The Gospel of the Revelation
according to St. John the Divine
St. John’s MCC • Session 3
Questions to Ponder for Chapter 5
What do you think makes the scroll so significant? Why did it have 7 seals?
Why is Christ the only one worthy enough to open it (see John 1:29)? What titles are used to describe Him? What do you think it means that Christ is both a lion and a lamb?
Look at the 3 songs. Who is in the first musical group? The second? The third?
What are the elements of praise in the songs?
How would you dramatize this majestic event?
What would the visions described in Chapters 4 and 5 have meant to the persecuted Christians of Western Asia?
What do they say to us as marginalized followers of Christ today?
What can you do in your daily life this week that would recreate this scene for yourself?
Questions to Ponder for Chapter 6
Who or what does each of the four horsemen represent?
- The rider on the white horse
- The rider on the red horse
- The rider on the black horse
- The rider on the pale (green or colorless) horse
What kinds of injustices are revealed as the first six seals are broken?
- First seal
- Second seal
- Third seal
- Fourth seal
- Fifth seal
- Sixth seal
How did people get lured into worship of the Roman emperor and/or the contemporary local gods of first-century Western Asia? How do people twist Jesus’ message of God’s love today?
Have you read about the Conquest of Jerusalem in the first century? How did Rome justify its decision to overthrow the government of first-century Israel? What justifications do we use to go to war against a nation? What forces are at work that make a person decide to kill someone he or she knows?
What does it say about the first century economy that food was very costly but luxuries were cheep? If basic needs are too costly for people in our society, what effect does it have on their spirituality?
How had the first-century believers become virtually powerless as to their fate? What happens today when we hear that an area of the world is experiencing famine and/or is plagued with illness? Why do we want to help? What prevents us from helping relieve the situation?
What is the worst thing that has happened to you because of your faithfulness to God?
What terrible things were happening to first-century believers? It is perfectly normal for people to want those injustices to end. They felt powerless to stop them and wanted God to intervene for them. They wanted God to take revenge.
Jesus describes the “Day of Judgment” in Mark 13. What parts of Jesus’ prophecy are reiterated here? When have you felt like putting everything in the garbage and starting over?
If everything goes “in the garbage,” how does John say that anyone can avoid the same fate? Does this remind you of the Passover (Exodus 12)? What did God do then? What similarities can be found in the “Song of Moses and Miriam” in Exodus 15.
How can God love us in spite of all of these injustices? How can we not hate those who perpetuate them?
Which injustices do you see most often today?