More Than Paradise Regained

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Revelation is a book of good news – more so in times of crisis and bad news. It has unequalled explanatory power for the bad news, and it provides a horizon of hope even in the darkest hour. Such a crisis is now, at least in Japan, where it looks …

Revelation 21: The Meaning of the New City

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We are now ready to embark on the ending of Revelation (chs. 21-22). Borrowing Milton’s Paradise Lost/Paradise Regained terminology, I plan to approach the ending under three headings: (1) More Than Paradise Regained. (2) Paradise Regained. (3) The ending (singular) and the endings (plural) of Revelation. We will begin # …

Nietzsche’s Critique of Christianity

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We are at the gates of Paradise, so to speak. As I said last time, there should be no further delay with respect to entering (chapters 21 and 22). Nevertheless, while I am eager to get there, some very important questions have arisen that are best addressed now rather than …

Revelation 20: Timeline and Plot Retrospective

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The end is upon us, if not in an absolute sense then in the sense the we are nearing the end of Revelation. Before we turn to the restoration of all things and Revelation’s vision of healing (chapters 21 and 22), I would like to try a retrospective that is …

Revelation 20: The Great White Throne

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Revelation’s depiction of the end of the cosmic conflict tests the human imagination to the limit.  Many questions are likely to remain even when we have done our best. If I were to search for an analogy, albeit an imperfect one, the current events in Libya might be a case …

Revelation 20: How is Satan Destroyed?

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There is plenty to be surprised about in Revelation 20. Our text speaks of the end of the cosmic conflict. How, exactly, in minute detail, up close and personal, does the cosmic conflict end? That’s the topic of Revelation 20 and of our study. Blessings, Sigve T.

Revelation 20: The Millennium – Golden Age or Wasteland?

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We are still trying to answer several puzzling questions in Revelation 20. Precisely how is Satan bound for the 1,000 years? And especially, why is there an apparent necessity involved in his release? To answer these questions, we need to consider the millennium, which separates the binding of Satan and …

Revelation 20: Why ‘must’ Satan be let out?

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Where were we? Interruptions take a toll on momentum, but in the Revelation class we are ready to start chapter 20, the chapter that will test and sometimes poke fun at many of the story lines that have been tried. Will our story line survive Revelation 20? Blessings, Sigve T.

Revelation 19: Demonic Self-Destruction

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We have become accustomed to the reality of cosmic conflict in Revelation.  The conflict goes down to the wire.  “Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against the rider on the horse and against his army,” John reports (Rev …

Revelation 19: Whose Blood is on Jesus’ Robe?

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We are studying Revelation 19, and the end is in sight. The ending of a book tests the quality of our reading up to that point. Will the ending of Revelation spring any surprises on us? My hunch is that it will – even on the most seasoned reader. Blessings, …