was transported into heaven and given the responsibility of sharing this vision with seven churches in written form.  While in heaven, he encounters Jesus, the Son of Man, who once was dead, but now lives forever, and who explicitly directs John to write about all that he has seen and share it with others.

Read Revelation 1:1-20  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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The second reading describes the heavenly throne room, where the power of God resides.  Surrounding God are four creatures and 24 elders who constantly offer songs of praise to God. It is from this vantage point that John will witness the judgment and destruction of the earth.

Read Revelation 4:1-11  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Revelation 1-4 today.