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Back to Jerusalem

The Story . . .

Luke 24:13-35

The disciples of Jesus were completely devastated. All of

their hopes and dreams for the new kingdom of God had been

nailed to a cross the previous Friday. Reeling with grief and

confusion, Cleopas and his companion slowly made the sevenmile

trip from Jerusalem down to their home in the little town

of Emmaus. As the sun was setting that Sunday afternoon and

they trod their way down the bumpy road, a stranger drew

near to journey with them. Little did they know that this new

traveling companion was the resurrected

Lord Himself.

Paying little heed to their fellow

pilgrim, the two dejected disciples

rehearsed the staggering events of the

weekend, feeling more despondent with

every step. As Jesus silently listened, He

desperately longed to reveal Himself to

His downcast friends. But the Lord

deliberately shielded His true identity

because they needed now, more than

ever, to understand the Scriptures. If

Christ had allowed these two faithful

followers to recognize who He was, they

would have been far too excited to listen

to the important truths He had to share.

Even after three and a half years of

listening to His teaching and preaching,

they still did not comprehend the nature

of His mission. He had plainly told them, "The Son of man is

delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and

after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. But they

understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him." Mark

9:31, 32.

Jesus gently interrupted their sad conversation, and for the

next two hours He gave them the keys for understanding all

Scripture and prophecy.

The Study

Fill in the blanks after reading each Bible text.

1. How much of the Scriptures are we commanded

to believe?

Luke 24:25 Believe _______________ that the prophets have spoken.

2 Timothy 3:16 All _______________ is given by inspiration of God.

NOTE: The complete oracles (sacred truth) of God are contained in the writings

of the Old and New Testaments. The keys to understanding the prophecies of

Revelation are found primarily in the stories of the Old Testament. For example,

of the 404 verses found in the book of Revelation, 278 of them are echoes from

other stories and prophecies in the Old Testament.

2. Whom did Jesus say the Scriptures and prophecies


Luke 24:27 Beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto

them in all the scriptures the things concerning _______________.

John 5:39 Search the Scriptures; for ... they are they which testify

of _______________.

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of _______________

_______________, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants

things which must shortly come to pass.

NOTE: The central figure in all of Scripture and prophecy is Jesus. This

captivating series will cover many themes of prophecy, but keep in mind that the

primary focus of Daniel and Revelation is Jesus Christ and His kingdom.

3. What is another name used in the Bible for Jesus?

John 1:1 In the beginning was the _______________, and the Word was

with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14 And the _______________ was made flesh, and dwelt among us.

4. What kind of people did God use to write the Bible?

2 Peter 1:21 _______________ men of God spake as they were moved by

the Holy Ghost.

5. Eternal life comes from knowing Jesus (John 17:3). How

was Jesus known to His disciples?

Luke 24:35 He was known of them in _______________ of


NOTE: In the Bible, bread is a symbol of the Word of God. Jesus said, "It is

written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out

of the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4. As we read, digest, and follow the Scriptures,

we will find strength, joy, peace, and everlasting life.

6. How important should Bible study be to the Christian?

Job 23:12 I have esteemed the words of his mouth _______________

than my necessary _______________.

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a _______________ unto my feet, and a

_______________ unto my path.

NOTE: The devil hates the Bible and will do almost anything to prevent people

from reading it. He knows that its prophecies expose his plans to deceive the

human race. So don't be surprised if Satan attempts to distract you from this

series of lessons or tries to get you preoccupied with other things. God will

make a way for those who seek to know the truth to find it.

7. Who helps us understand the Bible?

John 16:13 When he, the _______________ of truth, is come, he will

guide you into all truth.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the _______________

_______________, ... shall teach you all things.

1 Corinthians 2:13 We speak, not in the words which man's wisdom

teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost _______________.

8. What must I do to be certain the Holy Spirit is guiding

my Bible study?

Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, _______________, and it shall be

given you.

Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your

children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit

to them that _______________ _______________?

John 7:17 If any man will do _______________ _______________,

he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God.

NOTE: Part of the work of the Holy Spirit is to help us understand the truth of

the Scriptures. This is why we should always ask the Holy Spirit to guide us

before we open God's book. I can be certain the Holy Spirit is guiding my Bible

study if (1) I ask Him to guide me, and (2) I am willing to accept and follow

truth as He reveals it to me.

9. How does prayerful study of the Word help us?

Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might

_______________ _______________ against thee.

Jeremiah 33:3 Call unto me, and I will _______________ thee, and

shew thee great and _______________ _______________, which

thou knowest not.

Romans 15:4 Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for

our _______________, that we ... might have _______________.

James 1:5 If any of you lack _______________, let him ask of God ...

and it shall be given him.

10. What method of Bible study do the Scriptures


Isaiah 28:10 For _______________ must be upon precept, ...

_______________ upon line, ... here a little, and there a little.

1 Corinthians 2:13 But which the Holy Ghost teacheth;

_______________ spiritual things with spiritual.

2 Peter 1:20 No prophecy of the scripture is of any _______________


NOTE: We must lay aside our own ideas and study the Bible by reading

everything in the Scriptures on any given subject ("here a little, and there a

little") and by comparing all the verses for input. We should let the Bible speak

for itself. When this is done, the truth always comes through clearly. This is

how Jesus convinced the two disciples on the road to Emmaus that He was

indeed the Messiah (Luke 24:27).

11. What will studying the Scriptures do for us?

2 Timothy 3:15 Thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to

make thee _______________ unto _______________ through faith

which is in Christ Jesus.

NOTE: The Scriptures help us understand God's great plan of salvation-the

most important information ever given to mortals.

12. According to Jesus, where do we find the truth?

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the _______________,

and the life.

John 17:17 Thy _______________ is truth.

NOTE: We find the truth in God's Word-the Bible. Truth is a scarce

commodity in today's world, and all the people of earth suffer as a result. The

truth about everything that really matters is found in Scripture. Studying and

following its counsel sets people free (John 8:32) and brings them happy,

abundant living (John 15:11).

13. What warnings regarding Bible study are given in

the Scriptures?

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, ... rightly

_______________ the word of truth.

2 Peter 3:16 In all his epistles ... are some things hard to be understood,

which they that are unlearned and unstable _______________, as they

do also the other scriptures, unto their own _______________.

NOTE: "Rightly dividing the word of truth" means to interpret it correctly and

truthfully. There is great danger in twisting Scripture to make it say what we

want it to say. What I say about the Bible matters little. What counts is what

Scripture says about itself.

14. How should we test all religious teachings

and doctrines?

Acts 17:11 They received the word with all readiness of mind, and

_______________ the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Isaiah 8:20 To the _______________ and to the _______________:

if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no

_______________ in them.

NOTE: All religious teachings should be checked by the Bible. If any teaching

does not clearly agree with the Scriptures, it is false and should be abandoned.

15. What happened when Jesus explained the Scriptures to

His two discouraged disciples on the road to Emmaus?

Luke 24:32 Did not our _______________ _______________

within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us

the scriptures?

16. After these two disciples knew that Jesus was alive and

heard Him explain the prophecies, what did they do?

Luke 24:33 They rose up the same hour, and _______________ to

Jerusalem, and _______________ the eleven gathered together, and them

that were with them.

NOTE: One of the first reactions these disciples had after hearing Jesus explain the

Scriptures was a burning desire to share the good news with others. We hope it is also

your desire to invite your friends to join you in this dynamic series of Bible studies.


Your Response

Do you wish to fully understand and follow the Scriptures?

ANSWER: _______________



Following is a list of key terms that often have symbolic meanings in Bible prophecy.

Each symbol is in bold type and is followed by its corresponding literal meaning.

Angel = Messenger

Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26; Hebrews 1:14

Babylon = Religious apostasy/confusion

Genesis 10:8-10; 11:6-9; Revelation 18:2, 3; 17:1-5

Beast = Kingdom/government/political power

Daniel 7:17, 23

Bread = Word of God

John 6:35, 51, 52, 63

Day = Literal year

Ezekiel 4:6; Numbers 14:34

Dragon = Satan or his agency

Isaiah 27:1; 30:6; Psalm 74:13, 14; Revelation 12:7-9; Ezekiel 29:3; Jeremiah 51:34

Forehead = Mind

Romans 7:25; Ezekiel 3:8, 9

Hand = Work

Ecclesiastes 9:10

Harlot = Apostate church/religion

Isaiah 1:21-27; Jeremiah 3:1-3, 6-9

Heads = Major powers/rulers/governments

Revelation 17:3, 9, 10

Horn = King or kingdom

Daniel 7:24; 8:5, 21, 22; Zechariah 1:18, 19; Revelation 17:12

Lamb = Jesus/sacrifice

John 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:7

Lamp = Word of God

Psalm 119:105

Lion = Jesus Christ

Revelation 5:4-9

Mark = Sign or seal of approval or disapproval

Ezekiel 9:4; Romans 4:11; Revelation 13:17; 14:9-11; 7:2, 3

Mountains = Political or religio-political powers

Isaiah 2:2, 3; Jeremiah 17:3; 31:23; 51:24, 25; Ezekiel 17:22, 23; Daniel 2:35, 44, 45

Oil = Holy Spirit

Zechariah 4:2-6; Revelation 4:5

Red = Sin/corruption

Isaiah 1:18; Nahum 2:3; Revelation 17:1-4

Rock = Jesus/truth

1 Corinthians 10:4; Isaiah 8:13, 14; Romans 9:33; Matthew 7:24

Seal = Sign or mark of approval or disapproval

Romans 4:11; Revelation 7:2, 3

Serpent = Satan

Revelation 12:9; 20:2

Stars = Angels/messengers

Revelation 1:16, 20; 12:4, 7-9; Job 38:7

Sun = Jesus/the gospel

Psalm 84:11; Malachi 4:2; Matthew 17:2; John 8:12; 9:5

Sword = Word of God

Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12

Thief = Suddenness of Jesus' coming

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4; 2 Peter 3:10

Time = Literal year

Daniel 4:16, 23, 25, 32; 7:25; Daniel 11:13 margin

Waters = Inhabited area/people, nations

Revelation 17:15

White Robes = Victory/righteousness

Revelation 19:8; 3:5; 7:14

Winds = Strife/commotion/"winds of war"

Jeremiah 25:31-33; 49:36, 37; 4:11-13; Zechariah 7:14

Woman, Pure = True church

Jeremiah 6:2; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-27

Woman, Corrupt = Apostate church

Ezekiel 16:15-58; 23:2-21; Hosea 2:5; 3:1; Revelation 14:4


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