On not getting bogged down.
Continuing a short study on the blessings, pitfalls and challenges of studying the Book of Revelation.
When studying Revelation, it is important not to get too bogged down by detail. When we consider the identity of the two witnesses of chapter 11, there are at least 13 recognised possibilities of who they might be. We could spend a couple of decades debating their identity and completely miss the thrust of this chapter and its powerful message.
Likewise, we could become immersed in trying to guess or fathom the message of the seven thunders of chapter ten, even though John was specifically told not to record their words.
The very best scholars are happy to admit that there are certain aspects of Revelation that we do not fully understand yet, especially when it comes to the chronology of Revelation.
Revelation teaches you to walk humbly!
There is no doubt that Revelation has it’s quandaries and many steer well clear of it for that reason. I would argue though that so does the rest of scripture. I was recently listening to a couple of Christians online, debating 2 Corinthians and the subject of election, predestination and the assurance of our salvation. My mind was turning to scrambled eggs after five minutes of listening to these two scholars and their oh so complicated arguments and I was glad to get back to the straight-forward simplicity of my beloved Revelation!
Revelation unfolds pounding truths that we are called to run with…
To read my short e-book on Revelation chapter one please push the blue button:
And my previous posts:
- Revelation 19:10 The Testimony of Jesus…One understanding of the testimony of Jesus is that he will return as the radiant King; and he will bring peace and righteousness to this earth when he establishes his kingdom and reigns from Jerusalem.
- Revelation 19:9 InvitedThe Church as a whole will be invited to the wedding as a corporate being but we will also be invited as individuals, by virtue of our personal salvation that we have received.For many of us who are not usually invited to high-society events and who are often left out and behind, this comes as a blessing indeed!
- Revelation 19:7 Eager AnticipationIn the same way, we are called to look forward to the day when we meet with Christ Jesus, on the day that he returns in power and glory. He is our blessed hope and our lives lived here on earth should be directed towards this coming moment.
- Revelation 19:7 A Wedding!I pray that we will live out our salvation with fear and trembling, and walk closely with our Lord, that we might walk with confidence and reassurance, knowing that we will be warmly welcomed and honoured as a guest, wearing the white robes of righteousness.
- Revelation 19:6 Hollering With JoyThis side of glory, we pass through victories and defeats, as we march faithfully on. But even the most stoic and conservative amongst us might be forgiven here for ‘hollerin and a hooterin’ around the yard and throwing his hat up wildly in the air!