This week’s readings: Revelation 12–22
Don’t forget to record your impressions and read the ideas outlined in the Come, Follow Me manuals on ChurchofJesusChrist.org.
This scriptural insight comes from Verse by Verse: Volume 2 by Andrew C. Skinner and D. Kelly Ogden.
“Devil” means “slanderer.” Satan is a Hebrew word meaning “adversary.”
These ideas and topics are compiled from Come, Follow Me and have been adapted for specific situations. Check out the manuals online for more ideas, or come up with your own as you study!
One of the topics in the final chapters of Revelation is the celestial kingdom and celestial glory. As you read and identify descriptions of that glory together, perhaps you could review and discuss the other blessings you have been promised through temple marriage. You might also talk about things you can do as a couple to strengthen your marriage and remain faithful together even when it is difficult.
One of the topics discussed in this set of scriptures is the “book of life.” As you learn about this book and its role in Judgment day, perhaps you can think about what is already recorded in your book of life and what you want to have recorded in it. What experiences do you want to have or uplifting memories do you want to create? What would you want people to learn from reading your “book of life”? This is a wonderful time right before a new year to evaluate your life and set some goals or make some plans to add to your spiritual book of life.
For families with young children:
As you read the short but clear description of the War in Heaven in Revelation chapter 12, perhaps you and your family can recreate the scene through acting, drawing, or some other method that your children will understand and enjoy. Then you can discuss how this war still affects us today.
For families with teens:
Using the descriptions of Babylon in chapters 17 and 18, you might consider having your family make a chart, listing or showing depictions of the images portraying Babylon contrasted with their opposites. Perhaps each family member can pick one part of “Babylon” that they find particularly challenging and either share it with the family or write it down for themselves. How have family members “fled Babylon”? You might benefit from sharing your own experiences and encourage each other to overcome the temptations of Babylon that are the hardest to resist.
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