11: Our Prophetic Message – Teaching Plan

Key Thought : The three angel’s messages prepare people to face the last day deceptions and be ready for the second coming of Christ. Life and death are bound up in our attitude toward these messages..


[Teaching plan for Our Prophetic Message December 9, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Revelation 14:6,7..

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What does it mean to “fear God”?
(Note: Read Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 12:13, Proverbs 8:13, Job 28:28) It is a call to reverent obedience.)
c. Personal Application: How do you give “glory” to God? Share your thoughts.
(Note: Read I Corinthians 10:31, Romans 12:1, Philippians 3:18,19 – By what we eat, drink, and do.)
d. Case Study: One of your relatives states: “Aren’t we supposed to be afraid of God? The Bible says the wicked are stubborn, ignorant, and have no fear of God. Why wouldn’t we fear the God of the Universe and supreme judge of our lives?” How would you respond to your relative?

2. Have a volunteer read Revelation 10:9-13..

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
b. What does the sweetness of the eating of the little book represent? How was it bitter in the belly?
c. Personal Application: How are we part of the “prophesying again”? Is it a sweet message today? How urgent is this message to you? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study: One of your friends states, “Why are you so sure that it is the book of Daniel that is the little book that is opened? What evidence do you have that it is referring to the disappointment of the preaching of Christ coming in 1844?” How would you respond to your friend?
(Note: See Daniel 12:4, 9. Daniel was the only book closed until the time of the end. Read also Revelation 11:1,2. The problem was not the time – but the event and place. The focus was not to be on the courtyard – the earth, where the lamb was slain, but on the temple – in heaven, especially the Most Holy Place. Revelation 11:19. Also the message was to be repeated correctly. Revelation 10:11.)

3. Have a volunteer read Revelation 14:9-12..

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the most important point is in this passage.
b. What does it mean to have the faith of Jesus? Is that the same as having the faith in Jesus, or does it mean something vastly different?
c. Personal Application: How do people receive the mark of the beast in their forehead or in their hand? Is this a literal mark or a symbolic one? Share your thoughts.
d. Case Study: One of your neighbors states, “Why isn’t your church more vocal about the beast, image, and mark if you know what they are? Why wouldn’t you be more intense in telling and warning people?” How would you respond to your neighbor?

4. Have a volunteer read Revelation 11:17,18..

a. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
b. How are people corrupting or destroying the earth today? Why does their actions and attitudes cause God to destroy them?
b. Personal Application: How could Christians be guilty of corrupting the earth? If we don’t stop the corrupters, are we as guilty as they are? Share your thoughts.
c. Case Study: Think of one person who needs to hear a message from this week’s lesson. Tell the class what you plan to do this week to share with them.

(Note : “Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue. Its blessings can be retained only as it is shared.” MH p. 149.



11: Our Prophetic Message – Teaching Plan — 4 Comments

  1. This is a very powerful lesson which needs due consideration even from us as Adventists. We have a message to preach; God is counting on us!

  2. The three angels message will only prepare the people for the second coming when it shall a swell into the loud cry. Now it only prepares us for an event recorded in Revelation 7 and in Ezekiel 9. TM and GW page 445.

  3. Revelation 11 talks about the area of the courtyard that should not be measured . It's quite fitting that this is the time period we are living in. Could someone share something on this timeline

    • Ronald, Rev 11 is one of those areas where our traditional interpretation of the sanctuary doesn’t help much. In order to understand Rev 11:1-2 we must see the sanctuary from a spatial point of view rather than a ministerial one. There are Bible Students that view the sanctuary as split between Heaven and earth. To them the court with the altar of burnt offering and the laver are symbolical of earth while the tent and everything in it represents Heaven.

      Jesus was crucified and cleansed here on earth (represented by the courtyard) then went to Heaven to minister before the Father as our High Priest. That ministry takes place first in the Holy Place then in 1844 changed to the Most Holy Place. We generally don’t consider His ministry in the Heavenly sanctuary to be taking place in the courtyard because the sacrifice was already completed before the ascension. If we can see the sanctuary in this way then Rev 11 makes sense.

      John wrote that he was to, “leave out the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, for it has been given to the Gentiles. And they will tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months” (Rev 11:2 NKJV). That time period is the same as the one for the beast that, “was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months” (Rev 13:5 NKJV). That is also the time period for the little horn where, “the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time (Dan 7:25 NKJV; 3 ½ years = 42 months). “He even exalted himself as high as the Prince of the host; and by him the daily sacrifices were taken away, and the place of His sanctuary was cast down” (Dan 8:11 NKJV). One only needs to connect some dots as it were and the whole puzzle fits together.

      In other words John was told to judge the kingdom of God by measuring it which is represented by the sanctuary tent for the judgment always begins with the professed righteous, “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?” (1 Pet 4:17 NKJV). The in depth judgment of the wicked really doesn’t start until after the Second Advent so the court is left out of the measurement but until the Second Advent those who profess to be God’s people must be judged in order for Rev 22:12 to be true, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (NKJV; see also Mat 16:27).


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