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, …

Revelation 19: Who is the Audience?

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We have faced many challenges in Revelation 17 and 18, looking at the beast as the state (political power) and the woman as the church (religious power). Perhaps the most intriguing is the depiction of the beast turning against the woman and burning her with fire. In the interpretation we …

Revelation 18: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

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Before moving into Revelation 19, a historical review of the unhealthy and coercive relationship that has existed between church and state — a subject of much concern in the book of Revelation. Echoes of this are seen in the reign of Jeroboam who changed dates, times and the place of …

Revelation 18: Who Destroys Babylon?

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We are now moving ahead to Revelation 18, which seems to portray scenes of socioeconomic collapse amid images of much worse problems. The sins of Babylon are that she has become unfaithful, a medium for the demonic and that her “trade” is based on predation and exploitation. Fire is described …

Revelation 17: War Theme and Harmagedon

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Despite our difficulties with the 17th chapter of Revelation, I am hopeful that we will emerge from this chapter with an improved grasp of some of the details and with the momentum intact with respect to the big picture. The book says that there was a war in heaven. Will …

Revelation 17: The Devil is in the Details

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We have slowed to a crawling pace in Revelation 17, but an Arabic saying says that speed is of the devil. At least we cannot be accused of speeding.  The present chapter offers an opportunity to put forward a new position on at least one issue that has confounded interpreters. …

Revelation 17: Divine vs. Demonic Identity

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We are on the hook in the maze of detail in Revelation 17.  Will our reading choke, or is it possible to emerge from this chapter with renewed momentum? Will we be amazed (appalled) for the same reason John was, or will we merely be confused? Will we be able …

Revelation 17: Embrace of Church and State

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A chapter that is so full of specifics will also demand specific commitments from the interpreter. That is to say, the interpreter cannot play hide-and-seek with the demands of the specifics in the text (if we have been doing that). So what is it, the beast “that was, and is …