Revelation 2-4: The Ultimate Back-Stage Pass

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I was fortunate enough to be asked to give a series of neurology lectures for a cruise that has traveled from Copenhagen to Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, today Stockholm, and eventually on to northern Germany, Oslo and Amsterdam. Thus far our city tours have revealed a dramatic contrast between the …

Temple Imagery in Revelation: Just Furniture?

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For just a brief moment, close your eyes and imagine the three compartments of the sanctuary and reflect on this question: If you had to spend a day in the sanctuary, where would you like to be? Would you choose to be near the Shekinah glory in the Most Holy …

Revelation 1: Saved by Blood or Saved by Jesus?

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The first major section of the book of Revelation is a description of seven churches. Leading up to this, John first “saw seven gold lampstands, and among them there was what looked like a human being…The seven lampstands are the seven churches.” (Revelation 1:12,20). Of course, this individual is Jesus, …

Revelation Overview: To be Saved is to be Healed

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Back to the book of Revelation…sort of. Last time we discussed our mission as priests (Revelation 1:6; 5:10) and that this task involves a very specific purpose: “It is the duty of priests to teach the true knowledge of God” (Malachi 2:7). As priests we are to display the beautiful …

Revelation 12: Cosmic Conflict Theology

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This will be the last article on the “war in heaven” described in Revelation chapter 12 and then we will go through the book more systematically. For me personally, the things discussed in this article are at the heart and center of everything that is important. In addition, we can …

Revelation 12: Who is God?

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As we have discussed, the “war in heaven” described in Revelation 12 represents the central theme of the book of Revelation. Last time we identified the dragon in this conflict to be Satan, the slippery snake in the tree, the sentient being described in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28, and …

Revelation 12: Center of the Chiasm

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In the 2 previous articles, I have suggested that chapter 12 lays the foundational theme for the entire book of Revelation. “The likelihood that Revelation has a chiastic structure that puts the ‘war of the ages’ at the centre of the chiasm sets this section apart as the one that …

Revelation 12: Vantage Point

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Where does the book of Revelation begin? That probably sounds like a strange question to ask, but it is helpful to recognize that this book does not travel along a strict linear timeline from point A to Z. We need to read this book with all of our artistic creative …

Thoughts on the book of Revelation

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Last week’s Bible study on the book of Revelation was the final meeting of the year for the medical students at Loma Linda. There was so much additional information that I wanted to include in this Bible study and so I would like to share some written comments on the book …