Five Ways to Approach the God of the OT

In Introduction

5 ways of approaching the God of the Old Testament (adapted from Alden Thompson): 1. Avoidance – only the New Testament is read devotionally and we try to shut out of our minds stories such as the Flood or Sodom and Gomorrah. The commands for genocide become a distant memory …

The Trinity

In Introduction

This is the first lecture in another series through the Bible. Since a chronological trip through the Bible immediately involves going through some difficult and often discouraging stories that can tarnish God’s reputation, let’s first consider what we can say about God based on the relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Bible opens …

Revelation 14: “tormented with fire and sulfur”

In Revelation

When we consider the verses about “fire” in Revelation, Satan and the demonic are usually left out of the picture. This misses the complete story that Revelation attempts to describe. For example, the 6th trumpet opens with the four angels released “to kill a third of the human race.” (8:15). …

Revelation 14: The Three Angels’ Message

In Revelation

The three angels’ of Revelation 14 represent the final message to the world. In the context of the lamb-like imitative beasts of Revelation 13 that deceive the entire world, God’s people are given a powerful final message. Understanding the essential meaning of this passage is critically important if we are to meet the world with …

Revelation 13: “The mark of the beast”

In Revelation

There has been almost an infinite amount of speculation about the meaning of the mark of the beast. The book of Revelation is full of contrasting images that revolve around the distinction between the Lamb and the dragon. Followers of the Lamb are the 144,000 who receive the seal of …

Revelation 8-9: The Seven Trumpets

In Revelation

Most interpreters of Revelation see the 7 Trumpets as the judgments of God against rebellious sinners. This view believes that God’s justice requires him to retributively punish. But is God the only person who plays an active role in the book of Revelation? The third trumpet is an allusion to …

Revelation 6-8: The Seven Seals

In Revelation

There are many different interpretations of the seven seals. Who is the rider on the white horse? Does this individual represent a person or a period of church history? Is the rider good or bad? The next three riders are maliciously associated with images of war, famine and death. The seventh seal is …

Revelation 5: “The center of the throne”

In Revelation

The book of Revelation revolves around the Cosmic Conflict between Christ and Satan. All of the vivid illustrations are for the purpose of explaining the issues in this conflict as well as to define the role that we have to play. At the heart of the controversy is the character of God. …

Revelation: Guidelines of Interpretation

In Revelation

During medical school in 1988 or 1989, I attended a Daniel and Revelation seminar. Large posters and billboards of beasts, nuclear explosions, tanks and words like “Armageddon” advertised the conference. I don’t remember many details, but I do recall much discussion about the rise of Communism predicted in Revelation and a coming war …