Friday, February 28, 2014

Revelation 15: The End Is Near!

Are you ready for "the end"?  Revelation 15 begins to draw this book of prophecy to a close, especially as it concerns God's judgment.  With the pouring out of the seven bowl judgments, God's wrath is completed (vs. 1).

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Revelation 14: Two Camps

The picture I get from Revelation 14 is that there are really only two options: you either belong to God and the Lamb, or to Satan the beast.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Revelation 13: 666

Revelation 13 is the stuff of nightmares.  I remember being a very young Christian and enthralled with its gruesome depiction of beasts and horns and heads and marks and numbers.  As you might imagine, there is a lot of speculation about just what all these things mean, or will mean.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Revelation 12: Signs

Revelation 12: Is it the past, present or future?  John tells us about two signs appearing in heaven: that of a pregnant woman about to give birth, followed by an enormous red dragon.  These two signs are in conflict: the dragon wishes to devour the child the moment it is born.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Revelation 11: Echoes

I don't have much to offer in the way of prophetic interpretation of Chapter 11, other than to point out how important it is to grasp the totality of the Bible when studying Revelation.  Here are some of the allusions to other portions of scripture:

Psalm 8: The Majestic Psalm

Psalm 8 is one of my personal favorites.  It begins with the familiar words (that I often can't help singing): "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Revelation 10: Mysteries

"Mystery" is a technical term in the study of biblical prophecy.  In vs. 7, we hear that the mystery of God will be accomplished.  We will see the term "mystery" again in Revelation.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Revelation 9: Hardened Hearts

A lot could be said about the judgments accompanying the next two trumpet blasts in Revelation 9.  From the nightmarish appearance of the locusts to the vast army of horsemen, it is clear that horrible times have befallen the earth.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Revelation 8: Out of the Frying Pan...

If you thought the seven seal judgments were bad, wait 'til you see what happens when the seven angels start blowing on their seven trumpets!

Revelation 7: God's People

Revelation 7 showcases two groups of God's people: the 144,000 sealed from the 12 tribes of Israel, and an innumerable multitude that has come out of the great tribulation.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Revelation 6: The Four Horsemen...and More!

Revelation 6 tells us what happens as the Lamb opens the first 6 seals on the scroll.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Psalm 7: God of Justice

As Christians, we frequently think of God and His mercy, compassion, and love.  Today's Psalm reminds us that He is also very much a God of Justice.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Revelation 5: The Lion and the Lamb

Revelation 5 introduces a problem: Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?

Revelation 4: Casting Crowns

Buckle your seat belts.  Revelation takes a turn in chapter 4 and ventures into a view of history (and future) that may strike you as bizarre, mysterious and even terrifying.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Revelation 3: Knock Knock

Revelation 3 is a continuation of the second chapter; three more churches are included to reach the number seven.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Revelation 2: WWJS?

Ever wonder "What Would Jesus Say?"  Revelation 2 and 3 helps provide an answer to that question as Jesus dictates letters to 7 churches of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey).

Monday, February 10, 2014

Revelation 1: A Peek Behind the Curtain

The Book of Revelation has the capacity to blow your mind.  It is a very different kind of literature than we normally read.  It is apocalyptic which means it is heavy on symbolism and the revealing of hidden things.  Some of the "peek behind the curtain" that we receive in Revelation is about future things; some of it is also a different way of looking at past and present (to John) events.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Friday, February 7, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

II John: Earning His Nickname

John has sometimes been called "the Apostle of Love."  With writings like II John, it's easy to see why!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

I John 5: So That You May Know

In I John 5:13, John reveals his purpose for writing this letter - "to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life."  You can be confident, assured, convinced of this truth!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

I John 4: Johnny One Note?

I always loved hearing this gem from church history about the end of the apostle John's life (From biblepath.com:)  There is a church tradition, which says, that when John was evidently an old man in Ephesus, he had to be carried to the church in the arms of his disciples.  At these meetings, he was accustomed to say no more than, "Little children, love one another!"  After a time, the disciples wearied at always hearing the same words, asked, "Master, why do you always say this?" "It is the Lord's command," was his reply. "And if this alone be done, it is enough!"

Monday, February 3, 2014

I John 3: Christ = Change

The basic message I get from I John 3 is pretty simple: Christ will not leave you the way you are.  If you're going to come to Christ, you're going to change.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Psalm 5: Two Kinds of People

There are a lot of "Two Kinds of People In This World" observations.  One of my favorites is - "There are two kinds of people in this world - those who believe there are two kinds of people, and those who don't."