My son had nightmares all last summer. Apparently his fellow fourth graders had decided to start speculating about the end of the world and were mixing things they thought were written in the Bible with things they had seen in super hero and sci fi movies. All the talk had my son absolutely convinced that someday soon giant bugs would be attacking people and that a laser on the moon was going to destroy the Earth. We had a lot of talks about his fears, and (sweet, empathetic boy that he is) he told me, "I know that the bad things at the end of the world are only going to happen to bad people. But I don't even want the bad people to suffer!"
I decided that the best thing I could do to help assuage his fears was to study Revelation, so I took an online course given by Craig R. Koester and was amazed to find out that Revelation is a beautiful book about hope. All of the destruction is there to show that God, who is a God of creation (Revelation 5:5-10), wouldn’t destroy the world because it would be pointless. Seven angels with trumpets appear, and six angels blow the sound of destruction and at the end the wicked still do not repent (Revelation 9:20-21). So the last trumpet does not sound. Instead, John is given a scroll to eat and told to go and prophesy. At the end of the book when Jesus comes He arrives not covered in the blood of enemies but in His own blood of sacrifice and He has a sword in His mouth. The weapon that saves the World is His Word.
It was such a gift to be able to tell my son that Revelation is not condemning the world to be cast away by the God that created it. It's a book that calls us to preach, to spread the Word of Christ to the world in order to change it for the better. And though Revelation is a difficult book to understand, with it's symbolism and antiquated references to Rome, I know that even young children can begin to understand some of the most important parts of the text. Including how to read symbols and how to understand the book in context. These worksheets will give you the tools you'll need to start a journey through this amazing book!
You can buy the worksheets here.