Posts from February 2019

Posts from February 2019

Revelation 15 | Boy, Do They Sing in Heaven!

As we read Revelation this week, we see another song popping up in the midst of the apocalyptic activity that John experienced (Chapter 15). This made me think about worship throughout book of Revelation. As we have seen, this book is not really about things yet to come as much as it is an unveiling of the person and work of Jesus Christ. My short definition of worship is this: worship is a revelation (God reveals himself to us) and a response…

Revelation 14 | Endure To The End

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…

Revelation 13 | Warfare, Worship, Wisdom And The World

In 2009, I decided to study the book of Revelation, which became a year and a half adventure. This study also included examining the schools of interpretations on how to approach reading this Apocalyptic letter given by way of prophetic vision to the imprisoned Apostle and delivered to the seven churches of Asia Minor. The Revelation is a difficult letter to study because of its prophetic nature and the symbolism used. I avoided reading it for my first 23 years…

Revelation 12 | The Complete Work of Christ

Revelation 12:10 – Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.” As we read through Revelation, we are given some amazing word pictures of the plan of God. Revelation 12 cannot be read without our imaginations conjuring up…

Revelation 11 | They’re Only Mostly Dead!

In the iconic movie, The Princess Bride, the central character, Wesley, (the good guy), is tortured unjustly until it appears he dies. When his friends find him, they take him to Miracle Max to ask if he can be brought back to life. Played brilliantly by Billy Crystal, Max tells them Wesley isn’t dead but is only mostly dead. He then proceeds to use billows made for a fireplace on Wesley. In the end, he recovers from his condition so…

Revelation 10 | Eat the Scroll

“Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, “Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey” (Rev. 10:8-9). In…

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…

Revelation 6 | The Endurance Test

When I was a kid growing up in Wyoming we didn’t have a television at home. It was a personal conviction my parents had; television was not spiritually beneficial. Looking back on it now, I can definitely see their point as culture continues to spiral downward into chaos. With that backdrop, when I was probably 9 years old one of the local churches in Sheridan brought in a couple of movies to show to the community. They were called “A…
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