The Key of David

The book of Revelation has fascinated and bewildered readers since it was written. Among the scriptures, it is perhaps unrivaled in its use of images, symbols, and prophetic theater. Yet nearly all the images, symbols, and dramatic events in Revelation can be found elsewhere in scripture. Revelation isn’t unique as far as its content goes….

Come!

Revelation ends with an invitation: “Both the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ Anyone who hears should say, ‘Come!’” (Rev. 22:17). I’ve often heard that the Spirit and the bride are saying “Come” to Jesus. But the next sentence says, “And the one who is thirsty should come.” John does say, “AMEN! Come Lord Jesus”…

Christology Is Theology

Pantocrator Icon.  This is a common depiction of Jesus among Orthodox Christians.  Jesus is holding the scriptures, which shows that He watches over our doctrine.  Some core Christian doctrines are represented in the icon.  The three fingers on Jesus’s right hand touch to symbolize the Trinity.  Two fingers above slightly overlap; the upper finger represents…

Unleash the Beast!

And he requires everyone…to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,  so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name.  […] His number is 666 (Rev. 13:16-18). 666 has reared its ugly head in the popular imagination again. Numerous viral…

Come out of Her!

Revelation 19 begins with the fall of Babylon. Babylon has rich, symbolic significance throughout scripture. It is the first kingdom mentioned in the Bible (Gen. 10:10).   Babylon was the site where human government, culture, and religion united in their own way, apart from God (Gen. 11:1-9). In Revelation, John sees Babylon as a “notorious…

The Myth of Heaven (?)

Our Pastor is preaching through 1 Corinthians.  Today we started chapter 15.  Paul is dealing with a Corinthian coterie that says there is no resurrection (1 Cor. 15:12).  It’s possible this was a group of Gnostics.  Gnostics said the body was meaningless.  It was only a house of corruption imprisoning the spirit.  Bodily resurrection would…

The Divine Field of View

Our eyes are positioned in front for a good reason: It allows us to focus.  Having two eyes on the same side of the head is the reason we have depth perception and can examine things in detail.  My friend, Derrick, and I were discussing this over coffee.  We were talking about eschatology and the…

Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground

Image from http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/head-in-the-clouds-feet-on-the-ground/422221.article But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head—Christ (Eph. 4:15). There is a tension in the Christian’s walk that Jesus described this way: “An hour is coming, and is now here….” Jesus said this specifically about resurrection and worshiping God in spirit and…

Revelation of the Lamb

Musings from my notes on the book of Revelation: “When He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the 24 elders fell down before the Lamb” (Rev. 5:8). At the center of all things—worshiped by countless angels, the elders, the living creatures, by all the great dignitaries of heaven—is a slaughtered lamb.  ALL fall…