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Revelation 9 | Don’t Forget the Woe

John was told at the end of chapter eight of Revelation there were three more trumpets to be blown. In fact, three times he calls them woes —“woe, woe, woe to those who dwell on the earth, at the blasts of the other trumpets the three angels are about to blow” (8:12). The word “woe” in the Greek is “ouai” and is more than just an expression of a feeling. Woe is a judgment as we read in the Book…

Revelation 8 | When Facing Disaster

If you have been reading along faithfully, you will quickly notice the challenges in understanding the book of Revelation. For the reading on Revelation 1, we noted four common interpretative approaches to the book’s message: historicist, preterist, idealist, and futurist. The book’s complicated structure, varied symbolism, and extensive use of the Old Testament make any reader wonder how one can possibly make sense of what we find here, much less see any practical application to daily life. End-time movies or…

Revelation 7 | Who Gets to Sing in the Choir?

There are many interpretations and much hype about the 144,000 “sealed” persons mentioned in Revelation chapter seven. This same group is also mentioned in Revelation chapter 14, where they sing a song no one else gets to sing. Who are these people? The numbers 12,000 and 144,000 have variously interpreted meanings throughout church history. Some, taking the numbers in Revelation to be symbolic, believe it represents all of God’s people throughout history of the Church (since the number 12 is a…

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