“Home-Study Lesson: Revelation 12–22 (Unit 32)” New Testament Seminary Teacher Manual (2016)
“Home-Study Lesson: Unit 32,” New Testament Seminary Teacher Manual
The Apostle John saw in vision the events that will occur immediately before and during Jesus Christ’s millennial reign. He also witnessed the final battle between Satan and the forces of God at the end of the Millennium and saw the Final Judgment, during which God will judge everyone out of the books that have been written.
Ask students to think of a contest or competition (such as an artistic or athletic event) that they participated in even though they believed they would lose. Then ask them to think of a time they participated in a contest or competition they believed they would win.
How might your expectations about the outcome of a contest or competition change the way that you perform in it?
Why might people give up when they think they are going to lose? When is a time that you thought you were going to lose and actually won?
Explain to students that as they study Revelation 20 they will learn more about the battle between good and evil and the final outcome of the battle. Invite them to look for truths as they study Revelation 20 that can motivate them to stay faithful to the Savior during this battle.
Invite a student to read Revelation 20:1–3 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for what will happen to Satan during the Millennium.
What will happen to Satan during the Millennium?
According to verse 3, what will Satan be unable to do because he is bound?
Invite a student to read Revelation 20:4–6 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for whom John saw being judged.
According to verse 4, whom did John see being judged?
What reward did these people receive because of their faithfulness?
What will they have part in during the Millennium? (The First Resurrection.)
What principle can we learn from Revelation 20:4–6 about the blessings we can receive if we are faithful to Jesus Christ? (Students may use different words but should identify a principle similar to the following: If we are faithful to Jesus Christ, we will have part in the First Resurrection and reign with Christ during the Millennium.)
Explain that the First Resurrection began with the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and included the righteous who died before Christ’s Resurrection (see Mosiah 15:21–25; Alma 40:16–20). The majority of the righteous who died after the Resurrection of Christ will be resurrected in connection with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (see Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, 2nd ed. , 639; James E. Talmage, The Articles of Faith, 12th ed. , 385). Those who will come forth in the First Resurrection include “all the prophets, and all those that have believed in their words” (Mosiah 15:22), those who have died in ignorance without having had “salvation declared unto them” (Mosiah 15:24; see also D&C 45:54), and little children who have died before becoming accountable (see Mosiah 15:25; Moroni 8:4–24). The wicked and unrepentant will not be resurrected until the Second Resurrection, which will occur at the end of the Millennium (see D&C 76:85).
How can knowing that you can have part in the First Resurrection and reign with Jesus Christ during the Millennium help you to be faithful now in the battle against evil?
Testify that those who remain faithful will be a part of the First Resurrection and reign with the Savior during the Millennium.
Write the following incomplete statement on the board: At the end of the Millennium …
Invite a student to read Revelation 20:7–10 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for events John described that will occur at the end of the Millennium.
Invite a few students to come to the board and write what they have found. Then ask the following questions:
What events did John describe? (Explain that the names Gog and Magog in verse 8 refer to the forces Satan will use at the end of the Millennium to battle one last time against the Lord’s people [see D&C 88:110–114].)
After this battle, what will happen to the devil and his followers? (After students respond, complete the statement on the board so that it reads as follows: At the end of the Millennium, the forces of God will defeat Satan and his followers.)
Why is it important that we understand the final outcome of the battle between God and Satan?
Explain that as part of Heavenly Father’s plan of salvation, every person who has lived on this earth will stand before God to be judged. Ask students to imagine what they think the Final Judgment will be like.
What do you hope to think and feel when you stand before God to be judged?
Invite a student to read Revelation 20:12–13 aloud. Ask the class to follow along, looking for how we will be judged by God.
What truth can we learn from verse 12 about how we will be judged? (Students may use different words but should identify the following truth: God will judge us out of the books that have been written according to our works.)
What books did John see? (The scriptures, Church records that record the saving ordinances and perhaps other actions, and the book of life [see 2 Nephi 29:10–11; D&C 128:6–7; Bible Dictionary, “Book of life”].)
What else have you learned about the Final Judgment? (Note: In Unit 32: Day 4, assignment 3, students found additional scriptures that taught about the Final Judgment.)
How does knowing that we will be judged according to the desires of our hearts influence what you want to do?
Testify of this doctrine and how it influences your choices.
Invite a student to read Revelation 22:14 aloud. Ask the class to follow along and remember the principle they learned from this verse in their study at home.
What principle did you learn from this verse? (If we keep the Lord’s commandments, then we can receive all the blessings of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and enter the celestial kingdom. Write this principle on the board.)
Why is this a fitting truth to end our study of the New Testament with?
Consider inviting students to share some of the truths that have influenced them during their study of the New Testament this year. Invite any who desire to share their testimonies of these truths and of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Encourage students to continue studying the scriptures daily. If they will be taking seminary next year or if they are preparing for a mission, invite them to begin reading the Book of Mormon today.