Revelation 17: John is Appalled

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Even though much of Revelation 17 repeats scenes that have been described earlier, it is not strictly repetition. Why is John carried into the wilderness, of all places, in order to understand the mystery of the woman sitting on the beast? And why is he so amazed when he sees …

Revelation 16: The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath

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For the last two years Dr. Sigve Tonstad has led a class on the book of Revelation at Loma Linda University. During that time, we have eagerly looked forward to each class as Dr. Tonstad has slowly unfolded Revelation as a book that reveals the cosmic confict between God and …

Revelation 11: One-Tenth and Seven Thousand

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At that very moment there was a violent earthquake; a tenth of the city was destroyed, and seven thousand people were killed. (Rev 11:13) Dates, times, and numbers are plentiful in the book of Revelation and there is an almost overwhelming temptation to “decode” all of these into a literal …

Numerical Patterns in Revelation

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We’ve all had the experience of waking up after a strange dream and wondering what it all meant. The images of a dream often seem to come and go quite randomly and usually we can’t make sense of it all. Superficially, the book of Revelation can have the appearance of …

Revelation 6: The Wrath of the Lamb

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When my son Caleb was just beginning to talk, he toddled after me to watch as I sawed and hammered together some raised garden beds. The loud hammering scared him just a little so he watched from a distance and closed his eyes every time the hammer pounded a nail. …

Revelation 7: Center of the Throne

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“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17 The throne-room scene of Revelation 4 and 5 becomes very significant when it …

Revelation 6: Hide Us From Your Face

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They called out to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the eyes of the one who sits on the throne and from the anger of the Lamb!…’ (Rev 6:16 GNB) In this article, we would like to rejoin the conversation on Revelation by …

Revelation 8: Silence in Heaven 2

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“When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Revelation 8:1) “The LORD is in his holy Temple; let everyone on earth be silent in his presence.” (Habakkuk 2:20) Last time, we associated silence in heaven with our experience of “Shock and Awe” …

Revelation 8: Silence in Heaven 1

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When the United States military invaded Iraq several years ago, much was made of the overwhelming military force that was to have the effect of “Shock and Awe.” The seventh seal describes a “Shock and Awe” that is a polar opposite of this: “When the Lamb broke open the seventh …

Revelation 6: The 5th seal, Theodicy 101

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“Even Satan can disguise himself to look like an angel of light!” (2 Corinthians 11:14) and last time we considered the reality that Satan, “the prince of this world” (John 12:31) has been allowed to establish his kingdom on earth. As we said, for the deceiver to be unmasked, he …