Revelation 17-22

Babylon

D & C 133:14

14 Go ye out from among the nations, even from Babylon, from the midst of wickedness, which is spiritual Babylon.

Babylon = Wickedness

One Group Study

Revelation 17:1–6, 14 and the student manual commentary for Revelation 17.

The other group study

Revelation 18:1–7, 23–24 and the student manual commentary for Revelation 18:3, 7–16.

look for and mark words and phrases that describe Babylon, or the wickedness of the world in the last days.

President Harold B. Lee

(1899–1973)

“We are tested, we are tried, we are going through some of the severest tests today and we don’t realize perhaps the severity of the tests that we’re going through. … Today we are basking in the lap of luxury, the like of which we’ve never seen before in the history of the world. It would seem that probably this is the most severe test of any test that we’ve ever had in the history of the Church”

Babylon is:

  • “decked with gold and precious stones”
  • “waxed rich” (love of wealth),
  • “filthiness of fornication” (sexual sins),
  • “drunken with the blood of the saints” (rejection or murder of prophets and Church members),
  • “make war” (violence),
  • “habitation of devils”
  • “all nations deceived” (lying and deception).

Revelation 17:16;

18:8–10, 17, 20–21.

What concerns do you have as you consider the condition of the world in the last days?

What feelings they have as they think about Babylon being destroyed in the last days?

How to escape the destructions of Babylon

Revelation 17:4

Revelation 18:4

who will escape the plagues and destructions that will come upon the wicked in the last days?

The Lamb of God will overcome the evils of Babylon in the last days, and those who are called, chosen, and faithful will be with Him and share in His victory. When we refuse to join in the wickedness of Babylon, we will be spiritually protected by the Lord in the last days.

How can we determine if we are partaking of the sins of Babylon?

How can we continue to live among worldly influences and still obey God’s command to come out of Babylon?

Don't answer out loud, but ponder

Which elements of Babylon are likely to be more tempting and problematic for you personally?

What will you do to depart from spiritual Babylon?

Revelation 19

"the marriage supper of the Lamb" and "the supper of the great God"

Revelation 19:7–9.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie (1915–85) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles explained:
“In this dispensation the Bridegroom, who is the Lamb of God, shall come to claim his bride, which is the Church composed of the faithful saints who have watched for his return. As he taught in the parable of the marriage of the king’s son, the great marriage supper of the Lamb shall then be celebrated. (Matt. 22:1–14.)” (Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. [1966–73], 3:563).

“Those who keep the commandments of the Lord and walk in His statutes to the end, are the only individuals permitted to sit at this glorious feast. … Reflect for a moment, brethren [and sisters], and enquire, whether you would consider yourselves worthy [of] a seat at the marriage feast” (Joseph Smith Jr.)

What is the marriage supper of the Lamb?

Who is the Lamb? Who is the bride?

Verse 7 states that “his wife hath made herself ready.”

How does a bride in our day prepare herself for her wedding?

How would Church members make themselves ready for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

Revelation 19:8–10

What does the “clean and white” clothing worn by the Lamb’s wife suggest that we must do to make ourselves ready for the marriage supper of the Lamb?

Why is a testimony of Jesus necessary to prepare a person for the Second Coming?

President Gordon B. Hinckley

“‘The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’ (Rev. 19:10.) … Each of you has the opportunity and the responsibility to develop a testimony of Jesus as the Savior of mankind. That testimony is the ‘spirit of prophecy.’ It is a gift that may be yours” (“Ten Gifts from the Lord,” Ensign, Nov. 1985, 88).

To be prepared for the Second Coming, we must be made clean through the Savior’s Atonement and have a testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 19:17–21.

Look for contrasts between “the marriage supper of the Lamb” and “the supper of the great God”

In what ways is “the supper of the great God” different from “the marriage supper of the Lamb”?

What lessons can we learn from studying about these two suppers in the same chapter of scripture?

preparation for the second coming of Jesus Christ handout

Raise your hand if you are looking forward to the Millennium?

What is the Millennium?

What aspects of the Millennium are you looking forward to?

Work on Millennium Handout

During Millennium: Revelation 20: 1-6

End of Millennium: Revelation 20: 3, 5, 7-10

After MillennniumRevelation 20:11-15

The events of the Millennium will precede the time when the earth becomes a celestial kingdom. In the Final Judgment, the dead will be judged according to their works.

Revelation 21:22–27;

22:1–5.

Select from these verses three descriptive phrases or sentences about the celestial kingdom that you find most meaningful and that motivate you to live worthy to inherit the celestial kingdom

“the glory of God did lighten [the city]” (Revelation 21:22–23);

“there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie” (Revelation 21:27);

“was there the tree of life” (Revelation 22:2);

“they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4).

Revelation 22:7, 14, 17

As you read consider what the requirements are to enter into the celestial kingdom

Those who keep the commandments and come unto Christ will dwell with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in the celestial kingdom.

critics of the Church have sometimes used Revelation 22:18–19 to try to discredit the Church’s claims that God has revealed additional scripture in these latter days.

Revelation 22:18–19

Do you know how these verses have been used by critics of the Church?

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles clarified
“One of the arguments often used in any defense of a closed canon is the New Testament passage recorded in Revelation 22:18: ‘For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of … this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.’ However, there is now overwhelming consensus among virtually all biblical scholars that this verse applies only to the book of Revelation, not the whole Bible. Those scholars of our day acknowledge a number of New Testament ‘books’ that were almost certainly written after John’s revelation on the Isle of Patmos was received. Included in this category are at least the books of Jude, the three Epistles of John, and probably the entire Gospel of John itself. Perhaps there are even more than these.
“But there is a simpler answer as to why that passage in the final book of the current New Testament cannot apply to the whole Bible. That is because the whole Bible as we know it—one collection of texts bound in a single volume—did not exist when that verse was written. For centuries after John produced his writing, the individual books of the New Testament were in circulation singly or perhaps in combinations with a few other texts but almost never as a complete collection. Of the entire corpus of 5,366 known Greek New Testament manuscripts, only 35 contain the whole New Testament as we now know it, and 34 of those were compiled after A.D. 1000” (“My Words … Never Cease,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2008, 91–92)

How would you respond to someone who uses Revelation 22:18–19 to argue that the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price are not revealed scripture?

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