Here begins the “scary” part of Revelation. We begin to see destruction and devastation and see visions that are less than reassuring. Unappealing though it may be (like the stories of war? Or Job’s suffering? Or Psalm 137?), it is part of the scriptures. And it is part of God’s revelation to us, so it’s important that we do some study and try and hear what it is God is saying here.
Read Chapter 6.
Identify the horses/horsemen. What are their colors? What are their roles? What happens when each appears?
Which one causes you to fear? Which one gives you hope? Why?
How, if at all, does that affect how you understand God?
Read Chapter 7.
144,000 are mentioned and attributed to the tribes of Israel.
Is that number exact or figurative? Why?
Next we read about the great multitude, who do you believe to be among them?
What hope does that give you?
What do they proclaim?
Vs. 15-17 offer a word of hope to those who have suffered. How would this be good news?
What good news message do you need to hear from God right now?