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Rev. 22:1-5

6/5/10 John’s angel guide now shows John inside the city of which the most prominent feature is the river of life and the tree of life. The river flows from the throne of God like the river that Ezekiel saw in chapter 47. There the river was a trickle at the gate of the temple then got progressively deeper.

On either side of the river in Ezekiel were lots of trees, whereas in Revelation one tree is growing on both sides of the river. The tree bears 12 kinds of fruit. This may simply represent the abundance and perfection of the tree and its life-giving qualities, or perhaps it also literally has a different fruit each month for 12 months.

The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. This may be symbolic for the overall situation of peace, comfort, and all necessities of life for God’s people. The Genesis curse on the land will no longer exist. God will dwell there and his people will willingly and joyfully serve and worship him.

His name on their foreheads represents their total consecration to God as well as their characters being like him.

Because God’s glory is there the sun and the moon will be background, fading into the light of God. God himself will illumine his people.

Also they shall reign forever. This no doubt means something about the work God has planned for us, but it may also be understood that we will live like kings. All needs will be cared for.

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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 21:15-21

5/24/10 The angel measures the city. The measuring of the temple in other instances is an evaluation of the spiritual integrity of the people. Measuring appears to suggest not so much the idea of dimensions for the sake of actual measurement but for the purpose of illustration. The holy city is massive. Whether or not the dimensions are literal is debated, but it’s clear that the measurements illustrate both perfection and adequacy to contain all of God’s people.

The city is a square about 1,300 plus miles either on a side or in circumference. It’s also as tall as wide, though the text is unclear whether the entire city appears as a cube or the highest pinnacle reaches to that height.

John sees the city with a high wall, which is what he would have understood. However, it’s interesting to note that when Gog attacks in Ezekiel he attacks a people without walls for security. The holy city doesn’t need a security barrier, so if the wall is literal it is decorative. The gates are always open, after all.

The wall appeared to be like jasper and the city of pure, clear gold. The twelve foundations of the wall were made of different precious stones, which can’t really be identified with certainty. The possible parallel with the stones in the high priest’s breastplate seems to lead nowhere, but it’s still worth noting. In the end the description of the city may not need to be analyzed to death but considered mostly for its wow factor.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 17:15-18

4/30/10 The angel said to John, “the waters that you saw…” But  what he actually saw was a desert, a woman, and a scarlet beast that she was sitting on. So the waters are the scarlet beast, which are people’s, crowds, nations, languages of the earth. Apostate religion, Babylon, is ruling the earth’s nations (v. 11).

The ten horns, which are ten kings that have not yet received their kingdom, will somehow come to hate the prostitute. The OT story of Amnon raping his sister then hating her is an interesting background. And Ezekiel 16 is very much in view, that the judgments of God fall on the prostitute via the nations of the earth. They strip her, devour her, burn her with fire.

The only time that the punishment for prostitution was burning instead of stoning in the OT was in the case that the prostitute was the daughter of a priest.

V. 17 makes it clear that God engineers this situation just as he did all of his mighty acts. He put unity in their hearts to accomplish his purposes. These powers don’t normally get along. Satan has to unite them, but his kingdom isn’t one of unity. Nevertheless, God makes that happen so that his own purpose will be accomplished.

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Rev. 11:7

3/22/10 The angel continues the description of what continuing to prophesy was going to look like in the future. The two witnesses, which John understood, would continue to prophesy in the future. However, even though he knew the identity of the two witnesses because they played a role even during his time, he would not have understood exactly the situation of the future.

The description of the two witnesses draws imagery from Ezekiel, and also would have called to John’s mind Deut 19, “In the mouths of two witnesses…”

It becomes apparent, after studying the allusions, that the two witnesses are the scriptures, and/or the OT people of God and the NT people of God, as recorded in the Bible. John saw that these scriptures, which testify of Jesus, would continue to do their work of prophesying or witnessing of Jesus during the 1260 years in the future. However, the beast that comes out of the abyss attacks and conquers the witnesses for a time after the 1260 years.

The identity of the beast is argued. We haven’t be introduced to a beast in Revelation at this point. But if the idea holds true that a new character is described each time, then we must have encountered this beast before, but under a different name. Perhaps Abaddon/Apollyon? Satan would fit the bill.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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