Monday: Smyrna and Pergamum

Sword of the Spirit

To the church in Smyrna, Jesus is introduced as “‘the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life’” (Rev. 2:8, NKJV; see Rev. 1:18). To the church at Pergamum, Jesus is the one with the sharp two-edged sword held in His teeth (Rev. 1:16, Rev. 2:12).  What is the significance of the … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Church at Ephesus

Jesus of Revelation 1

In Revelation 2:1, Jesus is pictured holding the seven stars and walking among the lampstands as He addresses the church at Ephesus. These symbols point to significant realities. The lampstands are the churches, and the seven stars are angels tasked with caring for the churches (Rev. 1:20). In other words, there is a close connection … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Church Militant

Image © Lars Justinen

Read for This Week’s Study: Rev. 2:1-7, Hos. 2:13, Rev. 2:8-17, Rev. 2:18-3:6, Isa. 60:14, Rev. 3:14-22. Memory Text: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20, NKJV). John was … [Click to read more …]

Peter on the Great Controversy – Hit the Mark

A family in silhouette walking towards a large cross.

They were astonished at His words. With an authority that could not be denied, they heard words of affirmation that were inconceivable just a short while ago. His words pierced through the darkness of their minds and illuminated the reality of heaven – that they were valuable. We call it the Sermon on the Mount … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Peter on the Great Controversy

The Student

Peter warned that scoffers would say: “‘everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation’” (2 Pet. 3:4, NIV). This was nothing new; the same sentiments were expressed before the Flood. “As time passed on, with no apparent change in nature, men whose hearts had at times trembled with fear, began to be … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Hastening the Day

Man Splashed With Water

Although the wait for the Second Coming seems never-ending to us, the time is not a concern to God. “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Pet. 3:8, NKJV). Throughout the Scriptures the end is always close, whether the day of the Lord in … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Scoffers

Devil devouring

Read 2 Peter 3:3-7. What is Peter saying here about the past that can help us deal with issues in the present, as well as in the future? The battle between light and darkness, between the followers of Jesus and the promoters of evil, seems about to reach its climax. The devil, as a hungry … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: Peter on the Great Controversy

Hope Sabbath School

You can view an in-depth discussion of “Peter and the Great Controversy” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The More Sure Word of Prophecy

Two Men Climbing a Ladder on God's Hand

Read 2 Peter 1:16-21. What is he saying about prophecy that’s so important? Peter had seen many things in his time, and he lists some in this passage: Jesus transfigured on the mount (2 Pet. 1:18) and the confirmation of the prophecies concerning Jesus (2 Pet. 1:19). Each of these had impacted Peter deeply; yet, … [Click to read more …]

11 Peter on the Great Controversy – Discussion Questions
Joyce Griffith

Vancouver Lighthouse

Peter the scoffer repents and changes. Remember Peter at the crucifixion of Jesus? “Oh, no,” he cries out. “Not me. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Jesus is nothing to me!” Those weren’t his exact words, but do they reflect his thoughts at the time of his betrayal? Didn’t Jesus had every right to throw … [Click to read more …]