Bible Journaling Tutorial: Revelation 21-22

Join me in this Bible journaling Revelation 21-22 study, as we celebrate God’s promise of eternal life with Him!

Bible journaling Revelation

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Some time ago, I wrote about some great Bible study resources for understanding the book of Revelation. No doubt, Revelation is a tough nut to crack!

There’s symbolism galore, lots of heavy talk about sin and suffering, and other hard-to-swallow stuff. Which is why I highly recommend using a good study guide that has the book of Revelation explained in a way you can understand.

The book of Revelation Bible study that I used is from Through the Word, and it’s available in their own Through the Word app, or in the YouVersion Bible app (just search for “Revelation Explained”). But of course, there are other Bible studies and books that you can read as well, to help make sense of the more complex and intimidating parts of Revelation.

That being said, there’s one part of Revelation that’s pretty self-explanatory, and that’s the last two chapters (21 and 22). These are the chapters that talk about how we’ll spend eternity with God…after all the tribulation and judgement is done, and our King of Kings has the victory over Satan… and it’s these two chapters that I want to focus on for this Bible journaling Revelation tutorial.

Bible journaling Revelation 21-22

Bible Journaling: Revelation 21-22

If you’ve read these chapters before, I’m sure you’ll agree with me, that there are some incredible descriptions of what our eternal dwelling place with God will be like! Revelation 21 paints such a glorious picture of the new heaven and new earth God will create. I try to imagine the most beautiful place on our current planet (Hawaii, perhaps?), and the most beautiful gold and precious stones known to man, combined with the glory of God’s presence, all rolled into one amazing package… it’s just impossible to comprehend, you know?

And then when you consider that there will be no more evil, pain, or suffering? Only us and God, and His unending love? I can’t even imagine how wonderful that will be.

In creating this Bible journaling Revelation page, I wanted to attempt to capture some of that glorious inheritance. Just a tiny little fraction of God’s majesty, a small glimpse of this great future He has in store for us as believers…

…and although I do love the result, I was reminded that no Bible journaling ideas of mine could come anywhere close to truly capturing the beauty of the new heaven and earth. In trying to capture your own interpretation, I hope you arrive at the same conclusion: There’s no way we can possibly comprehend how amazing eternal life with God will be, until we arrive there. And what a glorious day that will be!

SUPPLIES:

These are the art supplies and tools I used to create this page… also, if you’re interested in learning hand lettering, check out my Bible lettering for beginners post.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

I encourage you to read through Revelation 21 and 22, and do your own interpretation of this glorious inheritance God has in store for us! But if you do want to do something similar to what I did, here are the basic steps…

  1. First, take the stamps you want to use, and sketch a rough layout on a piece of notebook or copy paper. When you’re satisfied with your rough sketch, make a full size sketch (the same size as your journaling Bible margin). I recommend tracing the stamps alongside your own lettering, so you can see how everything will look together.
  2. Once you’re ready, begin with a light wash of shimmery color, like the gelatos I used (the ‘Lunar’ pinkish-pearly-white, from the Iridescents set).
  3. When you’re finished with your background, trace your sketched hand lettering onto the page (leaving a blank space for the stamps). A light pad helps tremendously with this step!
  4. Work your way from the top of the page down, filling in your lettering with glitter gel pens, and adding your stamped images. If desired, you can go back over the stamped ink after it dries with a gel pen.
  5. If you’re using a castle (like the one from the Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps ‘Mighty Fortress’ set), stamp it with the Archival Ink, that way you can paint over/in/around it with no worries of smudging the ink. Use gelatos, metallic watercolors, or whatever you like to color it in.
  6. Add embellishments, like the gem washi tape I used, or you could even stick adhesive rhinestones on the page if you like.
  7. And finally, highlight the verses that seem most significant to you! I love using gelatos to highlight with, but of course you can use traditional Bible highlighters, colored pencils, or you could underline the verses with the fine tip of a Tombow Twintone pen.

Bible journaling Revelation page close up - stamps and washi tape

There are many verses that stood out to me while Bible journaling Revelation 21-22, for lots of different reasons. But I think the most significant, were these two verses:

“He who overcomes [the world by adhering faithfully to Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior] will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. ”
Revelation 21:7 (AMP)

“Behold, I (Jesus) am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each one according to the merit of his deeds (earthly works, faithfulness).”
Revelation 22:12 (AMP)

In these words, we see the importance of remaining faithful to Jesus, and keeping His commands (John 14:15). Certainly we’re saved by His grace, through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8), BUT we must hold tight to that faith and finish strong, to claim the reward He has for us!

Revelation 22:12-14

What lesson do we take away from this Bible journaling Revelation study? That even when the world seems to be falling apart at the seams, we have a HOPE that goes FAR beyond this life… and we WILL see it, if only we keep pressing on, and finish the race well.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT)

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