Study Guide #6, for Revelation 15–19 • July 23, 2002

1.      What is the significance of the title of the song in 15:3 (“the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb)? Is there any message latent in linking Moses and the Lamb in this way? What is or was the song of Moses? What is the content and the significance of the song? What are its emphases? What are the implications of believers singing it?

 

2.      Do you believe the words of the angel and the altar (16:5-7) are true? That is, do you believe that God’s judgments in these chapters really are just? Why or why not? What is justice? How do the words of the angel and the response to it (vv. 5-7) compare with the song in 15:3-4? Do you see God’s hand in natural disasters? Do you see God warning us in the midst of present-day personal and social tribulations? If so, how? What is God warning us about and what kind of response is appropriate?

 

3.      What is the significance of the time references in this passage (15:1 and 16:17? How are we to understand the announcement, “It is done!” (16:17)? How is it related to the remainder of the paragraph (16:17-21) and the chapters that follow?

 

4.      Cite all the evidence you can from Revelation, but especially from chapters 17 and 18, to establish who the “great whore” is (17:1). What is the relationship between the whore, the beast and Babylon (chapters 13, 17, 18)? Are they the same thing? Different parts of the same thing?

 

5.      Using chapter 18 as a source, construct a brief political and economic indictment of Babylon’s sins. What do you think is the practical message of chapter 18 for the first readers of Revelation?

 

6.      Assess the tone of chapter 18. Is it jubilation, grief, anger, relief or some other sentiment? Why do you think so?

 

7.      In what ways are Christians enjoined to participate in the final conflict according to these chapters (esp. chap. 19)? How did the Israelites participate in the archetypal Exodus event?

 

 

 

 

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