Revelation 12 - 16

Look in Revelations 12: 7-9; 13:7 (JST 12: 6-8)

JST Revelation

12:1–2

12:4

12:3, 5

identify the symbols described there and any identifying features about each symbol.

Satan and his followers sought to destroy the New Testament Church

The New Testament Church fell into apostasy

Satan continues to make war against the Saints of God

The latter-day Church will help prepare individuals and families for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Read Revelation 12:7–10 (verses 6–10 in the Joseph Smith Translation)

looks for what is being described

How does the premortal War in Heaven affect us today?

Pres Hinckley video

Read Revelation 12:11 or JST 12:11

How can our knowledge of how Satan was defeated in the premortal world be used to help us in mortality?

We can overcome Satan in his war against us by relying on the Atonement of Jesus Christ and our testimony of Jesus.

Revelation 12:12-13, 17

Verse 17 what is meant by "her seed"?

Revelation 13:1, 11

Do you know the meaning of the 2 Beasts?

The Prophet Joseph Smith (1805–44) taught:

“When God made use of the figure of a beast in visions to the prophets He did it to represent those kingdoms which had degenerated and become corrupt, savage and beast-like in their dispositions, even the degenerate kingdoms of the wicked world”

Rather than attempting to specify an exact identity of the beast, it may be more profitable to note the following general characteristics about the beast:

It had power over many nations (see Revelation 13:1, 7);

it opposed God and blasphemed against Him (see verses 5–6);

the power it wielded was like the power that predatory animals have over their prey (see verse 2);

Satan gave it power (see verses 2, 4);

people of the world worshipped or followed the beast (see verse 4);

it was able to overpower many, including the Saints (see verse 7).

President James E. Faust (1920–2007) of the First Presidency noted:

“Satan is the greatest imitator, the master deceiver, the arch counterfeiter, and the greatest forger ever in the history of the world. He comes into our lives as a thief in the night. His disguise is so perfect that it is hard to recognize him or his methods”
“One of the major techniques of the devil is to cause human beings to think they are following God’s ways, when in reality they are deceived by the devil to follow other paths”

Revelation 13: 7-12, 14

We can overcome Satan and his continuous war against the Saints if our names are written in the book of life.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained that

“the book of life, or Lamb’s book of Life, is the record kept in heaven which contains the names of the faithful and an account of their righteous covenants and deeds. (D. & C. 128:6–7; Ps. 69:28; Rev. 3:5; 21:27.)”

President Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972) taught:

“We are not going to be saved in the kingdom of God just because our names are on the records of the Church. It will require more than that. We will have to have our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and if they are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life then it is an evidence we have kept the commandments. Every soul who will not keep those commandments shall have his name blotted out of that book”

Video clip by President Uchtdorf

Revelation 14: 6-7

Look for the purpose of the first angle

What message did he bring?

God restored the gospel in the last days to prepare earth’s inhabitants for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 14:8–13,

looking for the contrast between what awaits those who accept the gospel message and what awaits those who fight against this message.

Revelation 16:1

Read one of the references below, looking for the plague John saw poured out upon the earth.

Revelation 16:2.

Revelation 16:3.

Revelation 16:4.

Revelation 16:8–9.

Revelation 16:10–11.

Revelation 16:12–16.

Revelation 16:17–20.

Revelation 16:2. A noisome and grievous sore fell upon men.

Revelation 16:3. The sea became like blood; all creatures in the sea died.

Revelation 16:4. The rivers and fountains of water became blood.

Revelation 16:8–9. The sun scorched mankind.

Revelation 16:10–11. Darkness spread across the kingdom of the devil, and the wicked gnawed their tongues for pain and did not repent.

Revelation 16:12–16. The great river Euphrates was dried up, and the forces of evil gathered at Armageddon.

Revelation 16:17–20. Thunders, lightnings, earthquakes, hail stones—the face of the earth changed.

Revelation 16:15

"I come as a thief"
"keepeth his garments"

Elder Bruce R. McConkie taught

keeping one’s garments also represents spiritual safety:
“To defile one’s garments [of the holy priesthood] is to disobey the Lord’s law, and to keep one’s garments (Rev. 16:15) is to keep the commandments and qualify for the robes of righteousness that clothe celestial beings”

The Saints who live in spiritual readiness will be blessed as God pours out plagues of judgment upon the wicked.

Principles Learned

We can overcome Satan in his war against us by relying on the Atonement of Jesus Christ and our testimony of Jesus.

We can overcome Satan and his continuous war against the Saints if our names are written in the book of life.

God restored the gospel in the last days to prepare earth’s inhabitants for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

The Saints who live in spiritual readiness will be blessed as God pours out plagues of judgment upon the wicked.

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