Revelation

Quotes from Richard Bauckham’s The Theology of the Book of Revelation

Here are ten quotes from Richard Bauckham’s book, The Theology of the Book of Revelation, that especially stuck out to me. And if you’re interested in eschatology (the doctrine of last things) you can also see my post “Eschatology and Ethics.” “Revelation provides a set of Christian prophetic counter-images which impress on its readers a […]

What we do matters.

The Bible teaches that what we do matters.

The Bible teaches that what we do matters. “For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will repay each person according to what he has done” (Matthew 16:27). “The Son of Man is going to come.” That’s going to happen. Just as […]

The End is Near

The End is Near

The end is near. That is the case whether or not it is our individual end or the end of all things. Whichever, the reality is, time is precious and it is fleeting. That is one of the reasons why it is precious. We’re so quick to recall that money is precious, and so it […]

Will sin be possible in heaven?

To answer the question will sin be possible in heaven, there are a number of passages we should look at.  “…the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect“ (Hebrews 12:23).  “…those whom He foreknew He also predestined […]

Pervasive Peace through the Second Advent

In Christmas, we celebrate the advent or coming of Christ. The first coming enabled a way for peace to be realized. Humans can, through Christ, have renewed fellowship with God. Yet, as Jesus Himself said, in the world we will have trouble and tribulation. So, if that’s the case, if in the world we will […]

What if Satan wants to destroy the Church more than the country?

In the book of Revelation the Church is not called to react to the End or the antichrist by moralistic, militaristic, or political means. The Church is called to return to Messiah Jesus, remembering that those who continue faithful to the End will receive the “crown of life.” The way of resistance of evil, is […]

Christian Status

As Christians, Jesus is emphatically our Leader and Lord and His Kingdom is not of this world. His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom made up of people from Sierra and Senegal, Armenia and America, China and Czechia, Portugal and Pakistan, Mexico and Mali (and many many more). America is not and never will be Israel. And the paradigms […]

Faith or Flounder

“My steps had nearly slipped.For I was envious of the arrogantwhen I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”Psalm 73:2-3 Our focus and our faith matter. Wrong Focus = Destruction It was when the psalmist was envious of people that had stuff that he didn’t have that he nearly fell. When we see a representation of […]

Living as Canceled Christians (a response to a response)

A reader of my previous post objected to some of what I wrote. Which of course is fine. I remain grateful that we have the freedom to do that. I’m also grateful for the opportunity it provides me to interact with some of his thoughts and critiques. So, here’s my response… First, he said he […]

Revelation: Triumph of the Lamb

Dennis E. Johnson’s book, Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation, has a lot of important and relevant things to teach us. Here are a few highlights from the introduction…  1. Revelation Is Given to Reveal. 2. Revelation Is a Book to Be Seen. “One of the key themes of the book is that […]

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