Surviving Revelation pt 5

Learning the Geography

Continuing a short study on the blessings, pitfalls and challenges of studying the Book of Revelation.

In the midst of the back-streets of Malaga there is an old tavern that shares the name of our eldest grand-daughter. Finding it has always been a challenge, but gradually I have developed an inner map of the old part of this city; if I have the cathedral on my left and this plaza on my right, and that monument ahead then I can find my way. 

In the same way, I remember I would look at Revelation, hoping to make some sort of sense of it’s confusing imagery. I once described it as being a spaghetti-hoop-soup with monsters lurking-within-it!

With time though, and with the help of some brilliant teachers, I now have a better understanding of its geography and it has become less fearful or confusing.

There are the inspirations of chapter one; the deep challenges of chapters two and three; the absolute awe of chapters four and five in the throne-room; the horrors of the tribulations of chapter six; the beautiful reassurances of chapter seven, and so on. 

We will need to attune ourselves to it’s rhythm: it’s high points and low points. As we familiarise ourselves with it’s highways and byways, it will offer up its truths to the diligent student.

Recently I taught an overview of the whole of the Book of Revelation to a class, from the beginning to the end. I had to cut one or two corners! It took me a whole hour and I was shattered at the end of it but it served its purpose of giving the students a geographical understanding of the whole of Revelation. 

I felt the students were then able to traverse its chapters and imagery with more confidence and were thus able to appreciate its message more clearly.  

In the days ahead I would like to put a brief overview of Revelation into my notes. 

Thank you for reading this. More tomorrow!

  • Revelation 11 pt 4
    The different expressions for the same period of time would also show that they are actual measurements of time that are not to be spiritualised into something of our own making. This period of time will actually happen. It will be the final three-and-a-half years before Christ Jesus returns in power and glory!
  • Revelation 11 pt 3
    The building of the Third Temple and the beginning of the daily sacrifice will bring such joy to many of the people of Israel. The treachery of the end-time beast and his desecration of the temple will be the final straw that will weaken the pride of Israel and prepare them in brokenness to receive Christ Jesus as their Messiah when he returns in power and glory. 
  • Revelation 11 pt 2
    A Third Temple must be built and the sacrifices and grain offerings to commence, so that the end-time beast can arise, bring a halt to the daily sacrifice and desecrate the temple in order to fulfil prophecies of both Jesus and Daniel.
  • Revelation 11 pt 1
    There has always been a great expectation that a Third Temple will be built although there are clear challenges to hurdle, not least the opposition of other world religions that hold political control over the Temple Mount. Political wrestling goes on regarding the future development of the Temple and the will and expectation grows more acutely with every passing year. 
  • A Prayer For Afghanistan
    May a spirit of praise and worship be lifted up amongst the hearts of Christians in Afghanistan, even though the praise may need to be covert and sung under their breath, may it be joyous and contagious.
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