How many of you have ever been to an island? What do you think about is-
lands? They are usually very sunny, with lots of tropical fruit and beautiful
beaches. Well, the author of the book we are going to talk about this week
wrote it from an island. Sounds fun, huh?! Well, his experience was a little
different. Listen closely to the story so you can find out how it was different.
The following is a summary of the Bible story to help you with your preparation.
Please do NOT read to the children. Instead, study your Bible, using this summary
as a guide, and make a note page to help you remember your plans for the lesson
or questions you want to ask.
Who remembers what the first book of the Bible is? Genesis! And which
book is the last? It’s Revelation, and it’s where we are studying from this week.
And that man on the island, the one who wrote Revelation, was John, the disci-
ple that Jesus loved. He wrote it many years after he wrote the book of John, in
fact, John was an old man by the time he wrote Revelation.
John was on the island of Patmos as punishment, not for vacation.
Revelation 1:9 tells us why John was on the island. He was there because he
was teaching from the Bible and was sharing about Jesus. That doesn’t seem
like anything to be punished for, but the rulers back then didn’t like hearing
about Jesus and so they made it hard for the people who trusted Jesus and
taught about Him.
John also tells us in the very first verse of this book why he wrote Revela-
tion. He explains that God gave this revelation to Jesus who then showed John
so that those of us who serve Him will know the things that will happen soon.
Do you know what? It has been almost 2,000 years since John wrote this book.
Does that mean it’s not really going to happen, then? Well, do you remember
one of the things we talked about in 2 Peter (3:9), that God isn’t slow about His
promise, He’s patient. He wants all of us to have the chance to choose to follow
Him. That’s why He is wai