So it’s not great news

Well, this week isn’t exactly uplifting or all that encouraging. We see a lot of punishment and destruction, which we, understandably, tend to try to shield our children from. But, like in our own homes, in God’s kingdom, there are consequences for making poor choices. Just like we place our three year olds in timeout for hitting their siblings, God sends armed locusts to destroy all those who live perpetually sinful lives. Ok, it’s a little different but we’re working on a sliding scale here. Enjoy!

October 26: Revelation 6:1-17
Today’s Takeaways:

  • The Lamb, who is the only one who can do it, begins opening the seals.
  • As each of the first six seals is opened, a new, difficult reality comes to those who have been unfaithful.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • How does it make you feel as you read about the events that occur as the seals are opened?

October 27: Revelation 7:1-17
Today’s Takeaways:

  • 144,000 people were recognized as still serving and following God.
  • The 144,000 were saved by Jesus, the Lamb, and because of this would sit by the throne and be taken care of.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Knowing Jesus saves us from hell and eternal suffering. What else does it do for us?

October 28: Revelation 8:1-13
Today’s Takeaways:

  • A censer is a container where incense is burned and incense was burned to offer beautiful fragrances to God.
  • Four angels blow their trumpets and cause lots of destruction on the earth. There is more to come.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Why do you think all this destruction is happening?

October 29: Revelation 9:1-21
Today’s Takeaways:

  • Super scary locusts came and caused more trouble for those who weren’t following God.
  • Verse 20 explains that after seeing all this destruction and turmoil, many still chose not to repent and follow God.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • Why do you think so many people, after seeing all this trouble, still chose not to follow God?

October 30: Revelation 10:1-11
Today’s Takeaways:

  • John was not allowed to write down what the seven thunders said.
  • The scroll he ate was sweet to the taste but upset his stomach. This is because it is always good to hear God’s word, but as he started to understand what it meant, it was unsettling.

Today’s Talking Topic:

  • How would it feel to know the sins and consequences of others before they happened?

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