The book of Revelation is found in the New Testament of the Holy Bible. The book consists of the retelling of Saint John 's vision foretelling the "end times" or "the end of days." Naturally, the apocalyptic scenarios presented in John's book are not all child-friendly, but a Bible teacher, teaching Sunday school or other children's programs, can find plenty of age-appropriate themes to incorporate into Bible crafts.
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In Revelation chapter five, verse nine, it is written, "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals...." Use this verse to introduce the craft of wax seals. Wax seals were used in the days before envelopes or secure methods of sending a letter. The wax seal had to be broken to read the letter, so if the letter arrived with a broken seal, the recipient would be suspicious of letter tampering. Wax sealing sticks can be purchased at stationery stores. Light the wick on the end of the wax stick and allow the wax to drip over the folded edge of a letter until there is a wax pool about the diameter of a dime. Blow out the wick. Press a seal, also available at stationery stores, into the wax and hold while the wax sets. Remove the seal carefully. The result is an impression in the wax. Seals are available with monograms, seasonal images and other images.
In the King James Version of the book of Revelation in chapter one, verse 12 (1:12), it is written, "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me...I saw seven golden candlesticks...." Use this verse to launch a wood candlestick craft. Each child needs three large wood thread spools with no thread. Glue the three spools on top of each other with wood glue and allow the glue to dry. Glue the plastic cap from a gallon juice container onto the top spool with the inside of the cap facing up. Use a super strength glue intended for adhering plastic to wood. Allow the glue to dry. Paint the candlestick with acrylic paint and let it dry. Spray paint the candlestick with clear paint. Allow it to dry. Let a little candle wax melt in the juice lid, and press the end of a taper candle into the wax.
Paper Angel Garland
The book of Revelation, chapter five, verse 11 (5:11), reads: "Then I...heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands...." Use this verse to introduce a paper angel garland craft. Use a simple outline of an angel (see Resources) to print or trace six angels on coloured construction paper. Cut out the angels. Tape the angels to a ribbon, spacing the angels about 3 inches apart. The angels can be decorated or left plain. Hang the garland by tying the ends of the ribbon to nails or hooks in the wall.
There are many themes in the book of Revelation that can be used to introduce colouring pages. Revelation chapter five features lambs, angels and living creatures (sometimes defined as animals). Print colouring pages of lambs and other themes (see Resources) and allow the children to colour the images. Glue a finished colouring page onto a larger sheet of coloured construction paper for a nice display.
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