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NOTE: The complete oracles (sacred truth) of God are contained in the writings of the Old and New Testaments. The keys to understanding the prophecies of Revelation are found primarily in the stories of the Old Testament. For example, of the 404 verses found in the book of Revelation, 278 of them are echoes from other stories and prophecies in the Old Testament.
NOTE: The central figure in all of Scripture and prophecy is Jesus. This captivating series will cover many themes of prophecy, but keep in mind that the primary focus of Daniel and Revelation is Jesus Christ and His kingdom.
NOTE: In the Bible, bread is a symbol of the Word of God. Jesus said, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4. As we read, digest, and follow the Scriptures, we will find strength, joy, peace, and everlasting life.
NOTE: The devil hates the Bible and will do almost anything to prevent people from reading it. He knows that its prophecies expose his plans to deceive the human race. So don't be surprised if Satan attempts to distract you from this series of lessons or tries to get you preoccupied with other things. God will make a way for those who seek to know the truth to find it.
NOTE: Part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to help us understand the truth of the Scriptures. This is why we should always ask the Holy Spirit to guide us before we open God's book. I can be certain the Holy Spirit is guiding my Bible study if (1) I ask Him to guide me, and (2) I am willing to accept and follow truth as He reveals it to me.
NOTE: We must lay aside our own ideas and study the Bible by reading everything in the Scriptures on any given subject ("here a little, and there a little") and by comparing all the verses for input. We should let the Bible speak for itself. When this is done, the truth always comes through clearly. This is how Jesus convinced the two disciples on the road to Emmaus that He was indeed the Messiah (Luke 24:27).
NOTE: The Scriptures help us understand God's great plan of salvation--the most important information ever given to mortals.
NOTE: We find the truth in God's Word--the Bible. Truth is a scarce commodity in today's world, and all the people of earth suffer as a result. The truth about everything that really matters is found in Scripture. Studying and following its counsel sets people free (John 8:32) and brings them happy, abundant living (John 15:11).
NOTE: "Rightly dividing the word of truth" means to interpret it correctly and truthfully. There is great danger in twisting Scripture to make it say what we want it to say. What I say about the Bible matters little. What counts is what Scripture says about itself.
NOTE: All religious teachings should be checked by the Bible. If any teaching does not clearly agree with the Scriptures, it is false and should be abandoned.
NOTE: One of the first reactions these disciples had after hearing Jesus explain the Scriptures was a burning desire to share the good news with others. We hope it is also your desire to invite your friends to join you in this dynamic series of Bible studies.
Following is a list of key terms that often have symbolic meanings in Bible prophecy. Each symbol is in bold type and is followed by its corresponding literal meaning. Angel = Messenger Daniel 8:16 9:21 Luke 1:19, 26 Hebrews 1:14 Babylon = Religious apostasy / confusion Genesis 10:8-10 11:6-9 Revelation 18:2, 3 17:1-5Beast = Kingdom / government / political power Daniel 7:17, 23Bread = Word of God John 6:35, 51, 52, 63Day = Literal year Ezekiel 4:6 Numbers 14:34Dragon = Satan or his agency Isaiah 27:1 30:6, Psalms 74:13, 14 Revelation 12:7-9 Ezekiel 29:3 Jeremiah 51:34Forehead = Mind Romans 7:25 Ezekiel 3:8, 9Hand = Work Ecclesiastes 9:10Harlot = Apostate church / religion Isaiah 1:21-27 Jeremiah 3:1-3 6-9Heads = Major powers / rulers / governments Revelation 17:3, 9, 10 Horn = King or kingdom Daniel 7:24 8:5, 21, 22 Zechariah 1:18, 19 Revelation 17:12Lamb = Jesus / sacrifice John 1:29 1 Corinthians 5:7Lamp = Word of God Psalms 119:105 Lion = Jesus Christ Revelation 5:4-9Mark = Sign or seal of approval or disapproval Ezekiel 9:4 Romans 4:11 Revelation 13:17 14:9-11 7:2, 3Mountains = Political or religio-political powers Isaiah 2:2, 3 Jeremiah 17:3 31:23 51:24, 25 Ezekiel 17:22, 23 Daniel 2:35, 44, 45Oil = Holy Spirit Zechariah 4:2-6 Revelation 4:5Red = Sin / corruption Isaiah 1:18 Nahum 2:3 Revelation 17:1-4Rock = Jesus / truth 1 Corinthians 10:4 Isaiah 8:13, 14 Romans 9:33 Matthew 7:24Seal = Sign or mark of approval or disapproval Romans 4:11 Revelation 7:2, 3 Serpent = Satan Revelation 12:9 20:2 Stars = Angels / messengers Revelation 1:16, 20 12:4, 7-9 Job 38:7 Sun = Jesus / the gospel Psalms 84:11 Malachi 4:2 Matthew 17:2 John 8:12 9:5 Sword = Word of God Ephesians 6:17 Hebrews 4:12 Thief = Suddenness of Jesus' coming 1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 2 Peter 3:10Time = Literal year Daniel 4:16, 23, 25, 32 7:25 Daniel 11:13 margin Waters = Inhabited area / people, nations Revelation 17:15White Robes = Victory / righteousness Revelation 19:8 3:5 7:14 Winds = Strife / commotion / "winds of war" Jeremiah 25:31-33 49:36, 37 4:11-13 Zechariah 7:14Woman, Pure = True church Jeremiah 6:2 2 Corinthians 11:2 Ephesians 5:23-27 Revelation 14:4Woman, Corrupt = Apostate church Ezekiel 16:15-58 23:2-21 Hosea 2:5 3:1