The Two Witnesses are something of a conundrum for expositors looking to history for fulfillment. Were they actual people (some think so), or representative of groups of people? Maybe they're allegories for truth? #TwoWitnesses #Revelation11
Meditation for the Lenten Season: Obedient to God
Then I said, ‘See, I have come to do your will, O God’ (in the scroll of the book it is written of me).” 9hebrews 10:7, NRSV)
Isaiah 41: God’s Elect
The pith of this teaching on election explains that God is sovereign, God controls and guides all events for God’s glory and for the good of God’s people.
Isaiah 41: A Conqueror From the East
Who directs world events? Who has that power? Is it the nations themselves? Is it politics, economics, and diplomacy? Is it the power of each of the nations’ local deities? Did anybody, in fact, see these world events even coming? Do things “just happen,” or is God at work? Are we part of a larger story, or is the meaning of our lives up to us alone? God answers God’s own question, but to a deaf world.
Revelation 11: Measuring the Temple
John's visions dovetail in several places with Ezekiel's vision, and especially here, the correlations are strong. So what was measuring the temple to signify? As you probably have guessed, answers may vary (!) #Revelation11 #MeasuringtheTemple #Ezekiel
Revelation 11-13: 1,260 Days
Revelation 11-13 speaks repeatedly of a timeframe that seems to last about 3.5 years (the length of Jesus's ministry, interestingly enough). But there is not consensus about what it all means. #Revelation11 #TheBeast #TheGreatTribulation
Meditation for the Lenten Season: In Step with the Spirit
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would approach God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:6, NRSV)
Isaiah 40: Encouragement of God
Isaiah’s prophecy has been the source of comfort and courage to the heavy-hearted for thousands of years. This is God’s reassurance that the Lord still loves God’s own, that God is still our God, and we who have put our hope and trust in the Lord are God’s people.
Isaiah 40: Incomparable God
In order to true up the people's understanding of spiritual reality (which is not defined by physical appearances), Isaiah began to describe God from the proper perspective.
Revelation: Interlude Before the Seventh Trumpet
Just as John's first oracle had an intermission, so now this second one hits pause as well. But this pause is a lot longer, leading some interpreters to suggest it is its own oracle.