Revelations isn’t a book that often gets discussed in children’s church. For good reason, it’s all kinds of scary. The horse that carries death and destruction. Boils. People that want to kill themselves but can’t. Not really the happy picture that most Sunday school teachers paint with their felt-board characters, right?
But with times being as they are, there are some essentials that you MUST teach your children so that they will not fall prey to the lies of the enemy. The Bible says that “even the elect could be deceived.” I hope and pray that by teaching some of these Biblical truths to your children, they will be saved from the coming “turning away.”
Whether you believe in a pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, or post-tribulation rapture, these ten things are something every child should be aware of.
Why and How to Teach Your Children About the End Times
1. Jesus IS coming again
(References Revelations 19:11 & Matthew 25:31)
Many of us take for granted that we know that Christ will return. We teach our children the plan of salvation, focusing on repentance and living right (which is great), but often gloss over that Jesus WILL return for his bride. This information can be a great starting point for introducing the book of Revelations because it’s exciting news that will help a child put into perspective all the other details of this weighty book.
2. Even the Elect Could be Deceived
(References Matthew 24:24 & Isaiah 5:20)
Just because they hear it at church, doesn’t mean it’s right. The loveless church, the corrupt church, the compromising church, the dead church and the lukewarm church are some of the labels given to the seven churches that were prophesied about in the Book of Revelations.
The Bible says that people will call righteous those things that are actually evil, and that which is evil they will call righteous.
Teach your children to turn to the Bible first and foremost when faced with a question.
3. The Mark of the Beast
(Reference Revelations 14:9)
The Mark of the Beast will be required of all people who wish to buy or sell anything. The Bible says that those who receive it will incur the wrath of God. There are many interpretations of what it might look like, but what is more important to remind children is it will represent the number 666. The number 666 is synonymous with the Beast and it will be located in/on the hand or forehead.
As technology advances, it’s important to point out that it will probably be considered a ‘good thing’ by people who don’t know better.
4. There Will Be Many Claiming Jesus Has Already Come
(References Matthew 24:5& Acts 1:11)
Many will come in the last days proclaiming Jesus has come. They will say he is ‘over here’ or ‘over there’. Teach children to remember when Jesus comes it will be obvious — they won’t miss it. The Bible says that “every eye” will see him, even those who killed him. When Jesus disappeared into the sky it was prophesied that he will come the same way he left. It will be magnificent and glorious.
5. There Will be World-Wide Suffering
(Reference Revelations 6, 8,16, Matthew 24 & Isaiah 51)
Wars and rumors of war, drought, death, famine, pestilence, and earthquakes will be widespread. Pain. Will. Be. Everywhere.
The Bible says that the Earth will wear out like a garment. Use the parable of a woman in labor. When a woman gives birth, she starts to feel contractions. They aren’t always nice feelings, but show that the baby is coming! Just like a soon-to-be-mom, the earth must endure these tragedies to welcome the returning Christ!
6. There WILL be Suffering Among the Saints of God
(Reference Revelations 6:9)
This one is a hard one — especially among our American Christian. Christian leaders (especially in kid’s church) teach following God’s laws means good things will happen to us. On the other hand, not following God means there will be dire consequences. Though the law of sowing and reaping is true, according to Revelations the world will be topsy-turvy. In this upside-down world, righteousness reaps negative consequences and evil reaps positive consequences. This might be confusing for a little one to understand, but retelling the story of Jesus will help you explain this concept. Jesus died and it helped all of humanity. Even though he suffered for a little while, it reaped eternal benefits.
Depending on their age, you might want to look into Fox’s Book of Martyrs (for FREE on Amazon) for adults or older children or the Torchlighter Series for younger children. Remind them that suffering for Jesus is an extra-special thing that we can do as believers (Matthew 5:10). It might be a good idea to look up the persecution that is going on worldview via Voice of the Martyrs.
7. The Importance of Being Prepared, But Not Scared
(References Matthew 24, 25 & Luke 12)
Many parents don’t teach their children about ‘the end times’ because it’s too frightening, but Jesus said we should prepare. He told many parables to this effect including the parable of The Wise and Foolish Virgins. Five women had enough oil for their lamps to make the journey to the wedding feast. The five that didn’t went to buy some. In the end, God shut them out into outer darkness.
The parable about the prepared and unprepared servants illustrates the blessing one gets for being ready for Christ’s return.
Remind children not to fear the future. Jesus says not to fear because these things must happen. He reminds us not to fear those who can destroy the body, but fear God who can destroy both body and soul.
8. There will be an AntiChrist — And He will be Beautiful
Antichrist literally means “against Christ.” There have been many people who have fit this description in the past and many will still come. The AntiChrist of Revelations described will come performing signs and wonders. He will war against the saints and proclaim himself God.
This isn’t just some crazy cult leader, but someone with power and influence to deceive the entire world. Someone like that must be a person with high-standing, generally accepted and greatly admired. The Bible says he will have the horns of a lamb (appearing gentle) but speak like a dragon (inwardly be evil).
Teaching our children Satan looks like a red man with black horns allows someone who comes in beauty and splendor to trick them. Teach your child that Satan comes as an angel of light instead — in the form of things our flesh most desires.
9. Satan will be Defeated & God will Restore the Earth
(Reference Revelations 19-21)
After all this doom and gloom, it’s important to remind children of the end result. God defeats Satan and God wins the war! No one can overcome what Jesus did on the cross. If they put their faith on Jesus and believe that he did what the Bible says, they will have the ability to endure anything…even the end of days.
10. Our Job is to Tell People About The Good News
(Reference Jeremiah 31 & Matthew 24)
Many people allow the information found in the book of Revelations to cause them to run out and scream, “Believe in Jesus, the end is near!” But that’s not only the message we should be spreading. Belief in Jesus should be a balance between a fear of the Lord and a beautiful response to the gracious actions on the cross. While God can use whatever method he wants to draw us closer to him, I believe that it’s God’s loving kindness that draws us to a relationship with him. Whatever way God brings us to the cross of Christ, we all are commanded to spread the good news and teach about Jesus to the ends of the earth AND THEN the end will come.
When to Teach Your Children About the End Times
As a parent, it’s important to prayerfully conduct this conversation about the end times at an appropriate time in your child’s life. While one parent might think their five year old might be ready, another may want to wait until their child is 10 before bringing up these subjects.
Remember that teaching your children about these things doesn’t have to be a one-time event. Repetition is key to remembering these truths. (Obviously badgering isn’t necessary).
One thing is for sure, teaching your child about Jesus is one of the greatest joys a parent has. We can’t rely on our church (no matter how great it is) to teach truths that have eternal consequences.
Head covering Christian woman who loves good wine, coffee, stinky cheese and missionary books. My favorite dessert is Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake. I am a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. I fell in love with my husband because he had rain drops on his glasses (true story). In my spare time I homeschool my six children (5 girls, 2 boys).